Saturday, March 07, 2009
Doesn't really feel like it, because I'm at work, but whatever. :)
I ate too much food last night, but at least it was relatively healthy food (aside from sodium content I'm sure). I went to a party and they had this AMAZING veggie lasagna that was a frozen brand... (Michaelangelo's?). I pretty much couldn't help myself. I ate tooo much of it. I also had a few BB carrots and celery. So -- not bad foods, but just too much. I felt uncomfortably full by the time we left and I was like, WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!! But I'll be alright.
Today I'm going to go GROCERY SHOPPING finally! So happy.
I'm also reading another interesting book from the library about food.
It's called "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating" by Mark Bittman.
The food suggestions as far as what kinds of food to eat seem very similar to the suggestions by Michael Pollan in defense of food, and there is also a lot of similar discussion about the food lobbyists and food industry recommending things that are not necessarily GOOD for us, even by our govt, all that good stuff. But the BASIS behind mentioning these things is actually in regard to saving the planet.
Certain types of food require much more expenditure of energy to produce than others, MAINLY - animal products, especially meats. He basically argues that even if we don't listen to all of the other reasons to eat less of these products (health reasons, animal cruelty, etc.) that we should listen to the fact that if our consumption of meat does not decrease the world literally can not sustain the demand as it is projected to increase in the very near future. Not only that, but the meat industry is apparently a huge proponent(is that the right word?) of greenhouse gases.
The idea is to eat more of foods that are more energy efficient (as far as the energy to produce them versus the amount of energy it provides to us) than foods that are inefficient. He states that it takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel to create one calorie of corn, and 40 calories of energy to create 1 calorie of beef.
"According to one estimate, each steer consumes the equivalent of 135 gallons of gasoline in his lifetime . . . Or try to imagine each cow on the planet consuming 7 barrels of crude oil."
I'm not sure about all of this energy nonsense, how all the equivalencies are calculated, etc., but it's basically expounding on the idea that we're farming all this corn and soy etc, to feed to livestock, to supply the ridiculously high demand for meat. He goes on to say that, yes, it would be wonderful to have grass fed well treated cows, this will solve a lot of energy production issues for THAT GROUP OF COWS, but if the world's demand for meat does not decrease, it is still impossible to meet demand and ridiculously MORE impossible to meet it without factory farming.
ANYWAY -- Just more reasons why eating a more plant based diet is not just good for YOU but good for the environment, etc. Eating foods closer to their whole form does not just do more good for you nurtritionally, but requires less energy from the planet in general because it's not processed by some factory before you eat it.
I personally find it fascinating. :) I would like to continue to shift more of my diet away from convenience items, I think I now eat FOR THE MOST PART from whole foods, but I still do use a lot of convenience/processed items. I still fall ploy to some of the nutritionism based marketing -- MORE OMEGA-3's in this snack bar! And I don't think it's terrible to use these things in small amounts, but it's like he's saying in his book -- he's not calling for some crazy radical action. Unfortunately in order to have an impact EVERYONE has to respond in this way. I don't think that makes me want to throw in the towel in making an effort though. :)
A link to the book on amazon.com with some excerpts, a look inside, and other people's opinions of the book as well (it has only 6 reviews out of 40 below 4 stars):
Friday, March 06, 2009
... was AWESOME. As if there was any doubt.
Lots of nakedness, but then again, there was in the graphic novel as well, so I can't complain. I need to reread because there were definitely some things about the plot that were changed, but I feel it remained true to the feeling of the original work.
Anyway -- it let out at 3AM, I got up at 8:10AM to go to the gym and workout. Woot. But I'm tired.
Not much else to report but Week 2 of the pushups challenge is complete and apparently at this stage you do another Max test to see how you should proceed, so I'll be doing that at some point this weekend.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
... no rice bowls last night. DH treated himself to his favorite pizza for lunch and was not hungry and it wasn't worth chopping up veggies just for myself, so I had a sandwich. :P
BUT! The plan exists for the delicious rice bowls and I get to eat them some other time. :)
AND TONIGHT!!!!!! WATCHMEN at midnight! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!
