Monday, November 02, 2009
I firmly believe that. In all areas of our lives. For instance, I just realized that I got up an hour earlier than I needed to -- because my husband hasn't changed his clock yet (I would have done it for him if I knew how). It would have been really nice to know that so I could have stayed in bed a bit longer!
So to be powerful, you've got to know yourself. I know, for instance, that I don't do well traveling if I don't bring food with me. I know that I need a good breakfast to start my day -- so yes, I'm willing to give up precious space to lug around protein bars, oatmeal, single serving packets of peanut butter, nuts, and dried fruit. Even a blender bottle!
I know that when I go out to eat, I don't want a simple grilled fish and steamed veggies most of the time. I want something I don't normally good -- usually something that's not all that great for me.
I know that I'd rather have dessert than an appetizer when I go out to eat -- sometimes. Altho sometimes I'll go with an appetizer because I've got a healthy dessert at home. And sometimes I don't need either.
I know that I'd rather sit and knit all day long, but my pedometer tells me I need to move more. It's really a great little reminder to move.
I know that if I don't drink enough water, I get hungry AND tired; never a good combination. Which is why I drink almost half my water before I take the dogs out for a walk in the morning.
I know that despite the fact that I love vegetables, I still often fall short on them because they take work. Chopping, sauteeing, roasting -- it all takes time. Which is why baby carrots appear so frequently in my food -- they're grab and go. I don't even have to cut them up!
And I know that if I'm not very careful on vacations, or during the holidays, it's really, really easy to pack on the pounds. Probably not a whole lot at one time -- a pound here, 2 pounds there. But before you know it, you're 40 lbs overweight because you just didn't pay attention. Or more. I need to pay attention. And I'll admit it: sometimes I'm tired of paying attention. Some days I want to eat whatever I damn well please.
But the truth is I'm not really tired of it, because I like how I look. I definitely have more energy. 2 years ago, all the walking I did on vacation and all the raking I've done since I've been back would have killed me. I see how tired it makes my husband. Poor guy can barely move, but that's because he IS so sedentary. Of course, it wasn't a vacation for him, either; it was work. But he still doesn't get that my strength training isn't just about looking good -- it's about having the muscle you need to get through your days without being exhausted.
I know a lot of things, but I'm always learning new stuff, too. What do you know?
Yesterday's breakfast was my reese's cup oatmeal. I really do love it so much that I could eat it every day, but I do eat other things occasionally, too. I want to do some baking this week -- going to visit the family this weekend -- it's starting already!
I need a snack in between breakfast and lunch. I know I should have had something like some fruit and nuts, but it wasn't what I was in the mood for. I had some Health Valley amaranth crackers (they're good!), a slice of dried pineapple, and coconut cocoa tea.
Lunch was leftover white pizza with baby carrots. I love veggie pizza, but unfortunately I really love white pizza too. It is loaded with calcium due to the ricotta, at least. Someday maybe I'll be able to be satisfied with just one slice.
Not pictured: an apple for dessert.
Dinner was home made mac & cheese with roasted brussel sprouts. the mac & cheese also has a lot of calcium, so at least I got my calcium in. It's also got some butternut squash in there (even DH likes it!), and I use whole wheat elbows. So yes, a bit of an indulgent day, but not terrible. And I did do an hour of raking.
Dessert was shared chocolates with my husband again. Only I was still a bit hungry, so I had one square of Lindt's Fleur de Sel chocolate, too.
We're still a bit light in food in the house. I probably should do some food shopping today, but will probably wait til tomorrow.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
As I've written, I'm taking up the challenge from my spark buddies and creating my own challenge. And part of that will be a photo record of what I ate. I am still in the pondering stage of how often. Every day? 5 days a week? Weekends only? It takes time to photograph every meal, prep those photos, and blog them. But there's something about having your food out there in living color that really brings it home to you even more than writing it down.
Originally I thought maybe I'd do this on my now-dead cookbook maven blog (which will be revived . . . someday). But I'm thinking for now SP may be the place. Feel free to comment. I may ignore it, or I may take it to heart, but either way, comments are welcome. And this will be just one part of my challenge.
Breakfast was my reese's cup oatmeal (1 tsp dark chocolate chips & 2 tbsp peanut butter mixed with 1 serving rolled oats -- you probably won't "see" this often, but it will be listed a LOT. Double chocolate mate tea. And there's the Naturally More peanut butter I use.
