Monday, June 18, 2012
I took the kids to a local museum today. Called Scienceworks - it is definitely for children.
We left quite late, and I did not get around to making lunch for us - but I knew there was a cafe with some reasonable options, so I was not too worried.
I chose a ham/cheese/lettuce/tomato sandwich and a tub of chopped fruit for the kids to share - and a felafel salad wrap for myself. No drinks, since we all had our water bottles.
It was a canteen style cafe where you push your tray along past all the cold sandwiches, salads, soft drinks (sodas), hot food, bakery items, ice creams and finally chocolate bars & crisps. I was momentarily tempted by the bakery items (always my downfall) but not really. Of course, my boy was positively drooling . . . Not really a great selection, considering it is a museum for kids.
Anyway - we sat down with our reasonably healthy lunch. I looked around, and saw what everyone else was eating.
One girl had a meat pie, large soft drink, potato crisps and a chocolate bar. And she was not the exception. Another woman & her children were all drinking large soft drinks and hot chips.
I have to admit to being a bit shocked. I know for some of them, this might be a rare event - that they don't eat like this every day, or even every week. But it seemed like every table.
I was also pleased with how far I have come.
I will never eat like that again.
On the rare occasion that I will be treating my kids and myself - I would choose 1 item. And maybe even share it.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Everywhere we turn there are messages (often from corporations with something to sell) about what we should eat to lose weight.
Low GI, low carb, high protein, low fat, pre-prepared meals, sugar free etc etc. Sometimes whole diets which tell you exactly what you should eat for every meal.
Have you read 'Brigitte Jones Diary' - she can justify almost any food, since she can find a diet that allows it. Very funny.
SP has been terrific for setting a basis for weight loss, and losing weight through tracking food. The only problem is that it seems to suggest that we need to track food for the rest of our lives.
Now I can't speak for everyone. Some people know that they need to track food - and always will. If that is you, and you are happy to do it - then stick with what works.
I am not sure that this is what I want to do.
My kids are very young at the moment, so they have no idea what I am doing when I am weighing portions, tracking on the computer and so on. Once they become aware, I don't know that I want to be exposing them to this. Would this teach them a healthy attitude to food for their lives?
I know what healthy food is. Fresh fruit and vege. Lean Protein. Whole Grains. Water to drink. Plenty of fiber. Good fats.
I know what the appropriate portion sizes are (or if I don't know I can look it up). A deck of cards of this, a golf ball of that.
This brings me to Michael Pollan. I heard this man on the radio - and fell in love with the simplicity of his message. He is not trying to sell you any packaged foods - you don't even need to buy the book.
Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.
Let's break it down
Eat Food - Food is something that might have been available a few generations ago. The more packaged and processed it is, the less like real food it is. He talks of a 'twinkie' (a cake like product available in the US) which they had in their office for over a year - without any sign of mould. If bacteria don't recognise something as food - it probably isn't. Short shelf life is actually a good thing in most cases.
Not too much - I like the Japanese philosophy. Eat until you are 80% full. Enjoy the sensation of hunger again.
Mainly plants - The less processed the better.
I want to get to the point where I am not tracking every portion.
Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.
Cardio, ST and generally active.
I'm not there yet - where I can let go of tracking. It is my aim.
Maybe when I hit a year in maintenance. Something to work towards.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I have decided that I should be aiming to just scrape in to my calorie targets every day.
Even if I have a bad day or two. Just get back to budget.
Sometimes, after I have gone over budget I then try to cut back a couple of hundred calories the next day. Still in range, but only just.
I am starting to see a pattern where I either blow out later that evening - or the next day.
Does anyone else relate to this?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Do you know what an EPIC is? No.
The definition according to ROOSTER is as follows
An activity undertaken that turns out to be far more than you can comfortably bring to a conclusion. An EPIC is influenced by one, but more likely more than one of the following factors
i) LACK OF ABILITY - e.g. mountain bike ride that involves riding off what appears to be a sheer cliff, with the only alternative being a 5 hour detour
ii) LACK OF FITNESS - where you are still 10km from home, and feel like you are scrapping the bottom of your energy reserves.
iii) HERD MENTALITY - a group is only as strong as it's weakest link. I feel like I am often that link - but I could tell you of men going mountain biking with their young kids and forgetting the way back to the car - which brings me to . . .
iv) GETTING LOST - following bad directions, signs that just stop, misreading maps, landslides
v) EQUIPMENT FAILURE - also covers forgotten & lost equipment
vii) SUPPLIES RUNOUT - water, food
viii) CONDITIONS - rain, (head)wind, scorching heat, arrival of nightfall
ix) BAD LUCK
x) SHEER STUPIDITY
A disaster is not an EPIC. An EPIC results in little more than extreme exhaustion, but occasionally can also be accompanied by embarrassment, the cost of fixing equipment and maybe an afternoon in bed.
Also an EPIC is not a triple spin class - because if you really wipe yourself out, you can just get off.
I have been part of quite a few EPICs in my time. Most memorably the first time I went mountain biking with my (now husband) new boyfriend's very experienced mountain bike buddies. I was new to mountain biking (LACK OF ABILITY), had not done much regular exercise for a few years (LACK OF FITNESS) but was hoping to impress the new boyfriend and his mates (SHEER STUPIDITY). The ride we did was loosely following directions of a friend of a friend (GETTING LOST). I was pretty slow (HERD MENTALITY) and we ended up riding the last hour or so in the dark (CONDITIONS). Everyone else chowed down on the hearty campfire stew - except me, who went straight to bed.
Today I ended up on another EPIC.
Due to my cough I have not been riding much lately (LACK OF FITNESS) but I decided I needed to up the cardio. It was cold and rainy this morning (CONDITIONS) but I knew my fitness plans for the week hinged on getting out there today (SHEER STUPIDITY). I headed off on a 2 hour bike ride.
One hour in, and my shoes are full of water and my fingers are numb from the cold and I am 20km from home. I am definitely starting to feel fatigued. The loop I am riding is all on bike path. Guess what - council is upgrading the bike path (BAD LUCK) and they set up a badly signed detour (GETTING LOST).
So I am about 15kms from home, assuming I can find the way back. I am cold & wet and the lower back is starting to ache. Darn lack of core strength!
Made it home. Just. Sore. Cold. Wet. Exhausted. Bursting for the toilet.
Did not have to call my husband to come get me (avoided embarrassment), but it was a close thing.
The thing about EPICs is, that you actually push yourself past the point that you would normally push yourself. You dig deep, and you find inner reserves of strength and determination that you don't see in your every day life. At the end, whilst you are sore and tired, there is a certain amount of pride there as well.
Gee - an afternoon nap is looking good about now!
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