Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I don't know how much longer I can stand this weather. There's no snow, because it's not quite cold ENOUGH, so I can't go snowshoeing (after my husband spent $50 on snowshoes for me for Christmas!). But it is cold/damp/rainy/miserable almost every day!!! This morning I saw that it was 34 degrees outside, which is pretty good for 5am in February! Usually at this time of morning, it's in the teens. Went out there, and got less than halfway down my block before coming back home, because it is very slippery. Monday's snow has melted but the roads are just slick enough to be unable to run. Enough already, I just want spring to get here. :(
I've been thinking about a banana for 2 days, and this morning I'm going to make a special trip to the store for ONE BANANA. Can't stop thinking about it. Actually I would love 2 bananas. Maybe I'll get 2.
Yesterday I ate too much chocolate for Valentine's Day so now I'm in Hate-Myself mode. It's my own fault. I'm trying to just move past it and not worry. I'm having a hard time being satisfied by my food right now. Also yesterday, I didn't have enough water. I could totally tell I was getting dehydrated, too, but did I drink more?! Hell no! I don't drink water well in the winter. I saw a cool tea infuser and loose-leaf tea over the weekend, and it was good, so when Dan gets paid this Friday, I'm going to try and get that for myself. Haha, it's all about me. I'm so spoiled. I can't wait to get a job so I can feel like I actually earn the money to buy things for myself.
One of my friends on fb posted a link to a 5K next month that I want to do, and it's only $20 so I'm going to do it. I just ran 5K the other morning, and I'm regularly running at least 2, so I feel good about doing it. I'm going to try and join as many small events as I can afford, and hope for the best. The Evergreen Triathlon will probably be my most expensive event this year, at $60. Less than 2 years, and our 2nd house payment will be gone. *sigh*
Okay, so today is a new day, I'm going to put all the bad foods behind me from yesterday and eat well today. Ready, set, go. Spark On. :)
Monday, February 13, 2012
This morning I was up 4 lbs. from last week. I'm trying to not worry about it, now that I'm doing ST 3x a week and 2 pairs of my pants are looser now. But wow, that # on the scale has a serious effect on my mood.
This morning I had a quiz on proteins, in my Anatomy class. The prof. pissed me off. Told me in front of the whole class of 80 kids, that I was wrong. I wanted to come straight home and check my information, but I went for a swim instead. I'm exhausted now, totally drained. I ran 3 miles before dawn this morning, and lifted weights...but I really wanted to swim too. It was relaxing, maybe a little too relaxing. But anyway, after I got home, I looked up the PPT slides online and found on Slide #11 that endurance athletes (runners) should get 1-1.1g of protein per kg of body weight, and power athletes (football players) should get 1.2g of protein per kg of body weight. I emailed him, because being right is very important to me. ;)
ETA: In a subsequent class period, my professor corrected himself and explained that endurance athletes should get 1.2-1.4g of protein per kg of body weight, and power athletes should get 1.6-1.8g of protein per kg of body weight. He didn't apologize for calling me wrong in front of everyone, but he did correct his information, so here I am correcting mine. I wouldn't want any of my good Spark friends to get too much or too little because of something I said. :)
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Over the weekend, my daughter's boyfriend broke up with her. Via text. What a rat. She is young, and she will learn that some boys are rats. She will also find someone who treats her like the beautiful person she is. I'm not saying that because I'm her mom; she is smart, pretty, talented, and she loves helping others.
Anyway, we went to Coldstone Creamery and had ice cream. Her favorite is the stuff that tastes like cake batter. Blech, I'm more of the banana-and-caramel type, myself. But there's no escaping it, I had a lot of calories over the weekend. I'm back on track this week though, it just took a day of eating well again before I felt like exercising again. I have a biking friend who has been on WW for the past 4 years and is now running. I have only known her a few months, so imagine my surprise to find out she not only has been on WW the last 4 years, but also had to have surgery to manage all the skin that was left. She just started running again this week, and she mentioned how hard it is to get back in the swing after being on the DL a few weeks. 3 years of a good habit, overshadowed by 4 weeks of taking it easy! It's no lie, it's hard to get back in a routine when you drop out for a few.
I'm learning a lot in my Anatomy class. I've been stepping up the ST for the past few weeks and feeling really good. The goal is to have increased muscle mass and ultimately burn more calories. I'm enjoying it more now, and I've let my guard down with some of the machines too, and that's going really well.
