Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Just got home from blowing big bucks at Stop & Shop. I know Market Basket is cheaper, but S&S was on my way home and I figured they'd have a bigger selection (that ended up being only partly true though..) So now I'm sitting here eating organic mixed berries with fat-free Greek yogurt and it occurs to me that this is a very healthy snack! (Yeah, I know it has no healthy fat, but I eat raw almonds and walnuts too so gimme a break.)
Now onto the evidence that I am officially crazy: I have the week off from school, so today I met up with my boyfriend at a park near his office for lunch. The skies were very dark and gray, but I had so much fun running in the city last week that I decided I'd do it again, even after the first sprinkles started coming down. At first the rain was light and felt nice, keeping me nice and cool, but after a while it got heavy and I was soaked! Also, I hadn't charged my iPod in a while so after the first few minutes I had no music - I know I know, call the WAHmbulance, right? Running in the city is entertaining enough that I didn't need the music, but it sure would have been nicer.
For any Bostonians out there, here was my route (maybe I'll mapmyrun.com it later on to get the mileage) - it took me 1hr7min, but I wasn't going for speed at all, just fun:
Albany St. to Mass Ave all the way over the bridge into Cambridge, just so I could say I ran in two cities. :) Then up along the river to the next bridge...not positive about the names of these bridges...only to find that the sidewalk was closed on one side so I had to take a huge detour into Cambridge to get to a place where I could cross the street to the sidewalk that wasn't closed. Back in Boston I took Charles Street and then went through Boston Common to Newberry (sp?) Street, then crossed over at some point to Boylston where some guy promoting something called out to me, "Who needs umbrellas, right? We're tough!" :)
Anyway from there I went through Copley Square to Dartmouth Street and then back to my car on Albany Street! My feet are still wet, but I loved it!! Am I crazy or what??
Oh, totally non-Spark related, but as I was driving through Brigham Circle on my way back to the 'burbs, a guy crossed the street in front of my car and I'm just about positive it's a guy I seriously dated my freshman year of college!!! He transferred to a different school our sophomore year and I never saw him since, but his mom and mine still keep in touch (I have NO idea why, I think it's weird) and I know he lives in the area now! I probably last saw him when we were 19 or 20 and we're 31 now!!! But he looked just the same, and he was carrying the same kind of bag he used to carry, one with the big flap holding it closed. I kind of regret not saying hi...(I was in stopped traffic as he walked by), but how weird!!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'm back under 160 - 159.6 - yay!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here's a totally "duh" observation I've had recently... when I work out less, I'm less hungry! In the late months of 2008 I was working out a LOT - a few hours a day - and I was hungry until I'd eaten over 2,100 calories. Now I'm working out an hour at most a day, usually less... and my calories have been ranging between around 1,500-2,300...varying a lot because I'm basing how much I eat on how hungry I am.
Anyone just see Bob's team's food diary video on BL? These people are totally starving themselves... 250 calories for breakfast, 175 for lunch, sharing a 7oz fish between three or four people for dinner!? But if they didn't starve themselves they'd have no shot at staying on the ranch...they wouldn't lose enough weight to be above that yellow line. Not good!! How can they not be totally cranky and weak from hunger?
Monday, April 20, 2009
Today we went downtown and watched the Boston Marathon close to the finish line. I was so impressed that so many people were able to run so far, so fast. It was a lot more meaningful now that I am a bit of a runner...I know that these people worked so hard to prepare for this!
I still wasn't feeling that great from my little bug - it actually switched over to a stomach thing today unfortunately. So while my boyfriend went in a bar to meet up with friends, I went to Barnes & Noble to read, which is one of my favorite things to do. I read several chapters of Jillian Michaels' new book about how to eat. I could relate with her first few chapters about being overweight as a kid, and then getting thing only by meticulously counting calories and working out long hours. And I agreed with her premise to eat unprocessed foods.
But then I got to her chapter on what to avoid, and got overwhelmed! So many things that I thought were good for me, or at least neutral or not that bad, are unhealthy according to this book! Here's a few things that I eat/use on a regular basis that are off-limits according to this book:
*soymilk! yikes - I use a LOT of this
*artificial sweeteners, including the ones in gum, but yeah, I kind of already knew that, but still I hadn't cut them out completely
*plastic containers for food - I eat a LOT out of plastic
*canned food...there's unhealthy chemicals in the liner of the can...yikes
*the outer layers of lettuce, tops of apples, etc - pesticides
*starchy vegetables and tropical fruits (I eat a lot of sweet potato and mango!)
The list goes on and on...I wish she'd put the list of things you CAN eat before the list of things you can't because this list just depresses me. I thought I was making healthy choices...I knew to avoid HFCS and partially hydrogenated oil, but a lot of this list I thought was okay when it really wasn't - according to Jillian, anyway.
No gym today, but we walked around Boston at a pretty brisk pace - it was cold! Plus I'm still definitely sick so I don't feel bad taking it easy. And I had salad for dinner last night, lunch today, and dinner today!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Not much new to report, but it had been a while since my last blog entry. Today was my "official" weigh-in...I'm exactly two weeks into my latest weight-loss effort...and I am down another pound. Three pounds in all.
I've been feeling a bit off since Friday night - sore throat, headache, and drowsy. I didn't work out yesterday, and today I just did strength training at the gym for a half hour and then went for a 20-minute walk outside. My appetite's been down a bit too - at my boyfriend's sister's shower yesterday I ate very little portions just because I wasn't in the mood to eat a lot, which almost never happens to me. Tonight I'm hanging out alone though and the thought of being naughty and munching on junk crossed my mind, but there's nothing around that would make good naughty food, thank goodness. Plus when I tallied up all my calories for today I'm barely over 1,400 so I could still have a few nice and healthy snacks... and then it's off to bed so I can get over this bug!
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