Thursday, May 05, 2011
...because sometimes I just can't think of an appropriate title.
My weight is being funky. I'm up a lb, have been up for a while, which I couldn't understand why...must be pms bloating, I reasoned. And my back's been acting up. Pulled muscle = inflammation = more water retention. Started a new physical job, which also would attribute to using muscles I don't normally use, hence even more 'retention'.
Or maybe it's because I haven't been TRACKING my food lately, getting sloppy, and deluding myself into thinking that because my meals are so righteous that I can afford the 'occasional' treat. Yeah, except my 'occasional' is becoming 2-3 treats per day.
Not so easy to delude myself once I start putting everything in the tracker! Lol. I feel like I shouldn't have to track at this point (I know my food pretty well), but if that's what I need to bring home the reality of my over-indulging, so be it.
On somewhat that note, I did my measurements again, just to see where I'm at--they're exactly the same as they were back in February when I was at this weight--except--I've gained exactly one inch around my ribcage.
??? Is it possible that my ribs have expanded to accommodate the increase in the use of my lungs? I've heard of that before. I think that's kind of neat, actually. :) Body changing directly as a result of changes on the inside--quite literally! Lol.
Other stuff--really worried this might be my last work day. Got my cheque deposited in my account a day early--which is weird and never happens. Unfortunately I can't confirm anything with anyone else for another 4 hours...so I get to sit her and fret and stew and try not to eat to distract myself. Argh.
I don't know how long I can keep working for a company who's future is so uncertain. I really enjoy my job, though...and nothing may change. Can I ride out the uncertainty?
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Seriously, this youtube commercial is funny...and very appropriate. Sometimes it really IS about finding that 'just right' motivation...lol. At least for the ladies. :)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I just got an enormous, pounding headache on the left side of my head. It originated right as I watched the latest Dr. Oz show, in which he was discussing this 'revolutionary' new way of eating--vegetarian style. NO meat, no dairy, lots of natural fruits and veggies, but all your protein comes from plant sources. It is, of course, a plant-based eating style.
The headache was brought on by the realization that what I was hearing was pretty much the opposite of what I'd been currently investigating. Which, of course was different yet AGAIN from another eating style I came across.
ALL these types of eating have PROOF that they work. Evidence that backs up their theories, studies, heck, even entire communities of people as 'proof'. Plus, of course the scads of people who swear by their chosen style, and how it has changed their lives forever.
There's the plant based eating style, that claims meat, ALL meat is of no use. That if you eliminate it, you virtually eliminate your chances of heart disease (oh, I think they all eliminate processed foods and starches too, if that's any consolation). They sited a study in China and other parts of the globe where people don't have access to animal proteins, and apparently have little to no heart disease, cancer, etc.
Then there is the more paleo style--meat, plants, very few to no grains (also an advocate against fake, processed foods). Again, people living this style swear by it. They have studies showing the complete turnaround of diseases such as diabetes in some people. Reduction of inflammation, which supposedly is a major trigger for heart disease.
Then there's another one I came across--ever hear of Fathead-the movie? THAT one claims that saturated fat and animal fat in general has never been proven to increase the risk of heart disease or raise cholesterol. That PLANT BASED oils may actually be a bigger culprit, and the exponential rise in diabetes and heart disease can be directly linked to the REDUCTION of saturated fat intake and INCREASE in plant based oils.
Of course, there's also the latest evidence that cholesterol levels have little to do with heart disease risk as well.
I know, there are other diseases and effects, the heart disease and diabetes are just the things I can remember off the top of my head. My point is---WHAT do I EAT? If I were to be deadly serious about finding the optimal eating style to, say, minimize heart disease--What. The. EFF. is the RIGHT way??? Avoid plant based oils? Avoid animal based fats? Eat fish? Oh wait, no, because apparently our so called 'healthy' fish consumption brings with it consumption of all the other 'bad' oils and fats that are in the fish. Eat healthy grains? Oh no, grains have GLUTEN and LECTINS in them which are supposedly BAD. But what about the FIIIIBERRRR? Well, heck, vegetable fibre is all you need. But it's all soluble, and you need some insoluble as well (or is it the other way around?)
There are a few things they all seem to agree on, though. Sugar is bad, veggies are good, and processed crap is crap.
