Tuesday, July 09, 2013
For all of you out in the blogosphere who have been waiting for my glorious return, here goes everything. To let it all hang out...literally...I weigh over 200 lbs now, depending on the time of day and the scale. So, that's really not working for me. Gotta do something about that.
And like probably 90% of America, I'm paying for a gym membership that I'm not using. Like really not using. I think I went 3 times this past month. That's some really not great stats there. Time for some tough love, I think. I keep telling myself how I "don't want to overdo" and "don't want to diet again" but I have got to do something!
Here's my problem. I love food. I read cookbooks all the time. And I mean all the time. But then I never make anything from them - I just make these huge lists in notebooks and lists on Springpad of things that I want to try. On top of that, I don't really exercise much. Particularly as summer has hit in full force and it's crazy hot out right now. Even though the gym is air conditioned and it's only six blocks away. At least, on the plus side, my chronic back issues are under control. Dealing with all that pain was ridiculous.
And depression - depression sucks. I get depressed for weeks and don't even notice until I'm not depressed anymore. When I'm depressed, it feels like I have to make myself do anything. I can go to work, but I usually run out of food, have to patch together grocery lists, and it all just turns into a mess...so yeah. I'm at a loss as far as where to start here. At least as of right now, my depression is under control. I feel fine, I bought Tide and dish detergent and some other essentials on Amazon, and I'm starting to get my life back together. Last weekend, I finally got caught up on laundry and dishes - that took some doing, I think it had been two weeks for the dishes and a month for the laundry - and at least for now, I'm good to start making some changes about my eating and exercise going forward. Trouble will be keeping with it if things start to become less than great again.
Oh, and the whole waking up at 2 am and downing half a baguette with butter thing? Not cool, carb cravings, not cool. Please, someone out there in the Sparkiverse, say that you also do this....
Thoughts, comments, questions, all appreciated.
Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for reading!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I picked up some books on running from the library, and today I started what looks like the standard walking/running training plan from them, where you alternate walking and running over a few months, until you can run 30 minutes without stopping. I was pleased, heck, thrilled, with my distance and time, as my trusty pedometer said I ran 1.8 miles in 20 minutes. That averages out to an 11:11 mile. Given that my best mile time back in high school was 10:30 and I was comfortable after this run, I think I can go faster, but I'm going to hold myself back at least for a week. I'm so psyched!
Edit: Soooooo, my pedometer was off and hadn't reset from my earlier mile walk, so I'd only done a mile in 20 minutes...I mean, that's great, it's just not the speeddemon record I thought I set for myself :) Well, now I have something to aspire to, anyway.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Feast your eyes, fellow Sparkers, on my dessert --
I think I am finally getting the hang of this healthy eating thing as my dessert was actually on plan for me today: dark chocolate gelato and Cool Whip with strawberries. All three meals today were pretty sensible, too, and I even had real salad dressing with my lunch salad, a Greek vinaigrette that Kraft makes with feta cheese in it. I resisted the temptation of the local deli's completely unhealthy sausage sandwich! Go me :D
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Okay, so does anyone else wait until they are on a diet to go totally cookbook crazy? As soon as I think I'm on a diet, I start thinking about everything I can bake! Particularly pie. Lately, it's really been hard to not think about pie. Sometimes it's cake or cookies, but this week, pie. There's even a cookbook called Pie! With a lattice-crust one on the cover. And all it has in it is, you guessed it, pie. I've never even made a pie. I don't even have a rolling pin. And I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with pie lately. I am thinking of getting some apples and sauteing them with a little butter and cinnamon sugar to take the edge off this craving.
On the healthy side, Cooking Light's cookbook Fresh Food Fast looks very good, and there are pictures of all of the food, even including some desserts. Sadly, there is no pie. But there is a very nice-looking raspberry-lemon parfait that uses lemon yogurt. I'm leaving the angel food cake out of it because I'd probably scarf down most of the cake with the carbolicious mood I'm in lately. Just to clarify, I am not on a low-carb diet, I just try to eat sensible portions of refined carbs and make most of my grains whole grains.
And a shout out to present and future SparkFriends: Any healthy cookbook recommendations are always a plus, leave your faves in the comments!
Monday, April 30, 2012
I'm doing better today than I was in my first post. I really wasn't in a good mood that day. I've joined some new SparkTeams this morning, so I'm excited about those and the challenges I'm on too. Three challenges at once is enough and I'll need to stop joining and start doing if I want to get them done!
Even though I'm playing too many computer games again - it's a serious problem as most of my friends are online too - I'm in less pain from my sciatica so I should be able to start exercising again. I put exercise into my cardio tracker that I didn't actually do, just to see how many calories it would burn if I actually did it. I'm really hoping that I'll be up for Jillian Michaels' 30 day shred today. Either that or it's back to the chiropractor so I can get moving again!
On a silly note, one of my friends - online of course - had his 6 year old son sing "Barbara Manatee" from Veggie Tales last night, so I had to go check it out on YouTube. How much fun is a singing cucumber? Answer: Really, really hilarious. I laughed so hard from those three minutes that tears were streaming down my face by the end.
Well, it's lunchtime, so I'll see everyone later, since I hope someone reads these. :)
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