Thursday, February 23, 2012
To throw food away.
Not to treat yourself like the family garbage can. You do not have to eat the crusts from your child's sandwich or the last piece of meat from their plate. You are worth more than their leftovers, no matter how much you love the people that left them.
To clean out the cabinets, freezer and refrigerator of unhealthy temptation food. If its there and you will eat it, then get rid of it. Nonperishables can go to the food pantry they will love a box of cake mix so that a little boy or girl can have a nice birthday party at home. The diet begins in the grocery store. Yes, they will ask for it at first, but this is why they have allowances. Go to the store and buy it yourself.* Then eat it. We're not keeping it around.
(Yes, I know this is overly simplistic for some families. We're working on the principle here.)
Do not feel like you have to eat the last slice of deli if you have portioned your sandwich appropriately. Would you rather throw it out or sweat it out?
You have my permission to throw the food out that you don't want. Don't leave it sitting in the back of the fridge for a week, cluttering up your containers. If you didn't like it the first time, you still wont like it. Calories are precious things. Don't waste them on anything less than delicious.
I know you feel guilty. The money, the starving people! This isn't about them. This is about you. You can get rid of it. If you were waiting for a sign, for permission: You have it. Spring Clean your food.
Throw it away.
(This blog has been rattling around in my brain for a while. Someone posted that they felt guilty about getting rid of all the junk food in their house. I felt strongly that they were just waiting for someone to "give them permission" to get rid of the stuff. I also find myself feeling guilty for several of the other items here. So in one fell swoop we'll all give each other permission to throw it away. Perhaps this is a bit of a manifesto? My blog, my thoughts, you can write yours down in the comments.)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Realizing that the yoga studio is less than 2 miles from my house.
Run baby run!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The Olympic committee isnt going to be calling anytime soon but...
3.5 miles in 42 minutes! Yay! A personal best!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I had a small epiphany while I was in the pool today. (Carefully timed so as not to get thrown out again).
Underneath these layers of fat is an athlete waiting to get out. When I poke at myself, there is some pretty firm muscle, about 1-2" down. She may not be the fastest, the strongest or even the most inspirational. Its kind of like a model wearing a winter coat. There is strength under there.
Pretty too - in a Mary Ann not Ginger kind of way.
See, I had this epiphany because I ran/walked 2.7 miles and then went to the gym and swam....oh, a buncha laps. 25 minutes. I had the epiphany, which was cool, but it meant I lost count. That's ok. I'm thinking about a "poker chip" system to help keep track. Move into the cup to keep track. Thoughts/Ideas?
Scale is a bit stuck at 181, but that's because I've been eating too much lately. Within my numbers, but high on the scale instead of low. Means slower weight loss. Endurance is definitely improving. I'm struggling to RUN my entire course, I usually have to walk a bit in the middle, but it comes with time. I usually bargain with myself "Run to that telephone pole" but today it was more often "you can keep going -so do it!" So I did.
I know I can do all the individual pieces of the triathlon. I just have to make sure I can do them all in the same day. Yep. There's an athlete in me.
And there is one in you too.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I had terrible food issues yesterday. Food items were fine, but the nutrition was carb heavy, protein and veggie light - so I just couldnt stop eating. I just couldn't seem to stay "full" for more than 2 hours. I drank over 10 cups of water, just trying to drown it. When I finally realized what was happening, it was too late. Seriously, I found myself eating half a can of beans at 9pm last night (rinsed, drained, cold and unseasoned) in an attempt to make some kind of choice that I could at least live with.
So last night, I made an Asian 3 bean salad (Ellie Kreiger's recipe, its also on SparkRecipes) and left it to marinate and this morning I made a North Carolina Cole Slaw, vinegar, no mayo. Now if the munchies hit, I am ARMED with HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES. These batches are big enough and the veggies are sturdy enough to last a few days.
Hah! Take that metabolism!
I'm inspired to post this because of someone else's blog about "Today in the Battle of Food vs Woman - the Food Won." We all have days like that. And sometimes you finally get your act together with the right munitions and can fight back the next day.
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