Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Okay, I'm not going to say that I'm failing miserably at the 40-30-30 thing but..... Okay, here's what's going on. Apparently somewhere in my spouse/mother contract there is a clause that reads that I am not allowed a minute to myself as long as any member of my family are within 1000 miles of me (darn that fine print). SO whereas I thought (silly me) that I had a free day to design and implement my new menu, my family protested, enforced the clause and it was all over.
Am I giving up? Not a chance. First of all, HUGE thanks to my dear Spark Friend JazzID who almost instantly flew to my aid with a ton of information. She knew that, I was afraid of using beans as one of my primary sources of protein so she gave me all sorts of info on where beans fall on the glycemic index and my fear is gone. That made me remember that many of the carbs in beans belong to indigestible fiber so I don't have to worry about them. Thanks JazzID!!
My first recipe will be a wonderful Vegetarian Chili, made WITHOUT the TVP that I usually use. TVP and veggie crumbles are yummy and meat like but seriously processed and if I want to eventually lose my taste for meat, I have to stop indulging it. I am stocked with quinoa, beans, high fiber pastas, eggs, cottage cheese and of course tons of Quorn products. I know, they are processed also but at least they are non soy. I'll limit them to a few times a week.
I'm still not sure how I'm going to make 100 grams each day without exceeding my carb and fat ratios. Even with today's plan, I had to put in a protein bar and a protein shake to get up to where I want to be.
Breakfast - 1 Large Egg & 1 cup of coffee with half and half - 6g
Lunch - High Protein Macaroni and Cheese & Broccoli - 18g
Snack - Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar - 20g
Dinner - 1/2 Boca Burger Cheeseburger - 24g
Snack - Chocolate Protein Shake - 27
That's 110 grams for the day but half was from processed food. Hopefully tomorrow's chili turns out to be pretty high on the protein mark. I'll let you know.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Okay, new week new mission. In my research for non soy vegetarian proteins, I came upon some articles about metabolic typing. Because it's always been so difficult for me to get the amount of protein that I suspected I need (40% carb- 30% protein-30% fat), I decided to take one of the quizzes in the hopes that I would find that I really didn't need that much protein at all. Well several quizzes later (I kept hoping I would get a different result), it turns out that I have a mixed/ balanced type metabolism. And what macro nutrient ratio is best for mixed metabolic types? You guessed it, 40-30-30!! For me, that means I need roughly 100g of protein, 44g fat and 134g of carbs per day.
Now even as an omnivore it was always difficult for me to make that ratio so you can image that as a vegetarian, it's going to take some effort. Well you know that I love a challenge, SO my mission today is to design a week of low soy, moderate carb, high protein meals to satisfy that ratio. That's gonna be interesting. Wish me luck!
Friday, December 04, 2009
Wow, it's been forever since I've logged on. The busyness of my life these past few months have knocked me off course in so many areas but I'm holding steady and on my way back. Looking forward to more life changes next year. My season at Curves though enjoyable, will be coming to an end on Dec 31st. I love the work and I love the members but unfortunately there are other personalities that I just can't reconcile. According to the members, I am by far not the first casualty and I may not be the last but I pray peace over all involved.
So what are my plans for the upcoming year? Well first of all, I will be praying for the Lord to reveal HIS intentions for me. I know that I can have all the plans in the world but it's HE who guides my path. For me, firstly I've got to get back into my fitness routine. Oddly enough, despite working at the gym, I've actually let my fitness level slide quite a bit. Opening the gym at 6:30am in the morning sort of preempted my normal workout time and it's almost impossible to get me to workout after the sun comes up. There are too many other obligations calling my name and consequently the workout suffers or gets skipped altogether. With my mornings free after Dec 31st I will be able to resume my workout routine and have more time to plan and prepare my healthy VEGETARIAN meals. Yes I'm still at it.
My husband was sure that he'd "get me back" after my Thanksgiving Tofurkey but alas, it was not to be. I was able to prepare their traditional Thanksgiving feast without the slightest craving for turkey. My little guy even came over while I was cooking and apologized to the turkey, LOL.
My Tofurkey was not homemade; it came from a company called Turtle Island Foods www.tofurkey.com/ . It comes already stuffed , in a kit with gravy and Cranberry Apple Potato Dumplings. My husband even tasted it and admitted that it was good even though he lovingly ridicules me daily. My family has not chosen to join me on my vegetarian path nor am I pressuring them to do so. I know that I may not save even one animal with my choice but that is what it is, my choice and if I want them to respect my abstention, I have to respect their choice to consume.
