Monday, September 03, 2012
First I have to make an admission: I am a total nerd! I love things, like SparkPeople, that help me to keep focused on my goals. I've been struggling a little because I wanted to see calories eaten and calories burned in the same place.
Then today I stumbled on the My SparkSummary Calendar! It is amazing. You can track:
All in a calendar format! I love that I can see exactly how I did each day in this format. Check it out!
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Went to the beach yesterday and ended up at a lovely, slightly swanky, seafood restaurant for a late dinner. I had the most amazing grilled salmon and a beautiful salad with baby greens. Lovely.
The only problem, the salmon came with asparagus. Now I know that many people adore asparagus, but not me. I find that there is slightly funky bitter taste to it that I just don't love.
However, I really needed one more serving of vegetables and this was my last chance for the day. So I squeezed some lemon on them and ate them.
They weren't bad.
I still don't love asparagus, but I ate asparagus.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I don't have a garden this year and I miss it. But, I have been fortunate enough to have friends with large gardens bless me with a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, blackberries, strawberries, Swiss chard, beets and of course, zucchini.
Because of this bounty, I have been focusing my meals around the vegetables that I have received. This week was the bounty of Swiss chard. So, I have sauteed it in olive oil with onions and garlic, added it to stir fry, made a chicken vegetable soup and used it as a wrap.
Some vegetables, like beets, are not my favorites. But tonight I will be roasting them with carrots and onions to serve alongside my grilled chicken.
My diet is more colorful, I'm getting more servings of vegetables in each day and I'm having fun. Could there be any better reason to eat from the garden?
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Like everyone, I lead a busy life. If I don't plan ahead, I get lazy and eat whatever food is easy and quick. This generally means things that don't support my health goals like chips, cookies, etc. I will also tend to skip exercise "because I have so much else to do" and I feel as though I have no willpower.
But if I take just a few minutes to look at my calendar the night before and plan my food and snacks accordingly, suddenly I have all the willpower in the world.
Yesterday was a great example. I had a busy day with meetings starting at 9 am and running until 6 pm with a couple of short breaks in between. But, I had planned ahead. In addition to packing my salad (lettuce, tomatoes from the garden, cucumbers and carrots) and tuna, I filled my lunch bag with a pluot, a protein bar, a Laughing Cow cheese with rice crackers and a bowl with greek yogurt and berries.
It was a lot of food and I brought home the yogurt. Because I was on the road a lot between meeting, the other snacks were more travel friendly.
And the exercise? I convinced a client to go for a walk while we met. As a result, I squeezed in an extra 45 minute walk.
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