Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I have a big problem with cravings in the evenings. I love sweets. I do pretty well not eating them during the day, but at night I get these really bad cravings for chocolate or ice cream. Or chocolate ice cream. :)
I don't crave sweets much throughout the day -- but then an hour or so after dinner the cravings hit me full force. I try to do other things to take my mind off of it: I'll go for a walk, or read a book, or brush my teeth. It doesn't always work. I wish I could be like my husband, who could go through life just fine without eating anything sweet.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
OK, so, I've been trying to lose the same 5 pounds for months now. This will put me at my goal weight. I'm close but fluctuate up and down, never getting below 117. I have to admit I am not as dedicated as I was in the past when it comes to food and tracking it. I allow myself many more treats and goodies than I should. Tracking has become cumbersome, though I still try to do it. So on some level I have inadvertently started maintenance.
But...I feel wonderful. I am still working out most days. My body is getting more and more toned. I fit into all the clothes I try on at the store. Life is good.
I know I need to put just a bit more thought into my food choices. I know these last stubborn pounds will come off eventually. I've been doing much better lately on the food front. I'm hoping the scale will reach the "magic number" soon. Then I can do the happy dance! :)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We don't have a whole lot of food in the house right now (we need to go to the grocery store) so last night we decided to go to a neighborhood bar for dinner and a drink. This place usually has good pizzas. Hubby had a long busy day. He hadn't even eaten lunch and so he was starving.
There were just a few people in the place, with one person working at the bar. Apparently this person feels free to behave any way he wants to when he is the only one working and the boss is not around.
I knew it was going to be an interesting night as soon as we ordered our beers. Apparently something was wrong with the beer tap because all of a sudden, the bartender began cursing and throwing out F-bombs every few seconds.
After much drama, he finally was able to pour our beers and came to take our order. As you may have heard, there is a warning not to eat jalapeno peppers right now. The pizza that we ordered usually has jalepeno peppers on it but we didn't think it would be a big deal to have them take the peppers off. They brought the pizza and we each took a bite. Then my husband noticed that there were jalepenos in the pizza, so we told him.
He was not understanding at all. He says to us "Well, they're in the sauce!" And we replied, "We didn't know there would be jalepenos in the sauce and we specifically ordered no jalepenos." At this point, most normal restaurant servers would say something like,"I'm sorry this pizza is not to your satisfaction. We'll bring you another one." Nope. Instead, he was kind of like, "Deal with it."
He walked away from us and back to the bar. We were finishing our drinks and next thing we know, he says -- loudly for everyone in the bar to hear -- "They're canned jalepenos. They' were probably pickled 2 years ago!" and then he said "If you get sick, sue me!"
WOW! We don't typically complain much at restaurants. Still, if there is a problem with the food or something goes wrong with the order, we should be able to speak up and get the food the way we ordered it. We should be nice and polite about it, of course, which we were. This guy was just so rude and obnoxious in his response. And he wouldn't let it go! He just kept carrying on. My husband said to him, "You're making this more of a big deal than it needs to be." Seriously. Then he replied "Well maybe this isn't the place for you."
Really? You don't say????? Ha ha ha ha ha!
Finally, after more drama, he took it off our bill. We paid for our drinks and left. The bright side to this story is that instead of pizza, I had a much healthier dinner from Subway.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I was working out at the gym today ... and during my workout I started to think about how far I've come in terms of fitness in just one short year.
As a child I wasn't very active. Yes, I rode my bike and ran around but I hated gym class with a passion. Since high school I've belonged to a health club but was one of those people who gave them my money (well, my parents' money) for basically no reason. I went maybe 4-6 times a year, on average. Sure, I had a few mini streaks in which I'd be all gung-ho about the gym. But they didn't last. Going to the gym, and fitness in general, to me was one of those things I *should" do, like go to the dentist or pay my taxes, but was not at all something I wanted to do.
But since I've been with Spark ... I don't know, something just changed. Somewhere in my journey I began to love working out. I don't really know how it happened, but it just did.
Now, I have to get a workout in my day for it to feel complete. To me it's just as important as eating, sleeping or brushing my teeth. The benefits truly are amazing. I sleep better. I breathe better. I have so much energy. I no longer get tired after walking for a few minutes. I am no longer depressed!! Yes, I really believe that exercise is a cure for depression. If not a cure, then a very good treatment. And I don't think I could have lost this weight by dieting alone.
I love my Body Combat and Body Pump classes. If your gym offers them, I highly recommend checking them out!! Soooo much fun. I'm also getting into Body Attack and Body Step. I take spinning classes. This week I think I'll try water aerobics! I love to run -- never in a million years would I have thought that would be true. I want to work up to my first 5K, then a 10K. Who knows, maybe a marathon??
I've heard stories about people in their 80s and 90s who run marathons. And today I watched a video that Spark featured today about a man in his 60s who runs marathons and does triathlons with his son who has cerebral palsy. He was never a runner, but now at his age he is not only running , biking and swimming but also pushing or (when swimming) pulling his son behind him. Wow! If they can do it, why can't I?
I love the way exercise makes me feel -- like I can do anything!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Ok, TOM is here. And this entire week, I have been eating chocolate like a mad woman. Eeeeek!!
Chocolate chip cookies (with chickpeas in them, shhh....), chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from Trader Joe's, 100-calorie chocolate bars from TJ's, chocolate granola bars (you guessed it, from TJ's). Oy!
I really hope I've gotten it out of my system now and that tomorrow I can return to the normal me. I like chocolate, but this is a little bit insane.
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