Sunday, March 08, 2009
That has nothing to do with food or weight loss. Or maybe it does. Like all good love affairs, there have been times when I couldn't get enough of it, and times when I couldn't be bothered with it. Sometimes years went by before something sparked my interest in my great love again. Some years it was a weekly love affair. Through it all, though, I have come back to my love again and again: it's the hike and bike trail.
If you read on, it's going to be very photo-intensive (and I edited out a bunch!). I wanted to have a record of the hike and bike trail after I'm gone. It wasn't the best day for photos yesterday, so I'll bring the camera with me again the next time I go.
One of the many rest areas along the trail. They're all different.
Some days I've seen as many as 10 turtles on these fallen trees!
One of my favorite resting areas. There's both a human and a dog water fountain. It looks out over downtown Austin. This day, I ran into a couple from Iran enjoying the view.
The dogs practice their stays.
Across LadyBird Lake (I still call it Town Lake) from where we are is another rest stop. Since I discovered it about a month ago, Chester always pulls me over there as we go by it. Yesterday was no different; I ate my Kashi crunchy bar (almond -- even better than the peanut one!) and talked to my husband when we got there.
This is the Mopac bridge. Mopac is a very busy north-west highway here. The bottom is for pedestrians; the top is the car bridge.
This is one of the rowing docks. Notice the lone star on the paddle. I took a few rowing lessons, but I didn't like how tippy the boats were. I've always wanted to try kayaking, but never got around to it.
Yes, it really was pretty windy yesterday. Although Chester's ears weren't doing their chihuahua thing -- you can really tell he's a chi when his ears are blown up!
The trail is filled with charming little footbridges.
I was trying to get the dogs under this lilac bush. It was by one of those footbridges, so rather busy. Lola kept trying to chew on her leg. Maybe I'll get a better photo next time.
I never made it to our new performing arts center, the Long Center.
Chester grabbed some bread along the way -- people like to feed the ducks & swans.
With some buddies.
The hike & bike trail is just one of the many things I will miss about Austin. Albany is on the Hudson, and I know there's a trail along the Hudson. We'll see how it compares.
I always feel such peace at the Hike and Bike trail. Water always does that to me. It's not even really terribly scenic -- Austin isn't, really -- but it's a very nice trail, well kept, and thoughtfully laid out.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I have been a water drinker for years and years. I gave up all soda many years ago. Every once in a great while I might sip my husband's, but even that urge is fading as I continue to curtail (but never completely give up!) sweets.
I found when I began this journey, though, that I wasn't actually drinking enough water. Tracking helps me make sure I'm getting enough.
I blogged a while ago about trying to drink in between meals rather than with meals. And a funny thing has happened -- I find I'm effortlessly drinking even more water now. Where before I might have been drinking 8-9 glasses, I'm routinely drinking maybe 10-11 most days. And it's not even summer yet!
I think maybe what's going on is that I'm more aware of when I'm thirsty now. I don't know why that would be, but I think it's a good thing. I do miss drinking while eating -- it's just such an ingrained habit in me. Hard to break 40+ years of habit. I sometimes sip a little water with my meals, but I usually try to get in a glass or two before I eat.
I was rewarded this week, too: I lost a pound. But that has been my pattern lately: lose big one week (big for me, anyway), then gain the next; lose just a little bit more than I gained the next, and so on. I'd like to break that habit. I'm hoping this coming week is the week I do break that habit -- I'm hoping, if all goes right, that I'll have a small loss this week.
I think another thing that may have been holding me back, oddly enough, is the WW healthy guidelines. You're supposed to have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils a day -- and they're supposed to be unheated, which I wasn't aware of until about a month or so ago. I added them in, and I tracked them, but I think that was simply too much fat in my diet; I already get a pretty good amount of healthy fats. I'll try to be aware more of whether or not they're heated, because it's true that heat does change a lot of oils, but I know that after a month of trying to make sure they weren't, I was doing better off before -- and I felt no health benefits from adding in those oils. It's about what works for you, and we're all different -- I know that those healthy oils really make a difference to a lot of WW members.
Friday, March 06, 2009
I am still avoiding the p-word, but there's little doubt I am stalled -- according to the scale and according to my measuring tape. Yet things do undoubtedly fit better. I can't quite figure it out, but I'm happy for it.
