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!