Thursday, February 26, 2009
I don't wear my HRM every time I walk -- most days our walks aren't that vigorous (due to the dogs). But I do add jogging intervals to my walks a few times a week. For the first time in my life, I've been doing this consistently for somewhere around a year -- don't think that will happen in NY, unfortunately, ice is just too dangerous. But I digress.
So today I used the stopwatch function to track how much of my walk was actually jogging. It was kind of sad: a whopping 10 minutes, and that was broken into intervals ranging from 1 - 2 minutes. Some of that is because I'm just kind of hampered by the dogs. They're sprinters, not long distance runners, and sometimes I'm kind of dragging them around (depends on the temps, too, they're more eager to run when it's cooler -- but not too cold).
Still, now I have a goal to push myself against. My entire walk was 40 minutes, so I was jogging for about 15% of the walk. The goal will be to do longer jogging intervals and/or increase the percentage of the walk that I'm jogging.
I'm also trying something else new: rather than having my water with my meals, I'm trying to drink it in between my meals. I've read in a couple of places recently that drinking with your meal actually makes digestion harder. I haven't researched it, and I'm not sure I buy it, but I'm curious so I thought I'd just give it a twirl.
So I got myself a glass of water after our walk, and then another glass. I won't have any water with my actual lunch. Interestingly, I'm feeling brighter and more alert having drunk water immediately after my walk. Sort of a no-brainer, really, that I need to replenish after sweating -- but I just wasn't doing it before.
I'm just sprouting new habits all over the place, too: yesterday I made myself a fruit salad. It had a sauce that was sort of like lemon curd with coconut, and then I just sliced up a banana, half a cup of strawberries, and half a cup of pineapple. And sprinkled it with some flaxseed (actually got 2 tbsp in today). Very filling, and I got 2 fruits in -- I've been lacking in the fruit department lately. Might even intice my husband to eat fruit, too. If he were here.
I really do feel so much better when I eat better. The problem is it DOES take time to eat better! If only I had someone to clean up after me, or to make me healthy meals occasionally.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It's a mixed bag. Since I had a leftover half an omelette, I was all prepared to have that for breakfast one day. But I also had a leftover muffin that I'd defrosted for my husband. I could have eaten it all in one big meal, but I prefer to eat smaller meals more often -- it really works to help me keep cravings at bay. So I had the muffin with some peanut butter first, then the omlette several hours later.
At least I'm thinking about it, and that's always the first step.
This morning I had oatmeal. Now, don't laugh, I adore oatmeal, but one of the reasons I don't eat it as often as I ought to is because of my cat. You have to understand that I eat my breakfast sitting on a recliner, with one cat always in my lap -- usually the larger one, Simba.
Simba has very weird tastes for a cat, and he adores oatmeal. Imagine trying to eat your breakfast while fending off a hungry 14 lb cat. Actually, another reason I'd stopped having oatmeal is that I thought I'd save myself some money and bought it from the bulk bins. Only it didn't cook well in a microwave, and I had a lot of it. It took a while to go through that. Of course I could have just bought more of the oats that do cook well in the micorwave, but we're all so good at making excuses for ourselves.
I've also had my yogurt, fruit, and granola without any chocolate chips several times now. So I'm making progress.
I also need to contemplate what I should eat for protein along with my oatmeal. I did put some flaxseed in it, although I realized afterward that I should have mixed it in after I'd cooked the oatmeal, not before, since flaxseed is heat sensitive. And oatmeal does have some protein in it, but not enough. Would hot chocolate (made with 1 cup of soymilk) have enough protein in it? Probably. But then there's that sugar again. Seems we can't get away from it!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I bought one of her DVD's a while ago at a used book store really cheap. I finally tried it out this weekend. Sorry fans, big yawn.
It wasn't that it wasn't a good workout -- it was just plain boring to me (and I've got my flame retardant suit on again). On the other hand, it did get me a whole lot of steps, which I needed, and I did like the fact that it forces me to walk at a brisker pace than I nornally do.
