Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I haven't had real beef in a while - can't count those 2 pathetic burgers I got at Burger King on my way home from buffalo -! And while it is possible to get beef in Peru, they don't really know how to cook it so it's nice and tender (like when Foreman was here, he prepared us bifstek al Peru, and it was kinda tough, though tasty enough) And I know I'll be dining mostly on fish and chicken (plus the pig Foreman said they'll be killing to celebrate my arrival and his son's birth). So Today I had what will probably be my last taste of beef for most of the next 5 weeks. I went about 150 calories over limit, but did extra cardio to compensate. Oh, I may do another spaghetti with meat sauce meal, perhaps a pot roast, for friends and family...but mostly chicken and fish. ANd rice. And platanos. And yucca. AND inexpensive fresh mango, avocado, pineapple - Foreman was astounded at the price of a pineapple in Wegman's, about $4 - for such a price, he said, you could get FIFTEEN pineapples! BUT...we have Peru beat in the dairy department! CHEEEEEEEESE!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Recently I began to add some crunches to my strengthening exercises, especially since for the 3rd week in a row Abi and I managed to sweep and mop the floors! I want to exercise the abs and obliques to help with muscle tone. Well, yesterday was the first time I did the reverse crunches for the lower abs, and by golly I must've done them right because I can feel it today - not BAD but every now and then a twinge that lets me know they had some work. I should probably print up some exercises and bring the sheets with me to Peru, so IF i have the time to do so I can get some reps in here and there. I will NOT pack any weights, but I'm sure I can find somethng to work with,even if I end up buying a small set for Foreman!(Tho' that's not high priority)
Saturday, June 17, 2006
It's a Biblical principle. We often hear the equivalent, "What goes around, comes around." Galatians sums it up pretty well: (NIV)"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. LET US NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD, FOR AT THE PROPER TIME WE WILL REAP A HARVEST IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (6:7-10} This can also be applied to our attempts to lose weight by learning better health habits (I must remember always to qualify the idea of weight loss with its long term goal of changing habits). ..especially if one hits a plateau. DON'T BE WEARY IN DOING GOOD - exercise, eat right...the reward WILL come. It is a temporal thing, this learning to eat and exercise...with temporal benefits. But there are also some eternal benefits as we learn self control and perseverence, which add to our godly character.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I almost gave in again tonight...Earlier today I HAD indulged in pizza and wings at school...Last day of school, and I figured it may also be the last time I GET p&w because I shan't be having any while in Peru. Well, I'll be having CHICKEN to be sure! But no BUFFALO wings! I did enter what I consumed, and of course due to the heavy fat, it put me over. And coming home from work at night I wanted SO much to go ahead and EAT something - another meal? some chocolate? just CHOW DOWN! But Abi was up at the computer, and I told her "I want to EAT!" and she said "NO, YOU CAN'T!" and said SHE wanted to eat a sleeve of fig newtons but was resisting. So I told her I was glad she was there, else I would surely have yielded. And she told me likewise - had I not come home when I did, SHE would have indulged.
So...I got on the bike and did a couple of extra minutes.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Learning to eat right and stay fit is tied in with self control...and I have to rejoice because today i see some fruit of that, for I weighed in at 232 - thiry pounds from when I started. And I'm sure I'll drop those other 2 pounds in time to make it an even 20 from when my Peruvian friends last saw me at 250 pounds in '04. Whee!
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