Saturday, March 02, 2013
The Galloway group I've been running with that does the run 2 min/walk 1 min was out of town, so I ran with my old 1 min run/1 min walk group. We went 5.6 miles, very easy. Two of the people I ran with did the Disney Princess Half Marathon last week end. Here are Jan and Karen at the end of the race in the tutus they made:
They said the race was really fun! 27,000 women and 2,000 men ran it. Don't expect your best time, they said, as frequently they could not get around other runners. A lot of people stopped to take pictures and Disney provided a lot of entertainment along the way. Runners have to pick up their race packet the day before and be in the assigned corral at 5am. They stayed in the All Sports Complex and took a bus to the corral start in Epcot. Each corral is started with fireworks. I'm still thinking I want to do this race in 2014 -- tiara and all. When you sign up you have to specify which princess you are representing. One of them was for Cinderella and one for Ariel, but their costumes were really generic princess. Not sure I could run in a tutu, but may have to try!!
After the group run this morning we had a 20 minute coffee and chat break. Then I went to the YMCA and ran over 5 more miles faster. I've been invited to participate in a virtual half marathon two weeks from today on the trail near my house -- the one I often cycle. There would be an actual group of us running, but the sponsoring agency is virtually present. Might just do it! 11 miles is the longest I've run recently, but I think that is good enough training to do a HM on short notice. A week from today is my three 5Ks. I'll be ready!!
Friday, March 01, 2013
My Healthy Lifestyle Forever team has laid out a great challenge this month. In addition to exercise, tracking, and freggie goals, it set "Give yourself 10 points for following a meal plan for ONE MEAL each day" and "Give yourself 10 more points for each day you followed a plan for breakfast, lunch AND dinner"! Plus BONUS POINTS: Give yourself 25 points each day for staying at or below your calorie goal.
And then I went to Weight Watchers. WW is setting a "routine" for each month. (Examples: pack healthy snacks; have a fruit or veggies with each meal & snack) This month it is going to be about meal planning. Our assignment this week: "notice the number of times you know exactly what your next meal or snack will be."
So I've got encouragement and challenge toward meal planning this month. I'm really excited about it because meal planning has been a weak part of my program. Several times I have said I will end up the month with 4 weeks of meal plans with grocery lists. I have yet to do it. Not sure what my resistence is. During the time I was concentrating on The Beck Diet Solution I did plan my meals and snacks the day before, but once I was done with the book, I dropped that practice. (I started to say "habit" but I think the truth is, it didn't become habit.) Part of my challenge is my hubby likes to do the grocery shopping and buys a lot of sales items. But, like with many other healthy practices, if I am committed enough, I can find a way.
March is going to be a great month! Another step forward!!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
My SparkFriend and The Beck Diet Solution teammate wrote her first blog today. Be a prince/princess and go encourage her:
Update on me:
I did stick to my calorie range (high end) yesterday despite fighting fatigue all day. That makes 2 good days in a row, after 2 that weren't so good. Slept well last night. I really appreciate how important sleep is when I've missed it! Did my 6th personal training session today plus a half hour on elliptical with resistence and incline. I'm feeling great now!! I weighed 128.8 this morning. I'm hoping that some of it is still sodium and that I'll be down another pound tomorrow or the next day. We'll see. I'm so close -- and yet so far-- from my goal weight of 126. I'm going to get there!!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I woke up way too early. I even thought it was time to get up and did, only to find out it was the middle of the night. Oh, well. At 5am I went running on my street with a flashlight. Might as well. I was up. Tired days can be difficult for me. Tired days are often hungry days.
I'm glad I ran already. It is a definite signal to myself and others that I'm not giving up -- that I am still seeking fitness. Must admit I've been struggling with eating not exactly like I want the last couple days. Since I already ran, I feel successful and plan to carry that success with me throughout the day, tired or not!!
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here is my entry for the third week of the At Goal & Maintaining Plus.... Team's recipe challenge. I was going to wait until tomorrow, since I already blogged today, but since they've already posted the 4th week challenge, I decided I should get on it!
I made Chef Meg's Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole. The recipe is available at recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=736959 . I just made a few adjustments based on what I had in the house. I didn't have any white pepper, so I settled for black pepper. I had one big orange bell pepper (someone helped themselves to the other one I'd bought for this casserole), but I had just under 20 ounces of broccoli -- so we settled for a little more broccoli and a little less bell pepper. The only flour I had in the house was organic whole wheat flour. I thought it might not thicken as well, so I added .5 T for a total of 2.5 tablespoons of flour. The rest of the ingredients I followed as written, although when I took the foil off after 20 minutes in the oven the cheese was already melted and did not require more time.
Here's what it looked like:
The recipe was very good. I liked it a lot and could eat it weekly. Although I don't mind eating plain chicken, plain vegetables, and almost plain pasta. Would be less work, fewer dirty cooking dishes, and I could skip the butter, flour, and cheese. My picky daughter looked at the leftovers and volunteered to come back and eat it again later this week. High praise from her, indeed!! Her hubby liked it, too. The guys added more shredded cheese to it. The kids weren't crazy about it, but ate a few bites. My husband said it would be great if it didn't have the zucchini. Perhaps if I make it again, I'll have orange and green bell peppers with the broccoli and no zucchini. If anyone has another suggestion, please let me know. Artichokes? Green beans? He'd eat onions and mushrooms, but she wouldn't. I do have challenges cooking for different people's tastes, but all in all, I'd rate this recipe 4.5 on a scale of 1-5!!
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