Monday, June 23, 2008
Well, my daily outdoor run is definitely postponed until improved AQI numbers. The whole county is on fire, thanks to Saturday's freak thunder/lightning storm. Over 100 wildfires were sparked, and some are even now as I typed, unmanned, due to limited manpower/resources. CDF is giving priority to those fires which threaten structures. I am lucky in that I am not evacuated, but the sky is gray and thick with smoke, and what little sunlight manages to filter through casts an eeire yellow-orange glow to everything. It smells like camping.... or fall when people start to burn fires in their fireplace.... only it's no marshmallow roast: Shasta County and all it's neighboring counties are on fire. I still plan on going to yoga, and will try to do a quick treadmill if my heart rate and calorie burn aren't up to snuff from the yoga. It always depends on who the instructor is: If it's the girl, I can look forward to an average heart rate of 151 and a calorie burn exceeding 400 calories.
I 'm missing my outside run to the river and back, but with an AQI of 152, I'd be better off smoking a few ciggies.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Not much new to blog on about. Santosh is in Vegas with his old Chicago cronies for a much-needed guy weekend. Carin came over yesterday, and I made us low-fat low-sugar coconut smoothies with whey protein. They were pretty good; we took them out to the pool and lounged for a few hours. When she left, I took Kaleigh for a jog/walk down to the river to chase sticks into the water. When we got back, I was pretty hot and sweaty, so I jumped back into the pool and swam for half an hour.
I broke it up in ten minute chunks: ten minutes of treading water with my chin above water at least 2 inches; ten minutes of lap swimming (breast and crawl), and ten minutes of water aerobics. I ended with some stretching in the pool, and felt pretty virtuous. I had a lazy evening: I got a pay per view (Fools Gold), and farted around on Second Life for a couple of hours. Today, I'm doing the noon Pilates class and will probably log in more pool time.
Low carb is going ok. I did have a lemon-snap moment yesterday, but I sparked it and was still in my calorie and carbohydrate ranges, so I guess I'm ok. Still, I feel guilty. I hate that feeling: guilt.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Well, I hate to admit this, but it appears to be true: I can only lose weight when I eliminate bread from my diet.
I have tried whole grain... brown rice.... carb "tapering".... whole wheat.... mediterranean eating....etc. And those are all healthy foods and approaches to diet. But I don't lose weight.
Now that it's summer break and I don't have a job to go to everyday, (the only perk of being a teacher), I can take more time to prepare the right foods, eat when I am hungry and not according to a schedule, sleep when I feel sleepy, and exercise at peak energy times. I have also eliminated bread for the most part, just to see what might happen. I am eating carbs in the forms of fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, a rare occassional serving of couscous and of course, wine (that I can't eliminate entirely). But I have limited my wine to one to three glasses on the weekends only (no wine Sunday to Thursday), and have cut out crackers, chips, rice, bread, pitas, white potatoes, muffins, etc. AND GUESS WHAT? The scale finally budged.
I see my endocrinologist in SF on the 27th. I am going to mention this to him (he is the one who recommended the mediterranean approach). I am supposed to begin Byetta at this appt. I think the fact that my body does not tolerate bread (in terms of weight loss), and gains weight so easily when I factor it back into my diet says something is definitely wrong with my chemistry. Perhaps the byetta will correct this insulin resistance, and I can once again factor back in the occassional piece of toast or sandwich....
.... with bread.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
today was the 3rd day of Jury duty, and the first day of the trial. I can't believe I'm missing the last week of school....again! This happened to me in 1988, and I missed the last 3 weeks of school due to a criminal trial. I feel guilty for getting picked, like I didn't try hard enough to convince anyone to dismiss me. This is my 3rd time serving as a juror in a trial. I'm beginning to think they have a thing for teachers. I get time to go out to eat lunch downtown, so the temptation is there, given that I never have time to do restaurant lunches, to pig out. But I've been reallly good so far, eating no bread, healthy salads, and bringing nuts for snacks. At least I can be assured i won't get a summons this summer that would screw up my summer travel plans!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The prom is tonight, and just like last year during Ellen's Junior year, it is raining on prom night. Last week it hit 108*, and today it's chilly, windy, and drizzly. Go figure. Anyway, The kids put more effort into getting ready for this prom than I did for my own wedding. Ellen has been "tanning" at a tanning bed and spray tan place, and today, her day looks like this:
11:00 am: mani/pedi
1:00 pm: decorate for prom
3:00 pm: hair appt
5:00 pm: make-up appt
5:30 pm: throw on dress and rubber boobs
6:15 pm: John picks her up
6:45 pm: My house for pictures
7:30 pm: dinner
9:00 pm: PROM
Somewhere in this, she plans to dip into the bath at my house. Crazy. And Crazy expensive. She and John are paying for a lot of it. I told her I'd help, and get the corsage/boutenierre thing. I hope it's worth it. I know they'll look cute, though, and Ellen SHOULD..... for all this time and money!
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