This really does frustrate me. I like to have facts, figures, and data to back up any claims about stuff. I like to do my research. But when there's just as much research to back up plan A as there is plan B, C, and D.....yeah, there's that headache again.
I'm going to go eat my no-grain, no-additive, no-soy, no-oil, no-saturated fat carrot stick now.
Oh--don't carrots have too much natural 'sugar' in them?
----(me after I've died of my brain aneurysm--ugh)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
...and I'm not sure why. I guess there doesn't always have to be a deep dark reason, yes? Maybe hormones.
Was all set to go for a run yesterday morning--got dressed, headed out the door, started running....and turned around and headed right back in after 3 minutes. I'm not sure why...too windy? too cold? too grey and cloudy? When it came down to it, though, it was all mental. I decided in that moment there was no way I could finish that run, and didn't even want to try. Even though I know my body is more than capable of doing at least some part of it, my head just didn't want to. I don't know. So I came back and put away all my winter sweaters and organized my dressers with my spring/summer stuff. Then I developed a headache that lasted all day. So maybe my mental rejection of the run was in response to some physical thing going on in my body. Again, I will blame zee hormones.
Food things--I made an AWESOME quinoa stuffed zuchinni for supper. Have I mentioned quinoa is my newfound looooove? mmmmmm. Especially like the red quinoa. Best part was these puppies totally filled me up, and were only 140 cals per half zuchinni. Recipe is on the real canadian superstore website, on the front page under Recipes if anyone's curious. Tonight I think I'm just going to slice up my zuke and bake it casserole style instead of stuffing them--less tedious that way. Oh wait, I'm making orange chicken tonight--shoot. Well, maybe I'll just make both and divide it up into meal sizes portions. :)
I still feel funky today, but I'm going to go to the gym and do at least SOME kind of RT. Hopefully once I'm there I'll be motivated to do more. If not, at least I'll have done some small thing, which hopefully will help get me out of this mood.
OT--kitty goes in for surgery tomorrow morning. I'm sooo bloody sensitive--the idea of having to withhold her nightly AND morning treat is upsetting me. I hate feeling like a mean kitty mommy. Sigh. I'd make a terrible 'real' mommy--being so torn at having to do what's best for them, even if it seems harsh. Lol. I'm kind of laughing at myself. Seems silly.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
3 mile run on treadmill completed on Thursday--4 min run/1 min walk attempted. :) My body's ever changing responses always fascinate me--my first 4 minutes were so easy--barely changed my breathing until the last minute. Such a far cry from about 4 weeks ago, when I was worried about getting 2 minutes in without stopping. While my overall conditioning seems to be improving, my endurace still needs work. After the 3rd interval, I was done. :P I continued to run my 4 min intervals, but took much longer walks in between. It seems, though, no matter what I do or how I pace myself, I end up finishing my distance at roughly the same time. Interesting. I'd like to try and run a full mile without stopping, though I might be pushing it at that point. Still, may try it on a day when I'm feeling energetic--and bored with my regular run. Heh.
I'm still having issues with my eating and desire for weight loss. Some days, I really really wish my weight were down already--usually right after I pull on a spring shirt and see the muffin roll still hanging around. Other days, especially right after a successful training run, I DON'T CARE. Which is weird. At that moment, I'm just so darned pleased with myself for doing what I did, for persevering, for continuing, and for improving. I really am not sure if I love running, or just the act of doing something that I'm getting better at. Or maybe just cardio, period. Regardless, that feeling after a good run just overrides my discomfort at my physical form. In that moment...my body is spectacular. Look at what it just did! :):) Doesn't have to look pretty or be perfectly smooth and non-lumpy to be good at something.
Huh. I'm really starting to separate them, aren't I? The physical appearance vs the physical performance. The appearance makes me want to change it. But, more and more, the PERFORMANCE is what keeps me going (especially when the appearance change is so darned slow...lol) Could I possibly end up being one of 'those' people? When I go to the gym, I've often noticed two distinct types(yes I know there are more)--the ones who want to look better, and the ones who are training to improve a skill. One that comes to mind is the ski guy whom I would see at the gym every fall--training solely to get ready for ski season. Never, EVER did I imagine I would be that type of person--I was always a gym bunny.
This whole concept is so different to me--I'm not an athlete.
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