Sunday, January 08, 2012
I am going to start classes tomorrow. I had been planning to go back to school but kept putting it off and last week, I decided to "Just Do It". I registered at the last minute and the counsler did everything in her power to get me registered. Just a couple of the classes I wanted to take were open so I was limited in what I could take.
I am glad that I am taking 2 instead of 5 - much less stress and since it is really an almost last minute decision, I'll be able to still focus on the other things I am doing now.
I am looking forward to it, at least now I'll have a sense of organization in my life (for the mornings anyways)
So, I may not be as active on Spark People but I'll still be thinking about you all and wishing you all the best success
Thursday, January 05, 2012
So, yesterday, I decided to focus on Michael Pollan's advice to "eat food, not too much, mostly plants". I had oatmeal with fruit, flaxseed and almonds for breakfast. Post run, a cup of homemade minestrone soup. For lunch, I had a vegetable stir fry at a Thai restaurant (little oil and sauce) with white rice.
So, far so good. I was eating food, not too much and mostly plants. I did mindlessly eat the mints that came with check at the restaurant. We went to Barnes and Noble after lunch and I did well staying out of the Starbucks there and resisted the chocolate chip cookies. Also, I did not buy the Godiva chocolate bars as I paid for my books and magazines.
I even noticed that I felt different, lighter for that matter. Does digesting food make one feel heavier? Since my family is on a no junk food challenge, I stayed away from the snack bar at Sam's Club even though I wanted to have a milk shake for on the way home. I resisted the urge to stop at the DQ for a sugar rush halfway home.
Wow! you might be thinking I did so well yesterday. WRONG! We arrived home about 7 pm and I was getting hungry (It must be a real workout resisiting all that junk food). I decided to eat the apple I was carrying around with me all day, just in case. I should have stopped with that, but decided to have some toast. I ended up eating 6 slices. I am not happy with my decision to eat 6 slices of bread, mainly because the first 2 satisfied me and I did not "need" to eat the other 4.
That is something I need to work on - stop eating when I am satisfied. I have a tendency to eat more than I should at a sitting. I need to keep in mind the sensation I had in the morning and afternoon when I ate just enough to be satisfied and did not overeat.
Let's see how I do today....
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
That is a quote from Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food. It seems like good advice, doesn't it? I am only in the first couple of chapters and it really has answered some questions that I have had about why do we need to have so much information and thought about what we eat.
"What's for Dinner?" Nowadays, I wonder how many people actually know what they are eating for dinner due to the fact that there are so many "food-like" stuff on the grocery store shelves that resemble food but are full of so many other things that are not food. I remember a few years ago when I attended a Culinary Program at a local college and when doing research for the "nutrition" class I came to realize that we cannot trust the information that we are being "fed" about how to eat healthy.
Lately, I listen to my daughter brag about how healthy they are eating and see how they eat mac and cheese and HFCS added apple sauce weekly. Ok, so they are eating a bit better than they did a couple years ago, but I realize that today "eating healthy" is subjective and it seems like we each have our own idea as to the definition of healthy. For example, even here on Spark People the blog on how HFCS is not such an evil after all has recycled a couple of times since I have joined, and I might add, that it usually appears at the times when the manufacter of such product has their ad on the site.
It is my conclusion from the research I have done and my observations that what we are told is healthy may not really be the best advice for us because it is following the money trail. Unfortunately, for many of us, we are going down the wrong trail. If you don't believe me, just go to the grocery store and look at what is on the shelves. Notice how many items on the shelves are actual food - you know, where you read the label and are knowledgeable of what is actually in that package. For example, the can of green beans that I buy has two ingredients: cut green beans and water. I can identify what I am eating. In contrast, I remember the other day I had a craving for a donut. So, I went to the bakery section and looked at the packages of donuts. A donut should consist of a few ingredients but the ingredient list had so many items that the label took up nearly the whole bottom of the plastic box they were in and I could not identify what the majority of the ingredients were. That was not "food" but a food-like product. Needless to say, I did not buy any.
