Thursday, December 30, 2010
A friend gave me some citrus out of her yard and I was totally confused. They were ruby red on the inside, like ruby red grapefruits, but they were the size of medium oranges and the peel was orange. The taste was kind of between an orange and a red grapefruit, but it was the juiciest citrus I've ever eaten. When she gave me the bag, I really didn't know what I had. After I ate several I still didn't know what they were. Finally, I got to ask her. They are red navel oranges. I would recommend them if you get a chance!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Today I was thinking back over turning points in my journey to health and fitness. One time I became very aware that my attitude had changed when I found myself cutting back on my dear old overweight dog's portions. For years I had worried that she was hungry because she always acted like she wanted food. Suddenly I wanted her to feel better and have more energy like I did. I understood that just because we wanted to eat did not mean we needed to do so.
Monday, December 27, 2010
In 2010 I did a good job with exercise, averaging over 2 times per week strength training and 6 days per week of cardio. I plan to keep that up in 2011, but I have a strategy, not exactly new, to keep me motivated. I plan to track and improve my personal best times, distances, and performances. I used this tactic some in 2010, but think I'll expand on it.
I know that my longest bike ride this year was 25 miles and the most I rode in one week was 35 miles. I think I went 14 miles per hour for one hour once, and I know I can average 12 mph on a 6 mile ride, but I plan to pay more attention to such things. (By the way, I have a comfort bike that is not very fast, and I'm a chicken who brakes often. The chicken part is unlikely to change.) On the stationary bike at the gym I can get up to 24 mph and can possibly sustain 20 mph. I'll have to try. The longest I've ridden on the stationery bike was probably half an hour.
On the elliptical the best I've done is to burn 310 calories in less than 50 minutes. I'm not sure if it was 46 or 49 minutes. I think if I keep track I can try to better it. My longest elliptical session this year was one hour. There is a 30 minute limit if anyone is waiting at the gym.
I've done a lot of walking this year, but do not know my distance or speed records. I've added some jogging intervals when I feel like it. All these things would be good to challenge myself to obtain a benchmark and then try to beat it. I might even spring for another pedometer. I've used the treadmill from time to time this year, but don't know my best distance/speed/incline performances.
This year I was having trouble with swimming the American crawl and my recent best distance is 50 yards, despite the fact I was a marathon swimmer as a teen. I did swim 30 laps this year of mixed strokes - mostly breast stroke and back stroke with a little side stroke thrown in. I have not timed my swimming, but I have watched swimmers beside me whiz past.
I've enjoyed Zumba and pilates this last year, too. Perhaps I could track how many sessions per month I do.
If I try to better myself by even a very small amount in one area each month, I might just end up with 12 personal bests and the feeling (illusion?) that I am getting better with age!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today is the day after Christmas, the day after a day of indulgence. I enjoyed every bite -- even the fudge -- especially the fudge. I enjoyed cooking big and I enjoyed sharing the whole meal with my loved ones. By my historical standards, it was a pretty moderate indulgence. For one thing, I did not celebrate with food on any other day this season. I stuck to my food plan, staying within the limits every day this month so far. Since I'm tracking on Weight Watchers this month, I had what they call "weekly points allowance" left and I earned "activity points," too. So even given my indulgences yesterday, I stayed within my Weight Watcher limits. The scale this morn was only up a couple tenths. I call that a success.
However, I realize that today is the day that really counts. My plan to send everything indulgent home with relatives only partly worked. My nephew took the green bean casserole that I had made mostly for him. I offered the pumpkin bread to my niece, but she declined. The nephew accepted it, though. My daughter was suppose to take the sweet potato casserole and she said she will, but she wants to come to lunch today with the kids and have leftovers. She even left three quarters of a red and green jello cake that she made. Some of the kids' gifts are still here, too. It was getting close to midnight when she went home, so clean up is scheduled for today. Getting things to her house, in the freezer, or in the trash is the priority today.
This morning first thing I saw a counter full of temptation. My angel food cake made with crushed pineapple is invisibly under tupperware. (In our family, when we have little kids an angel food cake for breakfast is traditional. We sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.) I took a kitchen towel and covered the fudge and the brownies so I don't have to look at them. I put a plastic cover over the cake, too.
I hardly have any stuffing left and I have one small serving with no butter set aside for me. The mashed potatoes and gravy my husband will finish up. I have plenty of plain baked potatoes, plain green beans, and turkey left for me to have healthy leftovers.
Today is the day that really counts when it comes to my pledge for a no gain holiday. It was okay to indulge yesterday, as long as I'm back on it today. And I'm here to say I'm back on it today!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas!! I'm cooking up a storm and indulging a bit, but think I'm really in control. We'll see.
Our biggest laugh so far was Natalie trying to jump rope. She had the jumping down. In fact she was frantically jumping, waving the rope in front of her. She thought she was doing it, which is what made it so funny. Her mom got a video of it, but she said it was too close to see it at its best.
Natalie loved the big castle tent we gave her. Gwen sat up in a high chair at our table for the first time. She now holds rattles and laughs a lot -- well, she cries a lot, too, but she is a baby. Right now they are at their other grandma's, but will be back soon to finish opening presents and eat turkey and all the fixings!
Wish my mom would answer the phone so I could wish her a happy holiday. Expect she will before the day is over. So Christmas at our house is going well. Hope you are having a merry one, too!
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