Only thing not perfect is my iron. I went to give blood on Saturday, and I got turned away! Low Hb. I used to get turned away a lot, before I was on SP and watched my food more closely. This time I think it's because I quit meat, so I've started having meat again in small amounts. When my oldest daughter came back to meat, she said she couldn't believe how much more energy she had. I'm not a huge meat-eater; generally I probably only eat about 2-3 oz. of meat a day, and some days I don't have any at all. But I did find out in my Anatomy class that meat contains ALL 20 of the main amino acids needed by our body, and is called a complete protein. Plant sources of protein are missing a few key amino acids and are called incomplete proteins. So meat it is for me, but I don't need to have giant Fred-Flintstone piece of meat on my plate either; that's so not me.
We had a dietician come to our class this week and she had a lot of information. A lot of it I knew, some of it I didn't. She talked about the My Plate guidelines and they make a lot of sense to me. I am good about putting balanced meals on the table for everyone, but I'm not that great about having a dairy (calcium) or a fruit in every meal, so I'm going to work on that while cooking at home. It's not hard; it's a cup of milk and some fruit cocktail added to my kids' meals. I can totally do that. :)
I guess that's about all. Just checking in to say how I'm doing. I've lost 11 lbs. so far this year, probably 3-4 of that is water, so I think I'm doing pretty awesome. None of my clothes fit differently yet, but I don't expect that to happen for another month yet. I'll be looking forward to that. Tangible evidence. Spark On.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I hate that a bad weigh-in will define my entire day. I worked my ass off all last week and...NOTHING. Very frustrating.
In the meantime, my Anatomy prof was talking about max heart rate today and that the most optimal for losing weight is 60-75% of your max h.r. If that's the case, I'm killing myself at the gym. My h.r. is regularly 20 more than 80% of the max. I don't know if I should change things or what. I sent him an email, we'll see what he says.
Tonight I'm going to Carl's for a self-pity ice cream. I haven't had ice cream in MONTHS. I just need to drown my sorrows. I'll be back at the gym in the morning. *trudging onward*
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This morning I did better running because I got Dan to set up my iPod and I had some tunes to run with, instead of the dead silence of the ISU gym at 5:30am. Yes, it's pretty sad that I don't know how to work an iPod. That's why I married a technology guy. ;)
Eating is going pretty good this week in spite of a weekend hiccup. Damn cookies! I can't ever have ONE cookie. I romp on cookies until they are gone. I'm good with an unopened bag in the pantry, but once they are open, it's all I think about. I've been pushing cookies on my kids. "Here, have another!" "Oh look, there's only 1 left, eat it!" I'm a mean mom. ;)
And in the meantime my 8th grader is in heaven because she came with me grocery shopping over the weekend and spotted clearance Christmas cookie dough. She got gingerbread for a quarter, and peppermint-sugar cookie dough for a buck. For the big fat value-sized tubes. UGH I hate my life sometimes. So far this week, I've stayed away from that stuff, and I've shown the oldest 2 kids that you can make a small quantity and save the rest of the dough for another time...you don't have to bake ALL the cookies at once.
ST...is going well. Yesterday I tested myself and found that my knee with the fake ACL is very, very weak. I used to do a bunch of PT exercises after my surgery, and I'm going back to doing those. The leg extension machine, using only that leg. The leg press, with only that leg. And of course tons of leg lifts with an ankle weight. I think it's crazy-wrong for a gym to NOT have ankle weights as a piece of equipment. How are they teaching students how to become physical therapists without them??? I've been bringing my own ankle weights from home and that's a PITA but I'm definitely getting it done.
This past Monday I tried a spinning class for the first time in many years. WOW I worked my a$$ off. I was the biggest person there, which totally bothers me, but I didn't leave; I stayed to the end and did it all. There were a couple college girls there without water. WOW. I can't imagine doing something like that without water.
Finally I want to say something about my anatomy class this semester, because it's really amazing, the stuff we talk about in that class. It's all stuff that I've been learning on Sparkpeople all these years. Hopefully that will give me an edge when it comes to test time. But seriously, the lectures are awesome and the professor is VERY down-to-earth. He also does not mince words, which blows my mind a little...but the college kids love him I'm sure.
I guess that's about all for now. I have kids to get off to school and a couple of classes of my own to get ready for. Spark On.
ETA: I forgot I wanted to talk about the Lentil Chili I made over the weekend. The kids HATED it. Dan and I loved it. Well, I might have loved it more if my kids hadn't hurt my cooking confidence. I avoided the leftovers in the fridge for a couple days, and then yesterday I decided to have some for lunch. OMG it was really AWESOME. I had 2 helpings, it was that good. I've had a hard time finding meatless foods that satisfy me, but this was soooo good, and I was completely satisfied when I ate it. I loved it. I have 2 more servings in the fridge, and I'm having that today for lunch. So yeah, the meatless thing is working out pretty okay so far. I'm eating a LOT more beans now, and I don't mind. :)
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