Much of "healthy eating" is just a marketing ploy. Do you recall when Fruit Loops was given the "Smart Choice" badge? Oh, come on, give me a break. I don't know about you, but that sort of marketing strategy makes me angry because it is really an insult to our intelligence. It was explained that it was a smart choice based upon the fortification and level of fat as determined by the dietary guidelines. Never mind the fact that it is full of refined flour, sugars, artiicial flavorings and colors, etc. But it is a low-fat item, so that makes it a smart choice? Now, we have little badges on the front of packages to inform of certain nutrients of a product. It is the manufacturers' hope that this will deter us from actually reading the ingredient label and know what that product really is. Ever wonder why these "informative" badges are only on highly processed foods?
The first couple of chapters that I have read in this book "In Defense of Food" has finally educated me as to why we need so much information as to how to eat healthy. It is my understanding that Michael Pollan is stating that we do not really look at food as "food" but rather we view it a protein, fat and carbohydrate with a few micronutrients attached to it. Since, we cannot really see each of these we need someone else to tell us what to or not to eat.
As I was growing up, my parents fed us well. They grew most of the foods we ate and canned a lot. I recall that our pantry was full of home canned meats, fruits and vegetables. My mom only baked occasionally. (Where I got my sweet tooth from, I don't know , because I was not taught to have sweets all the time) . MY mom cooked from scratch and we were basically healthy kids. Although three of my sisters have dealt with weight issues from childhood. But they have a different build than myself - they are apples (they store their weight in the middle) whereas I am a pear (my fat goes straight to the hips). Plus, I have always been more active than they were and are.
Today, we are all adults and for the most part, we are healthy with a few aches and pains. However, that may start to change because I am noticing that middle age spread has taken hold on all but me and one younger sister (who is a pear also). As for me, I need to make sure I have my weekly workouts or I start to gain weight because I really enjoy my food, and often too much.
The one exception is one sister, whose lifestyle was different than the rest of my siblings and I. She did not fair as well. Now, that I have grandchildren and see how much they like junk food and began to associate Grandma with sweet treats, I am going to start following Michael Pollan's advice and "Eat food (real food), not too much and mostly plants". And for well being, I am going to add that exercise is important also in order to get and maintain health.
Here's to the new year and since I already eat food and mostly plants, my goal is to focus on the "NOT TOO MUCH".
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Well, I finished week 2 and it is nothing to brag about. I did that workout using the Nike Training Club app and my muscles hurt for two days afterwards, so I ended taking a rest day on my run day and then another rest day on the cross training day. I ran 5.11 miles today, just 1.11 miles over what was scheduled. Then I hauled in wood and shoveled the patio and deck for my cool down.
It was a gloomy day, but warm for the end of the year, 30 degrees, foggy and not much wind. I enjoyed my run. I guess that is what counts the most: enjoying the workout.
New Years tomorrow and hubby is doing a no junk food challenge for himself - I hope he sticks with it because that will make it so much easier for me to eat better.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This is a free app on iTunes and so far, I think it is a great app. My hubby bought me an I Pod touch for the holiday and this is one of the apps as to why I wanted one. I think this is going to be a well used app for me.
So, far I have only done 1 routine: Get Toned: Beginner: Body Flexor. Oh boy, am I feeling it today. I did not think I worked out that hard at all. But, apparently, I must have because my muscles are screaming today.
Each routine is 30 or 45 minutes long and has different exercises lasting 1 or 2 minutes. Each exercise has written as well as video instructions. I realize now it would have been better to familiarize myself with each exercise first. I came across a couple exercises I was not familiar with and had to watch the video to see how it was done (the workout timer paused when I checked the video). After my workout, I went through the videos and realized I modified a couple exercises to an easier version. Considering the way I feel today, I do not think that is a bad thing.
I am thinking I am going to really like this app and will be using it on my cross training days. I especially like the variety of exercises and that each one was timed and the cues were helpful not annoying.
And did I say this is a FREE app! It is often said you get what you pay for, well, I think I got a great deal on this app.
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