Could I be happy in the 140s? Permanently? I absolutely know that this is a weight I can maintain. Any maintenance will require effort, because life always throws us curve balls. The short answer is I don't know. I know I am happy now -- despite wanting the scale to move, I'm not terribly frustrated by it either. I still celebrate the huge change I've made; it makes me very, very happy.
Today is my WI, and I've had a very good week. I didn't want to cook last night, despite having done the prep work of cutting up the 5 different veggies that went into my pasta dish earlier in the day. It was the thought of cleaning up afterwards that was tiring me out. I am so glad I did cook, though, because it turned out awesome (does awesome date me?), and it had yellow squash, asaparagus, red onion, carrots, broccoli, and chickpeas in it -- I almost ate a whole rainbow in just that one meal!
I promised myself I could leave the pots and pans afterwards if I really felt too tired to tackle them, but I didn't. And I've cleaned my kitchen three times this week. What I didn't get to was more researching on refrigerators. Oh well, I have faith I will pick a good one.
Sometimes just giving yourself permission to relax pushes you to make healthy choices, odd as that sounds.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The Today Show this morning ran a segment on salads at some popular restaurants -- some of them had as much calories as I eat in a day! That really shouldn't be so shocking to me, because I have heard this before, but somehow it still is.
Not that there aren't good salads out there, because there are -- and they were supposed to put some info on their site about them. Only the article crashed my browser, so you'll have to go look it up yourself if you're interested.
I don't think I've ever had any of those particular salads, thank goodness. It's pretty mind-boggling how restaurants can take something that ought to be so healthy and make it so fattening. Now wonder it's so easy to gain weight when you travel!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
If you haven't figured it out yet, NSV stand for non-scale victories.
According to the scale, I haven't lost much weight in the last couple of months. While not exactly a plateau, it's close.
Yet I must be doing something right, because my jeans are definitely fitting better. Way better. Some of them were a little bit tight when I bought them a couple of months ago, to the point of creating a slight muffin top.
Now they're all either comfortable on beginning to get loose. Maybe I'm putting on more muscle, which would account for a non-moving scale and better fitting jeans. I hope so, anyway.
I tried on my favorite belt -- the one I bemoaned wouldn't fit much longer months & months ago. I figured the jeans I am wearing today happen to have a lower waist, and since the belt is sitting more on my hips, maybe it would still fit. No go. I have another belt that I like that I was able to wear -- but it's on the last notch, although this belt could potentially have another notch put in it.
As I was going to -- and from -- food shopping, there was a commercial on for Simply Weight Loss. The woman talked about how she'd lost 30 lbs and gone from a size 16 to a size 10. I've lost 20 -23, depending on the week, and I've gone from a size 16 to a size 8. So I guess not all pounds lost are created equal -- or maybe it has to do with how short I am. I'll be proud that I've lost less pounds but more pant sizes, though, thank you very much.
Not quite sure what got into me today, either -- I wore my curvy boot cut jeans, I put on a nice belt, I put on earrings, and a bracelet! And it's amazing how much more confident you feel when you dress nicely. I mean, I'm still in jeans and a tshirt,but they're nice jeans and a nice tshirt and I just feel good about myself -- and I think that shows.
I also thought about what I brought home from the grocery store. Very little processed food. A couple of Kashi bars; a loaf of Women's Bread; some tortillas. Then the closest I got to processed foods were silken tofu. The rest was yogurt, veggies, & fruit. And yes, I did buy sushi. Since I don't eat out very often since I hate to eat out by myself, that's my treat every week -- Whole Foods makes awesome sushi.
As our move grows closer, my pantry and my freezer and even my refrigerator are getting barer. Hardly bare yet, and in fact, I've got to work on that more. It's getting closer all the time, and there still seems to be a ton of food in the house -- yet I can't seem to stop myself from making myself fresh food. I'm just too used to it now, I suppose, and I know that the minute I start buying prepared foods my weight goes up or stays the same. And I'll be okay with stays the same as we get closer to the move, but I've still got about 6 weeks. Although we're supposed to close next Tuesday.
So a lot of rambling thoughts, but really, pay attention to those non-scale victories.
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