Sunday, July 04, 2010
and the flowers and the trees
and the bunnies and the bugs
and the spiders and the slugs.
One of my July goals was to walk around our neighborhood loop after every meal. It's about .45 mile long (according to the Spark map) and takes me about 8-10 minutes. It started out as a power walk so I could get it over with, but in the short time I've been doing this it's evolved into a really nice leisurely walk where I can really look at my surroundings and listen to the wildlife.
There are beautiful wildflowers all over the place. Animals are in the trees, on the ground, in the woods... chirping, woodpecking, growls (eep!)...
My little loop is full of rolling hills. At the bottom of the biggest hill, when I turn the corner and go past the mailboxes, it's always sunny and warm. It's shaded until then, so it doesn't get too hot; I love stepping into that sun.
When I leave, I have to pass my neighbor's house where their beagle lies on the porch basking in the sun. I say "Hi Buddy" and he looks up, wags his tail, then gets back to being a dog.
Yesterday I walked around the loop four times. This morning I took my coffee on my walk. It's funny - I started this challenge as just another way to get some fitness minutes in and burn some extra (minimal) calories, but it is turning into a wonderful way for me to have time to myself and enjoy nature.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
The craving for chips, that is. Last night after I picked up my veggies from the farm, I stopped for some milk and blue cheese. And the chips just called out to me. I can't deny myself the chips when they call out to me. So I get the "small" bag, which only (only - ha!) has four servings. So it's about 600 calories. Which is better than a "family size" bag, which has many more calories than that. So this is part of the Spark lifestyle for me - the small bag of chips every once in a while.
But today is a new day, and I have my meals generally planned out. Lunch is going to be a veggie soup, and dinner is either going to be soup and sandwich or hot cereal. I'll go to the gym a little later, get some running in. Maybe some elliptical - I've been enjoying the elliptical lately. I have to gear up for tomorrow! We have a picnic at my honey's cousin's house. This is a big yearly event, and this year is going to be great.
My honey's cousin has tons of people over for the 4th of July. This has usually been a day where I feel totally self-conscious. His cousin's family is all tall (think over 6' - even the daughters) and thin. They run around in their shorts and cute dresses and go in the pool in their bikinis and don't think twice. It's been two years since honey and I have been there. I'm actually looking forward to going this year. In the two years since I've been there, I've lost about 40 pounds. I can't do anything about being short, but I'm excited to see if I feel any different around his family this year. Maybe I'll actually go in the pool this year! eek! Today I'm going to be a big dork and get together the perfect outfit...
Today I will:
- drink tons of water to counteract all the salt I ate last night
- Finish packing for my Portland trip (yahoo!)
- stick to the eating plan
- paint my toenails and shine up my fingernails
- send some e-mails I've been procrastinating on
- clean out the fridge
- clean my closet room
Most of the stuff I have to do today is to prepare for next week. I want it to be as easy as possible for my honey next week while I'm away (his strong suit is not housework).
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Off to the second half of 2010, off to a new month, and off to new and improved goals.
Last night and this morning I was feeling kind of down. Kind of fat, actually. Last night when I looked in the mirror, I saw a fat me. It's been a while since I felt that way. Instead of seeing all the positive changes my body has gone through, I focused on every negative part I could. I don't know why this happened... weird. This morning I felt the same way, too. Perhaps it's because I know tomorrow is supposed to be Weigh-In Day.
I took the plunge and moved on to Step 4 of the Spark Diet - Spread the Spark. Part of this step is a "check-up" every two weeks, including a weigh-in. I get so nervous that I am still at my plateau. It's been about a year (ugh) since I've been at around the same weight, and I'm getting seriously frustrated. Not the kind of frustrated where I'm going to start eating bags of chips and take-out galore, because I really *like* this new lifestyle, but just frustrated that I may be stuck here forever. I drink all my water, I count my calories (and I measure my food!), eat tons of fruit and veg, and I get consistent workouts and rest days in. I wish I knew why my body was so resistant to getting past this plateau.
But because I'm an optimist, I have to end this blog with positive things I did today.
- drank a lot of water (still need to get some in before bed)
- went to the gym and got in a great workout
- walked around the neighborhood after every meal (including breakfast, where I don't even *have* dessert!)
- measured all my food. I discovered that I had enough calories left for a little dish of frozen yogurt. Hurrah!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I love reflection. Especially when I can look back on the month and see that I've made a lot of really great changes in my lifestyle. Here are some observations from June.
- Writing in a food journal really helps me get in tune with my body's hunger signals.
- My workouts have been consistent.
- I drank lots and lots of water, just about every day.
- "trigger foods" like chocolate bunnies, frozen yogurt, and cereal should stay out of the house. I often eat these foods when I'm not really hungry... the little bits of sweetness' calories add up!
- Eating lots of veggies keeps me very full.
- I like tofu.
So here's what I plan on doing in July.
- Write in food journal at least once a day, every day (after each meal/mini-meal is the best for me, but sometimes I don't get around to it until the end of the day).
- Continue to workout 6x a week, including two strength training sessions.
- Drink at least five Siggs of water a day (up from my previous goal of 4)
- Walk around the block after dinner. I started doing this with my honey at lunch and dinner, and it's a great way to get digestion going and to see if I'm actually hungry for dessert. I'm going to do this even when I eat alone.
- Keep eating mostly vegetarian meals.
This afternoon I am going to the farmers' market downtown (it's the first time they are opening on a Wednesday! Yahoo!), going to pick up some household stuff, and getting ready for my trip to Portland next week. Tonight's dinner is going to be something with lots of veggies - these farm-fresh veggies are the best!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
And by "this," i actually mean "quite a few things."
Drink tons of water
Clean up living room
This weekend was pretty much a blur. It's funny how when I don't blog or track my food I lose track of the days. So here I am, tracking my food, counting my cups of water, and planning my workouts for the week.
I'm gearing up for my trip to Portland (OR). I've been checking out the restaurants, the public transportation, the place I'm staying, and things to do. I'm looking forward to meeting fellow Sparker KAYAKID for a run! It's funny how I've been on Spark for about a year and a half and the first Sparker I meet is all the way across the country.
Goal was to get 1500 fitness minutes in this month. I need to do some serious work today and tomorrow to meet that goal. But I can do it!
Off to fill up my water glass...
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