Thursday, September 13, 2012
That's my story & I'm stickin' to it.
So his birthday is coming up & I asked him what he wanted. He said he needed some shirts & ties . . . now, I know need isn't want, but he's your typical guy - impossible to shop for - so I ran with it.
So I've got 3 new shirts & 4 new ties for him. I enjoy shopping for him because I can push him just a little out of his comfort zone - he's definitely not a fashionista.
Of course, now I own 2 new pairs of shoes, too. They cost me $10 - together. Of course the pair I REALLY wanted, which was totally comfortable & just the sort of thing I was looking for for my trip to HI - had one small problem: they were half a size too big. They felt just fine, but there's at least an inch of empty shoe space after my toes end.
I can't get them out of my mind. But yeah, it looks a little weird. They don't have boxes at TJMaxx, so I don't know what model they were. I looked on zappos, on DSW, searched the 11 pages of nine west sandals in my size on eBay . . . yes, I'm a little obsessed. Yes, it's kind of sad.
This next week - heck, this next month - is going to be challenging.
I'm up for the challenge. How bout you?
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hmm, whatever happened to Christian slater?
So I made this recipe a while back. A pretty simple recipe; essentially a potato pancake, only using diced instead of shredded potatoes. You sautée a little cabbage, then mix that with the potatoes, a little flour & pan fry it all up. Yummy.
Except the portion wasn't very large & I had a lot of shredded cabbage left over.
So I sautéed up most of the remaining cabbage & half an onion.
Then I found some yummy chicken sausages that weren't pumped full of nitrites & other nefarious ingredients (Amylus).
Mixed it all together & voila! A healthy, carbilicious meal that was pleasing to the eye AND stomach.
I bet mushrooms would go well, maybe even some apple slices?
And this morning I had a nice little NSV: I pulled on a pair of jeggings I bought almost 3 yrs ago & have never been able to wear (could barely zip them up). Still giving me muffin top, but I can wear them at home now & I think they're just a few pounds from their public debut. Which just doubles my resolve to eat well this next week & a half & not celebrate my next HM with food TOO much! Cause I'll be going to HI (with my bikinis) just a week later.
I scrapped my plans for a half serving of PB filled pretzels in favor of a banana with 2 tsp PB after my run yesterday, for instance, because it was an easy run instead of speed work.
What trade offs do you make?
Any fall recipes you'd care to share?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Simba seems to be doing much better; thank you all for your good thoughts! He actually has 2 vet appointments next week - one with the holistic vet, one with a new cats-only vet - hopefully he'll stay ok til then.
So I emailed te USAFIT coach yesterday, because we have 8 miles on the schedule this weekend & that seemed kind of excessive to us the week before our HM. Sure enough, the calendar is messed up & we only have to do 3-5.
And that means I've got to really watch what I eat next week. My exercise will be light & I'll no longer have a long run to burn off extra calories.
It is in the mid-40s this morning! The heat is actually on for the first time since last winter. Unfortunately it's going to warm back up. Unfortunately because this is perfect running weather.at least it looks like the weather for this weekend will be cooler - the last couple of weeks it's been in the 70s for our long runs (and yes, if you live in TX or thereabouts I know you're thinking that IS cool . . . it's all relative). This week looks like it might be in the 60s.
Another reason to hope for lower temps: I only seem to get chafing when the temp gets to 70+. Doesn't seem to matter how much body glide I use; it seems to be temperature driven.
I do feel very prepared . . . I didn't do the 12 mile run - by choice - but I did 2 10 mile runs. The course looks to be somewhat hilly & there might be some cobblestones . . . this is the first time I've done a HM where I wasn't familiar with the city. I plan a lot more of those over time, tho, so this is a good test.
And, of course, still hoping TOM holds off. I've only done one long race with TOM & it was not a good experience - not necessarily because of TOM, but I had the worst knee pain I've ever had starting at mile 4.
And finally hoping the animals can stay healthy so maybe I can go into this rested.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
First off, I need to ask for good vibes, prayers, thoughts for Simba. It seems his pancreatitis is flaring up. It's been a bad week in many ways - won't bore you with the details - but this is my most pressing matter; I'm going away for a few days for my next HM in less than 2 weeks, with our trip to HI a week later. Thank you!
So onto the subject matter. So I've gotten to the point when I realize when I'm hungry & when I'm full, but according to a WW weekly a week or so ago, the French don't ask their children if they're full, they ask them if they're still hungry.
As I've mentioned, I pause while eating to see if I'm full, but I didn't ask myself if I was still hungry. It's a subtle difference that I'm guessing can make all the difference in the world. And you know what? It's not an easy question to figure out!
I tried this while I was eating dinner last night. Was I still hungry? I wasn't really sure! Was I eating because it was there? Because that's what I'd planned & looked forward to? Did I need the full portion?
I'm good at not cleaning my plate, not eating til I'm overly full, but this simple little question threw me for a loop.ask it of yourself . . . see what you think.
In the end, apparently I was still hungry. Had my dinner & planned for dessert - a PB chocolate cupcake from the farmer's market that was oh so yummy, especially since there was PB frosting hidden inside the cupcake, too! And it was pretty small, too, which is probably a good thing because figuring out when I'm still hungry with sweets is particularly difficult.
I was still hungry. Tried the grahamfuls, too, which were quite tasty. If you buy them, realize they're a treat, despite the health claims the box tries to make. A good source of calcium? 10% of your daily requirement counts as a good source of calcium? Please!
So I think asking myself if I'm still hungry is my next evolution in my healthy lifestyle journey.
Friday, September 07, 2012
I was getting set to write this blog, comparing the ingredients of the frozen greek yogurt vs the grahamfuls -- the 2 options I was debating as a snack after my run yesterday. I fully expected the frozen yogurt to have less ingredients, and it did - just barely.
WTF? Seriously, how is a person supposed to maintain their weight when all our food is so pumped so full of junk? Even tho I'm not working, I still don't have time to make everything from scratch.
I'll probably swing back into food nazi mode after that little comparison . . . as the temps fall (not today!) maybe it's time to just go with regular Greek yogurt again (but you still have te read ingredients even for that!).
So the point was the grahamfuls (graham crackers with chocolate & PB & no, I haven't actually tried them yet) didn't really have a whole lot of nutrition. The yogurt won out because it had 6 gm of protein vs the 2 in he grahamfuls. I often just have a banana with PB, but there really isn't a lot of protein in that, either.
So 2 items could have the same number of calories, but one could have a very good nutritional profile & the other not so much.
One week into September & how am I doing on my goals?
1. Positive self talk: awesome. I've developed this mantra that I repeat to myself when I pause during eating to gauge fullness: I will be a free lifetime member at WW by next year because of the healthy habits I'm developing.
2. Green smoothies: so-so; just 2 this week & I'm aiming for 3.
3. Go into my next HM (2 weeks from Sunday! Yikes!) thinner thsn my last. Still on track for that, but only if I'm REALLY mindful this week.
4. Spend less on clothes. Kind of an epic fail there. I suppose it's not a total failure since I was mindful & probably spent less than I might have. So I went to Marshall's as a reward for my loss last week (had a gift card), & didn't buy a couple of items I really wanted. Yup, went back yesterday . . . one item was gone, one was still there, but I ended up buying 3 completely different items & I still want that original item plus the top & dress I didn't buy . . .
Well, maybe next Friday will be fashion friday again. I'm so loving all the beautiful colored pants . . . and loving that smaller sizes are fitting!
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