Sunday, July 25, 2010
Slow and steady is probably the best way to describe this week. I have made my minimums and done what I planned exercise-wise. Not a good week, and not an easy one either, struggling to find my oomph on several days because of TOM.
Water has been kept to at least eight glasses a day, which I am really pleased about, and now that I've found the streaks page I'm clocking things like that and fruit and veg and other streaks to encourage me to keep going. The streaks work! Yesterday I was tempted to leave my water at seven glasses, then I remembered the streak and gulped down an eighth one!
9, 8, 9, 8, 9, 9, 8 = 60/56 - three glasses down on last week.
Fruit and Veg:
6, 7, 5, 5, 8, 6, 6 = 43/35 - three portions less than last week
The Nutrition basics were Poor. I give myself 4 out of 10. All down from last week except carbs which held steady:
The number of days I was within the target range were:
Calories - 3/7 (record 4/7)
Carbs - 5/7 (record 5/7)
Fat - 3/7 (record 4/7)
Protein - 1/7 (record 3/7)
Again a few of those misses were only a few points out, and again I only had one really bad day when I went way over target on my fat and calories. The protein was very disappointing, although on two other days I was only 1 point and 5 points short (Sun and Thur respectively).
I used up the last of my weightwatcher carrot cakes this week, and I don't plan to buy more for a while to see how I get on with a minimum of cakey things. Now I only have a few individually wrapped, weightwatcher jaffa cake bars in the cupboard in case I really really want a cakey thing. I don't plan to deprive myself completely, but I do want to get out of this 'daily cake is ok' kick I've been on for the longest time. :-) In my cupboard is a selection of fruit-based sweet things instead, and I'll probably make some more popsicles (love that name for ice lollies!).
Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week two)
The only rest day this week was Thur, which I swapped with Wed so I wouldn't fry myself on the day I had to walk into town.
Did all my walks (SMTTFS) All ten minutes again. Next week there are two 15 min walks scheduled. I'm looking forward to seeing how much further I get. Will I actually leave my estate and head up Ipswich Road on those days? I'm so excited! LOL
28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge:
Apart from taking Wednesday off because of town I have kept this up and have reached and completed Week Two Day 4, AND this morning I did the extra workout they ask us to do on week two. I chose the 15 minute Desk Workout. It was good! Tough for me, but definitely good!
3100 steps per day was met and exceeded, so I have increased to 3200 per day as my minimum daily requirement.
The 14 miles per week was met and exceeded this week again and improved on from last week by .75 of a mile. So at least something has shown an improvement. :-)
This week 18.25 miles/14 miles NEW RECORD! (last week 17.5/14)
If this continues I will raise my weekly mile minimum at the end of next week.
187.5 lbs (13 stone 5 1/2 lbs) - Up. 0.25 lb
I gained 0.25 lb this week. TOM's fault as much as anything I suspect, but I'll keep an eye as the months go on and see if there is a trend towards a monthly increase in weight that coincides with TOM, and see what my nutrition is doing at that time too. There may well be a pattern here. I must remember though that it was only a quarter of a pound! Could have been a lot worse. :-)
So, a little disappointing, but I stuck with things all week in spite of not feeling the best, and at least the Tietze's was a minimum disruption this week. I should be pleased with myself for doing as much as I did rather than letting things overwhelm me.
Here's hoping next week is an improvement. :-)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
EDIT: Made my minimum steps. I may even have scraped 2 miles thanks to a lot of great songs to bounce by on the TV this evening. I guess my get up and go came back. :-) I've told everyone else's 'get up and goes' to go home to their owners incidentally. Apparently they were living la vida loca with Ricky Martin! ;-)
Friday, July 23, 2010
Well, I bought some Greek yogurt yesterday, planning to try out a few things with it, but ended up with a small (200g) tub because it isn't cheap and I didn't want to waste it if I found I wasn't keen, so I've only used it in two things so far:
To test the savoury options, I bought a ready meal called Channa Masala. It is "tender chick peas cooked in a warmly spiced tomato and coconut sauce, tempered with fennel and curry leaves". I love curry flavour but not curry heat. This blend was borderline for me and I used half the pot of yogurt to tone it down. It was delicious, and a pretty good protein mix thanks to the combination of the two items. Only thing was, with the rice and peas I cooked it was more than enough for one meal, so next time I'll split the amount, and get two meals out of it, with some extra veggies on the side, or maybe puree half the amount and use it to coat a piece of chicken perhaps. In my quest for increasing my protein levels without having a stomach like a lead balloon after my meal, all things are possible. :-)
To test the sweeter options, for lunch today I took the rest of the yogurt and put it in my blender, along with 1 banana, a dozen de-stoned cherries, and the flesh and juice of 1/2 a cantaloupe melon. I whizzed it all up for a good couple of minutes, and then poured some of the mix into two lollipop moulds to try it out frozen , and poured the rest into a glass to drink. It was pretty tasty. A slight aftertaste caused by the yogurt, but it was bearable, which is high praise from a fusspot like me. :-)
I'm looking forward to trying one of the lollies tomorrow.
I was going to make the Blueberry Mango Yogurt popsicles from here:
The cost was prohibitive though. Blueberries were very very expensive and the mango not cheap. Plus it occurred to me when looking at them that I couldn't remember how to tell if a mango is ripe. That's why I resorted to buying cherries and a melon instead. I will have to wait until my neighbour has enough blueberries on her plants to make a smoothie, and supply the mango and yogurt. Then we can share the result, because the organic greek yogurt is gluten free, which means she can enjoy it too. :-)
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