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Training and Portions

Friday, February 24, 2017

Still sticking to the training plan well. Yesterday was 3.1 miles easy and I did :30/:30 run/walk. Hubby and I went ballroom dancing in the morning and square dancing that evening, so I had a whole lot of steps for the day!

Today was a rest day. I did walk to the grocery store, 2.5 miles round trip the way I went. Over 16,000 steps today. Pretty good for a rest day!

Tomorrow I have a 6am group run. Will take my handheld flashlight and shoe lights. The training plan calls for 9.5 miles but I understand the 2 group options are 5 miles and 10 miles, so 10 is good. Then at 8am I'll meet a new runner for a slow run following the Promise 5K route, which our new runners will be running a week from tomorrow. Sunday morning I'll run that 5K route again with another new runner who has to work tomorrow. So I'll be getting in quite a few miles. I'm feeling good and strong.

Yesterday I had a little more food than planned, but my totals were still well within my calorie range. Today I did good. My experience with the pre-packaged foods reinforced that portions are key. Even in maintenance, maybe especially in maintenance, dealing with little dibby-dabs of leftovers and ingredients that just don't match precisely what I need has been a challenge for me. I remember my mom asking my sister and me to finish food so she didn't have to store it. One of the big differences between my diet mindset and my maintenance mindset has been that when I'm dieting, I worry more about what goes in my body. In maintenance, I tend to eat the whole can of tuna or whatever. And when there is 2 tablespoons of dressing called for and there is 2 tablespoon and a teaspoon left, I tend to finish it off. Can't do that and live at the weight I want to be!

I don't want to throw a whole lot of food away, but I want to get the right food into my body. Not easy. Right now I have 7/8 of an avocado in the freezer and a bunch of little bits of stuff I don't know if I'll ever use. Will try. I do realize that I was paying a big premium for the precise amounts in pre-packaged foods, so that if I throw some away, I'm probably still ahead financially. Also, there is not as much recycling and trash to throw away as I'm getting away from the purchased meals.

Now is the time for me to update my general menu plans. Hope to figure out some ways to make the purchased amounts and the servings amounts to come out more even!
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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    You're so active, that's emoticon emoticon
    967 days ago
    Awesome job!
    968 days ago
    I have a thrifty side that hates to throw out food. But the day before trash pickup I make it a habit to go through everything and clean it out. I do have to remind myself that it is better to pitch it than to wear it on my body.
    968 days ago
    I know for a fact that avocados are very healthy and has the good oil that keeps your blood sugar in top shape. I also like the creamy taste of it. I am now two pounds away from my goal but really not looking forward to it. I don't like change very much and can not be very active because of an extremely bad back/hip problem. Keeping my weight down has helped with the pain.
    969 days ago
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    969 days ago
    I also have a hard time not finishing off something when there's just a little bit left.
    969 days ago
    Love those wake-ups that we all get: "Can't do that and live at the weight I want to be!" (Or feel the way I want to feel, or run the way I want to run, or whatever.)

    We have to overcome some of our hard-wired training to be able to implement those plans that it's better to "waste" a little bit than to "waist" it. But emoticon emoticon
    969 days ago
    Good points. And I didn't know you could freeze an avocado, either.
    969 days ago
    emoticon My number one problem is portion control!

    Wow, you had a whole lot of dancing going on! How fantastic is that! emoticon emoticon
    969 days ago
    Congrats to your running program!
    I too try to avoid throwing out food,
    luckily I have no aversion towards building my meals around leftovers.
    I wish my family members would do the same ; )
    969 days ago
    I didn't know you could freeze an avocado!
    970 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    Wow! You are really getting the steps in!!! You are going to crush that 5 K!!

    Is making your own pre-portioned TV dinners an option? My Mom does big batch cooking and freezes it in individual ZIploc containers to pull out when needed. She and her husband eat different meals most of the time Examples are chili and lasagne. But you can freeze spaghetti squash for up to 3 months etc. too. Just put dates on so you know how long to keep them. Then you can mix and match meal types. Make ahead mason jar salads are becoming popular too -just put a weeks worth of salad in them and add the protein serving the day you eat it. The idea being everything measured out ahead of time for correct portions.

    Keep up the great work!
    970 days ago
    I do throw food out -- that is, if I can't "recycle" it into my Saturday soups!! Yup, it pains me: but there is really very little wasted food at my house and (as my mum used to say) "Better to waste than to my waist"!!
    970 days ago
    A rest day sounds like a good idea after all your running and dancing. emoticon
    970 days ago
    I agree with 1CrazyDog
    970 days ago
    Better a little waste than a big waist! I hate waste, too, but all in perspective
    970 days ago
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