An unpictured snack: a Jocolat Larabar.
This is an unusual lunch for me. Bagel with Tofutti cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon) with baby carrots. The lox is very nutritious, but the bagel not so much. Yes, I could get myself a wheat bagel, but this is something I only do once in a while. I guess we'll see, huh? It sure did keep me full for a long time, and I left a few bites of bagel over.
Not pictured were the 2 chocolates I shared with my husband. We bought a pack of chocolates in Vienna -- supposedly tourist's favorites -- so we've been sharing that. So basically one chocolate.
The starter for my dinner. A simple salad with a cut up apple, pecans, and home made vinaigrette dressing. I realized that I was pretty woefully short on both veggies and fruit today.
The main course: a frittata with onions and asparagus. I froze these leftovers before I left, and they didn't taste quite as good. I was still hungry after dinner, so I had a Simply Well chocolate pudding, which I've been counting as calcium but since it only has 10% of the daily recommended amount, I guess I really can't. It does have probiotics in it -- and the cats & dogs sure think it's yogurt (but can't have any since it's chocolate). I was STILL hungry, so I had a dark chocolate covered biscuit.
Okay, not a stellar day of eating, but not terrible, and certainly an improvement on the day before. I didn't have any Halloween candy at all. We only had 7 trick or treaters -- a far cry from the hordes we used to get in Austin (of course it did rain). I came down here to find the leftover candy, so I put that away in a drawer. I certainly don't need to look at it (DH will probably bring it into work tomorrow) and the dogs don't need to get into it, either.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
That's what weight loss is like. Oh yeah, I got some of the raking done yesterday -- and yes, it was a windy day.
It's hard work. Raking is hard work on the best of days, but even harder when it's windy (sort of like trying to type this message with a 14 lb cat trying his darndest to attach himself to me). You see all your hard work swirled away by the wind.
And yet, when all is said and done, you are left with piles of leaves and a sense of accomplishment.
We don't always have control over our weight loss -- or even our eating (or lives) for that fact. Yesterday I had a rare "bad" day of eating where I craved chocolate right after breakfast, and just sort of grazed for most of the day. I finished off the last third of my brownie, plus a vitabrownie, and couple of dark chocolate covered cookies, too. I ended up with yogurt, a banana, a little granola, and a few chocolate chips for lunch because that's what I wanted. But then rounded it off with a nice healthy dinner.
Thankfully, I don't have days like this too often. Usually they come around TOM, but that is past -- I'm guessing it's because I'm still not getting quite enough sleep, still waking up too early, but I'm slowly getting back into my natural sleeping patterns. And then we change time tonight! And we already changed time in Europe. Life is just weird sometimes.
So maybe I won't take off my 1.8 lbs so fast, or maybe I will. That's okay. I did what I needed to do. I also walked the dogs, twice, and ran and raked leaves for 45 minutes.
And as so many of you suggested, I am working up my own personal challenge. I'll share it, of course, when I figure it all out, and I may need a little feedback, too.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I was reading a spark buddy's blog about challenges she has joined. It's been a while since I really participated in a challenge. Most of my good habits are pretty firmly in place; of course, the eating part always needs improvement. If I always ate well, I wouldn't be here in the first place!
I do get lots of exercise most of the time, but at heart, I'm a sedentary person with lots of sedentary hobbies. And it's been a long time since I've been thru a real winter. I don't usually have much problems getting up, unlike my leader who was complaining about having to get up in the dark yesterday, but once that light disappears in the afternoon, I just want to curl up on the couch.
And then, of course, there's the holidays. Spent with the family, which we also haven't done in years and years.
My appetite doesn't really seem to change no matter how much exercise I get. I'm just as hungry when I do nothing as I am when I walk 5 miles a day. Why is that?
And then there's the food envy. If I see it, I want it. I don't always have it, but I want it. I wanted that cookie on the plane. The only reasons I didn't have it was that a) I'd already had an ice cream sundae with everything except the cherry on top and b) I really wasn't hungry. But despite not being hungry, I still wanted it. That damn see-food diet.
