Thursday, December 08, 2011
Seems I've "fallen off the wagon" again - not logging my food like I should be. This has been a stressful few days. Found out my oldest is getting married! Met her fiancee, then she told me they were moving in together. That didn't go over too well with her Dad I admit I'm not too happy about it myself, but what can you do? Nothing, so I just gotta let that one go. Actually turned out to be pretty easy to do, 'cause my oven is dying! The broiler element still works, but the baking element doesn't. So...been pricing new ovens, and secretly dreaming about gutting my kitchen and doing a complete remodel (fat chance, I can't even afford the oven!). We did buy a small countertop thing, hopefully it will bake a pie for Christmas.
And then Tuesday night, a pipe burst! Found out yesterday morning, and had to turn off the water. Hopefully the repair team will find the leak & fix it today - and hopefully it won't cost too much $$$ (there goes my dream kitchen ).
Well, today's another day. I'm at work, and just logged my fitness minutes for the week so far. Will start logging my food again, carry on, etc.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I have been trying to log my food intake, but this time of year it's almost impossible! I can plan what I'll eat during the day, and therefore figure out how to log it just fine. The problem comes when people bring those yummy, homemade goodies to work. Most of the time I've just been guestimating, usually by picking some storebought variety and logging that (which is what I did today). Today one co-worker brought leftover birthday cake, which was some kind of Chocolate overdose bundt cake (really good, too ), and another co-worker brought leftover apple crisp (also really good). So I logged a plain chocolate cake with icing, and a Quaker Oats Apple-Crisp bar, which probably doesn't have nearly enough calories.
So, I'm a little torn. Maybe I should just add some extra calories in my head, instead of trying to find substitutes - yes, I've done that a few times. Or maybe a guestimate based on some other food found in the food logger is at least a good ballpark. Or maybe there's some other idea I haven't thought of, so I'm asking the Community, what do you suggest? Any thoughts would be most appreciated,
Sunday, November 27, 2011
So, today is the last day of my3-month mini-challenge, and the results are mixed. To review, I wanted to do 3 things:
1. Give up Cokes and save some money;
2. Avoid junk-food and stick with the healthy snacks I buy at the store; and
3. Train for the Kramer 5K by running 3 days/wk & cross-training 2 days/wk.
And the results:
1. I DID manage to avoid Cokes for the entire 3-month challenge; however the plan to pay myself & save up for something fun didn't happen. What can I say? Food is expensive, especially the healthier varieties. Makes me wonder how I ever afforded my Coke habit to begin with!
2. Really failed on this one - there were days when I just said "to heck with it" and bought some yummy coffee or muffin from Starbucks (what was I saying about affording that habit?). Other times people brought yummy, fattening stuff to work, and I'm just not good at saying "no" to them. I'm working on that, as this is the Most Fattening Time of the Year. Certainly need to give this some thought for the next challenge.
3. The results are mixed. I was VERY inconsistent with the exercise, rarely hitting my targets for any given week. However, I DID run the Kramer 5K, and even took about 43 seconds off my time! So, I give myself about 50% on this challenge.
As for my weight, well, it's WAY UP! Not that surprising, since we just had Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, which is in Colorado. So, I spent 2 days in a car, and yesterday on the way back we had pizza AND burgers - can't get much worse than THAT! But, today is a new day, back to logging both exercise and nutrition. At least my hubby and I got a walk in after Turkey day, and I DID do some toning exercises as well. I'm planning a new strategy/challenge, and to help myself out, I bought "The Spark!" Managed to read a fair amount, but still have alot to go. I'll be writing about my goals, once I get them all lined out according to the book. The book is GREAT so far, the early pages talk alot about your mindset. Now that's something I DEFINITELY need to work on! I'll keep blogging about this, if for no other reason than to keep myself accountable. Stay tuned....
Monday, October 24, 2011
Weeks 5 & 6 were not very good - I only ran once on week 5 and missed ALL exercise targets on week 6! Further, my diet has REALLY gone to heck, maybe I'm too broke to buy fatty snacks but I sure don't turn them down when offered! About the only thing I've succeeded at is kicking the Coke habit.
Week 7 saw some definite improvement on the exercise front - I managed to run 3 times, hit the gym for weights Thursday & went rock-climbing Saturday (which really OUGHT to count as weight-lifting!) Also, still doing well on the Coke challenge, 7 weeks without one and I don't even miss 'em! However, the diet is still not going too well - I've been reading this book, a memoir written by a lady with lots of fab-sounding recipes and, well, I've tried some. They are delicious BUT definitely not low-cal stuff, and, well, my weight's up! I'm so MAD at myself for allowing this to happen - gotta get back to the veggies!
Friday, October 14, 2011
So I went to check it out last night - just to see if I could afford anything; well, the answer is NOT MUCH! Now, if you're into gourmet cheeses and other things, it's great. And honestly, the produce wasn't so bad, pretty comparable to Sunflower (plus it looked gorgeous!). They had 3 or 4 types of Chard, which I NEVER see anywhere, plus leeks and fennel. BUT the grass-fed beef is, um, enough to make you re-think vegetarian. One small steak was around $10; others were like $20 each. Still, I think I'm going to suck it up and buy some ground beef (today's payday, after all) and compare it taste-wise to the stuff I normally buy at Wal-Mart, to see if it's really worth paying twice as much for hamburger.
I told my co-workers about it, and one complained that it seemed like the poor "didn't deserve grass-fed beef." But of course it's a bigger problem than that. I just read this book I HIGHLY recommend to my fellow Sparkers, called "In Defense of Food," which was a detailed report of the entire food production industry. Naturally the author advocates spending MORE money on higher quality food like grass-fed beef, organic produce, but at a time like THIS? When I'm trying to CUT my grocery bill? I'm just not sure how doable this is. I tried to grow some veggies over the summer, and that just didn't work out at all. I'm thinking I could probably afford some of the organic produce, and maybe start baking my own bread this winter (so that I'll KNOW what's in it!), but I probably won't be able to buy a whole lot of grass-fed ANYTHING. Life is full of trade-offs. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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