Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Yesterday, I had lunch out with a friend and was stunned to see how much sodium was in my "healthy" choice. I resolved to increase my water and did so. I left a post on the nutrition message board asking if increased water would make up for the sodium. Coach Jen said that it would, to a point. Other posters were a bit more negative and blunt. Others appreciated that I asked the question. I did not see all this dialog until this evening because, once again, no lunch walk and meal at my desk. Lunch at my desk means Sparktime.
Lunch today was an invitation with one of our attorneys. I am about to become a paralegal (one more class!), so I welcome every chance to network and look for opportunities to increase my value at work. I didn't know where he wanted to go, so I had no opportunity to download a nutrition PDF and plan. We went to Fresh Choice. I loaded up on the fresh veggies, skipped the dressing and should have skipped the soup and rice and chocolate frozen yogurt. I could only guestimate what I did. I like to blend a couple of soups and put them over rice. I did, but I did not make a huge bowl as I would normally have done. I also went light on the portion for the chocolate, but my taste buds told me I overdid it.
I had some errands on the way home so that gave me a cumulative step count over 10K, but it was not quality time. It was, however, enough time for me to aggravate my left Achilles tendon. I had surgery on that tendon as a teen, decades ago, and have had chronic tendonitis since then. Getting fit is proving to be a challenge! To think I, yes, I would fret about missing exercise is a paradigm shift from the old me! Wow!
So, tomorrow, I'm going to skip Toastmasters, walk and get my heart rate up. Oh, I also signed the waiver so I can use the little gym at work. I'll have to learn how to use all those scary looking instruments of torture.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I am unhappy with myself! Despite better intentions, I did not get any meaningful exercise in today. I did walk the stairs every chance I had, but not much more than that. My lunchtime walk was replaced with lunch out with a coworker.
She noticed I had a very balanced low calorie meal and commented about it. I had downloaded the nutritional PDF from the website and had picked out a few alternatives. I was going to order a la carte, but found, when we got there that the options were not available. I still felt pretty happy with my choice. The one drawback was that it was high in sodium AND I had a diet Pepsi with it. I made sure to drink extra water, but I don't know if that will compensate for the high sodium.
A coworker was laid off last week and I have been given the opportunity to put in some OT (rare opportunity where I work!) over the next few weeks taking care of the boxes of paper, stacks of files and stuff in his office. By the time I got home, I had zero interest in exercise and was not even that hungry.
This is 3 consecutive days of not moving! It almost feels like "diet" thinking - sort of like I screwed up so I might as well continue doing so. I have the same guilt for not doing what I "should" do. I have seen some great ideas this week - one guy walked every day for a year and lost 40 pounds just doing that. Another SP person decided to post 3 goals for the month of April.
So here goes:
I am going to walk every day
I am going to strength train 3 times a week and try one new exercise every week
I am going to live my mantra: No shortcuts!
Please, SP friends, hold me accountable!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The storm front I felt days ago has arrived, but it is underwhelming. It is windy and very cold, but the rain changes by the minute - dripping, pouring, sprinkling. "I don't want to slip." "I don't want to risk getting sick." How easily those excuses came back. No walk today, at least not much of one.
Not sleeping again and just feel like a slug!
Had a fabulous salad for lunch! As I told someone in my comments on their blog, it seems as if the tastebuds need variety just as our bodies need a variety in exercise. I recently discovered sunflower seeds. I sprinkled a few on my salad and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Watching the new Discovery series "Life" gets my mind off the desire to munch mindlessly. Something about watching African vultures eating bone takes the edge off. Seriously, the photography is gorgeous! Vicarious traveling is all I can afford now, but that will not always be the case.
I visualize myself slender, strong, healthy and being active. I MUST get out of this anti-exercise rut. But I'll procrastinate one more day and get some sleep.
It's supposed to be rainy tomorrow, but not as much. I welcome the absence of joint pain and welcome the ability to move again!
Happy Easter, SparkFriends!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
We ate out this morning at IHOP. BF wanted to go out for fast food and I wanted to make a more intelligent choice. I had read on SP a few weeks ago that IHOP had revamped their menus to include fit and friendly choices. I was thrilled with the changes! I had a whole wheat french toast combo for 470 calories and loved it! The scramble was with egg substitute, which I have used for years and now prefer to real eggs, they gave me two slices of turkey bacon. I liked it (it's fun finding new things), but, if I were as into bacon as I was when I was younger, it would not have been an acceptable substitute. The french toast was done so well that I think it's the best I've ever had. Sometimes, french toast is either soggy or eggy. This was neither! It was garnished with banana slices, something I never would have done. It was so good, I didn't even chase the waiter for the sugar free syrup.
To my surprise, BF chose the fit and friendly version of the incomparable harvest grain pancakes. Served with the same scramble, blueberries in the pancakes (2 instead of the 3 on the fully loaded platter) and banana slices. He covered it in syrup, not as much as he usually uses. I think his breakfast was considerably lower in calories than his usual choice. Had he not used the syrup, it would have been 570 calories. I was so proud of him for making a better food choice! I told him so, too.
I stayed within range in food and water, but zero exercise. I felt sore, stiff, tired, a bit rundown. All day long, I kept telling myself I needed to get moving, but I just didn't or couldn't.
I'll probably regret this when I step on the scale tomorrow morning, but even that prospect is not enough to get me moving...
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