Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Since getting back on the SparkWagon, I've taken up walking as my primary exercise.
I use the route tracker, and the stopwatch function on my iPhone to determine how I'm doing.
Since Arianrose is offsite today, I had to take my walk alone. To keep from dallying in my own thoughts, I decided to push myself to see just how fast I could walk it.
And the verdict is in the title. 17 min/mile. I'm sure there's a lot of folks out there who can walk faster, and I don't think I could have kept that pace up for a whole lot longer than I did, but it felt good, and it feels good to be sitting down now that I've done it.
Monday, October 04, 2010
So, in one of my SparkTeams, this week's challenge is to create a blog post with five goals for October. This is mine.
Track my food intake on weekends.
I'm horrible about this. I tend to get on SparkPeople at work, and so I don't track my weekends very well. I even have a phone app, but does it help? Not really.
Create a snack plan.
I am actually not good at snacking. Not because I make bad choices, but because I don't tend to snack. This either makes me cranky, makes me eat more at mealtimes, or has me not hitting my nutrition goals. All of these are bad. Add to that the fact that Ari will eat my snacks if I don't, causing her to eat more than she should, and it's bad news all the way around.
Make good food choices on vacation.
Ari and I are planning a 5-day vacation that will involve eating out and extravagant cooking in. It's also going to involve a whole lot of walking around. My goal is to try and make the better choices, and listen to my body and not over eat just because I bought something.
Don't let anything on my to-do list get over one day behind.
I am a procrastinator. I have a wifty new iPhone to-do list app (called EpicWin) that is a video game for list makers. Seriously. So my plan is to keep from letting anything get more than one day overdue.
Drink three water bottles (that's 7.5 glasses of water) worth of water every day, even on the weekends.
Do you see a trend with weekends? 'nuff said.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
*Notice* This is a bit of a rant.
I've been reading a lot on Spark People about how to make healthy changes, and I've been talking with my partner and thinking about it, too. I also subscribe to the Food Showdown emails.
While I completely understand the need to make healthy choices in the foods we eat, I find many of the suggestions that Spark People makes to not be helpful to me, and I've been thinking about *why*.
One of the reasons is the nature of recommended substitutions. Recently, one of the food challenges was between two types of bite-size candy bars. I can get into this sort of thing, as it can be pertinent. There was a clear winner. Then, down in the little paragraph afterwards, they recommended that instead of choosing either of the two types of candy bars, that instead you choose chocolate flavored graham crackers.
Graham Crackers, whether crusted in cinnamon or flavored with cocoa, are not candy bars. If I want a candy bar, they're not going to cut it. In fact, I'm likely to eat the crackers, wanting candy; and then go find something else to eat, still wanting candy. If I eat the candy in the first place, I won't eat graham crackers and lite pudding and a chocolate shake.
Why not, instead, suggest that instead of eating the serving size of 5 bite-size candy bars, suggest that you only eat one or two? 2/5 the calories is better for you, and if it kills the craving then it works, right?
Now, to be fair, when I just want something to munch on, I find carrots very satisfying, sometimes even more satisfying than munching on chips or cookies. But if what I want is the taste, then I am more likely to over eat by not choosing the "bad for me" item than by choosing it.
Now that I have come to this conclusion, I will obviously make my own choices. But how many people (myself included) have fought with weight gain when they think they're eating better, but eat too much because they don't listen to those cravings?
Monday, June 14, 2010
Ari and I just started a blog about our love of food - 'cuz we do love our food. There will be recipes (not necessarily healthy ones), reviews of recipes we've tried (here and from other sources), reviews of eateries, and other commentary about food.
If you want to come check it out, it can be found at commonfood.wordpress.com/ .
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
So, if you read both mine and Arianrose's blogs, you know that she hates doing cardio. because it's more like work than fun. Well, we're in the same boat, the two of us.
To be fair, I think I enjoy it a bit more than she does. I find ways to challenge myself. But I'm not always good at getting out to do it, and if she balks at wanting to go, I'm more likely to give in.
Well, before I was diagnosed with cancer, we had tried to get going on a cardio plan that included DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). We invested in two pads so we could dance together.
We did pretty well with it until life got in the way. (mostly my stamina, to be fair).
So tonight, we got it out. And we decided that it's *way* more fun than treadmills, stationary bicycles and ellipticals. So that's what we're gonna do, at least for now.
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