Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm almost half way to my goal, and if it were "old me," I would just end here and think "I've done good enough. I'll go back to eating whatever I want." But yesterday I got a really nice compliment from one of my fellow teachers, and I know I can keep going.
This morning I planned on wearing a pair of gray pants that were just a little big; i can deal with just a little big. But I put them on today, and they were huge. There is no way I could wear them. Another pair in the Goodwill pile. I kinda feel guilty, because my fiance just got 5 pairs of pants shortened for me, and only two of them are wearable anymore. I did give two pairs to someone else, and I can still give the gray pair away too. I'm going to make do with what I have and wait until I'm closer to my goal to buy more stuff, I think. Skirts are ok; they are a bit more flexible with fit. It's a good thing it's getting warm! I guess I'll just have to update my wardrobe with shoes; that size shouldn't change.
Tonight I'm going to start my running workout. Ten weeks to become a runner. I think I'd like to run a 5k this summer...
I've been doing less eating in front of the computer. It's weird - I added it to my Spark Goals, and now I think "I can't check this off if I eat while typing today." How weird! Tonight is upper body and core night. I think I'll try a new core work out (thanks E.Boog!).
I LOVE putting on clothes and knowing that they are going to look good!
Have a Sparky Tuesday!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Oh, how I love swimming. I swam for 1/2 an hour today and burned a ton of calories. Wahoo! Did some walking lunges and dead lifts, too. Walked around the development - a little chilly, but very nice and sunny.
Last night I saw a friend who I hadn't seen in almost two years. It was nice to get together with her. We went out to eat at a wonderful restaurant and we ate buffalo shrimp (YUM) and I had a turkey sandwich with cole slaw, russian dressing, and provolone cheese. It was so good and I'm learning that as long as I eat that in moderation (about one or two times a month) I don't get derailed from my nutrition plan.
Tonight we are having tacos (YUM). I think we are going to start using chicken or steak after tonight in tacos... I didn't realize just how bad ground beef is (in terms of fat and calories - yikes!) until I looked it up on the tracker. No more chopped meat for me.
Off to heat up some black beans...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I lost another four pounds. I am almost halfway to my goal! I didn't think 18 pounds lost would be possible.
I went running today... I could actually run for 5 minutes straight. I am going to really push myself with the running thing because it's so good for me, and I need to increase my cardio calories burned per session.
New goal: I am not going to eat while I check my e-mail anymore. I realized that while I am staying within my calorie range for the day, when I eat in front of the computer I am eating too much at one time. I always feel uncomfortably full when I'm done because I'm not paying attention to how much I'm really consuming.
Tonight I am going to see a friend who I have not seen in a really long time... almost two years, I think. I was debating whether or not I wanted to drive the hour to see her, but I figured "what the heck." If I don't do it now, while we actually have the weekend free together, I don't think I'll do it at all. It will be a good opportunity to get some updated pictures so I can finally post some new ones on here.
It's also the pot pie supper at my old church. I think I'll go to see some people, but I think I'll stay away from the pot pie. As good as it is, it *is* PA Dutch cooking which = lots of butter, cream, carbs, fat, and calories.
My fiance made some awesome coconut milk/chicken/black bean soup yesterday. he used lite coconut milk (isn't he wonderful?) and lots of organic low-salt chicken broth. I love him.
Off to get ready... I think I'll drive down a little early and check out a new purse or some new shoes... have a Sparky Day!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I LOVE SPRING.
It just feels different to say "it's spring" instead of "it's winter." And the grill... oh, the grill. I could have grilled food every night and be happy. The taste of charcoal smoke, the lines on the chicken, sitting out on the back porch with a glass of riesling waiting for the shish kebobs to finish...
Steel cut oats are DELICIOUS (even though I should have been eating them in the cold winter, but oh well).
I am very busy today... I have to write a paper for a class, go to a rehearsal, and try to get some cardio in later tonight. But tomorrow will be MARVELOUS.
Last night I got some new workouts at the gym. Walking double lunges, lunges-kick combo, dead lifts, and a killer outer thigh routine. My ass will be in shape in no time!
If you know the "Morning" theme from Peer Gynt, that is the music that is going through my head right now. (It play on cartoons a lot when characters wake up.)
Off to school... Happy Happy Spring!
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