but it is worth it. That is a quote I heard for some program and I think I have to agree; especially when I eat out. It is so hard to find health supporting items on the menu at the majority of resataurants.
We have been eating out a bit more than usual these past few weeks and I am amazed at how most items are deep fried or topped with a sauce or gravy. Once or twice I ordered a BLT but decided to have the french fries and I just did not as good as I do when I eat a huge salad of greens and raw veggies. Those times I left the restaurant asking myself why didn't I order a salad and/or baked potato and veggies on the side.
The other day I went to the warehouse store and loaded up my cart with fruits and vegetables. At the checkout, the lady bagging commented "You sure do eat healthy, my cart never looks like this when I go shopping."
Just simple things like ordering at a restaurant and loading up one's grocery cart can cause me to be different, but you know what? It takes an effort to be different, but it is worth it! I feel so much better now and weigh less than I did years ago.
I started out thinking I was only going to do my noraml running route, which is about 4.5 miles. But as I neared home, I realized that I was enjoying my run so I decided to keep on going and aim for a 10k distance.
I hit the 8k close to my driveway and thought I'd head down toward the lake and turn around when my nike+ announced I went 9k. Well, it turned out that I went all the way down to the lake. Notice I said "down", almost 1 mile downhill. That meant that I had to go almost 1 mile uphill on the turn around.
I am so pleased with my progress -- I was able to run all the way back up that road.
It was such a pretty run too. The leaves are just starting to turn. The best thing is now I have running route for a 10k. Oh, my finishing time - 1:06'57 -- my best time so far.
I found the title of the website to be very appropriate for its message: sweetscam.com. The website is full of information to inform us that sugar is sugar. It shows how different types of sugars are made. I found the message of the site to be that since sugar is sugar one form of the processed stuff is not really worse than another.
I found it deceptively truthful in the HFCS section on how different refinement of HFCS are added to baked goods and sodas. The reason I say 'deceptively truthful' is while it is true that HFCS is added to baked goods and sodas, why is there no mention of how many other products HFCS is added to?
Yeah, I think it is a sweet scam - put HFCS into as many products as possible and then advertise that sugar is sugar and it is OK in moderation. Exactly what is moderation?
I am fascinated by the argument that we are genetically designed to like the sweet tastes of food - after all, that is what helped our ancestors determine whether or not a fruit was ripe, not so ripe or rotten. To me, that argument does not make sense, because our ancestors did not usually go to a grocery store and "pick" a highly and overprocessed food to eat. They ate whole foods, with the least amount of processing as possible.
Here I am crossing the 5k finish line. Considering when I started running I was not able to run to my neighbor's mailbox, I am so proud of my accomplishment. I am finding that running a race is a lot like Spark People, there are many ups and downs on the way to that goal.
1. Set a goal.
2. Design a plan to reach that goal.
3. Begin to execute that plan.
4. Have a plan B in case the first plan is not reasonable.
5. Expect a few failures on the way to reaching that goal.
6. LEARN from those failures so you can avoid doing it again.
7. Stay focused on that goal, i.e. why you want to accomplish that goal.
8. Once you accomplish the goal, set another one.
This was my best "Official" time on a race so far. I could have pushed myself a bit harder to reach my goal of a sub30, but I had some not-so-good eating for two weeks, so my goal for this race was to do a sub31 and finish strong. I accomplished both. I heard some one comment "wow! Look at her go!" as I neared the finish line.
My advice is "Never Give Up! Goals take time and effort to accomplish. Keep Striving to achieve"
What is a cake inhalanator? That was me yesterday. I do not what I was thinking. I cleaned out the fridge yesterday and came across some of the leftover frosting from my grandson's birthday cake. And there on top of the counter was a boxed cake mix - dh had set it out as a hint.
So, I made the cake, let it cool 10 minutes and Magic happened - within a half hour half the cake disappeared. OK, I don't take credit for all the disappearance; only half of it.
I have to admit, it tasted good. But i knew it was not a good choice for me. To end my day, I went for a 4.5 mile run and then did a 45 minute bootcamp workout. And I have to admit, the exercise made me feel a lot better than that cake.
Moral of the story: exercise is a better mood lifter than junk food. Let that be a lesson to me the next time I want to pig out on junk food.