I'm going to head to bed soon, but I wanted to post SOMETHING in February!
I've been keeping track of my food and exercise pretty well. I miss a few days here and there, just because I'm busy or don't want to have to figure out how many chips I actually ate or something like that.
I decided to start buying 10-packs of tickets to get into the leisure centre. The tickets are good at any leisure centre in the city, though I have one I mostly go to. I can spend a ticket for a drop-in class or the weight room (which also has cardio equipment), and if I do swimming I can use the weight room as well, on the same ticket. I bought a lock so I don't have to buy tokens for the pay lockers and can use the regular lockers to stash my stuff. The tickets are more cost-effective than any of the other options, since I don't often go to a leisure centre more than twice a week. This means the tickets will last me anywhere from five weeks to ten weeks. My first pack of ten just finished last week, and I started my new one today.
I'm back doing aquacise on Monday mornings, and then if I'm in town all day again during the week, I can do that again or go to the weight room at the leisure centre I go to and ride the recumbent bike or use a treadmill. (Tomorrow I'm going to do the bike or treadmill because my swimsuit is probably going to be wet still in the morning.)
I am also going to the weight room sometimes in the evening mid-week when I do my community access shift, as the person I work with often wants to go work out.
I also count cleaning the guinea pig cages on Fridays as moderate-heavy housework, as it involves multiple trips up and down the stairs carrying full laundry baskets, a lot of bending and lifting of soiled towels and blankets, and of course catching the piggers and putting them in a separate pen while I clean. I always work up a sweat when I do that job!
And I decided to shovel the front walk and the porch and steps on a semi-regular basis, because if the snow builds up too much on the steps I often feel like I'm going to topple off and do a faceplant in the snow!
I want to explain something really quickly. If you look at my nutrition tracker for the last couple of weeks and keep looking right up until Easter, you'll see a trend that might seem alarming: during the week I'm rarely getting more than 1000 calories in a day.
Here's why that shouldn't alarm you: I'm fasting for Lent. Normally I wouldn't even mention it, but when I'm tracking and my trackers are visible, it's kind of obvious.
Basically, I'm eating dinner every day during the week but not breakfast or lunch. I am drinking a meal replacement shake on a day that I do a lot of exercise, like on cage-cleaning day or after aquacise or whatever, but for the most part I'm not eating. I'm not really restricting in that I'm not trying to stay below a particular calorie range or anything like that, and I'm eating normal, healthy food when I break my fast each evening. I have done this before and my health did not suffer, so please don't worry about me!
During this break from eating three meals a day, I'm taking time with God and taking time to think about what I want to do after Easter. How do I want to nourish my body? What kinds of food do I really want to put into my system?
I'm considering limiting dairy to one day a week, probably Friday since we're already eating vegetarian on Fridays anyway. We can never go totally vegetarian, because animal proteins are really important for my brain function, and because my husband has experienced the kinds of problems his brain has when he eats vegetarian all the time (it's apparently not pretty and he gets kind of delirious and stuff), but one or two days a week is not a problem.
I'm trying to figure out what breakfast will look like the rest of the week since this will require me to find other sources of protein besides cheese (difficult when I dislike nut spreads). Lunch will also be a bit of a problem sometimes, but I think dinner will be pretty easy since we're primarily a meat-and-potatoes kind of family anyway. I can make casseroles that don't use cheese in them, and save the cream soups for Fridays.
The change with the dairy is because I am lactose intolerant, and I think I need to start respecting the fact that my body doesn't like dairy. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the physical and mental difficulties I experience are due to excessive dairy consumption.
We already eat primarily whole grains, so I don't see much change in our future there. I buy whole wheat pasta and have been buying 100% whole wheat bread (and am going to start baking it again this week), and multi-grain bagels (which I also hope to start making myself).
I think the biggest change I want to make after Easter is to the amount - and type - of vegetables I eat. I want to start eating things that grow around here, which means that during the winter and spring I'll be eating frozen and canned veggies and fruits - not fresh, because stuff doesn't really grow here in the winter. I know people who are into clean eating will be absolutely horrified, but it struck me a little while ago that eating all these things from all over the world could well be part of the problem when it comes to our health. I know frozen and canned foods are processed, but if you're careful about what kind you buy it's not really a big deal, and honestly I think it makes a lot more sense to eat what's around where you live than things from far away. Once in a while, a banana is okay as a treat, but trust me, bananas do not actually grow in Saskatchewan, and eating them in the winter is apparently bad for you anyway. So while I like bananas a lot, I think it will probably be better for me to avoid them for the most part.
See, I live in a place where lots of different things grow, but it's also a place where we have winter for over half the year. (Seriously. It snowed in I think October 2012 and it's nowhere near time for it to melt.) The only way to have vegetables here - especially if you want to eat things you grew yourself - is to preserve them somehow, and that means canning and freezing. So for now, I'll be buying at the grocery store, but this summer we're hoping to have a garden, and I'm going to try to make sure I buy things from the local farmers' markets, and then I'm going to try my hand at canning. We'll see how that goes. I'd do freezing too, but we'd need to get a working deep freeze first and I don't know that we'll be able to do that in time.
Anyway, that is where I am at right now with all of this stuff.
And now it is high time I feed the guinea pigs and get to bed.