Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A slump? Is that a word? I am having a hard time being motivated to do anything. I am training for 2 5k's: one that I will run solo and the other I will run with my granddaughter and daughter. The weather has been too hot and humid; I canceled a few runs with my granddaughter because of the heat.
Yesterday, we had a heat advisory and so, I chose to make it a lazy day. I actually took a two hour nap. I guess that yesterday was most likely a recovery day. I am hoping that is just what I need to focus on a good time in the race this Saturday. I'll see...
I am making green smoothies more now and am noticing that my cravings for junk food seems to be lower and I have an increase in my ability to say, No, I don't want that." Yesterday, my hubby baked up some cookie dough that our daughter brought into the house and I did not have one cookie, and guess what? I survived!!!
However, my victory was short-lived because I ended up eating three packet of Sweet and Salty (nuts, seeds, raisins and M&M's). For some odd reason this batch has a lot of M&M's in them, or I just more aware of them. I think instead of buying the prepackaged I'll make my own then I can leave out the M&M's - those little things have too much of a bad thing in them and take away from the goodness of the snack.
My weight is going up and down but staying with in a 2 pound range -- it is on the downside whenever I make sure I stay hydrated (lesson to be learned here). Well, I am hoping to get outside and do some hill runs hopefully it has stopped raining and I get it finished before it gets too hot.
Have a wonderful day and don't forget to spread some Spark .
Monday, July 09, 2012
I knew junk food wasn't the best for us, but I never realized the effects it can have on our bodies, especially our digestive tracts. This is an eyeopener for me and now I realize why my daughter has so many health issues.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I am currently doing Running Mate Media's Faster 5k program and this week for my long run I decided to enter a 10k race just so I could get an official time. That is, an official time to beat...
I registered for the run on the last day and set a goal of finishing in 75 minutes.
Well, I beat that by 5 minutes and 40 seconds. I hit the lap button on my Garmin at each mile marker and saw that although my pace slowed during the second mile, I consistently sped up during the last 4. That is something I have not done before. So, I am excited that I may be able to get some of my speed back this summer.
According to my Garmin, my average pace was 11:14/mi. I feel so good about this because my training run pace has been averaging about 12:00/mi.
Monday, July 02, 2012
I admit it, I ate what I shouldn't have yesterday. Why? Because it was in the house. I know I never should have let it get that far. As a matter of fact, it should have never been put in the shopping cart. But I put it there because I choose to do it.
It seems that after I do something like that, I spend the next 24 hours chastising myself and asking myself why I did it. I almost always come up with the same answer to the "why and itt is because "I chose to do so."
If I think about it, no matter what I eat, (healthy item or not), it always starts with a choice. For instance, the other day when I was at the mall, I entered the candy store. I stood there looking at all the so-called "goodies" for quite sometime. It was only when the clerk finally spoke up and asked me if she could help me find something that I realized I was having a dialogue going on in my head: " I want this" 'Oh, this looks good." "I wonder how many additives are in this." "Cancer Food", "But, I am craving this and if I don't buy it now, I'll regret it later." "I don't need this." "This is not good for me."
Thankfully, that clerk's voice snapped me out of it and I told her I was just looking and walked out the store without buying anything. So, then, why is when I was a the other store I put that junk in my cart? The answer is simple, I choose to do it.
Choices, every day, every moment I make a choice to do or not to do something. Today is a new day. A day for new choices.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Today, I am listening to a debate called, "Should Meat be Off the Menu?"
I think that both sides present a case against factory-farm raised animals for meat. However, Adrian Richardson gave an example healthy - get rid of the processed foods.
While talking with certain people in my life, I find that the term "healthy" is often viewed as being subjective and every one has a different definition as to what healthy is. My view is that a healthy diet is one that consists of foods that are close to it natural state as possible and not full of chemicals and addictives. Also, if a food is healthy, then it will be health supporting.
Just yesterday, my daughter and I were at the store and we sarted to read the ingredient list of so-called healthy protein bars. Even the ones that were claiming to be organic were full of things - I am not sure exactly what becuase even organic foods add things to products.
Comparing those "healthy" protein bars to a Larabar - what a difference in ingredients. At least with the Larabars it is easy to know AND understand what the ingredients are. In my opinion, the Larabar is a healthier choice.
My challenge for myself this week is to focus on what eating healthy - that is foods as close to its natural state as possible with limited addictives.
How about your definition of healthy?
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