Thursday, December 18, 2014
So far, so good navigating those treacherous holiday party waters...able to weather it pretty well! Helps to make sure to bring a healthy dish to pass. Mine was an apple / raisin / walnut salad with yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Somebody made what they called "OMG Bars" a chocolatey-peanut buttery confection. Others were raving about them and proclaiming that I just HAD to try it, "just a taste."
Not gonna happen: "I know Pandora's Box when I see it and I just don't DARE to go there!" :-)
Payoff: checked in with my PCP today, bloodwork, blood pressure, everything is 100% A-OK. I shared with him my zero-grain, zero-sugar, 14-hour daily fast (no food from 10 pm until noon the next day), maximum freggie approach to food and he was impressed and said: "I wish more of my patients were so disciplined."
Now there's a word I don't think I would have ever used to describe myself and it prompted a bit of double take in my thoughts...but yep, guess it fits after all! At least in some ways.
The perfectionist in me could detract and list a zillion additional things I would be doing if I was TRULY disciplined. But today? No detractions: Disciplined it is!
My weight isn't "quite" where I would like...up to 211 from my low of 207. But I'm vigilant and sticking with what I know works. A few stumbles, but speedy uptakes make a big difference between a stumble or falling off a cliff...lol!
I have a favorite elliptical that I use every Weds. when all I have is 30 mins. to spare for a workout. It's the Octane 3700 with random resistance set at a middle of the road level 10. I always try to PUSH myself to make the most of those 30 mins. and while I don't use the purported caloric burn as a real number (as in wow! looka those calories I burned), I DO use it as a number to assess the intensity of my workout. 430 has always been my top number to beat...this has been the case for MONTHS. Finally I blew it away this week and topped out @ 450! WAY cool to set a new high.
Hoping everyone is having a SUPER holiday season filled with SPARK and successful navigations through all of those decadent foods. The pay-offs are SO worth it! :-)