Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It's been almost 10 days since my last entry... I can't believe that. I have been still tracking food & exercise, but not spending so much time doing SparkTeams and stuff. This coming Sunday will mark 2 months in maintenance.
It was kinda scary, but yesterday my weight dropped down to 144.8, lower than my range. I am really comfy where I am in the 145 to 150 range. I don't want to get out of this range.
I'm on another exercise streak... I'm up to 66 days. But I'm starting to think that I need a day off soon. So I just need to hit my weekly calorie burn a day early and let myself have a day off. I just have the fear that one day off will turn into another and then another and another. Lately, my body just compels me to get up and do SOMETHING... it WANTS to move. It's used to exercise, it craves exercise, so I exercise. However, I've found that an easy walk for an hour makes my body happy too. I just don't have to push it hard every day.
This is shaping up to be another busy week... tonight we watch Biggest Loser (can't miss our favorite show)... I have choir practice on Wednesday night... Thursday is my long work day and then I'm planning on going to the Obama rally in my town, which starts at 9:30 pm... Friday is normal... Saturday is loaded: Farmer's Market @ 8 am, teach PaperMaking from 10-12, volunteer for the Obama campaign from 5pm to 9 pm. Sunday is church and volunteering in the preschool room for Sunday School. Then I rest that afternoon and celebrate my little girl's 17th birthday.
I really can't wait until the 7th of November! I work a half day and then I'm headed to Chicago for a long weekend with one of my best buds! We are planning to go to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. I would have opted for the Museum of Science & Industry, but I've been there before too... and the Art Institute has some interesting exhibits this time 'round. Anybody know of any good places to eat in Chicago?
The 3rd weekend in November, we are making tentative plans to go to ShawnCon (gaming convention) in Kansas City and hang with some friends and go out to eat with them.
In the meantime I have too many UFOs on my knitting needles (UnFinished Objects) and too much unspun fiber!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Went out to lunch with hubby & son... had my favorite pizza ( www.imospizza.com ). It's St. Louis Style pizza and is a creature unto itself... Domino's did St. Louis style pizza for a short time a few years ago... but it wasn't the REAL thing (Cecil Whitakers/Imo's).
If you don't know what St. Louis style pizza is... well, the crust is VERY thin, like 2/10 of an inch and very crunchy. There is a thin layer of sauce and toppings put on top of that. Then there is the cheese... provel cheese ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis-styl
e_pizza ). It's a blend of cheddar, swiss and provolone... and you know it's provel when it sticks to the back of your upper front teeth! It's also GREAT on salad.
So we had a very nice lunch of pizza, salad & cheese garlic bread. I didn't get the toasted ravioli since it's deep fried and I didn't want to gorge out.
This afternoon, we watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 on DVD and then I went out to run. I walked 5 minutes before and after a 30 minute straight run @ 6.16 mph! I ran just .02 miles short of 5 kilometers! I just kind of got out there and kept going... and I was fighting myself to go out and run... but the day was soooooo pretty... in the 60s and sunny with the bluest of blue skies.
I almost doubled up on my calorie burn and exercise minute goals last week! That's pretty exciting! I don't know if I will do that well this next week, but I can always try!! It's been great to really get my body moving more after such a slow September.
Yesterday was actually a fun challenge. I ended up at the Food Bank for about 2.75 hours. We were repackaging cracker meal for distribution to families. I worked with the Garden Coalition helping to move a couple of compost bins for 1.5 hours yesterday afternoon. I got my workout with those tasks... hauling boxes, scooping cracker meal, digging in the dirt and pulling weeds and whacking at small trees! The wedding was lovely and I am very happy for the bride & groom, they really are a match! And funny coincidence is that I worked with the bride at the health department and it turns out that the groom's aunt and I are friends that go back a long way.... it was so good to see W... and even funnier is that I was talking to a mutual friend at church about W just last week.
As we get deeper into fall, I am noticing that I just can't seem to get enough to eat. I do this every year as the weather gets colder, I think it's just a natural part of the survival mechanism that the human body is programmed to do. I am just hungry all the time and I want to eat and eat and eat. I have eaten almost 2100 calories today and my stomach is growling AGAIN!
