Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Last week, after I made SP_STEPF's Quinoa Black Bean Casserole, recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=863221 I came up with a new challenge for myself: to eat only vegetarian meals for an entire week.
I am a meat eater — always have been. In fact, my mom told me that when I was little I enjoyed the meat dishes the most. As such, if I don't have meat as part of my meal, l it feels like something is "missing." Lately though, I've been making a conscious effort to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my diet. I find that vegetarian meals are healthy, less expensive and although they are satisfying, I don't feel as FULL afterward. So...I thought, why not see if I can be a vegetarian for an entire week?!?!
I could use a new challenge. I have been in a rut, and having a goal to work toward is just what I need to rev things up.
So...I'm going for it! Maybe not this week because I have some planning to do (and some meat in my fridge to eat up). In fact, I have a pot roast in the slow cooker today. LOL. The main obstacle, of course, is that when I tell myself I "can't" have something, I immediately want it. I will have to compile some delicious-looking veg recipes to get excited about. :) If you have one, feel free to share!
Friday, May 28, 2010
About a month ago my MIL asked DH if he and I wanted to run a 5K for a cause that someone she knows is trying to raise money for. He asked me, I said, "sure" and he said, "sign us up!" Well...I promptly forgot about it until a week ago when she said, "We'll see you on the 12th for your run!" What run?!?! Ohhhhhh yeah!! OOOOPS!
So needless to say I need to lace up my running shoes, STAT! This race is in 2 weeks. I am looking forward to having another race under my belt.
Oh, and on another note: Those 2 pounds have stayed away so I decided to update my ticker! It feels great. I am now 5 pounds away from my goal weight, which I reached just before I got pregnant. I am wondering if, now that I've had a baby, my body will want to stay at 120 (at least for a while). I know it was not easy losing the last 5 pounds last time. Will it be nearly impossible now?? I am *OK* with weighing 120, although I would like to lose the last 5. More than what the number on the scale says, I really just want to be fit and more toned. The actual number, whether it's 115 or 120 really doesn't matter too much.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This week my diet has been a wreck! By "diet" I just mean my food intake, not diet as in "I'm on a diet." I am never on a diet. Speaking of... a few weeks ago, I went to get my nails done and the ladies there asked me if I was on a diet. I said no. Then the conversation went something like this:
It's time to stop losing weight!
Actually, I'm kind of at a standstill with weight loss right now. Maintaining mostly, except a few pounds up or down.
So what do you eat?
Do you eat carbs?
Lots of salad, right?
Well, I *like* salad, but I don't eat salad every day.
You must be at the health club for hours.
Well, um...nooooo. I have a baby at home! :)
Anyway...I have veered off topic. Back to the mess that is my diet. This week's "nourishment" has so far included Chinese food, pizza, Quidoba burrito, pasta, a bagel (yes, nail ladies, I eat carbs!), potato chips (and not the baked kind), Cold Stone, and who knows what else I am forgetting. It's like my body has decided to crave everything I have tried to limit or avoid for the past 3 years all in one week. I know it's bad for me. I know I'll be sorry. But for some reason it goes into my mouth anyway. Thank goodness that yesterday at lunch at least I resisted the urge to fill my drink cup with Coke Zero and chose unsweetened iced tea instead. Why did I even let the Coke Zero become a possibility?? I am chalking it up to a weird week. Maybe hormones? This is all so odd because I actually lost interest in this type of food a long time ago, somewhere around the halfway point to my goal weight. I *usually* prefer fresher, cleaner food. I avoid artificial sweeteners (Coke Zero???), HFCS, food with labels that look like they belong in a chemistry textbook. So what is going on??? I know this is just a little phase. No way do I want to eat this kind of junk in the long term.
Strangely enough, those two pounds that I lost a few blogs ago came back the next day, but now are gone again!! What the....???I eat like a maniac and lose 2 pounds? I think the scale is playing tricks on me. Not to mention I haven't exercised all week because I haven't been feeling well. I am feeling better now and plan to hit the gym hard core tomorrow. :)
Which brings me to the title of this blog. My best secret for getting back to where I want and need to be? Surrounding myself with healthy and fit people. This can mean physically (going for a run with my husband, going to the gym) or virtually (visiting Spark pages, reading blogs (on Spark and elsewhere), reading fitness and healthy food magazines, watching cooking shows when they are preparing light, summer-inspired meals. Even looking at photos of beautiful fruits and veggies. It gets me out of the gluttonous place and back into the mentality of taking care of my body inside and out. For example, just reading some awesome blogs here on Spark and receiving the latest issue of Clean Eating magazine in the mail has me excited to get my body moving again and preparing some fantastic-looking HEALTHY recipes!! Oh, and my favorite Food Network cooking show (which has been in repeats for the past year and on only sporadically) will be airing on the new Cooking Channel starting in June and will be on every day!! Saaaaweeeeeet!!! :)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Anyone try these? My husband picked these up at Wegmans on a whim and I had them for dinner last night. Wow, so good! I didn't even know they existed. They are thin wheat noodles, similar to angel hair pasta. But they only take like 2 minutes to cook! So tasty in a stir fry. :) Calories: 202 for 2 oz. My package came in bundles of three, and it says there are about 5 servings in the package. Would have been much easier to figure out the calories if they split it into 6 servings . As it is now, it is making my brain hurt. LOL. Anyway, I ate about half a bundle. I don't think I consumed too many calories with a couple TBSP of red chilli sauce in the stir fry and lots of veggies. Yummy and filling.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I'm getting shredded, baby! LOL. Well, maybe not yet but I like to think I'm on my way. :)
The weather has been a mess this week so I've been popping in this DVD instead of walking to the gym. Tomorrow it's supposed to be nice, so I plan to go and get a longer workout in. But at home I'm loving Jillian's DVD. I like that it's only 20 minutes or so - perfect because that's about as much time as baby gives me when she is not napping. Also, it's ideal for my attention span, which isn't too long when I am working out at home. In those 2o minutes I really feel like I'm getting a good workout and sweating quite a bit. So far I've only done Level 1. My lack of ability to do pushups is quite laughable - thank goodness no one is watching. I start out on the floor and only do about 4 (and I don't even go that close to the ground) before giving up and settling for wall pushups. Oh well, I will get there!
Anyone else doing 30 Day Shred or any of Jillian's other DVDs? Are you doing Level 1 for 30 days, then Level 2 and so forth, or are you switching them out sooner? Or doing each level for 10 days for a total of 30? Do you take days off or do 30 days in a row? How many calories are you burning with it?
I hope to collect all or most of her DVDs and build up a fitness library of sorts to use in my future workout room (a dream at this point; I only have about 2 square feet of space to work out in now).
Oh and I don't know if this is a fluke, but I stepped on the scale and I was 2 pounds lighter this morning!! I haven't updated my ticker to reflect that, since I am fully expecting to be back up those 2 pounds tomorrow. But if the scale reads the same again in the morning, I'm updating it!!
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