Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Well, I still don't have a middle two on the scale, but I do have another day of eating on program (within calorie range) in my streak. I do not have to eat the junk just because it is in my house. I appreciated all the commiseration, wisdom and support from my SparkFriends on my blog about all the junk food in my kitchen yesterday. I particularly liked JOHNMARTINMILES' concise statement: "Even the most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines." I do know where those calorie mines are located all right!! And I intend to proceed with caution, especially when I'm tired or stressed or hungry.
This house-full-of-junk is just about as challenging as my half marathon was. I trained 5 months for the half. But I've been living with the consistent intention to eat healthy now for 4 years and 11 days, so with that much training, I am prepared!! Realistically it may take 3 or 4 weeks of eating right to get the scale back to where I want to be. I can do it!
Today I did an hour on the treadmill at the gym, going 4.4 miles. I ran some one minute and some two minute and a three minute interval. I only ran about 18 of the minutes. It was my first time running in a week and 7 days after I tweaked my back -- again. I enjoyed the workout a great deal, but I could tell my back in not 100%. I'm going to wait until all the soreness is gone to get back to strength training and then I think I may try to get a personal trainer. Although I feel certain that picking up Gwen (34 pound two year old) is the biggest strain on my back, I suspect my own attempts to strengthen my back with exercise have been off the mark. I don't need a PT to stand over me for motivation, but I may need one to help me select exercises and assure my form is correct.
It is 79 degrees here today and just beautiful with bits of blue peeking out from between the clouds. When Gwen wakes up from nap we'll be spending our afternoon outside. When I was working I did not appreciate this time of year. It was cool and you had to wear a jacket in the morning, gets dark early and you had to wear a jacket home often. But the middle of the day is the treat! Wishing you a glorious day as well!!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Yesterday my hubby went to the grocery store. He has been our usual grocery shopper for about the last three years. After I switched to a healthier lifestyle, he was not happy with my shopping. So he goes in order to get the things he wants, but has done a pretty good job of getting me the things I need to eat healthy.
Yesterday, though, he got carried away. He bought two packages of double stuff Oreos, two packages of Berry Newton cookies, two packages of Eskimo pies, a half gallon of Blue Bonnet Banana Pudding ice cream and triple berry ice cream as well as sugar free vanilla which I did not want nor ask for, 6 or maybe it is 8 packages of Hershey's Bliss dark chocolate, a cherry pie, a peach pie, Milano cookies, peanut butter cracker package, two kinds of cheese filled crackers, one "fudge" filled crackers, two boxes of Cheez-It crackers, honey nut Cheerios as well as regular. We already had Milano cookies and Pop Tarts (that I despise) in our house. And I know there is other junk food here, too. He even bought already made mashed potatoes instead of our usual fresh potatoes. He got bacon and sausage. Sheeesh!! He always has some junk, but this is ridiculous. I am trying to teach the kids to eat healthy, but this is a challenge for them and me, too!
On the positive side, he bought red raspberries, blackberries, a fresh pineapple, a crate of clementine tangerines, navel oranges, bananas, golden delicious apples, sugar free applesauce, and canned peaches and pears in extra light syrup ( I'd rather have juice pack, but okay.) He got lean meats and fish. I have fat free milk on hand. He bought fresh broccoli, green peppers, green beans, lettuce, and carrots. We have tomatoes and lots of canned and frozen healthy veggies.
Yesterday I baked the cherry pie and half of it was eaten by hubby, daughter, and son in law. The kids chose to have Oreos - two for Natalie and one for Gwen. I stayed away from everything in the second paragraph above except one 40 calorie Hershey's Bliss. This is a victory. I now have 3 good days in a row of sticking to my food plan. Yesterday hubby had me fix cheeseburgers on onion rolls and french fries for him, daughter, and son in law. I had a boca burger on a 100% whole wheat sandwich thin. No fries.
Despite the minefield of my kitchen, I intend to see that middle two on the scale again soon!! (131.0 this morn)
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Missed my run this morn as my back was still acting up. I'm gonna let it heal and then consistently restrict picking up Gwen, the 2 year old, as I did successfully the month before my half marathon. She constantly wants to be picked up, though. I am jealous that my daughter and son in law and husband can just pick her up and carry her with no problem. Seems like with my level of fitness, I should be able to, too. But evidently there is a weakness in my back and I must protect it.
On a totally positive note, my son in law has been hired and will start his new, better paying job with more benefits week after next. Can't wait to find out his schedule. He probably will get a few more hours per week with his family which is a good thing.
Friday, December 07, 2012
How am I handling the holidays this year? Some of my strategies:
Reminding myself all the reasons that living life at goal weight is very, very important to me. (Beck)
Reminding myself that I have lost weight at holiday time before (2008) and maintained several years including last year. I can do it!!
Eating very carefully (high fiber,enough protein, lots of water and freggies, careful on the calories) between parties and occasions.
Don't go to event hungry. Choose only the very best splurges in small amounts.
Remember it is a holiDAY not a holiWeek or holiMONTH!!
Share some of yours with me!!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
The good thing is that it is very clear what my new focus will be. I'm going to start counting the days I am within my calorie range; that will be a powerful streak to start! That will address my recent biggest fitness weakness. And I do need to cut back on my calorie range a bit (due to reduced calorie burning) so it will be even more challenging.
Part of the reason it is so clear is that I'm sitting here with two ice bags, one on my left inner ankle and one on the left side of my lower back. Just guess I overdid strength training (calf raises and back extensions??) yesterday. And since I'm not training for a particular race right now I've been picking up Gwen too much again. Oh, well. I'll think about more swimming, too.
Looking forward to this evening's meal with AQUAGIRL, her hubby, and maybe DKINSEY and a few more local Sparkers. I'm thinking I'll be well enough to run on Saturday. We'll see.
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