Saturday, April 23, 2011
It could have been bad. My lovely FiL's 76th birthday party. A family dinner with cake.
Here it is, end of the night, and I have 200+calories available still in the range. I even got in a bonus workout today - even though it was raining, raining, raining. I'm proud of the choices I made today.
It started first with the workout. SiL, who is staying with my in-laws for the weekend, asked if I wanted to go for a walk in the morning. This morning, one hubby talking to another, what was me saying a tenative "is she sure she's up to this? aka it looks really wet out there" was translated into "how committed are you?" - which is more like a challenge, than an escape route - to which her reply of "only if she REALLY wants to" got translated as "yup, she wants to go." When we realized, 1k out and dripping wet how we'd been duped, we had a good laugh.... and walked another 4.5k before we were done. The distance goes quickly when you're yakking & we were moving at a good clip.
SiL also turned out to be a great ally in turning dinner into a healthy affair. We the 2 couples sat down to discuss the menu, hubby asked "what do we want" & I piped up "something healthy & tasty"... and to my pleasure, everyone agreed. We ended up having a tasty chicken/rice dish.
For dessert, I decided 2 kinds were in order: the traditional rick chocolate cake & a low-cal banana cheesecake cup. People ended up eating more of the cheesecake than the chocolate.
Good time had by all & I still respect myself at the end of the day.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Today's exercise was - again - snow shoeing. I enjoy it & it's a great calorie burner, especially because of all the hills. I'm a glass 1/2 full kind of girl at heart.
So here are a couple of pictures for those of you in hotter climates to look and and dream of a crisp 5C & playing in the snow.
This one is at our community field. We still have old-fashioned field days here with games and races and food. Gives you an idea of how deep the snow really is.
Here is a beaver-made lake, almost thawed out.
I'm still following the clean eating and really enjoying the food. Tried another recipe today: Lemon Grilled Chicken & Bulgar. I'd give it 5 stars , but hubby says only 3.5 Not cheesy/meaty enough for him. lol It was my first time trying bulgar. I like it more than the brown rice I regularly eat, so I think bulgar is going to be a new staple. Lesson here: don't be afraid to try new things!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I grew up on Vancouver Island, the most temperate climate in Canada. Spring starts late Feb/early March. You can plant peas in March. April daffodils and tulips bloom. May brings cherry blossoms. The air is sweet, the birds sing.... sigh, had a homesick moment... anyhoo....
Now, I am living in Quebec... and this is what April 20th looks like this year:
Spring Activity #1 - Snowshoeing with DeeOhGee.
After all my late night scramblings to get my French homework done, class was cancelled because of last night's snow storm. I'd baked the carrot cake to share with the class - and I did NOT think it was a good idea to keep 2 loaves worth in the house. So I had hubby take some to nearby family & I delivered some by snowshoe to an old hermit that lives out in our neck of the country. I made a trade with him earlier this year, his good but unused dog house for me bringing a few servings of goodies every time I bake. Worked out pretty good for both of us.
This part of the province is full of "characters". This fellow looks a bit like Rip Van Winkle. Lives in a 1 room shack without running water. Hubby says he looks exactly the same as when hubby was a kid, but I found out recently he went to school with hubby's aunt & he's only 65.
Spring Activity #2 - Shovelling the deck.
For those who follow my blog, the set up behind me is where we boil the maple sap down to syrup. We reduce it outside on a propane stove until it's 80% done then finish it on the stove inside.
Here is what my favourite forest trail looked like today. This is definitely spring-like because you can see the area where the snow is starting to melt. lol
I don't mean to whinge... ok I do mean to and I'm going to... I am heartily sick of winter. Enough already with the snow. Bring on flowers and birds....
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I've been watching Carolyn1213 transform her body with clean eating for the last year or so. If you haven't come across her blogs yet, you really should. She's been an incredible inspiration to me. In some ways, I feel like Carolyn's journey is a blue print for me to follow. She's just a bit ahead of me in this journey & I find I learn so much from her.
I've just finished reading the Tosca Reno's book and have spent the last 2 days following most of her guidelines. I'm still eating splenda in my 2 morning coffees & also I baked cookies with it last night.
I am eating 5-6 meals a day & each one in a complex/carb combination. With the exception of the splenda, it's all whole foods. Also, I've flipped my daily calories - I used to save the bulk of my calories for dinner & evening snack & now the biggest meal is breakfast: egg whites, fruit, oatmeal, flaxseed, maple syrup. It all feels a little strange, but I have noticed that I don't feel very hungry in between meals & I feel awake and energetic.
I tried out two new clean eating recipes today & both I'm giving 5 stars! Both passed the hubby test with him going back for more of the lasagne & defending his right to the 2 pieces of carrot bread I was going to take to a neighbour.
