Sunday, March 31, 2013
My mother-in-law is taking the whole family on a Hawaiian cruise in July. I am very excited about it, but also in need of stepping up my training and eating. I'm actually not fussed about what I will look like in a swim suit; this is much more about comfort on a very long flight and being able to enjoy the activities once we arrive.
So for the first time in a long time, I will be taking a more aggressive, diet-minded approach to my eating. This makes me very nervous. I tend toward obsessive behavior, and if I obsess too much about food, I end up going off the deep end.
But, I also trying to be realistic. I am aiming for no more than 2 pounds a week. If I stay on that track, I can lose 30 pounds by the time we get on that plane.
So my goals for April are:
1. Bike every day
2. Strength train at least 2x a week, swim at least 1x a week
3. Lose 8 pounds
4. Track my food intake religiously
5. Be more positive
I can do this. I am completely capable of accomplishing these goals!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
First MetroPark ride today! The wind managed to be in my face no matter what direction I turned, and about 3/4 of the way into the ride I remembered what the thing was I'd been standing in the living room trying to remember to do: eat something. 12 miles into the ride I was FLAT--blood sugar bottoming out. I was deep in the weeds and didn't really think I had what it would take to get back out. And I didn't even have a single snack in my bike bag.
The MetroPark is in a gorge, which means that at the end of the ride, you have to climb back out of the gorge. I got to the bottom of the hill and thought, "I can't do it. I don't have the juice." But I figured I'd at least start pedaling up and stop when my speed dropped below 4mph or my wind gave out. Amazingly, neither happened. My wind was going as I neared the top, but I coached myself on because it was getting flatter again.
That was 17 hardwon miles, but I did it!
Friday, March 29, 2013
I went from "Guh, I have nothing planned for dinner and am too hungry to cook" to really tasty bastardized Indian curry with tons of veggies in, like, half an hour. Thanks, stray jar of masala simmer sauce in the cabinet! I totally ignored your cooking instructions and made you about 50 times healthier, but I'm sure you will forgive me.
See, the jar called for just browning a pound of diced chicken breast, then dumping the sauce in and simmering for 15 minutes. But instead, I chopped onion, garlic, red peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and carrots and sauteed all of them with the chicken before adding the sauce. Suddenly, we went from a dish that was really only big enough for 2 and was really high-calorie and veggie-free to one that was mostly veggies with the chicken and sauce serving a condiment role.
Don't be shy about adding more veggies to dishes! The whole family eats them better when they are incorporated into the main dish.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Today was one of those days when I just could NOT wake up. My girls left around 9am to go snowboarding up in New York, and I got up to help them get out the door. Then I crawled back into bed with my sweetie, snuggled up on his shoulder, and fell back to sleep until noon. Woke up long enough to look at the clock, roll over, and fall back to sleep until after 1:00!
But I think I really needed it. I'm feeling very mellow and happy today, and the fact that it's already 2pm isn't throwing my into a tizzy. Other than getting laundry done, I think it's going to be a very lazy day of just playing on the computer and watching movies. I kind of need that.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Just completed a 5k as a family. of the 700+ people who signed up, less than 200 actually participated because it was all of 26 degrees. And DH, Younger Daughter and I were the only walkers in the crowd. (Older Daughter ran, then came back around and walked the last mile with us.) We were slow. We were, in fact, dead last. But we were lapping everyone who stayed in bed instead of showing up!
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