Monday, July 25, 2011
I just reviewed my goals from earlier this year. How am i doing?? Well I fell off the wagon for tracking my food and although little has changed with the scale, i need to face the fact that if i want to lose those last 10 lbs i really need to track and make that effort. Now that i have alot of favorites in my tracker, it will get easier over time. For the most part I am a good healthy eater and its smooth sailing for this goal.
On to #2, goal weigth is still out there but reachable if i am wiling to put the effort into it.
Goal #3, sometimes my minimum creeps down to 3 but on the whole, i have been good in this department too. I have some fitness friends who sometimes join me for a class, or weights, sometimes i like to go for a walk-run up the escarpment or do the mountain stairs on my own. I enjoy working out, i always feel great after, and to go any length of time without it would just make me an unhappy person. Working out, no matter what you do, makes me feel alive.
Number #4, well can we just move on to another one. I am the worse procrastonator for going to bet, getting ready for bed. I just put it off, watching minding television, no flipping through endless changes of nothing. I really need to get to bed much earlier that i do. It is also a challange with my children who want to stay up during the summer. This goal is work in progress.
I need to add a goal #5 and that is no procrastination as that will lead to better organization, more sleep, more time to workout, more time to plan and make healthy foods, more time with family and friends...........
Monday, January 03, 2011
Starting to feel better after a Christmas cold/flu. I have cleaned / purged / and organized most of my house and getting ready for life to happen.
Most definitely, i have let my eating slide and have paid the price in weight gain, upset digestive system, and generally feeling bad (from the food, and the guilt). Which leads to no energy and laziness resulting in not working out----and the cycle repeats......
So, here we are, 2011. Ready to commit again to eating well, good whole foods and smart workouts. I promise to try (really really hard) to share this info in my food tracker and workout tracker. Lets see how i do.
My goals are:
1. Commitment to healthy eating as evidenced by tracking my points/food through sparkpeople, and eating healthful whole foods 80% of the time. (35 meals a week) (At least 5 meals a day, 6 if evening workout).
2. Goal weight of 145 lbs, approx 29 inch waist, 37-38 inch hip, 36-37 inch chest. (Not really sure what 145 looks like on me, so just a guesstimate) So, unfortunately that means a 15 lbs weight loss, goal date April 1, 2011.
3. Exercise (planned) workouts minimum 4 x a week, to max 6 x a week.
4. Get more sleep ( be more organized and less stressed ( lots of sub goals for this one).
Good luck to me and everyone else with their health and fitness goals.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Training week, meeting new people, highe stress levels. Let a little slide re: odd chocolate snack.
I have been on and off with diet coke, i try so hard through the week to drink water, and i truely binge and drink loads of diet pop on the weekend. I find it gets me through the weekend with the lack of routine.
I had a couple small pieces of potato with my bison roast. And rubarb crumble, and wine.
I had cereal for breakfast one morning, and it made me feel a little sick. Mind you it was not the normal cereal i would eat and for some reason i automatically poured milk on it. So i felt blah for awhile.
I have mixed feeling right now regarding paleo. I do think if you are doing it right, it actually encourages you to eat more vegetables. But i do not buy into the all grains, beans etc have lectins that cause inflammation. Maybe they do, maybe they dont, but i am sure you can find the same arguement for meat.
I did lose about 6-7 lbs and you can see some cuts in my obliques. But i got a ways to go. Funny enough with the small additions to my diet, i have not gained any weight.
I think on occasion, i will let myself eat the odd grain, beans, and lentils but do as i did before re: restricting those foods after my lunch.
So, next week i have my conference. Must start to food journal on computer. Still keeping my paper journal, but i need to post so all can see.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I have now been following the Paleolithic lifestyle since October 12, 2010. Not quite a month but, well kinda feels longer. So, i thought i would reflect on my experience and some facts that i learned during this change.
If anyone tells you its an easy change, there lying. Day one and two were purely HELLISH. Yes, i felt this hole in the pit of my stomach, a feeling of emptiness that was not relieved after i ate my meal. And i also felt very sluggish. I felt i was seeking food, and totally preoccupied with eating.
I later learned the empty feeling was also the same as not stuffed. After 43 years of living i have finally started to eat meals and feel satisfied, and not stuffing myself to achieve that FULL feeling,
With everyday, it seemed to get easier. Although i did not give up milk in my coffee at first, i now have, and enjoy the flavour of the coffee. Now i am completely dairy free, something i wanted to do for a while now. Even my smoothies are made without dairy. I never thought i would enjoy Almond milk, but i love it.
I have discovered a love for eating green leafy veggies. As i do not eat grains, you learn to love your veggies, and because of my eating habits, me and my family's veggie eating has skyrocketed, i am a chopping machine. I have tried collard greens for the first time.
Eggs are my new best friend.
Pumpkin protein shake is like drinking pumpkin pie. OH so good, not only did my kids like it, my kids friends loved it too. We had it while making jack o lanterns. (Designated snack time for me) Thank you Sparkpeople for that recipe!!
Realizing the powerfulness of smoothies, i made a chocolate protein powder smoothie with almond milk, banana, and spinach. Again, i loved it and so did the family. I called it Popeyes Special Blend.
My husband (the cook) was initially frustrated and infuriated at the fact that i was turning my nose up to Quinoa, beans and lentils, but at the same time has been supportive in adapting our meals. We sometimes serve rice to the kids at dinner as a side to make sure they are getting enough food, but otherwise, everyone in the house in following the same plan at dinnertime. (Kids still drink milk but not worth the battle right now)
While i may not be True Paleo (i do like my protein powder), i have forgone grains, beans, lentils and dairy.
I am also proud to say, that i did not have ANY Halloween candy. I did smell my kids snicker bar though (i know that is weird, but satisfying in its own way)
My Goal for the next couple weeks
-stay with the Paleo
-continue working out 4-5 days a week w. Crossfit for 3 days, cardio/weights other 2
-try putting a little bit more effort in my nutrition log
Barrier to COME
I am going away November 14-19, hotel life for one week, work conference. Should be interesting!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Well, I did manage to get into the best shape of my life. Unfortunately, it did not last too long. I too easily got into my old habits and after a couple vacations, i gained at least half of it back, and added 3 inches to my waist, hips and bust, oh yes, and thighs. I felt bad to say the least and this only fueled the fire. It took me awhile to turn around. I turned to my friends for support rather than hide my failure in shame, i admitted my short comings, and finally turned things around. (this took a while)
Now, i am feeling a whole bunch better, in control of my cravings, and feeling happy about this small steps as success. This i need to focus on so that my goals stay in reach.
My new goals are
-in 6 weeks lose 10 pounds
-whittle at least 2 inches off hips, waist, chest and thighs
-increase my fitness level through workouts 5 days a week
See you in 6 weeks
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