Monday, September 17, 2012
OK, folks, I'm gearing up for the start of the 8 week fall 5% challenge. At current weight, that's 9 lbs in 8 weeks.
1. 5 min stretch/strength training and 10 cardio at least 5 days a week
2. Use SP meal plans as a guide
3. Plan meals ahead and shop so I have on hand what I need
4. Try out one new recipe each week
5. Check in daily with my new teammates
That's all I'm listing. I know myself; it's too easy to get enthused and overcommit. I'd rather exceed all my basic goals than fail to meet more ambitious goals and get discouraged.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
If you've done something toward reaching your goals today, stop right now, smile, and give yourself a pat on the back. When my girls were still at home, we said, "Pat pat"to one another as a short-hand way of saying well done; you deserve a pat on the back. So--Pat pat!
I've had a really really good day. I started out this morning with plans to meet a friend for breakfast. I ordered healthy fare and lots of coffee with about half the cream I usually use. There was a nice breeze, not quite as warm as it has been so we were outside.
We had a lot of catching up to do....A long while later, we realized it was past lunchtime, so we ordered again. I intended to take half my sandwich home, but succombed to turkey with avocado spread and ate the whole thing. However, I did ask for fruit instead of fries, stopped drinking coffee and switched to unsweetened iced tea.
3 PM and a very generous tip later. we finally left, feeling very happy that this was a rare day when we could spend that much time together talking about everything under the sun. (We go back a LONG way; we were in our teens when we met.)
When I went to my nutrition tracker, my calories were pretty hefty, thanks to that tasty sandwich. However, I figured I wasn't going to be hungry any time soon. I wasn't. I've had an evening snack and came out with 4 calories to spare! Pat pat!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Whew! So much for Sundays being a day of rest. I've been on the go since early this morning. I LOVE singing in the choir of St John's Church. It's definitely worth the drive from one side of Tampa Bay to the other three times a week for two weeknight rehearsals and two Sunday services. I am sure I could legitimately count singing as exercise. Besides the singing itself, I should count the stairs from the time I enter the building to the time I exit after the last service.
From there, I treated myself to a stop at one of my favorite thriftshops. I found one of the two items I'm looking for, a catfood bowl, plus several things I didn't know I was looking for until I saw them. Fun!
Then off to the grocery store. I had three items on my mental list and came out with three bags. I justify that by what I might have written down if I'd sat down with the ad and a list.
Lunch didn't happen until 3:00. :-( I usually keep something in my choir bag, such as a small can of low sodium V8 and a Kashi bar, but my stash needs restocking. Hm. Put V8 down for next trip to the store. Needless to say, I was really hungry and overdid a bit, but hey, it was both lunch and snack calories, so at the end of the day, it'll all even out.
I just made Sweet Potato Stacks from a Publix recipe. I'd made it last week with the topping: bacon bits, crumbled bleu cheese, pecans, and white balsamic glaze. Husband and I decided we like it nearly as well without the topping, so for ourselves, I think we'll be having oven-roasted sweet potatos more often and save topping for company.
I have a women's group meeting here tomorrow night and am going to make No-Pudge Fudge Brownies. The mix calls for yogurt only, and I have some to use up from a potluck yesterday to which I brought strawberries and yogurt dip.
While baking and tidying up the kitchen, I remembered my Dancing In the Kitchen blog and started doing it again. Yes, it's possible to march in place while slicing vegetables. Just keep moving!
Monday, August 27, 2012
I just added 25 fitness minutes to my tracker of what I consider "free" exercise. Free exercise is what I do incidentally while in the processs of doing something else.
For the record, I started off really bad this morning, and the day could easily have spiraled out of control from there. The temptation? Hurricane supplies--dark chocolate M&Ms. Well...Isaac gave us a miss, though we've had wind and rain. Husband and I like our daily chocolate, and I'm sure others are old enough to remember early M&M commercials about how they "melt in your mouth, not in your hand", which makes them perfect if there's a power outage. Alas, I gave in, and as so often happens, one thing leads to another....
I decided NOT going to let a few bad decisions derail my day, so I tracked, divided the extras cals between breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and made adjustments after. In spite of the bad start, I'm going to be within range at the end of the day.
So, some exercise will help, right? I did THREE SP videos, feeling better about burning some calories.
Fast forward to dinner. I'm standing at the counter chopping veggies. OK, get moving. Calf-rocking, leg lifts, sideways and backward kicks, march in place, march with veggies to stove, waltz across the kitchen. I can imagine how my husband would laugh if he'd seen me dancing to dinner! I checked the clock on the stove when I began to move, and lo and behold, 25 minutes of movement! Woohoo!
Challenge to self: What else can I do for "free"?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
My tiny senior cat, Miss Moppet (named after a Beatrix Potter kitten with big round eyes), was fine on Saturday, doing acrobatics on the top shelf of the treehouse, saying bad words to the two youngsters, and otherwise acting normal. But Sunday was another story. She spent the day on my bed and wouldn't come out for meals or treats. When we saw that she wasn't eating or drinking at all, I got her in to the vet Tuesday morning. All they could say for sure was that she was a bit dehydrated and gave her fluids. When her tests came back on Wednesday, the vet called to say that pancreatitis looked like a good possibility and to bring her in for more hydration and an antibiotic.
She looked so small and pitiful, and I was so sad to think I might be losing another cat after our Raven kitty died of kidney failure in March.
The vet had suggested I try feeding her soft kitten food with a syringe, and she kept down the little bit that I managed to get down her. By evening...WOOHOO...she came out and ate a few bits of dry food and later turned up for a treat or two. This morning I gave her some more kitten food, and her resistance was a little stronger. Again she's eaten a bit on her own. I'm still concerned about her getting enough water, should do some of that with syringe, too.
She's come out to lie on the back of the sofa and has been washing herself. It appears that she's feeling better and hopefully will continue to recover.
Update: Miss Moppet ate her dinner and wanted to play a little bit with her favorite feather. She IS a beautiful little thing. She's just under 7 lbs, loves to hang on my shoulder and nestle in my lap. Our other two cats are much bigger, but she says she is top cat anyway.
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