Tuesday, August 04, 2009
This week my goal has been to make better choices in the snacks I eat -- more savory snacks that really fuel my days. I was doing well, too, until the power outage on Sunday. I didn't want to get into the refrigerator, so that limited me. I ended up with a Luna bar.
Luna bars aren't bad as snacks go, but they are very sweet, so I try to limit them in general. I'd been snacking on things like crackers & PB or almond butter or fruit smoothies. Fruit smoothies may be sweet, but at least they're full of stuff that's good for you, and with a little tofu or nut butter they have the protein to keep you full.
Yesterday I ate really well -- my lunch was baked tofu, seaweed salad, and red bell pepper slices (actually, it may sound gross, but it was really good). Ok, I didn't need the slice of tofu cheesecake, but aside from the sugar in it, it's actually pretty healthy and packed with protein.
The problem was that I was hungry all day. Like ravenous hungry. I ate healthy, nutritious, fueling foods, but I think I just ate too much of them. Part of it came from waiting on a contractor to deliver something, which delayed dinner, and I was hungry. Even after dinner I was still hungry. I really didn't exercise enough to explain the hunger -- aside from some yoga, that walk was my only exercise yesterday.
Today is a new day with new choices. And now I have a new goal to work towards. We are finally going to take a small vacation! I've been waiting for one forever. There was a time or two I was just going to book one, but my husband's schedule can be crazy & that makes it difficult. I was getting ready to just leave him with all the animals and take off! Or maybe I would've just taken the dogs. He can handle the cats on his own, but the dog can't be left alone all day.
Where we're going has a pool, and I'm hoping it won't rain so I can get some swimming in. I love to swim, and haven't been able to in forever, it seems. We are taking the dogs with us, so that will be very interesting. They've only been in a hotel once, and that was only for one night before we moved up here. I hope they behave themselves!
Monday, August 03, 2009
I'll make up for my lack of blogging this weekend with a double blog today.
All I wanted to do this morning was lay on the couch & watch all 4 hours of the "Today Show". But it's a beautiful day today -- no rain, relatively cool & not too humid. These days have been few & far between this summer, so I just couldn't lay on my butt all morning. There will be times I'll give into it during the winter, I'm sure.
It did take me a bit longer than usual to get moving, but I did get out with the dogs & head out to the canal again. I decided to do some walk/jog intervals. Today didn't feel quite as effortless as the last time I did these on the canal. Maybe because I'm tired. Still, I did about 20 minutes of jogging out of roughly half an hour of walking -- then walked all the way back. I was pretty surprised to see I'd already gone over 10,000 steps by the time I got home. I suspect I won't add too many steps to that today, but if I'd holed up at home like I wanted to, I'm sure I would have totaled far less for the day.
I continue to wonder if my walk/jogs outside would be a bit more effortless if the dogs weren't acting as an anchor. They appreciate a change of scenery as much as me -- they're so excited when we go someplace new or someplace we haven't been in a while. But after the first few jogging intervals they're dragging.
I think about getting a bike -- the canal is just the perfect place for a non-biker like me to bike -- but I'd wouldn't be able to take the dogs along. I could probably get Chester into one of those little baskets no problem, but I'd be afraid of what would happen to him if I fell. And I know Lola probably would never sit still in one, and she'd poop out too quickly running along the bike. I've already asked DH if he's interested in biking, but he isn't. I haven't been on a bike in at least 30 years, either. I just like the idea of being able to do some more cross training. Maybe I need to look into snow shoes for the winter. I've always been interested in that, but not too many opportunities in Austin.
I did come across something new today -- and I must admit it looked really cool. For the first time, I saw not one, but two trikkes -- www.trikke.com/HPV/index.html . It looks like fun. I'd never heard of them before.
The old me probably would've just stared at them in wonder, but I asked the first person I saw on one just what it is.
I also wanted to share a tip I picked up in "Chi Running" -- maybe it's old hat to you, but it was new to me & it works a charm. I always have trouble with my shoelaces coming untied. I'd pull them really tight, double knot them, and they'd still come undone. You simply tie them regularly, put the 2 loops together, and then shove them under your laces further down your shoe. I haven't had a sneaker come undone since reading that trick!
Monday, August 03, 2009
Actually, all in all yesterday went pretty well, even if not quite the way I planned it.
We had a couple & their 2 young children over -- one of my husband's coworkers (actually, his one "employee" now that he's a manager, altho that's about to change). His coworker is a really nice guy, and has been really helpful to us, too.
As I was vacuuming at 8:30 in the morning, the power went out. We decided to take the dogs for their walk -- I suppose that's a good thing, left to my husband's devices, it would have been a later walk, but when he had no tv to watch or computer to surf on, he was ready earlier. As we were heading home, our neighbors stopped and informed us the transformer across the street had blown.
