Thursday, July 05, 2012
There is nothing worse than an afternoon snack attack at the office, especially if you are unprepared to ward off the evil snack attacker. I read an article in Redbook this month...snack yourself skinny. Snack and skinny don't seem like they go together, but read on....
1. Always have an afternoon nibble: when you eat lunch around noon and dinner around 7 this means you will be ravenous when you get home. An afternoon snack around 3-4 p.m. of high-volume, low-calorie like fruit or veggies can help you cut calories before your meal. Studies found that people who ate an apple 15 minutes before a meal ate 187 fewer calories later on.
2. Have dessert or a bedtime snack, NOT BOTH: Pick one or the other and make it the smallest treat of the day, no more than 120 calories
3. Go for protein plus fiber: choose lean protein or healthy fats (like hummus or nuts) and some fiber (baby carrots, whole grain crackers). Protetin and fat trigger hormones that keep you feeling satisfied for hours
4. Snacks should be 200 calories or less: Make sure to have healthy snacks on hand and to always measure your snacks. A handful of nuts could easily be over 300 calories, so measure, measure, measure.
5. Pack a snack: Keep a snack in your purse, gym bag or desk drawer. I find that when I don't have a snack is when the doughnuts in the kitchen start to call my name and I am easily tempted. Also, I only keep one snack in my desk, if I'm bored or hungry I would eat more than one, so I only bring ONE snack per day.
6. Don't snack while distracted (SWD): Take a little mini break to enjoy your snack, when we snack while distracted like watching tv, we tend to eat more. They suggest things to snack on that take effort to eat...like shelling pistachios.
What's in your arsenal to fight the snack attacker????????
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
OMG, I can't believe I just clicked the REGISTER button. I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT..... I am officially registered for the Shamrock Marathon in March 2013. I wanted to get the early bird registration rate before the price increase and I wanted to finalize my committment before I lost the nerve, lol.
I joined under a corporate team - TEAM TSA, which is the Tourette Syndrome team. My oldest GS has Tourette's and I thought this would be a great way for me to honor him and all those with Tourette's. I am so excited.
In the meantime, I will be running some 5K's, the Wicked 10K in October, Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon in November (a repeat of last year and my SIL's first half), the Surf and Santa 10-mile in December and the Valentines Day 14K in February.......all in preparation for the big 26.2. My sister bought us a 26.2 sticker for added inspiration, it is hanging on my mirror - it will be a joyous day when I get to proudly display that one on my car window.
My next race is the Military Challenge in July - I'm definitely nuts for doing this one, but it's all for fun. I am on the best team for that one: my aspiring runner Son-in-Law Danny, GS Khris (15), GD Heaven (13) and my GS friend Randy. Going to be a day of fun, hoping it won't be 100 degrees like last year, but we will just take it slow and have fun. I'm a little uneasy about all the obstacles on the course, I'll just cross that bridge when i get there, and if I can't cross it, I have three big dudes on my team to help. And then there's the crawl thru the mud, uggghhh - what have I gotten myself into???????????
ANSWER: It's called....putting my money where my mouth is, leading by example.
I would love for my whole family to be physically fit and would love them to feel the passion for pushing yourself to the limit - seeing what your body can do, what you are capable of, what you are truly made of.
There is no feeling in the world like accomplishing what you thought was IMPOSSIBLE. For the next 8 months I will be thinking "GREEN" - working towards making what I used to think was impossible.......POSSSIBLE. I WILL BE A MARATHON RUNNER.
Chasing that SHAMROCK dream.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I am so blessed to have so many wonderful SP buddies and I am sooo fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting one of my long time Sparkettes - JLITT62 (we will call her "J"). Her and her DH were vacationing in Virginia Beach and she gave me the heads up she was coming so we could finally meet up.
We decided to meet for dinner on Friday night. Things didn’t go quite as planned because we had one heck of a thunderstorm storm and some horrible lightning, worst I’ve seen in a long time, so had to change things up a bit. We decided to meet them at their hotel restaurant. J presented me with a birthday present at dinner. WOW, I was soooo surprised, that was the sweetest thing ever. She got me a hat that says “RUN HAPPY” and she baked some healthy sweets. So unexpected and such a nice gesture. Thanks again.
The food was pretty good, J convinced my DH and I to try some of her appetizer: Pan seared tuna (almost raw) with seaweed salad. After a lot of nose scrunching I tried it and it was delicious, the DH even liked it. Thanks J for encouraging that, DH and I will have this again sometime soon. After an enjoyable dinner, the night was still young, I asked if they were up for a tour of Virginia Beach. The weather was still pretty nasty, but we hopped in my car and I took them on a driving tour of Virginia Beach, in the middle of a thunderstorm, lol, but it was a nice evening despite the torrential rain and lightning, and I mean severe lightning. We safely dropped them off at their hotel. Dag gone it, I forgot to take a pic of us at dinner.
J and I met up on Saturday morning for a run on the boardwalk. J is currently on a training schedule, so she needed a 4-miler. I wore my new hat she had given me, she was wearing hers so we were twinsies), the run went great and the hip cooperated.
After our run, I invited her and her DH to go along with us on a sunset cruise that evening on the American Rover sailing vessel. I was so delighted they accepted our invite.
We picked them up from their hotel around 3:00, took the train into Norfolk, walked around the downtown waterfront.
Me goofing around as usual, lol.
Had a casual dinner then we boarded the ship for a 2 hour harbor cruise.
The cruise was nice, we all had a great time, despite sudden stomach issue. I got soooo sick on that cruise, I suppose it was something I ate because my stomach has never hurt that bad and I got sick really quick. We all blamed it on the olive I had at dinner (I tried an olive, never liked them in the past - and guess what???? still don't like them). Thought I was gonna die, but I managed to make it home without incident. Lesson learned: NEVER leave home without Pepto pills, just in case.
We all arrived safely back at the hotel and back home - bet we all slept good - we were pretty beat from the heat. It was a nice adventure. So glad to have met such wonderful people, hoping to venture to their neck of the woods someday.
Again, thanks J for meeting up with us, we had a great time and really enjoyed your company. You made it a great weekend, hope you enjoyed your time here and with us.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I just love "summer" foods - anything and everything, as long as it's fresh. I have made a habit of stopping by our local market and picking up fresh produce daily and I love when all the summer freggies are abundant. I bought a couple pounds of fresh snap beans. I was in the kitchen preparing them and washing them, when the DH comes in to see what I'm up to. He asked how I was planning on cooking the beans. I had asked a couple friends the best way to cook them and its was unanimous....steamed.
I immediately got the "nose squinch" from the DH and then he asks if he can have half the beans cooked "his" way, with some "grease". Really????? Bacon drippings??? I wanted to SHOUT...this ain't Paula Dean's kitchen, but instead I whispered softly.... "yes dear" [in my best June Cleaver voice ]
No sense in arguing over how to cook beans [sheesh] so I compromised [ya have to do that with the men folks, ya know]. So here we have it.... His and Hers beans, lol.
DH grilled us a hamburger [extra lean beef, of course] and we heated up some leftover corn on the cob. I skipped the bun and cheese, topped my 2.4 oz burger with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese, raw onions and fresh japaleno peppers, with a bed of lettuce and tomato on the side.
My yummy presentation of 250 calories.
What's for dinner tonight? That is the million dollar question....depends on what jumps into my shopping cart.
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