Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I just took some Apricot-Almond Muffins out of the oven and boy, do they smell good! Tomorrow morning is a baby shower at school for one of the kindergarten teachers. His wife is having a baby... I volunteered to bring muffins. I LOVE to bake, and I especially love to bring homemade food to showers and parties. It would have been easier for me to run out to the store and buy muffins, but I think that homemade muffins show that a little effort went into it. Luckily, I only have to bring 12 and there was enough batter for 18. I am going to try one tonight just to make sure they are ok, and to see how the recipe turned out. There is no sugar, just honey and dried apricots. Should be delish!
Tomorrow should be easy for me to resist the food... most of it will probably be store bought. I always ask myself some questions before I eat something at a party/shower; 1) Can/would I make it at home? (If no, it's edible) 2) Is it homemade? (If yes, I'll eat it) 3) Will I feel bad about entering it into the nutrition tracker? (If no, it's a go)
I have to answer all the questions appropriately in order for me to eat it. The exception to the homemade question is if it comes from a local bakery or food store and it's really special. I used to live across the street from a bakery which made the most wonderful donuts. Dunkin Donuts just doesn't cut it anymore.
I put my new braces in tonight, so tomorrow's eating is going to be difficult. My mouth will be sore and I'm sure I'll be eating yogurt like crazy. I may have to stop and get some bananas and sorbet tomorrow night so I can eat something... I'll make some soup, too. I'm halfway through my braces! Only five more sets after this one. I'm very excited to see the end result...
Off to try a muffin, pack tomorrow's lunch, and get my gym stuff ready for the morning. Tomorrow is a day off from ST; I'm going to do some swimming in the morning and go to a Pilates class at night. Wahoo!
Drink all my water.
Remember to take my calcium both times.
Work on my school work for 1/2 an hour tomorrow night.
Give someone at work a compliment.
Happy Wednesday night!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It's been such a long week already! Here are some thoughts for this evening. I'm feeling too lazy to type a cohesive "story" blog.
- When I don't make nutrition goals for myself, I get out of control with my eating. I didn't really plan dinner tonight, so I ended up eating more than I should have. And I definitely should have had more water when I got home. Then I wouldn't have eaten so much cereal.
- Good friends are super important. My good friend M. took me to pick up my car this afternoon - I am so lucky to have good friends.
- When I pack my lunch, I feel SO prepared for the day. Tonight i really didn't feel like doing it just now, but I did and now I feel a million times better than I would have if I put it off until tomorrow morning.
- I still love my morning gym time. I am officially one of "those people" - someone who is at the gym before it opens and waiting in the car for the front desk girl to open the door. My fiance asked me "so what kind of people are at the gym that early?" I replied "You're looking at it!"
- Cars are expensive to fix.
- I think this "early to bed, early to rise" thing is helping me beat the usual fall and winter blues I get around this time of year. I have more energy and I've been feeling a little more upbeat.
It's time to relax on the couch for about 15-30 minutes before bed... I need a little more water and then it's time to set the alarm for 5:06 am. LOVE getting up early. Who would ever have thunk it...
Monday, November 09, 2009
Yesterday as I was driving up a long incline to get to the town in which the grocery store is, my car started to sputter and my engine light started blinking. So I pulled over, and waited a couple seconds, and my light went off and we were on our way. But the car wasn't driving the same... it felt like it was not quite going to make it up the rest of the hill, and it bucked a little bit as it was stopped. Drove it down to my wonderful mechanic after school today, and it's still at the shop. He is going to check some coils in it, give the car a tune-up, and I'll be on my way. Why couldn't this have happened when my car was already *at* the mechanic's getting new tires? So inconvenient to have to drive down there again when I was just down there last week. So my best friend picked me up from the shop and brought me home. I took her to dinner and careful menu consideration be damned. I had the breadstick. And the lasagne. And the dessert. And I even entered it all into my nutrition tracker. The fat really did me in - calories were not obnoxiously over, but over nonetheless. But I don't feel guilty. Tonight was one of those times where what I really wanted to eat overruled the healthier choice. And I actually really enjoyed my meal! I think because it truly was a treat that I didn't feel like I was being a horrible eater.
So thank goodness for my friend... I don't quite know how else I would have gotten home tonight!
My choices about today are this - stay really annoyed at the situation OR get over it, realize that I'm going to have to do things to my car to keep it running smoothly and relax on the couch. I am choosing to do the latter. I could stay really upset, but it won't do any good. It won't change the fact that my car is at the shop and needs to be fixed. Sigh.
I'll end on some positive notes:
Drank all my water today.
Ate a healthy lunch.
Ran 1.5 miles today with no pain in my knee (better than 1 mile of last week).
Got to have dinner with my best friend.
Considered myself very fortunate to have a mechanic I trust.
And tomorrow is a new day. Won't be able to get to the gym early, but I will be flexible and go tomorrow night when I come back from picking up my car. I am off to make tomorrow's lunch and then relax on the couch and drink a little more water.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
I scheduled today as my rest day. My body really needed it. I got lots of cleaning done, little things on my to-do list got crossed off, and I did really well with eating - tomorrow morning is weigh-in so I didn't want to blow it today.
There was almost a disaster at lunch - I made spaghetti, and I grabbed a jar out of the cupboard that I thought was red pepper flakes. I turned it over and realized too late that it was cayenne. It was poured ALL OVER my spaghetti! I took it off the stove and put the tainted spaghetti in the colander and rinsed off the cayenne. Luckily it was concentrated in one area, so I could get most of it off. The little bit that was left added a nice hotness, but I'm glad I caught it when I did. Phew!
I am so excited - I'm sending the check tomorrow to pay off my car. Wahoo! I can't wait until I get the title!
Tomorrow is a little swimming and another day off from strength training. I have my week of workouts planned out along with most of my meals - the Holiday Maintenance Sparkteam goal for this week. I plan out what I'm going to wear the whole week, I might as well plan what I'm going to put *in* my body for the week, too! I'm going to make a giant batch of chili tomorrow to freeze - it usually lasts about a month. This afternoon I made some cornbread, so chili is just natural with that. The cornbread was super easy and it is delish. A little jelly and it's a perfect little dessert. And only about 175 calories in a (very big) piece. I stored it in very big pieces and half very big pieces so I know exactly how many calories I'm getting. I feel so in control! I used a recipe from a Moosewood cookbook - it used honey to sweeten instead of sugar. I love cooking from that cookbook because everything is so natural... I know exactly what I'm putting in my body. And often, cheese and other high-calorie ingredients are optional. Yogurt is used a lot instead of sour cream, and egg whites are used more than whole eggs.
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