Monday, September 24, 2012
I didn't get in fit mins the last two days. But I have been very busy, and enjoying life. So, I don't feel terrible, plus I got a really nice walk in this morning, and I have a good bike ride planned for tonight. I think it's all good. I got to see my nieces on Saturday. It was a quick visit, my brother and SIL were just stopping by. It was wondeful to get those smooches in! My nieces are 4 and 11 months, so you can imagine how scrumptious they are! I also was able to do some haircutting while I was there, including fixing my SIL's new mowhawk. I don't generally do many mowhawks on women, but on her, it really looked incredible! I also tried a new recipe yesterday that was healthy, delicious, and it passed the real test.............my husband liked it!! YAY! It was a standard chicken piccata sauce, used over bakes fish and veggies. It was super wonderful, and easy. Now I want to try lots of new sauces, because I see what a great way that is to change things up, without breaking the bank. I can use that piccata sauce over chicken or fish, and it's super tasty and so easy. So, I informed hubby that it's a new recipe atleast once a week now. And after last nights trial and win............I think he's excited about the idea.
Today I am going to the local junior college to see if I can qualify for some student loans. I figured there must be something good about being poor! I've got to atleast try. I love school and can think of a dozen things I'd like to study. So, may as well give it a try.
Look at that little lovely, I could just snuggle her for eternity.
Sweet, budding morning glory I saw on my walk this morning.
Light to brighten my day.
After I go to the junior college I am bringing my grandpa over for some potato/cheese soup with cornbread, and I'm giving him a pedicure. I don't spend as much time with him as I'd like to, so this will be a great opportunity to chat and get some quality g-pa time in. He has dementia, so his memory is hit and miss. But every once in awhile I get some good stories out of him. ( Especially if I give him a beer or two!)
Well, I hope you all have a great day. Looks like this week will be lovely. It's already started to cool down here pretty significantly. The leaves are falling and it's almost spooky time!!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I restarted my goals, goal weight, fast breaks goals, everything. I was wondering why my nutrition page was not calculating the calories I needed to eat, then I realized that when I was pregnant I changed all my goals to healthy lifestyle, not weight loss mode. Sooooo, I'm back on track, officially. I'm really glad to have sorted all that out. As of today I am on a year long path to reach my goal weight. I hope I don't stop, no matter what happens. I would love to be looking back a year from now, and be a few sizes smaller, not to mention stronger and healthier. I hope I don't have trouble sticking to my calorie intake! I am set from 1250-1550. I've been eating at about 1400-1600 these last few days. My fit mins are set at 800 calories burned per week, which I've been doing atleast twice that. So, I guess it will all even out, maybe I can slow the fitness down a bit, and curb the calories a bit. We'll see. I'd like to exercise more and eat more.........but I guess that is not the ideal way to reach my goals. When I read The Spark, I calculated on my own that I needed to burn 200 calories per day and eat 1400/day in order to average 1-2 pound loss/week. But I've seen already that if I don't eat the right combo of calories, or not enough for breakfast, I can get really hungry at night. Which is always a very bad thing for me. I am a HUGE nighttime muncher. So I have to find a way to burn steady, and fuel smart. I know it is an equation that will take time to tweak. One day at a time, I'm sure I'll be able to figure what works right for me. What I realized is, as I loose weight, all my calorie in/out equations will change, based on what I weigh. Sooooo, I guess it really is one day at a time!
Do you guys rely on the SP calculators to determine this equation for you? Do you do the suggested calories burned, or do you do more? Less? And calorie intake? Does the suggested set up work for you, or do you calculate your own numbers? I'd like to know from those of you that have had some success what your opinions/experiences are on this?
Time to reasearch!
Have a great evening!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I put off coming back to SP for a about a month or so longer than I really had to. I was scared to fail again, and embarrassed to have "given up". After just over a week back, I really don't know what took me so long. It is never too soon to be happy. I really haven't pushed myself in any area this week. I'm not starving, I'm not running till I drop. I'm just doing what I feel is right and it's working already. I lost 6 pounds this first week. Now, I know that water weight.....teamed with being on (and now off) my period have a lot to do with the situation. But I haven't lost weight since I stopped logging on to SP 5 months ago. And suddenly, after a week on here, I loose 6 pounds. It seems pretty clear that I need all the things this community offers in order to reach my healthy lifestyle goals.
I was talkng on the phone last night to my best freind, and had no concept of time during the conversation. I ended up walking 3 miles, and burning 400 calories, without even noticing. So I think I might start calling friends while I'm walking more often. It is a really nice way to pass the time.
I had the best Swai fish the other night. It was lightly breaded in panko bread crumbs, seasoned with lemon pepper, salt, pepper and dill and lightly fried in a teaspoon of olive oil. It was so great, so fast and so simple. I loved it. I think it tasted better than fried chicken, and I LOVE fried chicken! What I liked is it wasn't swimming in oil, I used just enough to help brown the outsides, and help it not stick to the pan. If I had a cooking spray, I would have used that instead. It is truly awesome how I become what I surround myself with. Just logging on here each day, and reading a few blogs and articles has helped me see how little changes here and there really add up and help to create the blanced life I've been craving for more years than I can count.
Thanks to my dear friend Hippichick, I have a really delicious sounding new granola recipe to try out. I've been on a granola kick, but have been buying store bought. By making her recipe I will be doing myself such a HUGE favor nutritionally and I'm sure taste wise also. I'm actually really looking into making more and more items, sauces, seasonings, anything really, from scratch. I've eaten out, and bought prepared items long enough to realize that homemade is ALWAYS better. I just have to do a little readjusting in my head about how taking the time to make it from scratch is not wasting time, or hard, but rather adding so much to my life. I've had the working girl's mindset for 13 years now.........just throwing this, that and the other together because I'm too tired to make quality. Well the reality is, with a little forethought, and batch cooking, there is no reason to ever eat sub par quality due to time/energy restraints. I have 2.5 days off per week. That is plenty of time to plan meals and batch cook. I just have to realize the importance of doing these things, and put my nutritional needs above my lazy/entertainment/any other distraction needs.
