Friday, November 29, 2013
Its the morning after Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's family. So much to be grateful for this year. Happy weddings, nieces getting into college, nieces and nephews gainfully and meaningfully employed; major health issues managed successfully. And me getting back to what I feel is a comfortable, healthy weight.
On Tuesday night, I was looking at pictures on my computer. Silly things that I had taken with the webcam with the lad sitting on my lap back in 2009.
And pictures I took to use for professional reasons in October 2012 when I was at my heaviest (note that this is me trying not to look as heavy as I did).
And so I took some more silly pictures with the kid that night.
Its like that weight gain over the last 4 years is a total blip in what I've recorded of myself. Confirmation last night when only one brother-in-law made any mention about the way I look - the comment was "Well look at you" - and that was it. I enjoyed the meal - lots of interesting veggies on the buffet as well as the traditional turkey/stuffing/gravy, and indulged a bit in the lovely pre-meal cocktail and locally produced chèvre offered before dinner and small slices of pie and that super decadent chocolate brownie cheesecake afterwards. Dinner was in mid-afternoon and we left for home before the leftovers made their way out again. Phew. Honestly I didn't need an evening meal.
Following dinner last night, a few of our discussions really hit home the importance of exercising, for mental well being as well as physical well being. For the last couple of weeks, because of some developments at work and colder temperatures outside, I've been seriously slacking on getting in exercise. I've got options and the tools to fit it in, and in the course of this time through with Spark, I've learned how to fit exercise in with short bursts. Enough excuses.
This morning I feel like, though I may have exceeded my recommended calorie intake for the day, I enjoyed the meal mindfully and have renewed my commitment to make exercise a priority in my day. OK time to put this gorgeous morning and my polar fleece running tights to good use.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Moving from fall to winter, daylight savings, making the move from weight loss to maintenance...the last few weeks have been full of changes. Getting up in daylight is a welcome change; driving home in darkness not so much. With colder temperatures, I find that my motivation to go out and run or walk has completely evaporated. Poof.
With it being colder outside and darker in the afternoon, I feel chilled and when I feel chilly, I want comfort food. Also, my job, which has a seasonal nature, has gone from being moderately active with a good amount of walking and standing to being more sedentary - and super busy with database, file management, writing, and administrative projects. My office desk sits in front of a window, and the wall doesn't have the best insulation, so by the time afternoon rolls around I'm feeling downright cold.
So here's what I'm doing to avoid emotional eating and giving in to the desire to become a tater tot:
1. Layer and bundle up.
Long underwear is my friend. I can put extra layers under my winter coat now. I used to have a fleece vest that I would wear for extra warmth at work the last time I had lost this weight...gotta find it again.
2. Come to work prepared for needing an afternoon snack.
Rather than packing one large apple with my lunch, I now pack 2 small apples - one for lunch and one for afternoon snack. Last week I also took a short walk to the coffee place down the street for a cup of decaf and a square of some lovely dark chocolate.
I did learn this week that I've kind of lost my taste for commercial dark chocolate. A second trip to grab and afternoon decaf, I ended up getting a Dove dark chocolate bar. It was creamy, to be sure, but sweeter than the better stuff found at the coffee place slightly further away,and didn't satisfy me quite as well.
3. Prepare for winter sports.
I signed my son up for a nordic skiing league. He's in love with cross country skiing ever since he went with his school last year. I've only been twice in my life. I figure while the lad is out with the gang of kids, I'll improve my own skiing skills. To ensure that I'll be able to get up with ease after the inevitable falls, I'm working on skater squats and other lower body strengthening.
4. Work on upper body too.
As a shorter term measurable challenge for myself, I'm working on moving from doing modified push-ups to actual push-ups. My right shoulder has never been all that healthy, so I'm taking baby steps, doing one set of full push-ups and then sets of modified ones as part of my 7 minute circuit challenge.
5. 7 minute circuit challenge!
Since I haven't been great about getting to the gym at lunch time recently, and I'm not great about getting up to exercise, I'm finding that the 7 minute workout well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/th
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Most evenings I stop at one circuit; sometimes I do two. And the app I use to time the intervals (you knew there had to be some sort of tech carrot, right?) has some fun achievement awards.
I need to do a better job of getting to the gym or getting outside to do cardio three times a week, too. I find that a work out at lunch time leaves me less hungry in the afternoon than no work out. I know that may not make a whole lot of sense because theoretically I should need more calories, but I think I can stay better focused on my job after I've had a change of scenery and have moved around more.
So that's the plan. Because work's become a bit more sedentary, there hasn't been much of a change between my suggested calorie intake for loosing weight and my suggested intake for maintenance.
Have the changes in the season affected what you're doing too?
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Not long ago, my husband observed that there's few things in this world I love better than going to Farmer's Market.
I'm fortunate to live in a part of the world where locally grown produce is available through a number of venues - community supported farms (CSAs), Food Co-ops , Farmer's Markets, even the bigger chain stores here source a certain amount of their produce and meat locally. And while I have taken advantage of all of those, I love Farmer's Market best. I love meeting and dealing directly with the folks who raise our food. And its a great opportunity to swap ideas for recipes.
Yesterday my son (a picky eater) once again showed interest in cauliflower. I've never been a big fan of the stuff, even though it is essentially white broccoli and I love broccoli. Anyway, we chose a small one to try and the farmer had overheard our conversation.
He asked me if I had ever tried riced cauliflower.
Huh? Tell me more.
So the his favorite way to eat cauliflower these days is to grate it and then sauté and season it. He tends to add cumin and turmeric to give it an Indian twist. I just sautéed it in a little butter to see what it tasted like on its own and then added a teaspoon of Thai chili garlic sauce. It made for a super yummy lunch- I loved the texture - and I could see it would be a super easy and flexible rice replacement.
The kid wasn't brave enough to try it today, but I might make some up one night and mix it in with his rice.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Back in February I wrote a post about what I had on hand in the kitchen to help me make good choices for lunches to take to work & snacks. Here's that list:
Eggs & pasteurized egg white
sprouted grain bread
tuna in single serving containers
Today I created a list of what I have on hand now. Interesting how much longer it is, and how much more it relies on me combining ingredients to make something else.
Here's the new list:
Pasturized egg white & eggs
Ground flax (to toss into yogurt & to make muffins)
Chia seed (to toss into salads, yogurt & homemade granola bars)
Greek yogurt, in particular the Chobani Bites in coffee with dark chocolate chips
Ground almonds (to toss into the Chobani Bites)
Oatmeal (hot cereal, homemade granola bars)
Pumpkin seeds (salads, homemade granola bars)
Almond butter, unsweetened
Peanut butter, unsweetened
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Dried young coconut
Berries (fresh or frozen)
Sprouted wheat bread
Canned beans (garbanzo, white beans, kidney beans)
Eggs and Greek yogurt are a bigger part of my diet than they were before; I almost never drink milk now. Meat was never a big part of what I ate, and it still isn't a big part I'm eating lots more nuts and seeds. Protein and fat are important-it helps me feel full and satisfied longer. Recently I've also started buying super high quality chocolate, so rich and dark that a single square (about .1 oz) is enough to make me feel like I've enjoyed an amazing splurge.
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