Friday, August 14, 2009
a muscle in my leg!
Tonight I went for an easy run at the gym - two miles. Sometimes I look over in the big mirror to see what I look like when I run (a little weird, but it's good to know). There was a muscle in my leg! I saw it! And when I got home and looked in the mirror, I saw it again! This is just the boost I needed. It's like this fitness thing is all new to me again. My jeans went on more easily today. This is so exciting.
Went to lunch with a friend today. We went to Olive Garden. It was pretty yummy, and I even checked the menu online to see what would be ok for me to eat and how much damage a breadstick and soup would do. Well I stuck with 1/2 a breadstick, and the Pasta e Fagioli soup actually is not that un-healthy (relatively speaking). I ate 1/2 my pasta dish, and we split a dessert. The dessert was totally worth it, too. These delicious little fried dough pillows with chocolate sauce. I didn't plan on those, but I entered them into the nutrition tracker and now I am having a light dinner - my leftover pasta with some scallops added for protein.
I have the start of a goal - I'd like to lose another 20 pounds by next summer. I broke it up into smaller goals, though. I think the thought of losing another 20 pounds was a little daunting to me. Eight pounds by Thanksgiving I can do.
This new routine I'm in - I'm loving it! Running club on Tues, Thurs, and Sat. Yoga on Thursday morning. Swimming and/or running and/or bike on other days. One rest day a week. This week I took two (ugh, Wednesday was SO lazy for me) so now I have to reconfigure my schedule for this coming week.
Tomorrow morning is a longer run with the club and perhaps some lower body stuff at the gym in the afternoon.
Off to finish making dinner!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I had a craving last night. Not just a little one, a huge craving for something carbohydrate-y. My fiance went out and got some chips for us. I'm paying for it today. My stomach is sending me a message, loud and clear, that I should not have eaten the chips. If I *have* to find a silver lining, it's that eating like that only once reminds me how I must have felt when I ate like that all the time, but with even *more* grease and nastiness.
So today I am back on track. I am going to a yoga class at 10:00. I will drink more than enough water today. I will go to the store and buy some fruits and veggies (and eat them). I will do something other than sit on the couch and watch bad afternoon TV.
Despite yesterday, I have overall been feeling much better. My clothes are fitting ever-so-slightly better, and when I went to buy pants the other day I thought "hell, I'll just *try* a size 6 and see what happens." And... they closed! I'm not going to say they "fit," but they did indeed close. That little visual was just the kick I needed to remind me why I am Sparking. Thought about buying a cheap end of season bikini in my goal size for next summer and hanging it in my closet. Next summer is a long way away and I don't want to lose sight of where I'd like to be.
Monday, August 10, 2009
It's super duper hot and humid today. I'm glad I don't have to run outside today. This morning I did a little bike, a little lower body, and a little run at the gym. I was sidetracked for a bit, however, when I tried to put my contact lens in and discovered that a little jalapeno oil was on it from last night when I made soup. A new contact and an hour later, I finally made it to the gym.
It was weigh-in day today. Really hoping for a good number since I had such a great week. According to the scale, I gained .5 pounds. But I feel really good and I am really happy with the way my week went, so I'm not bothering with the scale's number. My pants fit better after this week. (And I only took 2 weeks off from my routine! No wonder nothing fit 8 months ago! I was taking my whole *life* off from a routine.)
Tonight is chicken on the grill with some yummy sides. I made veggie stock so we're going to use it for either some rice or some soup. Yum!
Last night's soup demonstration at my brother's house went well. I taught him how to make a simple soup - we had tortilla soup (Spicy!!! MMM). It was SO good. He said "wow, that looked really easy." I was so glad I made it look easy, and I was happy it turned out really good. I think I may even post the recipe...
Update - since I don't really use specific amounts of ingredients, I can't really make a recipe. So here's the list.
Saute some onions in a little olive oil. Pinch of kosher salt. I like lots of onions, but you can use a lot or a little. Sliced, diced, however you want to cup them.
Add carrots. Cook a little bit.
Add broth (whatever kind you have.)
Some good stuff to put in:
Black beans, refried beans, chipotle peppers (from a can), corn, cooked meat
On Top: a little sour cream, some cheese, hot sauce to taste (any or all of these can be used)
i LOVE making soup. So easy!
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