Thursday, June 02, 2011
Today I finally made it out the door by 3pm!
I have been planning to go to another supermarket that is further from where I live, as they sell vacuum packed fresh fish! I did contemplate catching the metro but it is only 1 stop away and I knew it would be a nice walk, so i walked it,and it took took me 30mins.
on the way I had to walk through a Chilean protest, this comprises of a group of people using horns and whistles and walking around in a circle, there were signs posted on the fence and lots of small pieces of cut paper strewn all over the pavement! A little further up there were 2 policeman watching the whole show!
I had a leisurely stroll around the supermarket, this one is brand new and the isles are still clear, they haven't thought of how to clog them up with produce yet!
Stuck to fresh produce and toiletries, once finished i went out with my trolley and there was a taxi waiting, so I had the 4 bags of groceries placed in the boot by the driver, there is NO way that would happen in Aus!
It took a while to get back due to peak hour traffic. The taxi drivers' here do not get tipped! So I thanked him profusely in Spanish. Walking away loaded up with my bags, I realized that this is something I would not do in Aus, and I will miss it.
So I am savouring my last few weeks here with nostalgia, as I will probably never return, and it has been my home for 2 years. There is a market place where I will go and order a3 dimensional wood carving of the street scape of the port city of Valparaiso. So must get my act together and order it, so it is ready for when the packers come.
I had a break from cleaning today and watched some TV and had a relaxing time getting ready. Had a face mask and did my hair and wore makeup for the first time since I came back, felt great!
The air had cleared up today so it was pleasant outside, I enjoyed the warm sun on my body as I walked up to the supermarket.
There is challenge going around Sparkpeople about wearing a bracelet to remind us of the commitment we made to ourselves to have a healthier life. I have joined the challenge and am wearing mine now!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Just sat down to write this blog and prior to that put in my exercise for the day on the tracker.
I put in " heavy cleaning" on the tracker as I cleaned all the windows in the patio area and then proceeded to wash the floor out there as well.
As there is NO decent mop and bucket in this country I decided to do the floors the way we used to, go to the squat position and do it by hand, so with really hot water, gloves and a cloth off I went, had to have a rest half way through! I could really feel my quads stretching ! so I don't feel guilty about not walking today.
I was a good girl and did NOT weigh myself this am like I normally do.
My next weigh in, is next Monday the 6th of June!
I did all my measurements and was surprised that despite being on a "forever" plateau I had actually lost a few more centimetres, total overall loss in the last 2 months of 7cms or 2 and 3quarter inches!
Well had better go make up the bed, managed to wash the mattress cover and the sheets today also. Love getting into a bed with nice fresh sheets!
I continue with remaining grain free, eating lots of veggies and eggs, nuts and meat and 2 pieces of fruit a day.
Am allowed a small piece of dark chocolate a day, so I had that after washing the floors.
Also followed a Sparkfriends advice a took the jug of water out of the 'fridge and am drinking more water.
Have a great Wednesday all my
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Finally feeling "human" again. Head is clear and sleep pattern almost back to normal!
Have just about caught up with most of my sparkfriends! Really missed the daily Spark interaction while I was away in Tasmania, will be getting one of those i-phones ASAP!
back to daily tracking and am impressed with the new tracker. Ii don't even bother with "my favourites" list any more. I just go to the "what have you eaten" tab, type it in , up comes easy options and put in the amount and there it is! Love it! another good incentive to eat clean food , no trying to guesstimate what you have eaten.
will be back out walking again tomorrow. Have really missed my long walks. While I was in Perth I had to limit the length of walks with Sooty and Abby as Sooty has been diagnosed with arthritis in his back leg. So he is on medication to reduce the inflammation for a short while and had to restrict the length of his walks. So did lots of short walks around our local park.
Nutrition wise I have commenced a 31 day "no grain" eating plan and am currently on day 5. I am allowed all vegetables, fruit, meat and walnuts, almonds and cashews.
My typical breakfast is fruit with yogurt.
Lunch can be boiled egg with tomato, capsicum, lettuce and carrot.
Dinner is meat, fish , turkey or chicken with cauliflower, brooklets, peas.
I have been tracking this now for the past 3 days and finding that I am getting enough carbs without the grains.
Suggested snacks are,
fruit and nuts, such as an apple and 6 almonds
tuna and carrots
hard boiled egg with celery
guacamole with veggies
So, why am I doing this?
For those of you who know me, know that I have hit this very long protracted plateau, my body has decided it is "comfortable" with this weight. The thing is, the numbers are NOT good, they are not BAD either, but at the age of 57 I don't have the luxury of accepting where my body thinks it is "comfortable".
Why? Because I am still classified as "overweight" by the charts, at 5 foot 3inches or as we say in Australia 163cms tall and I currently weigh 71.3 kg.
My ideal weight should be between 58 - 60kgs
I also have a high fasting blood sugar level , and this does not sit well with me at all!
Most of my body fat sits in my abdomen and back and that is proving to be VERY hard to move!
So my plan for the next 28 days is to eat grain free, walk at least 5 kms a day, increasing it to 10kms every 3 days. On return from my walk I will do at least 10mins of strength training.
I am keeping it simple as we will be packing up and leaving Santiago a week after this 28 day plan. I need to be focused and make this whole thing achievable.
Also thinking seriously of weighing myself weekly instead of daily. What do you think?
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