Something bittersweet from yesterday too... I was putting on make up before going to the wedding and I got a look at my jawline in the mirror at the same angle I used to see my mom's. My jawline is exactly the same as my mom's. I never thought I looked much like her or that I was particularly pretty. I like the pic there from last night's wedding, I feel pretty now.
Oh well, I'm just rambling... Annie, there's the pic you demanded!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
It's been a busy week at work! I haven't accomplished much beyond giving lots of flu shots. We had our two big clinics this week and gave over 300 shots between the two. (Don't be too impressed by that number... on our first clinic 2 years ago, we gave over 500 on the first day!) However, that does mean that 25% of our 1200 doses of flu vaccine are gone already.
Flu shots are a very strange phenomena... It's like a switch gets flipped on right about the first of October and people want their flu shots RIGHT NOW! Then the switch gets turned off around Thanksgiving and most people don't even think about them anymore. Actually it's better to wait until December since the flu season actually peaks around mid-February most years... last year was a perfect example of it!
The rest of my week was taken up by WIC clinic and a little bit of communicable disease investigation... I just feel like I've been going all week.
Tonight I didn't get home until 7:45 pm since I had to pick up Mr A from a birthday party at 7. I also realized that I had only have a nice outfit to wear to a wedding tomorrow... being a lovely comfy pair of velvet slacks... they needed a top to go with them. I went to CATO and found cute stuff that looked great on the hanger and AWFUL on me. So I ended up at Maurice's in the mall (with poor Mr A in tow) and found the cutest lacy top that goes with my slacks beautifully. It cost $32 but I got it anyway. I can use the outfit for the holidays and other dressy affairs and it's comfy too. It's a large, but it's in junior sizing, so I had to go larger... but it's very slimming. I will wear my favorite amber earrings and great grandmother's cameo with it. I have a nice wrap to wear with it too.
Tomorrow I have to be at the Food Bank to volunteer at 8-12. Then at the Garden Coalition to move mulch from 1-3. The wedding is at 4. I have to eat and get cleaned up in the middle of all this somehow.
I did manage to get the gift card for all of us from work, but even that was a challenge this evening! We had decided on a gift card from Linens & Things, only to find them having a going out of business sale and no longer selling gift cards, so I frantically called my co-workers and asked their opinions, so we went with a Target gift card, which had been our 2nd choice anyway.
I also got my hair cut nice and short and had dinner out and a nice caramel macchiato @ Starbuck's.
MaintenanceVille is still a good place to be. I am absolutely obsessed with not gaining weight. I have really stepped up the exercise this month... I should easily meet my exercise minute and calorie burn goals. I weighed 147 today. I tend to go up a little around that time of the month anyway... so I am trying not to freak out. I am determined to be part of the 5%! I worked too hard to lose this weight to gain it all back again!
Well this tired brain needs to get some rest before another long day tomorrow!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Had another conference in St. Louis, Infectious Disease this time. (I work in Communicable Disease as part of my job.) It was a good one, but that meant driving to St. Louis, staying with my Dad overnight and then fighting St. Louis traffic yesterday morning to get to the Airport Hilton... and then driving home in gadawful traffic to get home last night (it took me an hour to go 36 miles).
It also meant working without a net for another 24 hours. I did too well, REALLY... when I got home last night, I had only eaten 1042 of my 2000+ calorie allowance. I was too careful. I could have eaten that 250 calorie power bar and the way home to no ill effect. (No wonder why I was wiped out by the time I got home!) I also had little chance to exercise on Thursday and most of Friday, so I came home last night and did 5.1 miles on the treadmill and felt so much better for it. It actually woke me up some so I could better enjoy the rest of the evening.
I'm still kind of searching for balance in my eating v. exercising. I'm trying to learn that self-regulation... not eating too little or too much. Most days I do fine, but I really underestimated my caloric intake yesterday. I think I'm starting to do it again today, I had half of the power bar I wanted, a plum and a cup of coffee so far today. I am getting hungry, but we are going out for lunch for my birthday today...
Yes! It is my birthday and I'm 43 today. I am so happy that I spent most of my 42nd year getting healthy, it makes me look forward to getting older much more than I used to fear it. I know that by staying healthy I can have a long life, or at the least increase my chances of it. I am not fearing osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease like I was a year ago. My starting pic on my blog page was taken just about a year ago while in Las Vegas with friends from work. I wish I could go back and re-pose in the same spot!
