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. :)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tomorrow marks my one-year anniversary on SparkPeople. Unlike most of the posts I've read, I don't really consider myself a success story here, since I haven't been that good at consistently tracking or exercising or really the whole diet, oh wait I mean lifestyle change, thing. I last for two or three weeks eating really clean, and then I feel like eating a big plate of pasta or whatever else, though it's usually pasta, and that completely screws me up and I'm off the wagon.
At this point, I just feel awful. Lunch wasn't that great so I don't even want to track it, getting enough potassium seems really hard, and I'm supposed to be doing all this exercise that I can't do because my back hurts so much I'm limping, even after taking 4 Aleve a day. I want to keep going, I want to lose that 80 pounds, but I can't even keep 5 off. I'm hoping this is the year I can do it.
Oh, and as far as the potassium thing, if I hear one more person suggest bananas I think I'll explode. I've been trying to eat a banana, some tomatoes, various assorted fruit and vegetables, and at least a cup and a half of cooked spinach a day and just not making it sometimes. I like spinach as much as the next person, but a cup and a half is a LOT of spinach.
There's a lot of other things I could say, I guess judging from the whole tone of this that I really needed to vent and just didn't know all this was bugging me so much, but it seems like being on a diet is hard and no one really talks about that much. I don't have any great, inspiring stories to share. I'm just me, and I weigh so much even my doctor said I need to lose weight, my BMI clocked in at over 32, and I'm feeling pretty discouraged right now.
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