Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"Bad News" was the subject of an email my boyfriend sent me today. It is looking likely that everyone in his company is going to get a 20% pay cut and will only work four days a week. Plus, he might get laid off within the next six months. Other work may be difficult to come by too. We really have to watch our "discretionary spending" (a phrase that has been stuck in my head for the past two days) now. I have just about no money now either...what a change from a couple months ago when we booked a vacation at an all-inclusive Carribbean resort. UGH. This means probably no diamond rings for me any time soon.
I feel like a big oinker about my breakfast, but... I guess I should be a proud piggy, because I'm probably LUCKY that I can eat so much?? Back in college one of my guy friends told me that I ate more than anyone he had ever met, male or female. Sure I didn't control my overeating for most of my life and was overweight as a result, but with some control, I can "over" eat now and control my weight. Anyway, the comments made me go check out the facts on my smoothies. The cans of pumpkin I use are 425 grams - the soup-sized cans, not the enormous cans. Each can has 145 calories. The whole smoothie has 403 calories. I used to try to eat smaller breakfasts, but I'd be starving soon after, so this works better for me. I'm usually doing other things during breakfast time, so I'll have a few sips, do something else for a while, come back to it, etc. It takes a while to finish the whole thing. Wow, do I sound defensive or what. Be a proud piggy! (There is no pig emoticon - I checked.)
Ever make a food mistake that ends up a good thing? Like sometimes I buy the "wrong" version of something at the grocery store only to discover I actually like the new thing better than what I'd meant to buy! This evening I totally forgot to add the ground decaf coffee beans to my coffee maker but didn't notice until I had a mug full of hot water. So I added a bag of black chai tea, some soy milk, and some spices, and now I have a delicious non-coffee drink!
I'm not really feeling like working out right now - I feel awful about my boyfriend's situation - he's been stressed about the possibility of losing his job for a while and can't sleep through the night most nights these days. But, I must get in a workout, even if it's short. It's off to change into my sneakers I go!
PS - I almost forgot a little glimmer of good news. I'm going to be in a race this Sunday in the town where I work, and today my race T-shirt was delivered to me at school. It's the first race shirt I've ever gotten that isn't white - it's red, long sleeved, and size small! I can actually WEAR it, isn't that cool? (I'm not into the bland white short-sleeved race T shirts that are usually only available in L or XL...I never wear 'em.) Oh, and my school nurse told me that apparently some of our students will be in the race, and they're complaining it'll be longer than last year, but they know a short cut. Haha. I keep meaning to figure out exactly how long this thing's gonna be...I think 3.3 miles.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
This has been my breakfast almost every day for the past couple months. It makes a HUUUUGE smoothie that most mortals would not be able to finish in one sitting, but it keeps me going all morning long!
1.5 cups soy milk (or you could use regular milk or condensed)
.5 cups orange juice (or you could use apple cider, apple juice, or apple sauce)
1 small cup vanilla yogurt
apple pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger)
1 can pumpkin
Mix in blender, pour into very, very large container, chill, enjoy. :)
I weighed 137.2 today - my weight is on an upward trend this week. And my pants today are size 10. There really is no point in letting numbers control your emotions - they can change so much without any meaning behind the change!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
136.8 today, oh well.
A couple responses to comments on yesterday's blog: I am 5'6" and I agree, classes can be easier sometimes than working out on your own!
Today I held my new size 2 pants up to my old size 4 pants and they seemed to be exactly the same size. Haha. I bet in 1950 they would have been labeled as an 8 or 10 or something.
Today I had the opportunity to try my other new recipe, based on the "Eggplant and Zucchini Bake" in Spark Recipes. (I say "based on" because I never follow a recipe exactly - I always leave out the salt, add extra-virgin olive oil, and whatever else I feel like changing!) It was very very yummy!!!!!!!!
Also, tomorrow I have to have a regular fruit smoothie because the grocery store actually ran out of canned pumpkin! I think I will miss my pumpkin pie smoothie. Good thing I ducked into a store today and stocked up so I can return to my new regular breakfast on Thursday.
