It's been almost a month...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Next week will be my one month marker on SP. The last two weeks have seen a definite increase in my exercise routine - getting out for walks most days and if not, trying to fit in other exercise. The food tracking thing has become easier over time, now that a lot of my favorites are in my "favorites" menu. I've even started putting in the recipes I cook most often so I can track their nutrition value and add them to my meal planner. My desk is currently covered with magazines and recipe books (among many other types of books, audio and otherwise) all waiting for me to scan through for my favorites, add them in and be able to just click on my meals. This is a great way for me to see what I've been eating and to start planning better for the future.
I'm eating a lot of carbs - mostly whole grains - so my fiber count is on target or high most days. But still, my carb count is higher than I would like it to be. Trying to adjust by adding more healthy fats and proteins in - I'd like more quick protein sources besides eggs, dairy and protein powder - I'm going to do some exploring over the next couple of weeks finding something I can add to this mix for a regular source of protein that's not animal based - I do eat soy nuts, so they help, but in all honesty nuts just don't do it for me - the amount for a serving is so small that I feel hungry still after eating them. I normally mix my soy nuts with raisins, but raisins are too sweet for me to really enjoy. Next week, I might have date pieces instead, or dried mango (a favorite of mine). I'm doing this as my snack mostly to get used to healthier snack foods that have a fiber/fat/protein combination and not just one out of 3.
I'm enjoying smoothies more - wish I could figure out an easy way to enjoy them at work for lunch rather than only having them at breakfast, but I don't want to have to bring my hand blender back and forth, along with all the various stuff I put in my smoothies. Our fridge at work just isn't large enough (yet) to accommodate lunches for everyone as it is. Hopefully, now that our department is growing, we'll get a new full sized fridge.
I think my goals for the next month will be to continue with the consistent exercise, upping my walking pace (today I went from a 24 minute mile to a 17 minute mile), adding one new strength training exercise, and finding some new snack combinations that actually leave me feeling full. I'm hoping to hit my goal a little sooner than next September - I still have about 50 pounds to go, but I think I can do 2 a week and be at a normal BMI before next summer - maybe even next spring! Woohoo...now that's exciting.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!