Monday, April 26, 2010
Iím beginning to like Quinoa, but I have a horrible time cooking it. I like to cook just one serving for myself and of course the instructions are for 4 servings(1 cup). I figured out that the ratio was 1 part seeds to 2 parts water, but itís not working out. Iím not sure why, but my stove seems to drink all the liquid out of the pot way before the recommended time. I end up adding more liquid. I tried the microwave instructions and had to throw it out, all it did was evaporate the water without cooking the seeds. But in spite of all the problems cooking it, I do like it. Itís kind of fun to eat.
I tried to use the WII to access the internet today, and I tried to read their user agreement. I doubt if anybody really reads those statements, they are pages long and you get tired long before your reach the end. They manage to cover themselves for every little thing. I donít know why they just donít say ďWe are responsible for nothing, use at your own riskĒ. ďOh, and you must use only our products or we wonít let you playĒ. I donít even know what their internet sites do yet, or whether I want to agree. I wonder if anyone has actually challenged them in court, and then admitted that they said they agreed to it, but they didnít know what they were agreeing to? Such is the way of the world now. I just donít know if itís better or not.
Enough ranting. Today I tried a new Ďdancerciseí video that I got from the library (great place to sample something). Iím always amazed at how difficult it is the first time to learn the moves. They are all similar moves, but each one is put together just enough differently to throw you off. So itís going to take me a couple of more times to get the steps and the arm movements down before I feel smooth. This video has steps in hip hop, Latin, jazz, and ballet. By the time I feel smooth, Iíll be dancing up a storm. (Itís a good thing I donít have a mirror in my living room though). In the meantime Iím doing a lot of marching in place until I catch up.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Today was one of the more difficult days for me. Not because I binged or failed to exercise (because even on my day off, I walked to the park), but because I craved. I craved food. I discovered that I still have a problem with my appetite. I ate healthy today, but I learned that the tastier the food is, the more I want of it. I worked hard today not to give in to second helpings. It didnít matter if the food was a juicy red apple, a well seasoned pork chop, or chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat sandwich thins. I wanted more of it. It wasnít that I was hungry; it was just that the aftertaste in my mouth said ďMore pleaseĒ. I was reminded again today that this is my life for the rest of my life. When will I ever get to the point, where a serving size is enough? Will my taste buds ever be satisfied with a single serving meal? It reminded me of the days before SparkPeople, when the cravings for that delicious fast food had me buying super sized meals, while still eating half of my husbands as well. Iíve just switched the behavior from greasy hamburgers to healthier meals. Iím glad that my automatic reaction is to reach for healthier items or to fight it, but alarmed at the still unsatisfied cravings.
What do you eat to get that ďI want moreĒ taste out of your mouth after a good meal?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Today I felt like I did the day after a final. That sort of Ďwhew, itís over. Time to collapseí feeling. Itís a kind of freeing feeling, knowing that all the studying you did and stress of worrying about passing is over. Thatís the way I felt today, after my last week of work for the month. It was very difficult to get going. I felt I had the right to not move. I struggled through my morning exercises, trying the bollywood aerobic video again. I learned that what I remembered about the shoulders (up and down, up and down, shoulders up and down) was right. I still canít keep my arms up over my head and my shoulders going up and down. Weak arms I guess; itís all that heavy skin floating below my upper arms thatís holding them down. So whatís the purpose of that skin anyway? I hear you canít tighten it because thereís no muscle or anything in it to tighten, itís just fat. All you can do is lose the fat, and get the arm muscles in shape so once the fat is gone, the arm itself is toned. Iím hoping that most of it will eventually dry up and float away (I can dream), but right now itís ridiculously stretched out.
I went clothes shopping today in place of walking. I really expected to do both, but I had so much fun shopping, that I was very late coming home. I bought a bunch of new exercise clothes to keep me fashionable while Iím getting sweaty. And of course a few new blouses and pants. Lowest size Iíve been in for years! What a feeling!
But Iíve got to stop buying clothes; Iím still losing weight and am Ďoutgrowingí them before I get a whole lot of wear out of them. So Iím done for awhileóI think. But oh, what a good feeling to look in the mirror, in my new clothes, and see a Ďthiní person standing there. How perceptions change, last time I was this thin, I thought I was fat. I canít yet imagine what I will look like when I am at my goal weight. But Iím excited to find out.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Today I realized that I have developed new habits. If a day is stressful or discouraging, I donít really think of eating junk food anymore. Itís not the first thing that comes into my mind. When I find myself thinking that Iím bored or stressed, instead of looking for something to eat, I think of what I can do to counteract the feelings. I get up and walk around the hallway, or whip out my IPOD and play a game, or if Iím home, find a craft to do. Itís not a perfect change yet, I still have days when I crave something fattening, but I when I do Iím learning to stop and look for something healthier, like fruit or yogurt. Itís a nice attitude to have and Iím going to keep encouraging it until it becomes second nature to just eat healthier. I still have difficulties when I go to restaurants and therefore Iíve been avoiding them. I want to be able to get to the point where I can pick the best of the lot from a menu and then only eat half of it, without thinking. I guess itís going to take practice for awhile. But thatís what Iíve been doing, practicing good habits.
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