I was puzzled, at first, that I hadn't heard it -- those things are usually pretty loud -- but then I realized that I was vacuuming. Since it was a rainy day like they forecasted, we were a bit concerned about just what would happen with the dinner -- my stove is electric, and my husband doesn't like to grill in the rain. Not to mention what to eat for lunch. My husband was all for using the refrigerator, but I wanted to keep it closed if I didn't know how long we'd be without power. The power came back on around noon.
I planned personal pizzas for everyone. I'd made the dough -- something I hadn't done in a really, really long time, but have been wanting to get back into -- and wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. It was pretty good. I put out cheese & crackers & some chips & guacomole for munchies, but no one was munching at first. Eventually, though, people got into them, thankfully. The cheese wasn't really a problem -- I can control myself with cheese -- but the guac won't last that long and I can only eat a little guacamole at a time.
I also made a vegan cheesecake for dessert. It was ok, which was surprising, because almost everything I've made from that particular cookbook has been really good. Unfortunately, the wife of the coworker brought us cookies. I told them we didn't need anything, and I certainly don't need cookies! You know me & cookies by now. I had one, and I told my husband to put the rest in the freezer downstairs. Hopefully that's far enough away (the garage) so that I'll stay out of them.
Normally I send anything that's tempting to me in with my husband to work, but I feel that would be a bit tacky in this case. I may just take them to my small dog meetup this month.
So things worked out, as they often have a tendency to do, even though it didn't go quite as planned.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I read an SP member's blog a little while ago; she was talking about what part of a healthy lifestyle is due to nutrition, to behavior modification, and to exercise. She was developing her own "formula". But I think that all parts of a healthy lifestyle actually have equal weight -- it's only when we're in balance that things work. Finding that balance is the hard part. And we may have it for a little while, and then have to juggle things again to find our new balance. Which works with yesterday's blog -- we're always under construction.
We were chatting during our WW meeting as usual, and one woman near me was talking about how if she eats a little too much one day, she exercises more the next. Our leader was also talking about a tool she has that tells how much she has to exercise to burn off certain foods.
There was a time when I would agree with these attitudes, but I've slowly come to the realization that that isn't a healthy lifestyle. Exercise addiction is just as bad for you as food addiction.
Exercise and nutrition have to work hand in hand. You can't always expect to use exercise to burn off extra calories. Because there will be times when you simply can't: when you're sick, when you're busy, etc. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying exercise isn't part of the equation; it is. But I just believe (for the moment, anyway), that it's wrong to use it to correct overeating. That will work in the short run, but not in the long run.
And there's a whole other part of the equation I haven't even touched on: the mental aspect. If you never tackle why you overeat, then you're most likely doomed to just keep repeating the same mistakes over and over. If anything should get more weight in the equation, it should be the mental aspect.
All of these have to work together. If you can't get your eating under control, no matter how much you exercise, you're going to continue to struggle. If you can't get yourself to move, you're going to hit a plateau at some point. And if you can't get a handle on why you overeat, all the exercise in the world won't save you.
None of this happens overnight. That's why there's no quick fix. We are battling the habits and problems of a lifetime. It's not easy to turn your life around, but you CAN do it.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
That was my leader's quote at today's meeting. So true! Being "done" (aka, done being fat) was all the rage, but the truth is that no matter how long we are at our goal weights, we're never really "done". And if you think you're "done", you probably really are -- that is, you're done for.
Despite the evil PB Bars, I lost a small amount of weight this week. Despite that fact that TOM arrived in the middle of the night last night, keeping me up for much of the night -- and we're having some people over for dinner this weekend (we think, anyway, DH doesn't even get home til later tonight). I attribute a lot of that to minding my ABCs this week.
Yesterday I had cookies after lunch, AND strawberry-rhubarb crisp after dinner. But they were conscious decisions, I put them on a plate, and I savored every bite (plus had plenty of fruits & veggies throughout the day).
I wouldn't be human if I didn't admit my latest freakish weight gain does bother me. I still can't see anything I did that week that would account for it -- or in previous weeks, for that matter. And it puts me back to what I weighed in April!
But, I've begun to think of myself as Sleeping Beauty. I haven't really quite hammered out the details of the analogy, it doesn't quite fit, and yet it does. I'm not waiting for my prince to come along -- there's no quick fix to weight loss, and I know that. But I do feel that sometimes while I am working on all my healthy habits my body is sleeping -- or even gaining weight -- and that all those good habits will catch up to my actual weight at some point. Something like that, anyway.
It wasn't a fluke of the scale, because I could feel it in my clothes. Yet I'm still very well aware of how far I've come, how much better I feel & look, and I don't want to lose that. So for now, I'm trying to mind my ABCs as much as possible, and also eliminate more of those little touches of sweetness I like to throw into my day; or just be a bit more aware of them. I'm trying to, once again, wean myself away from sweet snacks. I'll still have my treats, but I want my snacks between meals to be more savory, for the time being at least.
It's true, we're never "done". There is always something new to try, there are always little tweaks to be made, there is always something new to learn. And that can be exciting, if you allow it to be.
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