While I was at the conference yesterday, I ran into a girl I went to nursing school with... she's in her late 20s now... I was one of the oldest in the class. I saw her last year at the same conference. So when I asked what she thought of the "new me"... she said, "You're tiny!" (Me, who always thought of herself as a large bull in a china shop being seen as "tiny"!!) Ego booster there!
So anyway, we are going out to lunch today to one of our favorite restaurants... HuHot Mongolian Grill. You can pile on as many veggies as you want and create your own sauce out of many combinables! It is so yummy! Unfortunately, this chain hasn't spread out of the midwest yet... but we LOVE it!
Mr A's cello teacher had a birthday this week, so I fixed up a coffee mug cake mix for her and made her a card. It came out pretty cute. I hope she enjoys it. I plan to health up the recipe and I will post it when I do. It's been circulating on the internet for awhile apparently... I got it from a friend at work... but it's laden with calories. So I'm going to work on it... like subbing in some whole wheat flour and applesauce for the oil... stuff like that. I guess you could replace the sugar for splenda, but I'm trying to get away from the artificial sweeteners as much as I can.
By the way, I last posted about the fat free half & half, but it's chocked full of additives and corn syrup, etc. So I don't think we will be buying that again. Again trying to get rid of some of the processed foods. I'll just be having the real stuff or my skim milk in my coffee....
I did try the Nonfat Caramel Latte from McDonalds the other night on the way to St. Louis. It wasn't too bad, but it had a kind of weird whang to the flavor that took a little getting used to. I have fallen in love with Starbuck's Caramel Macchiato with skim milk though, it's nice and not as whang-ey as the McDonald's coffee.
I also at at McDonald's on the way to my conference... I had a grilled chicken snack wrap and a yogurt parfait with granola to accompany my coffee. It wasn't too bad for calories, considering it was from McD's and NOT a salad. (I love the Asian chicken salad, but I'm kind of burned out on salads!)
For my birthday, I am planning very little excitement. I think I may well pull out my spinning wheel and turn wool into yarn. My wool has been too long neglected. We may surprise our son with a trip to the corn maze.
Miss M, our darling daughter, is working at a local haunted house through Halloween and having a great time with it. One night she was laying in a plexiglass box and would trip the strobes with her foot when people would come into the room and then start screaming to be let out of the box and banging on the plexiglass... apparently one guy hit the ceiling of the tunnel.
Another night she was sitting on top of a refrigerator and chanting, "I hear people..." in a creepy kid voice and then asking the people coming in the room to stay and leave a few pieces of themselves because they were "awful hungry and didn't get fed very often."
Tonight she will be out there asking for keys to a van so all the inmates can escape.
I have interesting kids.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
When I was fat, I always used to scoff in my head at those who would take half a doughnut or cookie or whatever, especially when those people were overweight too. Somehow I just felt better realizing that I wanted something, I would just eat it.
I have a huge weakness for doughnuts and other sweets and when we would buy a dozen, I would eat my 3, not wanting to heed the knowledge that I was easily downing 600-700 calories. Right after I took my nursing boards, I was so rattled (it's hard to describe the scene, but it's very intense) that I bought a dozen doughnut and ate half of them in the car before driving home.
Now I'm not scoffing at all. I understand some of the mindset that goes into the NOT eating the whole shebang. Despite my weakness for sweets, I am allowing myself a small portion of the desired item, which helps me defuse the craving. I get a taste of something I really do love, but I take a portion that fits within my calorie limit rather than blowing a weeks' worth of calories on one binge.
So I'm guessing at least some of those who take the limited portions are actually trying to defuse themselves while allowing themselves a taste of what they crave. I'm sure there is a group that is relatively delusional and thinks that they are doing great things for their health by only taking the smaller portion and then continuing to drink sugared sodas and eat every other thing they desire.
Now, we come to my great discovery of the week... fat free half & half! It's good, really and it's 22 calories per ounce less than regular half and half. It's a little less creamy than regular, but it has a better consistency than skim milk and takes less to add the dairy I prefer to have in my coffee. It's also a bit more expensive than half & half, like 34 cents/quart at my Wally World, but it's worth it to me.
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