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Failure is just one step towards success.

Monday, May 09, 2011

So, I beautifully and spectacularly failed at all my New Year's resolutions. However, there's still more year yet.

I am completely off the cow though. Eating it makes me feel sweaty, hot, bloaty, greasy, and generally crappy. So no more of that. Maybe I'll at least keep my vegetarian resolution.

I think my problem is that I was far too specific. I've never been a terribly linear person, so I think all those rules and structures I set up for myself was really me setting myself up for failure. I'm more of a flow person than rule person.

Therefore, whole new set of resolutions, just in time for summer to really kick off.

1. Join a SparkTeam.

Tada, did that ^_^ now I have to follow the team goals, which I think I can do. They offer a video a day of an exercise routine that I think I can actually do, so I'm going with it! I start tomorrow (or rather, today, since I'm starting late in the so-late-it's-early time).

2. No more coffee.

I love tea, and I love coffee, but I always feel terrible after drinking the coffee - all buzzy and uninspired. I think I'll stick to tea if I want any hot caffeinated beverage.

3. No more junk food.

And that's it. That's all my resolutions. Junk foods make me feel bloated and sluggish, so I'm just going to get rid of them. It might be a gradual thing, but I feel better when I eat natural grains, vegetables, and fruits, rather than when they're puffed into corn chips. If it makes me feel crappy, I'm not going to eat it.

I also gained 16 pounds back due to school stress, but now that it's summer, I'm going to get back on track and make progress again. I feel better about myself when I'm active and eating right. Now if only I can find ways to incorporate "healthy" into college life.

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New Year's Resolution

Friday, December 31, 2010

No bento blog today, I had the lovely day off, and the weather was fantastic! I've eaten lightly today because we plan on celebrating the end of the year by going to a hibachi restaurant instead of boozing it up, and I want to make sure I'm not terribly hungry when we go but at the same time give myself some wiggle room in my daily allowances. I've never had hibachi before, so finding some delicious and healthy menu items will be exciting! ^_^ I actually like experiences like that.

So, today I've decided to sit down and really think about my new year's resolutions. Every year, like everyone else, I'm sure, I make a resolution to be healthier. But I've found that this goal is far too vague for me to really feel like I've succeeded. I mean, what is " trying to be healthier" anyway? Is it not eating cookies? Is it having a few less cokes a week? Is it running a marathon? How can I expect to be healthier if I don't have a clear understanding of what healthier means to me and my lifestyle? I need very specific goals, or I'm just not going to keep them! That's just the way I am. And according to my PEHP class I took last year (physical education and health program, I think. All about whole-istic wellness), goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic, and Time-specific. So with this in mind, here are my NEW new year's resolutions:

I will:
substitute non-meat protein sources for meat for one meal a day, and every week I will eat one less portion of meat. That way, by the end of February I'll be completely off meat! ^_^ Lately, it's not just health or the environment (although I've always been partial to vegetarianism for those reasons), but meat just tastes bad to me. Eww, corpsey....

I will:
work on my legwarmers for 15 minutes every day until I finish crocheting them. I don't actually know how long it will take me, overall, but I want to finish them before it stops being cold XD

I will:
monitor my eating and exercise regiment by logging onto sparkpeople every day and recording my status in the handy dandy nutrition and fitness logs.

I will:
walk for 30 purposeful minutes three times a week - at least until I get back to school, then I'll walk the trail every day.

I will:
limit my gaming to 2 cumulative hours a day (yes, this is a significant downgrade XD) and will log my times when I start playing and stop playing to make sure I stay within these two hours.

Since I don't want to overdo it and then not finish anything, I'll stop there. Who says the new year is the only time to set goals? ^_^

Happy New Year, fellow Sparkers!


Bento Blog Numba 2

Thursday, December 30, 2010

So I was making my lunch for work today when all of a sudden... bunnies invaded my meal! Look at that one in the front, he's really going at my peas and carrots!

So, not as neat and tidy as yesterday's, but the apple bunnies were worth showing off. As you can see, I like the cupcake cups. They're so versatile! So, my parents discovered this magical powder, it's called Fruit-Fresh. It keeps your produce from going brown, just like lemon does only without the sharp lemony flavor. Apparently it adds about 5 calories though, but that's like chewing a stick of gum, so I'm not concerned about it. Adding 5 calories to my daily intake is probably a good thing.

According to my nutrition log, I'm actually averaging 200-300 less calories than I should! Some days I barely bump the 1200 mark, and most days I'm tottering around 950. That surprised the crap outta me. That would explain my plateau though - of course my body doesn't want to give up more fat, it's barely getting enough to keep it satisfied as it is! It would also explain why I'm always hungry. And here I thought I was eating too much! Really, just goes to show you, it's about quality, not frequency.

I'm really happiest when I can munch throughout the day on little, healthy things. You know, a carrot here, a cup of yogurt there. I'm not a big fan of "meal time" unless it's an excuse to spend time with my friends and/or family.

So, what I've noticed:
Big meals hurt my stomach, make me feel bloated, and then I'm starving an hour later. Crazy. But when I eat small, healthy snacks frequently, I feel good, and get little munchy hungry signs, not crazy voracious hunger pains. But what am I supposed to do when I work an eight-hour on-yer-feet closing shift where I may or may not get that 10 minute break? I mean, I know people do it, I just don't know how. Is there anyone out there (hello... hello....?) who knows how to battle the dreaded JOB in their quest for healthy living?

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GHK1962 12/31/2010 10:16AM

    The photos you've done so far are great.

