Sunday, July 15, 2012
Last eve I attended an Adventures in Cooking party. I honestly don't know if this is something nationwide or just something the group named locally, but everyone was suppose to bring an unusual dish and make something they'd never made before.
There was wonderful smoked salmon that Don said he'd had in the smoker for 5 hours. There was a fresh and light chopped onion, tomato, celery, green pepper and black eyed peas appetizer served with rosemary triscuits. The main dish served by our hostess (who lives in a gorgeous house, by the way) was pork made with cooked bananas and apples based on a recipe from Finland. I'm leaving out a few dishes, I fear, but everything was tasty. I adapted a recipe from SparkRecipes. I had made the Vegan Moroccan Chickpeas before, but this time, based on a posted comment, I pureed it, added more tomatoes and chilies and a whole bag of baby spinach. I put it is the caserole dish on top of a half inch of brown rice. I felt good about bringing it -- very tasty and healthy, too. The garlic, ginger, cumin and corriander all combine for a taste that really appeals to me.
I felt really good stepping on the scale this morning, too. I was as low as I've been this week. I knew I did good. The only things I did not sample was the wine and the marshmellow-filled, chocolate iced cupcakes with sprinkles made by a 10 year old. I drank water. Wine is okay, but I just wanted to save my calories for food. I don't think anyone even noticed I didn't eat the cupcakes and the child got lots of praise for her efforts, so I didn't feel bad.
This morning I went to Fort Frazier Trail to find the bike group I rode with last week. Don't know what went wrong, but I couldn't find them. I rode 10 miles. The day is gorgeous. A person I met while looking for the group said it was hot, but it felt breezy, and especially in the shady parts of the trail, I thought it was a perfect day. The sky was so blue. Saw lots of birds. I found a woman going just a little faster than I was going and tried to stay up with her. I found that fun and motivating. Don't even know if she knew I was following her. The closest I got was about 10 feet. I kept stopping for traffic -- I'm chicken -- while she was more of a dare devil, so it kept me hopping to try to keep up.
Hope all my SparkFriends have blue sky and an active, healthy day!!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
"Ran" 6 miles with my Galloway group this morning. It was a very slow run, with run one minute, walk one minute intervals. We are suppose to go the pace of the slowest runner in the group and Galloway writes that you cannot go too slow on long runs. We are to focus on distance.
When I put 6 miles in 100 minutes in SP tracker it told me that is a 17 minute mile. I know I could go much faster, but perhaps this approach will keep me injury free. I do really enjoy the run and the socializing after. My two runs during the week are faster and shorter.
So for now I'm going to trust the process. The person I ran closest to today has run a 2:33 half marathon (HM) and she thinks this training is fine. I'm racing the HM in November to finish without an official time goal, but estimated a 2:45 finish. So, based on what she says, I should be able to do it if I keep to the training schedule. We'll see.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Granddaughter, 5 year old, called at 7am asking me to drive her to day camp today at the Y. So even though I didn't plan to go today, I did. Enjoyed a 40 minute elliptical workout, plus 5 minute cool down, and then a picnic snack with the 21 month old. Two members of local SparkTeam were there and we had fun talking and watching DGD.
We went out last eve with my local SparkTeam & that was lots of fun. Aquagirl even gave me a coupon for $10 off our meal!! I racked up. Owe her again. We leave for NYC on Monday, so I'm getting caught up with laundry and starting to pack. Looking forward to seeing the Broadway Play Wicked. Run with Galloway group in the morning. Bike with group Sunday morn but must be back by 11am to keep both kids until late. Full life. Lots of fun.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thanks, SparkFriends, for all the support and great advice I got on my blog yesterday and several very helpful SparkMail contacts. You rock!! I am back on track, recommitted, and feeling strong. I would love to never overeat again, but I know I can live at a healthy weight even if I never attain that much control. When I focus on the progress I've made, I can't be too unhappy with myself.
I ran-walked-ran 5 miles today and got a good strength workout in, too. Felt wonderful. Ran into this great pix on the new local Facebook group I've joined that promotes "activity adventures" in Polk County FL USA:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Just when I thought my only food issue was nourishing an athlete's body and training for my half marathon, an old eating pattern reared its ugly head. Guess I was just too cocky. Last night I ate like the 200+ pound person I used to be. Well, that's not totally true. Many of my choices (greek yogurt, graham crackers, nuts, and dark chocolate) are somewhat better than what I used to scarf down.
I can't blame stress. It was not a particularly stressful day and I was not uptight. It was just a slippery slope. Started with not planning my meals for the day. Then I grabbed an extra Greek yogurt I knew I didn't need and then... just couldn't make myself face the reality of what I knew I was doing.
Oh, well. I would like to think that the days of overeating and binging are behind me forever. Just not in my nature. Not a part of me, of who I am now. Oh,well. Hasn't happened. May never happen. Reality is that I need to commit to healthy eating every day or it won't happen for me. Maybe I needed that lesson again.
Get An Email Alert Each Time SLENDERELLA61 Posts