Friday, September 02, 2011
Weight this morning is: 125.0 pounds I had listed 125 pounds as my goal weight because I am maintaining my weight and I went below the original number and because I have the ticker on my page I kept getting an error message, so I listed 125 so I would not drop below it. But, today I actually reached it and I was not really trying to reach it.
I have reached this twice in my adult life and it feels good to me. I attribute this to my not eating as many processed foods. In August, I went on a no candy bar challenge, I ate some candy a couple of times, but noticed that when I managed to get by without eating any for a week, my running improved.
I started focusing more on eating foods as close to the natural state as possible following principles I learned from reading Joel Fuhrman and John McDougall's books. I started to add more potatoes to my diet and found that I am actually craving sweets a lot less now.
My hubby made some chocolate covered walnuts the other day and I took a small bite - months ago I would have had a hard time stopping, but I did not really like the chocolate that was on them. Wow! Me not liking chocolate!!!
I am definitely learning that the more I change my diet and lifestyle, the more I benefit. I remember back when I started my weight loss journey and dropped the first 15 pounds, my husband commented on how much lighter I seemed on my feet as I walked. Now, I am able to run a 5k without stopping to walk if I put my mind to it. I am running a longer distance than I was a year ago.
Yeah, me, a runner. I was on the high school track team and I couldn't run fast enough to compete so I went to throwing the discus instead. I always hated running, now when I get frustrated, I like to go and run off some of the negativity.
This new lifestyle is so .
Please, feel free to comment on my blog and tell me how the change in your lifestyle has benefited you.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I am on week 3 of 30 Day Fastest 5k training plan and today was shadow runs. This is where I picked a starting place and then ran for a 5 minutes and then rested and then turned around and ran back to the starting point. The goal was during each of the run segments to get back to where I started before the 5 minutes was up as if I was racing my shadow.
I enjoyed this run and my average speed during the runs ranges from 6.0 to 6.6, which was great since I misjudged how far I thought I could run when I picked my starting point and ended up going down this hill, which meant that when I turned around I had to run up the hill.
This particular hill had taken me over a year to run up without stopping, but I decided to go for it and much to my surprise, I found that not only was I able to run up the hill but I was able to adjust my pace and keep on going once I got to the top. In the past, whenver I made it up the hill I had to stop and catch my breath before I could continue.
The shadow beat me on the uphill runs, but only by 15 seconds. On the fifth run, I was tired but instead of wanting to quit and walk, I thought I want the full time to rest and so I ran hard to get to the finish spot by the time the 5 minutes were up. I cannot recall if I actually made it or not, if not then it was only by a few seconds.
I am finally seeing some improvements in my running!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Yum! I think I found a substitute to satisfy my craving for ice cream. I am on a no candy bar challenge and it seems like I have switched to ice cream and it seems like I am overindulging in the stuff.
Breyer's Chocolate ice cream is my favorite and a half gallon lasts only 2-3 days in my freezer. So, yesterday I took about 2 dates and chopped them in a food processor, added a frozen banana and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder. Then I drizzled in a bit of coffee to get it to the consistency I wanted. OMG! it was so good. And no dairy, no added processed sugar.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
How many times have you used this statement, "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to eat an unhealthy meal? I know that I did too many times only to realize that tomorrow never comes.
This month I started a challenge with my daughter and son in law, they would stop smoking and I would stop eating candy bars. Well, if I count the Tootsie Rolls, I missed my challenge three times. However, after I ate them I wondered why I ate them because they really did nothing to satisfy my craving for sweet despite the large amount I ate. After the third time, I realized that candy offered me no satisfaction whatsoever and the only thing it did for me was cause me to want to eat more and more until they were gone. I started over at that moment. I did not wait til tomorrow.
My daughter and son in law are still puffing away and tell me they'll start over next Saturday. They even told me that since they are smoking they'll give me a candy bar. Is this what is meant by 'misery loves company"? I failed, so let me help you fail in your goal also?
This past week has been great for me in saying no to temptations. I think the best thing for me was after the race yesterday, the town had opened the museum and some of the members were were offering cookies and Root Beer for the runners afterwards. When one offered some to me, I replied with "No, thank you. I don't want to eat any." Instead I went for the apple the race coordinators offered and really enjoyed eating that apple and felt satisfied afterwards.
A couple of weeks ago, I am sure I would have grab a cookie or two and then craved more. But now, I realize I do not need to wait til tomorrow. I can make healthy choices any day at any time.
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