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The Last Week of August - good stuff and not so good

Sunday, September 01, 2013

This was a hard week in some ways, and a good one in others. I had 3 days of no exercise. One evening I planned to dance, but had no internet signal & couldn't get any dance-able music. i tried the local radio stations but that was a waste of time - commercials all the time, and music not good for dancing. I've given away all my CDs and I don't have an IPod. I'd done strength training the day before so it was too soon for that again. So no work out that night. (tho I could have done some core work - did not even think of it at the time!) Two other nights I was frantically cooking for events at work the following day. Not enough time to work out & still get at least 6 hours of sleep - which is way too little anyway.
I cooked chicken with tomato sauce (tomatoes from our garden!) bell peppers, onion, parsley, with a little brown rice. This was to share with co-workers who are starting out on Sparkpeople (yaay!). We were going to have lunch together & I wanted to cook a Spark recipe for them. However I tweaked the recipe so I really did not know 'exactly' what the calories & nutrition numbers should be. Then the day we were going to get together we had a power outage (at an electric company - how's that for irony?) and lunch had to be re-scheduled. But I found out a couple other people might join us. Thus the second night of frantic cooking. When we finally did have the lunch, only one other person was there; she brought a lovely big salad, and now I have a ton of chicken and rice which I've been eating. It's lean, & I haven't been over eating, but it's hard to track and oddly that made me reluctant to log on to Spark. First time I felt that way. I was exasperated with having all this food that I couldn't confidently track. and very tired.
But - good thing! one co-worker for sure (the person I had lunch with) and a couple others probably are going to start using Sparkpeople. We plan to mutually encourage each other. I think it will be fun.
Another good thing - my friend who comes to the pool with me has agreed to a challenge for the month of September. Which of us can lose the most weight or the largest percentage of loss, we haven't decided which. (I have some reservations because she's type II diabetic and forgets to eat anyway - I want to be sure she doesn't short herself on food in an effort to win) If I win, she has to set up 3 sessions with the trainer at the fitness center. If she wins I have to join her for 3 nights out - 1 karaoke, 1 Texas hold'em, 1 trivia night. She thinks I need to get out more - she's an extrovert & does not get introversion At ALL!
Finally, I did not achieve all my August goals. My fiber intake was better, and some days was over 25 grams but most days not. That's surprisingly challenging! And also challenging when the goal is achieved, if you know what I mean. However I will continue with that effort in September.
Strength training and TRX absolutely ROCK and make me feel great. I can bench press with 25 lb dumbells now! Who would have thought it?
I hope for all of us a happy and healthy and triumphant September!
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    Well it looks like you're going to have company to Spark with at work! That might be fun. Although, despite the bet -- you should keep in mind that you are competing with YOU -- and not anyone else.

    I get what you're saying about not knowing how to log some things. I have at times, logged things somewhat individually estimating the amount, for instance for a chicken with rice dish -- I might log "one chicken breast, 1/4 C of celery, 1/4 c onions etc.... Do you see what I mean? There are going to be times when you really just can't measure. That's the time that you be honest with yourself, but estimate the content of what you ate. It seems to work for me, anyway.

    It sounds like you're doing well, and I'm very glad to hear that! Keep on as you are!
    1694 days ago
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    Fiber One is an excellent source of fiber boosting if you don't mind the bad background check on fiber source... it killed it for me, plus they go down like candied cookies on my taste buds... that killed it for me the second time...

    So yes I get fiber can be tricky pickings. Meanwhile I gorge on produce this week- dinners are all about vegetables... but you are probably up to speed on me- I won't bore you repeating myself. Okay that's it. I'm going out in the tail end of this obscene heat wave to get those grocery items that can get me out the express lane.

    talk to you later- Karen-
    1694 days ago
    If you ask me - not that you did - nothing stifles creative cooking like the need to track exactly what's in the dish for nutritional data. At the same time, it can be so difficult to work through a recipe while measuring each item as you go. 'course, I could just follow a recipe as written, but - where's the fun in that? lol...

    I hear you on introversion, seestah - even as I can see some fun in extrovert activities. 1) karaoke - well, yes, maybe, depending on the venue / audience; 2) Texas hold'em - never heard of it; and 3) trivia night - definitely! That's the one for me. I'll also confess to enjoying bingo now and then. Hmmm... maybe I'll follow your (should you lose the bet) cue.
    1695 days ago
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