So I'm actually contemplating doing it again today. There's something to be said for something relatively mindless sometimes. Not only that, if you haven't heard, she's offering a pretty good deal right now: www.walkathome.com/store/product193.
Yes, I'm actually considering it. I especially like that one of the workouts includes some jogging. Guess I better make up my mind soon.
If the workouts actually grow on me, just maybe I'll consider selling my treadmill, which only gathers dust now that I walk the dogs every day, rather than moving it. Tough call though.
BTW, the DVD I bought was an express workout, with 1 & 2 mile options (I did the 2 miles).
Monday, February 23, 2009
We go on "diets", and we never stick to them because we feel like we're deprived -- eventually. Sure, you're all fired up at first, but eventually diets never work because we're missing all those fatty, sugary, salty foods that we crave.
I will never tell anyone to go on a "diet", but what are you really depriving yourself of? A good night's sleep? That wonderful feeling when your body feels lighter and your whole spirit feels lighter? Good health? Getting off medications? Clothes that fit and flatter?
A healthy lifestyle isn't about deprivation, but we still do have to give up some of the things we love -- at least sometimes. But we're getting so much more in return, and it seems that we never focus on what we're getting.
It always comes down to accentuating the positives. Everything has pros and cons, even a healthy lifestyle (yes, it takes more time, it feels uncomfortable for a while, it can distance you from some of your friends, and so on) -- but if we concentrate on the positives, the whole process gets easier.
*It is much, much easier to shop for clothes now.
*I have more energy. Maybe not where I want to be in the energy-department yet, but it's a work in progress.
*My blood pressure, while not high to begin with, is even lower now.
*My double chin is just about gone.
*I feel more confident -- and happier! Talk about a win-win.
How about you? What are you grateful for in your new healthy lifestyle?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I think our bodies become accustomed not only to exercise, but to food, too. It's easy to get really comfortable with the same meals all the time. After all, they worked in the beginning, didn't they?
But when things slow down or get stuck, it's time to regroup. I change up my exercise routine every month or so -- why not what I eat?
It's not that I don't eat a lot of variety; I do. I have just never been able to cook the same thing over and over again. Occasionally I'll like something so much that I'll eat it over and over again, but mostly, I'm making new things all the time.
Still, I reach for the same breakfasts all the time. Pretty much the same snacks. My weight progress chart is flat lining though, so it's time to try some new stuff. I have a tendency to enjoy sweet things for breakfast, and even though I'm now enjoying pretty healthy sweet things, it's time to look for some more savory breakfasts. At least once or twice a week.
I actually made a good start on that plan, because we went out to brunch yesterday and I got a fajita omelette with red potatoes and avocado -- and I have half for another breakfast. I also came across a recipe for oatcakes with oats & ricotta & banana that sound really yummy -- gotta try me some of that -- it's still sweet, but a better sweet than a teaspoon of chocolate chips (although I'm quite sure they'd taste divine with a few chocolate chips in there).
I've planned savory breakfasts in the past, and then always fallen back on my old friend sugar when push comes to shove (well, a few chocolate chips, anyway). It's time to break out of the rut and see if I can get my chart to take a nosedive.
It's time to rethink snacks, too, as I mentioned the other day. I've already begun, actually, choosing grapes or an apple with some almonds on occasion. I'm pretty sure I do better with that than the days I choose my light chocolate soymilk -- but I'm trying to get my calcium in, too, so it can be a struggle!
I've also started to try to make sure that I get some greens in about 4 times a week (also for their calcium benefits, not to mention I happen to like them). I'm rotating through the greens I like, too: kale one week, swiss chard another, seaweed another. It's all about balance over time.
What are your favorite savory power breakfasts and snacks?
Sometimes it just takes a week or so of trying new things to shake yourself out of your rut.
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