I didn't make it to the gym until reeeeeally late (you will see why in a moment). I was exhausted and it had been hours since I'd eaten anything, but I'm glad I pumped out 46 minutes on the elliptical. Jess was with me and I totally would have been willing to leave earlier, but he worked out that long so...so did I!
OK - I have been saving the best for last - it has nothing whatsoever to do with diet/exercise, but...we sold my car!!! :) :) :) I didn't ask him to, but Jess put up a posting on craigslist for me complete with a picture he'd taken, and he arranged to have someone come take a look at it tonight. She didn't even want to test drive it, she just offered us cash - a little more than we were expecting! - and was gone ten minutes after she'd arrived. It seems almost TOO easy!!!
I'm driving my parents' old Jeep now. It's a '96 with 87K miles so it won't last me too long, but they're being more than fair with the price which is good because money is extremely tight right now.
What a relief!! I feel so well-taken care of....by Jess, and by my parents. I also feel a bit like a spoiled princess but...oh well. It's a good feeling knowing you have people who love you.
Monday, December 01, 2008
I was very happy to weigh in at 135.6 today - same as yesterday, but much earlier in the morning AND on the scale at my place, woohoo! Then I wore my new size 2 pants to work and they already seem looser than they did in the store on Saturday. So I felt super skinny today and just happy.
I did get rather sleepy in the early afternoon though...nothing a bit of coffee couldn't fix, but I'm looking foward to an early bedtime tonight. It's normal for me to feel a little sleepy on my first day back to work after a few days off.
It was a sunny, warm day today and I wanted to go for a run outside, but it was starting to get dark and I caved and went to Body Pump...so much for going back to strength training on my own. I stayed for a Step class and then left for Jess'. It was such an efficient afternoon - leave work right at 3, do all the little things I need to do at home, strength training at 4:30, cardio at 5:30, and now I'm already showered and sipping my mug of hot decaf green tea and it's not 8:30 yet!
Oh yes, I wanted to report back on one of my new recipes (the other one I haven't tried yet). I made a crab casserole loosely based on "Cyndi's Awesome Crab Bake" on Spark Recipes. It's really yummy! I mixed canned pink crab, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, garlic and garlic powder, mustard powder, pepper, chives, fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheddar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Casserole dish in the oven for a half hour. Yummy change of pace!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
...but I'm procrastinating and blogging instead.
Last night we went out, just the two of us, and I had about 3.5 drinks and was up til 2 a.m. So I've been feeling a bit yucky today. I shouldn't have had so many drinks or stayed out so late!
So many differences between my old unhealthy lifestyle and my new healthy one.
Old fun: Staying out late and drinking
New fun: Skiing
Old little pleasure: Ice cream
New little pleasure: Scented candle or shower gel
Old giant meal: Polishing off an entire platter at Vinny T's, plus some bread
New giant meal: A big serving of whole-wheat pasta with homemade tomato sauce and ground turkey
Old gym philosophy: Go all-out hard or don't go at all - for weeks
New gym philosophy: Just go, no matter what
Old weight loss philosophy: I already know everything from reading books and magazines, but I just don't have the willpower to follow through
New weight loss philosophy: I'm constantly learning more about what works for me
I weighed 135.6 today, which means that my Thanksgiving weight is gone and then some, three days after the fact. Today is also the last day of November so it's interesting to note that I weighed 138.2 on the first day of November and I've lost 2.6 pounds this month.
I did a DVD today called The Girls Next Door Workout. It was kinda silly and badly in need of better editing, but I actually did work. While I don't agree with the whole fake blonde, fake boob, let the world see you naked, three 20-something girlfriends for one 80-something man thing, I do appreciate that those three chicks are really under major pressure to keep their bodies looking a certain way. I just wish that one of them hadn't admitted that she actually doesn't do all that much to stay in shape. I doubt it's true anyway...I bet they exercise a lot and watch what they eat, too. Anyway, the DVD had three 15-minute sections, one for each Girl, and I did all three. Then I did another 50 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, but I didn't push too hard because of my hangover.
OK, I am being nagged, so I better get started on my cooking or it's going to be a late night.
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