Saturday, July 16, 2011
I'm pondering the nature of time and patience over a refreshing glass of iced tea. Seems unrelated but it isn't. To make my tea I had to start last night. I had to brew a cup of strong English Breakfast tea, add a teaspoon of Splenda with Fiber and stick it in the fridge if I wanted to enjoy this glass with breakfast. And if I want to see the body, mind and soul I know I want to have I have to keep doing the prep work now. It isn't about the finish line, it's about starting towards it every day.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So we went out for dinner tonight with another couple kind of on a whim, so I hadn't planned for it in the day's calories. As a result I went over by about 250 calories but I'm still super proud of myself. I had no bread, no desert, only a glass and half of wine and I still got to have some foie gras. I got a pleasant surprise when I logged that because I didn't realize it had any nutritional value, I thought it was all fat but it's got protein, lots of vitamin A and a good dose of iron. Still lots o' fat but that's why it is so very very tasty. Mostly unsaturated though, another surprise. Since I split it with the hubby I got fewer calories from that then I did the Lean Pocket I had for lunch. Go figure. Did get a little flack for pausing the refilling of my wine glass until the entrees came and for not wanting desert. And for saying I was watching my calories and then ordering foie gras but I think that's fair :). Hubby is generally in favor of healthy eating but he wanted to split deserts, ice cream and sorbet. I was just ordering tea but said ok, I'll order the sorbet. Turned out he wanted me to order the ice cream so I just passed and he got his sorbet and didn't share. Joke was on him though, it came with blueberries which he won't eat so I got desert after all :-P
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Along with coming back to SP I'm coming back to C25K. I didn't start at the beginning again because I haven't let my exercise lapse that entirely so I started with week 4 on Tuesday, which felt pretty good, and then another 30 hour on the elliptical so I still felt like I got enough of a work out. Today I tried doing the intervals with hills thrown in on the treadmill setting. It wasn't too bad but I'm pretty beat now. I had to remind myself at 3pm, after the gym and a client call, that I should eat something and then I might feel less dead since I still hadn't eaten lunch. So I just ate a Lean Pocket and had a caffine free diet coke and feel human enough to contemplate some email and one more "half hour session of quality work" before I call it a day. In addition to SP and C25K I'm also reading a book called "The Now Habit" which helped me a lot years ago but I've fallen back into my evil procrastinating ways. Don't know what brought on this spurt of self improvement, just generally fed up with myself I guess. I want to have kids in the next few years and for a while it felt like I could barely take care of myself. Now, after my blog post yesterday about hating the me in the mirror, I can say I looked over at the mirror while I was hoofing it on the elliptical and even though I drenched in sweat, hair done up in a messy bun, I looked good. I looked strong.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I've decided I do better when I log, which isn't a surprise. But I've also decided I need to accept that logging will never be perfect. I had a salad with breaded soft shell crab, olives, a little cheese, and roasted beets. Pretty healthy but it wasn't at a chain restaurant so I don't know exactly how many calories were in it. But then again there's been strong evidence that even when calories are posted they're not going to be that accurate. So I'll guestimate.
I spent 2 hours trimming the hedges in my front lawn. It wasn't very high impact but it was exercise and I want to count it. It included some raking but perhaps raking is higher impact? Ah well, I'll put it down as raking and halve the time.
I need to accept these things are approximations only. Even if I had raked, the calories burned with be approximate because I'm going to burn at a slightly different rate than someone else. That doesn't make the numbers useless, it just makes them approximate. But if I'm approximately where I should be most of the time I do and will lose weight, and that's the goal here. I've stopped in the past because I figured if I didn't know exactly how bad I'd been but I knew it was bad, it didn't matter if I tried to log. But it does, and I need to. So here's to close enough!
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