I slept in as much as I could this morning and then watched the premiere of America's Next Top Model. That show SUCKS so much now, but I can't help myself...
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Ok so I still really suck. Pushups are HARD. DANGIT. But I'm determined to see this challenge through!!!
Today I was a little ADD in my workout. I worked out for about an hour and within that time I did:
The pushups challenge
Ran about a mile around the track
Stairclimber machine for 10 min (YIKES! at 5 I was like.. I'm gonna die... but I made myself do 10)
Arctrainer for about 20
Finished on the Spin Bike -- not sure how long...
Then to home and eat the oddest breakfast I've ever had.
First was a course of Celery and PB, and celery and Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Cheese.
NEXT was a bowl w/ a can of low sodium tuna + a Tbsp of a salad dressing and 3 Wasa Light Rye crackers.
And I did eat a Dove Dark Chocolate. :)
I entered my lunch and dinner and my protein is ROCKIN today! I also checked out the "feedback" thingie for the first time and if you haven't looked at it yet DO IT! It's pretty cool. When it first showed up I tried it but it must not have been operating yet and today I finally tried it again and it worked! Very cool.
My Chicken Noodle Soup turned out good last night -- first time ever attempting such a meal. I used the recipe from the Best Life Diet Cookbook. It basically was: 4 Cups of liquid, 2 cups chicken broth ish 2 cups water (I use Better Than Boullion Chicken and I estimated the boullion but anyway, 4 cups water), one chicken breast cut into little bite size pieces, a bag of baby carrots cut up (65grams - the recipe says 1 medium carrot), about half of an onion diced up, a celery stalk diced up... seasonings (I just used my "Italian Seasonings" blend), annddddddddddd Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Thin Spaghetti, broken in half.
IT WAS GOOD! :D I was so proud! hahahaha. I cut the recipe in half to only make 2 servings, but you could easily double it for four. The servings were HUGE, by the way. You could probably easily divide what I made into four smaller servings to be honest, at LEAST three. But I was quite hungry so it worked.
Tonight I plan to make a rice bowl thingie. Brown rice (which I steamed this morning in bulk to save some time), then some sauteed onion and green bell pepper and canned black beans, broken up Morningstar Breakfast Patty, and a big fried egg on top. :D I'm pretty excited about this actually.
Hope everyone is having a great day!
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
So..... ok there have been moments of negativity, but the overwhelming feelings of the week so far have still been very positive and I really do think it's due to reclaiming the optimism and positive outlook on life that used to come so easily for me and lately has been full of cynicism. WOOT.
Like last night during band rehearsal I was ready to strangle one of the conductors because he was conducting so ambiguously the entire trombone section got completely lost. :P And our concert is NEXT WEEK. But overall it was a great rehearsal, I get to play my trombone with a band!!! Even if it's not perfect it's an opportunity to use my talent which, until last Spring, when my work was able to shift schedules with me so I could attend rehearsal. Even though I have a bit of a "I went to college for music and this is community band" snobbery in me somewhere, I really have a great time 99% of the time and I love being able to perform in the concerts as well.
Also -- last night's workout ROCKED. I was planning on sticking after pushups and ST together to do some cardio, but we got over 300cals burned with our ST so I was like... I'm going home. Had a lovely evening at home with the hubby.
This morning I was going to go grocery shopping but I realized we don't really need to until maybe even next week! I'm going to use what we have and I might need to pick up some fruit for lunches, but we're pretty much set. Instead I took the time to plan menus for next week and watch a little TV and relax. It was very nice. :) Got plenty of sleep -- FORGOT TO WEIGH myself, but oh well, I'm not really bothered with it. I feel good.
Kinda like that article I posted yesterday -- I know I'm right about where I feel happy with my body and the scale probably reflects similar to what it did last year when I was maintaining, but the number itself is not super important to me.
Today will be awesome because: I'm making Chicken Noodle Soup tonight and I'm excited about that, lunch activities include reading more of Ben Templesmith's Welcome To Hoxford (Graphic Novel favorite artist/author ever) and playing Locoroco 2, and I get to go straight home after work.
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