Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The last few days of March I was feeling continually hungry and stressed and just...off. Last night I made beef stroganoff. And today I feel a billion times better.
I have been trying to cut down on beef consumption, but I find that if I don't eat beef at least one, if not twice, a week, I start to flag. I don't even think about it, but suddenly I start feeling run down and lethargic and my functionality fails. Then I think back and realize that I haven't had beef in over a week.
Physiologically, this makes no sense. I take iron supplements, eat lots of dark, leafy veggies, and don't deprive myself of calories.
But the plain fact is that I do better when I am consuming beef. It doesn't have to be daily, but if it's not one and preferably two times a week, I fall apart.
I need to take this into account.
Monday, April 01, 2013
So, I started off my new diet plan by...completely blowing the day. Oi.
But I'm not going to let that throw me off. Tomorrow is a new day, and I get to start again.
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.
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