Saturday, October 27, 2007
I guess this is a sort of ad-hoc experiment to see whether eating randomly (ie not as planned out as usual) will lead to weight loss. We're working on a grant in the lab, things are kinda stressful and sometimes I feel like eating sweeter things. I also haven't been having as much time to cook (although I did make a lot of tomato sauce and soup last week). I've been playing around with what I've been eating to indulge my tastes in hopefully a productive way. I've been eating when hungry. I've been eating what I feel like eating and not eating what I have and then having dessert because that's what I really want.
As it's been going, some days I've had a balance bar and a bowl of instant oatmeal for lunch (310 calories). For some reason, I crave Balance bars (mm, sweet, chocolate, and has enough protein so I won't feel sick from eating so many sugary calories). And I've taken a liking to oatmeal packets with a LOT of water. If you let it sit for a while, the water gets kinda gluey and tastes oatmealy and is so warn and filling. I guess it came out of necessity because it is very cold in my work building, and I have been wanting warm liquids to keep me going. Normally I love cold water, but when I'm cold, cold water gives me a chill that I just can't seem to shake.
For dinners, I eat the usual, but often skipping the carb entirely so that I can have ice cream. I'm getting increasingly fond of the Edys Double Churned stuff, it really tastes good. I can't imagine why people would want to eat full fat ice cream when the low fat stuff is honestly just as good.
I guess it's about eating more of the things I feel like and less of other things to compensate. I am surely feeling a lot fewer cravings at the moment because I've been eating a bit more chocolate and that makes me happy. I've kinda made a rule for myself that I'm not going to buy any more chocolate until I finish or give away what I've currently got. It's making me go through and finish off the half-eaten bars of dark chocolate that I have around, which is good. Don't like throwing away chocolate because it has bugs in it. I've also not bought any halloween candy. Why bother, it's not as good as the stuff I have in my house, and if I wanted some, I could get it whenever I wanted. Not that I would eat more than a piece of it anyway, so really, wasting money. We have candy at work, I can go have what I want there, and I know that if I feel like buying something, I can take one and then give the rest to the Keeper of the Candybowl.
My energy levels are good, and I've been biking all over town running errands, getting my costume together, and going to work. I avoid the T now, the bike is so much nicer. No squashing, no waiting for trains, no boredom, no unpredictability. With my bike, the limit to when I get there is how fast I pedal. I've gotten a back rack and rear baskets for my bike... now I can carry so much! I've also mounted a milk crate back there, which is capable of holding my whole haymarket load! (Went there this morning, got 4 pounds of carrots, 2 heads of green cauliflower, 4 red peppers, 5 green peppers, 4 yellow peppers, 2 pounds brussels sprouts, 2 pounds green beans, 2 bunches of leeks and a bunch of asparagus. For $10.) I think I might need help eating some of this. =) I owe Matt some deliciousness, so we'll see what I can make.
I've also been getting to the gym to run. Ran for 35 minutes on Thursday which was good. I'm conflicted about speed and time. (So is my nike+, it doesn't like me running at two different paces with different stride, doesn't say that I'm running as fast as I actually am... need to recalibrate!) I like running a mile as fast as I can. Currently up to 5.7 MPH for a mile. I also like running as far as I can at 4.8 MPH. The far-speed increases very slowly. Started at 4.6, now up to 4.8. I also have found that doing the earlier weeks of couch to 5K using no walking, instead fast running and slower running (say 6.0/4.6) is a great workout that goes by quickly. My training really seems to be a mixed bag at the moment. I'm not training for anything in particular, and doing what I feel like every day. I bike at least half an hour every day, mostly because I like it. And then in the evenings I'll go to the gym and run. I find that elliptical isn't the best crosstraining to throw into the running/biking mix because it does overlap with some biking muscles. Usually it shouldn't be an issue, but elliptical after a 25 mile ride day... not good idea. First time I ever have gotten off an elliptical machine before my workout was over. (But then, I went to the treadmills, got on and had a good run instead.)
I can't get enough of my hip bones. Still am amazed by how bony they are. I can tuck my elbows into them. I can't remember ever being able to do that!