So do I need a challenge? To keep me on the straight and narrow? To start getting rid of these "last" 10 lbs? I'm not sure. Anyone join a challenge they're really loving?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A few things to wrap & clear up before I get to today's blog. First, the "going to WI" was meant to be going to weigh in -- sorry for any confusion there! Nope, we're home for the next 3 weeks, altho we (or maybe just me) will make a trip down to see my folks next week, since my brother is coming in briefly.
Apparently the screwup at our last hotel was sort of the harbinger of better things to come. It included free breakfasts, and access to the executive lounge. We ate breakfast there our last day, and DH spotted the man he'd seen in the lobby; he thought he looked like Donald Sutherland. Since he was sporting shades, it was hard to tell.
Now, mind you, we were in a Hilton, not some real swanky hotel or anything. But then he took off his sunglasses, and I got a good look at him as we left -- and yeah, he sure did look like Donald Sutherland. And it turns out he WAS (DH said he saw that he had an envelope with his name on it). How bizarre, huh?
Speaking of my brother, who happens to live in southern CA, we also saw Norman Fell (remember 3's Company?) while we were taking photos outside in a park at his wedding. A long, long time ago I got Frank Langella's autograph -- I went to see him in "Dracula" on broadway for my 16th birthday (he was really cute back then). I also once saw Liza Minelli in a theater on broadway -- in the audience, that is -- and asked her for her autograph (but she declined, nicely). I've seen quite a few famous actors/actresses in the theater, but no other autographs.
Anyway. Then when we got to the airport at Vienna (after taking the metro there, and having to lug my suitcase up 3 flights of stairs), we were greeted with more good news -- we got upgraded to business class! So much more comfortable. Plus you get real food! This is only the second time I've been in business class on the way back from Europe.
Basically, they just keep shoving food at you, which isn't necessarily a good thing. It starts with the bowl of warm nuts. Then real food for lunch -- including a chocolate ice cream sundae, with walnuts & whipped cream. Then they come around offering snacks (I declined) AND then warm chocolate chip cookies (I declined again -- I actually wasn't hungry by that point).
So basically we had 2 meals on the plane. But then I was hungry that afternoon. We went to the Delta lounge, and I basically grazed. And then there was that peanut butter brownie (I only ate 1/3). And that brings me to my accountability. I was pretty sure I'd gained some weight, which is hardly surprising. I want to be one of those people who go on vacation and lose weight. Like the woman in my meeting today, who'd had a short vacation and lost FIVE pounds. But I'm not that person.
I could have waited a week to WI. After all, we didn't get home til almost 9 pm last night, which for us was basically like getting home in the middle of the night. But I had to get some food into the house today and pick up the dogs, and today is my regular meeting anyway, plus I want to know. Good or bad, I want to know. Knowing keeps me accountable.
Which brings me to my goals. I wanted to stay in the 130s, but I was just barely in them so I knew it was very unlikely. Barring that, I didn't want to gain any more than 2 pounds, and I'm happy to report I only gained 1.8 lbs. Which could be just from the sodium of my afternoon grazing in an airport lounge, or it could have been all those desserts in the last few days (even tho they were shared with DH).
I know usually I'm able to take off those sorts of gains in short order. Of course, in 3 weeks we're off to the inlaws for Thanksgiving, which in some ways is even worse. Since we're planning to watch my FIL for a couple of days, I'm not even sure how much exercise I'll get in.
It's important to decide what you want before vacations or holidays. This was my first vacation in over a year, and 2 weeks with a lot of downtime on planes & trains makes the exercise part of the equation difficult. I'm definitely happy with how I did; altho I won't lie, I'd be happier to have maintained, but as the song goes, you don't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.
I've just finished downloading my photos. Only 611 to wade thru; some of those are short videos, and some of those are mistakes that I invariably make when I forget to set my camera back to stills instead of videos.
I liked Dresden more than I expected to, but I really didn't have enough time to judge -- just one day, and that one filled with snow, sleet, & rain at that. Between Prague and Vienna, I liked Prague better. Not that I didn't enjoy Vienna, mind you; I think it had more to do with the fact that I had a guidebook to Prague, spent more time there so really got to explore, and it's a smaller, more manageable city. It is also, as they say, like a fairy tale. Can't quite beat that castle on the river, especially lit up at night or as the skies go through a rainbow of colors with the setting sun.
Oh, and it never even occurred to me that the small crystal heart I bought would be a slight hiccup going thru security. The lead. Never even thought of that.
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