Monday, September 16, 2013
Let's see if I can remember everything I took out of packages and put into smaller ones today. Kale, spinach, mixed greens, romaine, (It is SO strange to see a big package of these four things each shrink way down, in their new packaging of course, and make crinkle sounds as it's doing so with that sealer, lol), leeks, green onions, carrots, radishes, tofu- hm, maybe that's it.
Then the new canning sealers came in. Ooooo, I can't wait to put salad in those, in the fridge- and other things in jars and start stocking my shelves with full canning jars!
Speaking of, I should try to find what I need to make apple butter or such, our wild apples look like they're ready to be taken care of.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I got all the meat separated, that I had purchased last night. Some of it went right in the freezer and some of it got marinated. In fact, I need to go separate THAT and get some in the freezer before I head to bed.
It's been a full day though. My daughter and son-in-law came over and we had lunch together before we went to an edible plants presentation/walk.
It had to be postponed 1.5 hours, so I called my mom to remind her about it and see if she would like to come, since she's always wanted to go to one of these things. Her foot has been hurting her though, so she wasn't sure she could handle it. Well she did come and she was very glad to have finally gotten to go to one of these. We learned some good stuff.
Boy was I hungry when I finally got home. Should have brought some food with me. I was chewing a jolly rancher chew (yeah, allowed on my reward day with carb cycling), and one of my molars broke (the back side of it). A tooth I had a deep/wide filling put in when I was a kid. Oh well.
Hubby and I had to head out for a few things and we split a sub to eat. He wanted all this gunk topping on it and I asked if he'd still be able to taste the ham if he had all that, so he changed his mind on the dressings. :)
Tomorrow I need to separate some veggies (too much in the packages), to make them last longer. Already did that with raspberries tonight.
I'd better get after that chicken now.
Friday, September 13, 2013
It's been a pretty good first time low carb on the carb cycling plan. I know how it is helping my body and back to higher carbs tomorrow. I know that this is a plan that I can do for life. You don't have to stick to 1200 calories on low carb days, btw, as a woman, you just can't go under that. You can indeed eat as many veggies as you want along with the protein and fat you need on low carb days -you're just staying away from carbs (except at breakfast). So that can take you above the 1200.
I didn't tell you about the exercising that Chris Powell wants you to do on his plan. He has you do three for three minutes each, right after you get up in the morning. There is a nice variety to choose from, and you only need your own body, and maybe a chair to do them. They're all designed to help you do what you normally do better (sitting down and getting back up, and so on). I tell ya, I am SO glad he only has you do it five days a week and that I just started this on a Thursday, lol, because my butt is so sore. It was a bit of a challenge to get going on "walk away the pounds" workout today, hahaha- AND to sit down. You'd think it would be relief when you did get into your seated position, but no, the muscles are sore so that is a bit uncomfortable- at first anyway. I'm fine- just know that I'm glad those muscles will get some recovery time this weekend!
My tummy muscles are a bit sore too, I should mention. :)
You also are to exercise doing something you enjoy doing. You can start out with just five minutes at first if you'd like. I'm already doing about an hour, and he doesn't think anyone should do more than that (not counting those nine minutes you did first thing). Also, he thinks you should be able to choose when you exercise in a day- and it doesn't have to be all at once. Sounds familiar at spark people doesn't it? :) I've been exercising 7 days a week, but his plan calls for five days, so this weekend I guess I'm going to be exercise free....unless I walk the dogs, of course. :)
I wiped my dry erase board free today. It had things written on it that I had wanted to accomplish this week. I didn't shrink wrap stuff around cucumbers but the cukes are staying good, and I'm using them, so no biggie- I did all the rest, and THEN some! I'm very happy with all that got done, including getting to do all the reading I've been doing.
I did hear from work...sorta. It was a letter stating I'll be working this school year. Still no info on when I'll start. That's okay, I'm making the most of my time off 'til then.
So today, I put clean canning jars on the canning shelves, did laundry, did dishes (dishwasher and by hand), cooked a rice cooker full of buckwheat and got that taken care of. Cooked meat for today and tomorrow's meals. Planned out my menu for tomorrow. I've been reading. Just watched a two hour movie with a friend (It was on Netflix, and it's called "What If".)
I neatened up the place a little bit before she came over.
I'm looking forward to getting more stuff done tomorrow.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I've mostly spent the day reading about carb cycling. Re-reading the one written by Chris (the guy who does Extreme Makeover Home Edition) Powell (which is the plan I'm following), and starting another one about the topic. It's fascinating how the body stores glycogen and releases it, and about how you can make it work for you to lose weight in a very healthy steady way. How you can be building up muscle one day and releasing fat bigger time the next. It talks about insulin and how that factors in too of course. The idea is to have "high" carb days, and low carb days, but with healthy fat on those for good reason but also to extend the feeling of fullness, instead of regular amounts of carbs (you do get one good one at breakfast) and then as many veggies as you want along with protein (which is what you get the five meals on high carb days too-those two latter things, just not the fat) each of the five times you eat a day. You do get to add flavoring to things too. It's nice.
I was somewhat eating this way anyway (five times a day, and all these veggies and some fruit), but trying to make the nutrition tracker happy. I will upset it doing the "high carb"/ "low carb" thing, haha, but I am determined it will not bother me. I just won't look to see how on track I am or not! I know the calorie amounts are fine, and looks like everything else is too (maybe not in their balance of perfected ratio) just the fat will not be looking right.
The plan offers various ways to do the plan. I chose to start with the classic plan since I'm starting in the "middle" of the week, and already exercise quite a bit and am into the eating properly mode well too. It allows for a reward day one day a week. That will be nice for when we have our get togethers with my daughter and her husband. :)
I might switch to the turbo plan next week, but we shall see. Today was a "high" carb day (Basically 1500 calories for women, in case you're wondering), and tomorrow is to be a "low" carb day (No less than but as close to 1200 as you can). So we'll see how I feel. The turbo plan has two low carb days in a row, to release fat faster. I might just stick with classic.
I have so much energy I put down my book and decided to go ahead and sweep and mop my floors for company tomorrow evening. I had planned to do it tomorrow but it makes sense to do it while I have the energy, not save it for a low carb day. :)
I also used my rice cooker to cook 3 cups of whole grain rice, and have been letting it cool so I think I'll get that divided up and into the fridge next.
Might even reorganize my canning jar shelves. Hubby brought a bunch of canning jars from the cellar. I have some drying in the dishwasher after it cleaned them now. Might as well use this energy! :)
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