Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was in a training all day and they fed us, which can be a real mixed bag. The snacks were fine: fruit, granola, yogurt... and plenty of water to drink.
Lunch was almost my perfect food nightmare... the only thing that would have been worse was if everything had been deep-fried. It was basically a few chunks of chicken and a hint of vegetables and potatoes in a CREAM SAUCE. Served with 2 biscuits, and a pile of rice and a basket of rolls on the table. OMG, CARB MUCH? There was a tiny portion of steamed carrots and broccoli on the side.
I ate the chicken and stuff in the cream sauce & the veggies, avoided the rice and bread and rolls and dessert. After that, I went and got my carrots and grapes I'd brought... I then had a HUGE salad when I got home with a nice LEAN ground beef patty george'd and crumbled over the top. That was some GREAT eating!
I think about the plate split 3 ways that you are supposed to have half veggies, 25% each of carbs and meat. This plate would have been 90% carbs, 5% each of meat and veggies.
I told hubby about it and he said, "Who planned this meal?!?!?"
I'm putting out a question of folks... what are some of your favorite gadgets, websites, tips, tricks, etc (aside from our beloved SP) that help you stay on track?
1. www.podfitness.com (free 8 week trial)
2. www.gmap-pedometer.com (great for seeing how far you haved walked)
4. mp3 player
Monday, May 19, 2008
Today is a good day! I have managed to exercise for 39 days in a row. And today I broke the 170 barrier, but 0.2 lbs, but I claim my 169.8 pounds since I know I have earned it.
I had another magnificent salad at lunchtime that has left me quite full! It had green leaf lettuce, fresh spinach, sliced cucumber, yellow bell pepper, red grapes, sliced smoked pork loin, bean sprouts, green onion, yellow corn and I put about 2.5 tablespoons of fat free Italian dressing over that this morning so it all sort of marinated until lunch. I am really getting into fat free Italian since it doesn't get so slimy as the regular does. It was YUMMY!
Then I managed to jog & walk 3 miles at lunch in 40 minutes! I sort of alternate the jogging with walking. I jogged for 11 of the 40 minutes, which is about 0.825 miles. My goal is to get it up to half of my walking/jogging.
I am very excited about all of this!
I had to edit this and thank my husband for the WONDERFUL dinner he made me! Pork fried rice (we're trying to use the leftover smoked loin) with tons of onions, celery and bean sprouts. He also used spicy sesame oil and a small amount of olive oil. OMG Good!! (He measured everything for me too!!)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I eat a salad nearly everyday. Even last night, I had a taco salad with fat free refried beans and cheese salsa as dressing.
I love what you can do with a salad and how much goodness you can pack into one. They are so versatile. I generally have lettuce and lots of veggies in mine, with a little fruit (I like a hint of sweetness), a slight splash of dressing, maybe some tuna or other meat.
Today's salad has some stuff from the farmer's market (we went this morning) and that is so exciting to me. I can't wait until it ALL comes from the farmer's market as the summer goes on! My heart beats a little faster when we peruse the stalls on a summer Saturday morning. I also love the fact that we are buying local, seasonal produce, which is so much better for the earth. This morning we bought a roma tomato plant and a strawberry plant.
My lunch salad today, fresh leaf lettuce, fresh spinach, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, fresh bean sprouts, yellow pepper, ham lunch meat (very lean) and low fat cheddar cheese, topped with a tablespoon of low fat ranch. This salad is my lunch, full of vitamins, protein, minerals and every good thing. The more colors in my salad, the better.
One of my favorite salad toppers is grilled fish (esp. salmon) quickly cooked up on the George Foreman grill.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I weighed in yesterday and hadn't lost from the previous week. So I remain 172.4.
I've been so lucky so far, this is like "harumph". But I have to look at the success, amazing really, that I have had.
Additionally, I have to look at the fact that my body feels and looks leaner all the time. I don't think I have any fat left on my legs.... really!
Also my belly is nearly gone (except the c-section shelf)... and I have muscle definition in my arms that I have NEVER had.
Following on that is the fact that I'm wearing a size 12! I started @ size 18 (pushing a size 20 at the beginning).
Then there is the fact that I have lost 32.2 lbs, which is 15.7% of my starting body weight. My BMI has gone from 32 down to 27.
Apart from the numbers is the way that I FEEL, which is fantastic, energetic, focussed and healthier than I have in years.
Some days have motivational humps to move my butt, but once I do I NEVER regret it. However, most days I can't wait to get out and DO IT and some days I can't wait to find time to DO IT AGAIN. I love the feeling of being stronger, having better balance, an overall well-being that being fit gives me.
Salads are my friends... I always liked them, but I crave them. I love the fact I can cram so much nutritional goodness into something so low in calories.
I have learned a great deal about myself, my eating, my body in this process, so I can't let a momentary stalling of weight loss hold me back.
So I will keep eating right, pushing my body to new limits and health will continue to be mine.
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