Thursday, November 21, 2013
So, I had a beer on my birthday. That's not really all that unusual except that I had a non-light version because I felt the need to support a Michigan brewery. These dark beers normally aren't my favorite, but, it seemed fitting.
I turned 56 on Monday, the 18th.
Now I am starting to experience first hand what happens to many of us females over the age of 50 - my middle is fighting back. I'm getting that middle-aged middle and am not liking it at all.
Using my yoga ball, walking, tracking food, and all the other stuff just isn't working so well at the moment. After reading an article (or two) about calcium it's highly possible that I'm doing this to myself by not getting enough. One study suggested that calcium is a key to keeping that mid section under control. So, I'm taking the challenge - get that milk in daily. I'm not a big fan but I will give it a try.
Change #2 - more protein. It seems that I often get the majority of my protein from nuts. Yes, I will get some non-nut protein. Egg substitute sandwiches are rather tasty so I'm replacing one PB/Honey sandwich.
It's been frustrating and with all the studies, articles, suggestions, recommendations out there something has to work.
Frustration #2 - my pedometer has gone mad. No, really, it needed a new battery so, after it sat for a few days waiting for me to get one, I put one in. That was around 4:00 p.m. or so one afternoon when I came home from work.
What did that do? Made the auto reset time around 4:00 every afternoon BEFORE daylight savings time changed. So, for the past two weeks the silly thing has been resetting just before I leave work each day so when I get home to write down my at-work mileage I get a reading of around 300 steps - the distance from my desk to my truck after it auto-resets.
I now have the owners manual on my tablet and will get this figured out. In the meantime, it does still keep a running tally of steps which is lower than average since it sat idle for a few days. I used a substitute, though, since I'm just about as obsessed with pedometers as I am with skechers.
Back to my knitting!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I've been reading The Spark lately and have learned something important.
We need to learn how to have normal food and treat ourselves to foods we love from time to time.
So, I did. I still managed to get rid of the three pounds that I gained. The gain came while I was fighting through every day at 1200 calories and exercising. Apparently, that wasn't working so well for me.
That cheesecake was real tasty. Steve and I shared it, and, when I savor each bite he eats more than I do.
Today, however, the Costco ladies were at our plant to sell memberships. I bought mine in the spring and didn't take advantage of those chocolate chunk cookies that they bring with them.
I did today even though I already had a membership.
How did I feel about that?
Like I had eaten sludge. They sure were tasty, but, I felt like I had eaten oil and it wasn't treating my stomach so well.
Dinner was whole wheat pasta mixed with broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and topped with some Ragu and a side of 1% cottage cheese.
Tomorrow is day 1 of my 4 day vacation up at the cabin so I'm packing my vegetable soup mixins 'cause I love my veggie soup.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Steps, that is. I'm slowing down.
So, for October I need to get more walking in at work since that's where most of my steps come from.
Over the weekend I went for a speed walk out in our woods. Since our property is 1/2 mile from the road to the back it's an excellent way to get an extra mile or two in.
I just need to beware of spider webs in the trees. They get pretty sticky.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I'm not usually a fan of autumn since that means winter is lurking right around the corner. What I do like about this time of year are the apples, squashes and cider.
No, I don't like the cider. I do like going to places that sell it, though.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Yellow seems to be the theme around here lately. Brown eyed Susans, Goldenrod, soy bean plants and some of the leaves.
It's not time yet for the trees to change but I suppose with the recent dryness that could happen.
Yesterday we had lots of storms here in SE MI. I think we're in for another one in just a short time this evening. The skies are dark and there's thunder.
Yesterday I took advantage of the heavy storms to go in the basement and dye some more yarn - not yellow, though. I went with terracotta.
It's been almost an entire week since I came back to Sparkpeople. I bought The Spark Solution and have been reading it for a couple days now on my Kindle. My Kindle and I are inseperable since I've got it loaded with books about nutrition, knitting, and Hugh Howey books.
I'm listening to ABC News right now and they are discussing nutrition and an experiment that was conducted at Cornell University. All he did was had some students come in and get a plate of pasta one at a time. He'd tell some of them that they were getting 1/2 portion, some were told, double portion, and others a full portion. Depending on the size they were told they were getting they ate either all or most of their pasta.
I guess if I tell myself I'm being served full or double portions I'll eat less?
Doubtful since I already understand portion control.
After reading the Spark Solution while eating lunch today I have determined that I just don't exercise enough anymore. Back in the day when I "easily" maintained 116 lbs. I was younger - hahahaha - and obsessed with exercise.
My average day at 116 lbs went like this:
-Get up, get kids ready for school or the day
-On school days - walk the 6/10 mile round trip with kids
-walked back and forth 3 more times since I worked the recesses
-walked one last time to pick up kids
-rode a minimum of 10 miles on my bike with an avg speed of 16 mph - forced myself to ride like a mad woman - if snowing or raining the bike came inside onto a trainer
-10 minutes on a rowing machine
-10 minutes of free weight workout
Every day this would go on. As soon as I went back to work full time 20 pounds appeared within 3 weeks - I'm not kidding. There were no changes to my eating habits - I just didn't have the walking/riding time.
Now, I walk at work since I work in one of the largest auto production facilities in SE MI. My average before it got beastly hot for the summer is 7 miles/day. Right now, I'm down to 3 - it's cooling down!
Back to my knitting!
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