Well, as usual, my blogs are more of a clearing of my mind process than anything else. I wish I wrote those motivating blogs that give hope and inspiration to others. I guess once I've had lasting success I will be more into that. For now it's still such a learning process. I use my blog time as a way to monitor the journey.
Cheers to us, may we all make healthy lifestyle choices for the rest of the day.
Monday, September 17, 2012
So after I got done patting myself on the back for knocking 8 minutes off of yesterdays bike ride time............I realized we do have a scale. I thought we lost it during the move. But alas, it is sitting in the bathroom. So all excited and pumped from my ride, I hopped onto it, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Well, no such luck. What I thought had been a ten pound loss/plateau, turned out to be a ten pound gain. I weighed at a friends house a week ago, and thought it read ten pounds lighter than mine did today. Either I gained ten pounds this week, or I read her scale wrong. Either way, I am exactly where I was a year ago when I first found SP. So, another win/lose day. I don't know exactly how I am going to manage the scale issue. I was a bit happier when I thought we didn't have one. But now, of course, I will most likely be weighing too often, because I am a bit addicted to seeing the exact weight......every few days. I don't know if I can break myself of it or not. I know that are sooooooo many things more important than the number on that scale. But in my mind, it is such a large number, I just fixate on wanting it to go down.
On a lighter note, I was able to relieve my nighttime sweetooth cravings with half a cup of greek yogurt, a tsp. of honey and some fresh sliced strawberries! And I still have a 100 calories left to be in range.............I am just about dead center of my range today. So, I guess today wasn't really too bad. A little disapointing, but we all have to face reality in order to rearange it into the shape we want.
I did manage to get 20-30 fit mins in everday this week, along with some ST mins also, which is really good. And I can feel it all over my body. My arms and legs are slightly sore, not bad sore, just noticeably used! I think for my first week back I've done well. Nothing too crazy. I've been consistent...........with exercise atleast. Today was my first day tracking food, and of course, I was blown away with the actual calories of what I ate, versus what I thought I was eating. Eating out always bites me in the booty. So much better to cook at home where I can control the quality of the fats/oils/dressings/meats/grains etc., and of course can count the calories as I add them in appropriate portions to my plate. I do remember though, after awhile of measuring things everday at home, I was able to eat out and "eyeball" portions a little better. Of course it's not dead on accurate, but better than just eating till my guts explode, like I've done most of my life.
I've really enjoyed roaming the SP site today and seeing just how many free tools and articles there really are on here. It really blows my mind that all of this is free. I mean, I've bought two copies of The Spark, and one copy of The Sparkpeople Cookbook. But other than that, everything has been free, and it's just really, really mind boggling to me. The plethora of activities that go on in SP are just amazing. I plan on spending more and more time exploring all the little nooks and crannies on here until I have a more solid footing on my healthy daily program. I am most worried about my eating habits. I was raised in a really health conscious environment, and was a vegetarian until I was 12. My Dad also had his degree in nutrition. But I married a MAJOR junk food junkie, and went down his wild path to destruction for nearly 9 years now. I always eat more fruit, veg , whole grains and salad than he does. But it's been a battle. Not only is he a junk food nut, but he is also from the fried food capital of the world, Georgia..........gravies and chicken fried everything. That man would eat BBQ anything with a side of french fries every meal for the rest of his life. So, we've battled, we've bantered, and now, it's ME time. I don't expect him to want to change his ways, but I am surely going to change mine. I have to, because I know better, and I'm cheating myself each and everyday I don't do what I know is right for me.
Whoa, didn't see that rant coming! Felt kinda good! Hope you all have a great night. I'll probably chat at you tomorrow. Bye!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I've said it before and I'll say it again............maybe this time it will stick in my mind. Exercise is the very best mood enhancer in the world! This is my Friday, by this time on Saturday evenings I am often dead to the world.........having been dead for hours by now. I usually take a nap after work...........and then to bed early. Right now, after my 4 mile bike ride, I feel better than I did when I woke up this morning! I really, really, REALLY hope I don't forget how great this feels. Even if I didn't loose any weight, the energy boost/mood elevation is truly enough of a reason to exercise everyday. I think it is fun to decide what kind of exercises to do each day. Just in this week, I've walked, jogged and biked, with joy. Now, mind you, I'm not going fast, or very far, burning less than 250 calories each day. But I've been happily consistant, and for this I am proud. Yeah, I said it PROUD! Also, I don't have a scale, so I can't drive myself mad each day by weighing first thing in the morning. Now, I guess I'll go with how I feel, and how my clothes fit.
So, tonight, I'm in love with my choices this week............namely the big choice to come back to SP and do my best this week. One thing I remember from my early sparking days was that consistant little moves, can lead to consistant bigger moves. A ten minute walk toady, can lead to a 45 minute walk in a month or so, and little healthy choices today can lead to big healthy choices tomorrow. So for today, I'm in love with all the little healthy choices I've made. I know this euphoria wears out, I know the monotony sets in, but for today, I'm not worried about that, for today, I'm so glad to be putting me first. The happier, and healthier I am, the better wife, daughter, sister, employee and friend I can be. No one can take these actions for me, and decisions to be healthy now, will greatly affect my future.............and my present. So, hip-hip-and-a-cheerio for consistant, small, important changes.
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