Saturday, March 07, 2009
My new AC adapter came yesterday - I have my home computer back!!:)
My weight is holding steady way up too high, but I have been eating healthy food. Big portions, but healthy food.
Last week, I made a yummy salad of red leaf lettuce, carrots, red peppers, black olives, and a dressing of orange juice, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, and Mrs. Dash tomato and basil.
Twice recently I've been in professional meetings where we ordered lunch. Both times, I was the only person who ordered salad. Grilled chicken salad, then Greek salad. Yum!
I had blackened tilapia salad at John Harvard's last weekend, and last night I had Carribbean salmon salad at the British Beer Company.
But the one I'm most proud of is the one I just had for lunch: baby spinach, strawberries, fat-free feta cheese, walnuts, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, and acai berry juice. (I was also going to add a shallot, but the shallot was bad - even though I'd just bought it. Boo.)
It is almost 60 degrees out today - YAY - and we're going to bike 7 miles to Jess' grandmother's house. She is almost 90 and fell the other day and broke her collarbone. Luckily he has a huge family so she's never been alone though.
I love spring!! We had a giant snowstorm on Sunday night/Monday (no school Monday) but now with all this warmth I joked that I have a "waterfront property" because my front lawn is filled with melting snow and is a ginormous puddle.
Still don't have a "plan" - but I have very good ideas for one kind of brewing in my subconscious........
Monday, March 02, 2009
So apparently a six-year-old laptop is so old that it's hard to find replacement parts for it. I considered getting a new laptop, but instead I came over to my parents' house, which is where I am right now, with my day off from school due to snow, and my dad - a computer expert - figured out exactly what I'd need and ordered it for me. So hopefully in about a week I'll be Sparking regularly from home again.
So lately I've been kind of doing the semi-healthy freestyle deal where nothing is planned out and when I think of it I make healthy choices, but not all the time. I've been working out probably about four times a week, probably on average an hour a session, including strength training and cardio. Usually at restaurants - and for me it's different that I'm actually GOING to restaurants - I've been trying to order as healthy as possible, but once in a while I'll just get pizza. At the grocery store I've been buying lots of healthy natural things... but including things that have been known triggers for me in the past, like peanut butter (the kind that has one ingredient: peanuts) and whole wheat bread.
My weight...well, this is really embarrassing, but it has been holding steady at approximately 159 now for about a week. I really want a steady weight, even if it's higher than my previous goal weight. I also really want to be able to eat at restaurants and not have to always pre-plan. Right now I am actually above my healthy BMI range though - the top healthy weight for 5'6" is 154.
I'm not really sure where I'm going to take it from here. I've been reading so much that says that one's weight is biologically driven and if you don't accept that, you're setting yourself up with an endless battle with your biology, a battle you will never win. I'm actually paraphrasing there from _Overcoming Binge Eating_, a book I just finished reading that was written back in the 1990s. The program recommended in the book has a goal of normalizing eating, and suggests that a binge eater should try to accept this goal over a goal to lose weight. It suggests that you "monitor" (e.g., record) what and when you eat without needing to record the exact amount or count calories. You also record your feelings at the time and note whether you consider the eating excessive (e.g., a binge). After you get used to monitoring, you start planning out WHEN you'll eat - not necessarily what or how much. You plan out three meals and three snacks a day. You still monitor. After you get used to doing that, you develop a list of alternative activities to binge eating, and you also develop your problem solving skills. I read a lot of programs but don't always follow them. This one is diferent than what I've tried before..
One of these days I'm going to have to do pros and cons of trying to re-achieve a lower weight (like 135) vs. just trying to achieve and stay at the top of the healthy BMI range. It's hard for me to really try anything new when I don't have regular access to a computer for SparkPeople - man do I depend on this website!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Hi everyone! My trip to the Dominican Republic was WONDERFUL! Unfortunately, as soon as I got back, my laptop charger somehow set fire to itself and a new one is being ordered online, so I haven't been able to get back on SparkPeople........well, I had a chance to read SOME of your blogs before my computer died....
I've been desperately wanting to blog about my future healthy lifestyle plans, but I can't do it from home, work is too busy, and right now I'm at my boyfriend's and I've been hogging his computer all evening working on a report for school and now HE wants to use his own computer - only fair, right? So I will have to check in again soon. I miss my Spark!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sorry I fell off the face of er...SparkPeople there for a few days! Major major busy-ness at school the past few days - I am a special education teacher and we have had SO MANY team meetings and evaluations lately!! On top of that, my school's entire internet connection was out for over a week. I do a lot of my paperwork online, so it was awful! But the reward is so sweet - ten days OFF!
I will admit that my diet and exercise have not been perfect the past few days, but I am not going to worry about it. I feel like I was giving my body what it was asking me for, and that is a good thing. I was at the gym alllll morning today.
We have to get up at 3:30 a.m. tomorrow for our early flight!! But we'll be in sunny, warm Puerto Plata at 2 p.m. YAY. I am SO excited. Our resort has so many activities too - a trapeeze, golf, a climbing wall, boogie boarding, etc......and we'll probably do a snorkeling trip. And we also get unlimited top-shelf drinks and tickets to all the restaurants - Japanese, Mexican, Italian, grille, and buffet. Because my attitude going into this is that being active and fully living is fun, and for me that DOES include enjoying food. Denying that I love good food makes me a little bit of a less vibrant person. I want to take advantage of all our resort has to offer.
Have the happiest of Valentine's Days everyone, and make sure to tell those you love how much you appreciate them and how amazing they are! I will be back on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!
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