Pasta Roll-ups with Turkey and Spinach
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
Sodium: 857.9 mg
Total Carbs: 20.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 27.4 g
1 serving of this, paired with salad, has me filling stuffed. Hubby went back for more but couldn't actually finish the whole piece. So the calories for this are excellent.
Clean Eating Carrot Bread
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 17.7 mg
Sodium: 225.9 mg
Total Carbs: 23.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
Protein: 3.2 g
This is so good. I substitued maple syrup for the agave. I'm going to take this in to French class tomorrow to share since I've been telling them about us tapping our own maple sugar this year.
Speaking of French class, hubby is teasing me. Once again it is late on Tuesday night & I still haven't done my homework due Wednesday morning. He keeps threatening to call my grown son and rat me out for this bad habit. So many years of nagging Jordan & here I am procrastinating on the homework. lol Must go write a witty little speech on the health benefits of maple syrup... right now.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
It started in the morning. Weigh in day. I hate the scale. I'd rather weigh 1x/month, but I need to do weekly weigh-ins for my FEF Challenge. I don't know why I let the scale drive me squirelly, but I do.
So I get on the scale... what? 2lb gain That can not be right. I step on it again. 3lb loss. 6 times I got on, 6 different numbers. Hauled out the old scale that reliably weighs 4lb heavy. Except today. 2 different numbers. This feels like lunacy. I'm giving myself the pep talk about numbers not defining me & the mysterious nature of the scale, yada yada. I make a decision to record 1lb lost and resolve to buy yet another scale. Brand suggestions anyone? The whole thing left me feeling out of sorts.
Then I look out the window. I am so depressed. Look at those frickin huge snowflakes. I thought it was spring?! I decide to take a day off exercing and burrow down. There is nothing good on TV. Is there ever? I am bored.
Then I opened a bag of cinnamon popcorn. 1 serving is a reasonable 1.5c for about 120 cal. Not a bad choice.... except it was soooo incredibly good and sugary and I couldn't get it off my mind. I'd measured out the 1st serving & also the 2nd... but by the 3rd, I'd stopped kidding myself and just ate directly from the bag.
Well now I can feel the sugar just buzzing through my system. I'm having a bonified sugar rush and I'm not stopping now. Icecream, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, coffee crisp icecream, almost a full bag of Crispers, a serving of dried cranberries. I was in actual pain by the end.
It was like I was watching myself and 1/2 outside my body. A familiar feeling since I lived that way for most of my life - but I haven't felt that way in almost a year and it unnerved me.
This morning, I almost let the binge continue. I had pancakes with maple syrup and I was starting to go down that "since I've had so much sugary food already, I might as well have more" road. But I have come a long way and I pulled myself up short.
The first thing I decided to do was the worst: I tracked the binge. I wasn't going to, but then I thought of my promise to my Sunny Gal Diane to track... and I just sat myself down & did it. Thanks for the support Diane. It gave me push I needed.
I normally eat 1400ish cal/day. The binge alone was 1510 cal, bringing my daily total to 2660 for the day. I just sat and let that sink in a minute.
Seeing the numbers gives me perspective. I see the damage. I realize that I used to eat probably 2x that in a day & shake my head. I consider that the binge felt awful and was hard on my body, but isn't going to have a huge impact on my weight loss.
I think about the triggers: the scale set me up emotionally, the sugar got me on a physical level. The skipped workout and boredom didn't help any either. I reslove to not buy that popcorn anymore - or really any sugary/buttery/salty concoction that could push me off the deep end. Creamy/sweet is evil & must be avoided.
I decide to turn yesterday's rotten snowfall into an opporunity to go snowshoeing and burn off a ton of those extra calories. I take DeeOhGee and she's loving it. She's got me laughing so hard as she races up and down, diving face first into snowbanks in search of the source of some mysterious scent.
I also discovered, to my great pleasure, that the maple sap is flowing again. We thought the season was over, but it looks like we'll get maybe another 1-2 litres of syrup just from today.
I was a little surprised that I can still get lured into a full blown binge. I really did think I'd gotten past that. But as I said to another sparker recently, these kinds of things are lessons we need to learn. When we figure uot the lesson, we move on to the next lesson... and such is life.
I'm proud of myself too. I lost my balance - and then I regained it.
I'm still paying today though - been hungry all day. Since I'm eating every 3 hours a complex carb/protien combo, I know it's head-hunger & not body-hunger. I've been ignoring it. Tomorrow will be easier.
Moving forward....I reading Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Recharged. Grocery shopping tomorrow and then a week of trying out her suggestions and recipes. I'm not going totally Clean though... not quite ready to give up the 2 coffees/day I currently allow myself.
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