I am having a blast exploring this new, well really "original" way of eating. In the beginning I fell into the common "new veggie" habit of giving myself permission to just eat any and everything that was not meat. For me that was carb heaven and 5 pounds later, I now know that's not the way forward. I've since been on the mission of finding healthy, moderate carb, preferably non or moderate soy protein sources. I love my beans and legumes but they are very carb intensive and from what I've observed, my body does not maintain my weight on a high carb diet. I think I would do well to investigate the glycemic indexes of those protein sources. I'm not vegan (yet) so I still have my dairy products but I want to limit those as much as I can.
I've recently discovered Quorn which although it's so far only available in processed freezer meals, it is fabulous. It is made from mycoprotein which essentially is soil mold (I know, yummy) but when you think of mushrooms being a fungus grown in soil, then it doesn't seem so strange. AND to me it tastes much better than many of the "fake meat" products out there. My goal is to eventually eliminate all processed foods like those but for now the "fake meats" help with the transition. Like I had to tell one of my members, "It's not that I don't like the taste of meat, I just don't like the side of death that comes with it".
Waves to everyone who stopped by in my absence. I'll try to get through my email tomorrow. Hope all are well.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Okay, it's the morning of my first (return) WW meeting and I am doing something that I NEVER do. I am EATING BREAKFAST. I know, SHOCKING but I'm going to be safe and sane this time around. I am no longer starving until the 9:30 weigh ins because after my 5:30am workout that leaves me in a catabolic state far too long.
Also, to conquer my scale obsession, I plan to weigh in completely dressed with shoes on because winter is approaching and am determined not to do those "bikini under a coat" weigh ins that I've seen others do.
I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal because you always want to weigh heavy on your first weigh in but..... in my case right now it is. I've eaten dangerously close to my goal (lifetime) weight and although I'm safe naked, that will not be the case at the center.
Oh well, off I go. I'll let you know how it goes.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Okay, more chronicles on the new job. Here is the issue. It turns out that many of the clients there know me from my success with Weight Watchers. For what ever reason (or reasons I can't really reveal on my blog that is now public knowledge throughout the gym through NO REVELATION OF MY OWN) many of them can't seem to get into the Curves Weight Management Program (diet) that is being taught at the center right now. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with the program except it is different and unfamiliar and you know how that goes. So, one of the members made a declaration last week that all us former (and slacking) members need to show up at the WW meeting this Monday.
Now at first, I thought there might be conflict of interest issues but I couldn't help but notice that I was almost excited to go back. I'm going to attribute this to a number of things. Number one, since I got this job I've been having trouble with both my eating and my workouts and I think I see WW as a way to hone myself back in. Number two, I'm starting to develop a relationship with the clients and I want to support them in anything they need to improve their health. If Curves nutrition plan is not appealing to them and WW is then I don't see why I can't support them either way.
As a matter of fact, as I was taking the Curves WMP Intro class again yesterday, I was noting the similarities in the programs and thinking about how I can better explain it to the WW members when I eventually teach it. It's very similar the the Exchange Program that WW used before Points.
The Curves WMP is free so it's not like they are taking money out of the center's pocket by going to WW. What folks want from Curves are results and no matter if it's WW or Curves WMP, there needs to be a nutrition component to get them. Bottom line, like exercise, the best diet is the one that you will do. For now, for some, that seems to be WW. SO, long story short (I know, too late) I'm going back to Weight Watchers tomorrow morning.
I am a bit conflicted about violating my "no diet" stand but right or wrong it's part of the industry I now work in so I have to learn how to navigate it safely. WW for me has always been more about accountability than diet anyway so....
Anyway, more old things revisited. I have rediscovered my FIRM DVDs and maybe it's a case of absence makes the heart grow fonder but, I don't remember enjoying them quite this much. Really, it may not even be an rediscovery because I really don't think I gave these particular DVD's a chance. I think these were part of a DVD buying binge which fell victim to my short attention span. By the time I got them, I seem to have moved on to something else.
Anyway I've dusted them off and am having a blast. The Transfirmer Series (BSS4) is SO much fun. Even more exciting is that the 2 inclinable benches are perfect for the BSS3 Series DVDs I have which use the 3 in 1 Firm Box (which I don't have because it always looked unstable to me). Now that I think about it, that may be the reason I bought that whole collection. I'm, glad I resurrected them because the music is great and the workouts are perfect for the interval type training that I am doing right now. Ultimate Calorie Blaster with its umpteen tall box climbs almost did me in this morning but it felt great. Hope I can walk tomorrow
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