As for Fruit Fresh...I have never heard of it until now...gonna take a look today when I go to the grocery store. I have used lemon on potatoes and bananas...but if this does not add any flavor I might try it.

Good going on the eating...I try to snack on healthy stuffs at work thoughout the day. Whenever I achieve that it makes me feel better too. And it's amazing how NOT hungry you are when you snack a little at a time on things like carrots or snap peas or such.

Way to go you!

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Bento Blog! Numba 1

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I've decided to start a bento blog! I've been inspired by some online surfing I've been doing, trying to figure out quick and inspiring ways to bring healthy to work. I love cute bento, and making sure I have a nice, balanced, presentable bento is just one more way for me to get excited about healthy eating. I love food, and just because I'm trying to lose weight and get in shape doesn't mean food has to be my enemy - I'll just fall in love with healthy food instead of junk food! ^_^ I want to feel proud of myself for arranging a beautiful, healthy balanced meal, especially since I'll be taking these to work with me and boy, do I need the nutritious energy there! The thinking is, if I'm not comfortable showing it off, it probably has too much bad-for-me in it and it isn't worth eating.

So, here's today's bento:
My wonderful sister took the picture (she's a very good photographer! I just wish she'd take less pictures of her face! XD ) What you see in left of the top section is Fiber One lowfat cottage cheese, with pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. And since I can't resist pomegranate, I stuffed a few more in the middle and in the lid space, since there's room up there! In the middle is a deviled egg dusted with roasted paprika (we were all out of mustard, so I used a tad of Miracle Whip in the mix) and on the right is Activia Peach Cobbler flavored yogurt (part of their "Dessert" yogurts). I sprinkled home-toasted bulgur and oats on top. The yogurt and cottage cheese are cupped by silicone cupcake liners (flexy and reusable!).

On the bottom row, easy enough to see, is Rice-a-roni long grain and wild rice on the left and peas and carrots on the right. Assembly probably took about 10 minutes, maybe 15 tops, but I did it all in pieces since I had to cook everything fresh - our fridge is almost cleaned out, and I didn't have any left-overs to work with!

It's not as balanced as I'd like it to be - I could use some better protein in there - but as soon as I get to the grocery store Friday with my Awesome Shopping List of Planned Awesome - because for once I'm going to stick to my list! - I'll be able to utilize more healthy proteins. Still, I have grain and fiber in there, calcium, a little egg protein, fruit, vegetable, and delicious probiotics and bifidus. Mmmm, bifidus.

Here's an even prettier angle, for the road:

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GHK1962 12/31/2010 10:11AM

    Ahh....saw this and your comment on my Spark page!

And just eat the seeds...that makes sense. Kinda like when you eat sunflower seeds and just munch and mash it all. I am either going to buy some pomegranates and bust them open for the seeds later...or...I think they sell the pomegranate seeds in a jar...that might be easier (though more $$$).

I see you have another bento gonna look at that. Thanks for the info!

PS ~ And sometimes people answer on their own blogs and I get a notice...sometimes I don't. I have not figured that out it was good that you answered on my page. I try to do that when someone says something on one of my blogs...instead of answering back on the blog I try to answer on their Spark page...but sometimes I forget!

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SOLESSE 12/30/2010 1:43PM

    To GHK1962, yup! They have seeds in them. You're not stoopid at all! I think the hard little seedy parts are a pain too. But I, like you, am far too lazy to be bothered picking seedlets out of my mouth. So, eh, I just chomp on those too. I'm sure they're full of fiber or something.

You might could try mushing them in a strainer and just get the juice. Way more satisfying (if a lot messier and time-consuming) than just buying pomegranate juice at the store! ^_^

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GHK1962 12/29/2010 2:05PM

    Those are AWESOME!

Question ~ on pomegranates...when you put them in they have seeds in them? I sort of recall from eating them when little that they had seeds...or can you buy seedless seeds? (I know I am sounding kinda stoopid...but I know I like the taste of them but I just am lazy about picking seedlets out of my mouth!)

Nice blog!

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Baby Steps

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm learning to appreciate baby steps. Every little change snowballs into a huge effect. My sister weighs a good bit less than me. In fact, she's in the lovely 130-140 range. However, she isn't fit, and she used to be as big as me, so she complains about being flabby. On the other hand, I have a friend of mine who weighs a good bit more than me, weighing it at around 350, and isn't happy with it. She's finally ready to make a change and be healthier, but getting either of them to get off the couch is a piece of work. And I have enough trouble convincing myself to! How can I expect to encourage them if I can't get myself to do it?

Well today - I'm proud to say - I managed to get all three of us to take a short walk (actually, convincing them was a way of convincing myself!) We only went to the end of the street, which, sadly, is only five houses away, but it's a huge step considering before we never would have left the house.

Instead of getting down about how far we didn't walk, I'm trying think of it as how far we *did* walk. And you know what? It feels great! We stepped out of the house, and even though it was a pain getting out there, we did it, and we didn't keel over. So my plan is to get us to do that every day we're together (and we see each other pretty frequently) and step at a time get us to walk as far as the community tennis courts, and then maybe as far as the post office, and maybe Kroger eventually! Hah, and maybe then we can start *using* the tennis courts! I mean really, they're right there! And the park is just the opposite direction. Really, we're in an ideal location. It would be a waste to stay in all day every day.

And I figured out another trick. My friend and I are huge gamers. Well, I finally got a hand-held gaming device (whoot Nintendo DS!) and she finally got herself an ipod touch - so, when we get back to school for spring semester, we plan on walking the fitness trail every day while playing our games. That way, we can get in our fitness AND our gaming! This has been an exciting day ^_^


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