Monday, July 26, 2010
So I've been trying to come up with a nutrition challenge - a Spark buddy (COOPSM) has this great idea of sticking a dollar in a jar every time she meets a challenge for the day. I love this idea! I wanted to use this idea for myself, but I was having trouble coming up with what I would do to put money in the jar. So today I figured it out.
This week's challenge is to go alcohol-free. I had been doing really well with sticking to one glass, once a week, but now that I'm totally in "summer mode," I've been enjoying a little more than that. I have some great wine at home - went to the Finger Lakes and picked up a case of various white wine - so it's really easy to just get a glass or two at night. And alcohol has a lot of empty calories, especially white wine with all the residual sugar. Not only does alcohol have a lot of calories, but it also fools me into thinking I'm hungry when I'm not.
One glass - "I could really use something sweet." Two glasses - "I guess I *am* still a little hungry, I'll get some sushi (last night's eating)."
Yesterday I worked really hard at the gym, but probably negated most of it with last night's Dinner #2. Bleh. But the positive from this experience is that it gave me a good idea for a challenge.
So while I don't want to totally cut wine out (it's just so good, and I don't want it to go to waste), I'm going back to allowing myself a glass or two one day a week. Each day I stick to non-alcoholic beverages, I'll put $1 in the jar. I still need to determine the reward...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Didn't make it to the gym
Spent the day with my mom at the pool
Was good with the sunscreen
Drank a ton of water
Made some delish potato salad
Off to pick up my honey!
Friday, July 23, 2010
So after yesterday morning's self-pity party, I got some great advice from some Spark friends. Secretly, I was hoping that they would wallow along with me, but instead, I got (to paraphrase) "get up and do something! Don't just sit around being sad."
It was great advice. I got a lot done yesterday, and I stayed within my calorie range. I even made it to two classes at the gym last night and burned a ton of calories. I went for my walk after every meal, and I was able to control my cereal eating (at least, better than I had been).
As good as it felt to vent a little and get my sadness and frustration off my chest, it felt wonderful to pick myself up and be strong enough to get past it. I did a seriously awesome job at the gym last night. I sweated up a storm and today I can really feel those lunges. Yahoo!
So today I am once again taking some advice and getting some stuff done.
Today I will:
Make bread dough - in process. The yeast is doing its thing.
Pick up my drycleaning.
Work on my scrapbook from last summer's trip to San Francisco.
Watch a movie (something I don't do enough of - I often think of movies as a waste of time, but I really *do* enjoy that time where I don't have to do another thing).
Give myself a pedicure
Make blueberry muffins (no, they aren't gone from 2 days ago already, but they freeze really well and I have to use up the blueberries in the fridge).
Take a nap.
Off to get some bread going... I am mixing it by hand, so I'll get in a good arm workout! Ha! Cooking/baking is so relaxing sometimes. I love focusing on the food and really taking the time to make a great product. It's so rewarding to eat food that I put so much care into making.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
My honey is a chef, so he works odd hours. I am fine with this. It took me a while to get used to, but now it's good. He loves what he does, and we get some weekend time off together to enjoy together time. He is one of two chefs at his restaurant.
The problem is that the other chef left. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but the gist is that my honey is the only one doing the cooking now. This means that he is working EXTRA long hours, sometimes from 11am - 11pm. I understand that he has to do this until they can hire someone else - the good/bad thing is that my honey is good at his job and is the only one there right now that can do what he does. Sigh.
So other than the huge problem of not getting to see my honey nearly as much as I'd like to is that I spend many days by myself. I am ok in the morning, ok in the afternoon, but when evening rolls around, all I want to do is eat eat eat. Yesterday I was doing really well until dinner. I had a bowl of cereal. And another one. Then some pasta with marinara. Then two bowls of frozen yogurt. Sigh... it's like because nobody is here to watch me eat it, I'm not eating it at all. Weird, I know.
This morning I'm feeling a little bummed. Honey has to go in early today - they are doing a lunch for a local business (they usually just do dinner), so lord knows when I'll see him tonight. I'm feeling sad and a little angry, too. I'm angry at the restaurant for waiting this long to find someone else... It's been almost three weeks and my honey has been working just about every day. So I suppose that food has been taking the place of my honey. Sigh...
So to analyze, my problem time is evening. What can I do to make this not a problem? Schedule workouts in the evening. I need about 1-2 hours of no eating *before* my workout, and after my workout I don't feel like ruining all my hard work. I can also plan evening activities, preferable away from home.
I keep telling myself this won't last forever, but it's hard. I know it would be much worse if I didn't have the support of my Spark friends. Thank you!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It's storming - which is wonderful. I love listening to thunderstorms! I especially like when they are kind of far away. Got my post-breakfast walk in before the rain started. Phew!
Yesterday I set out to fill the freezer with all kinds of stuff, and use up some of the veggies we have from the farm. Made blueberry muffins (I ate one and put the rest into the freezer), cole slaw, soup, rice, and I split a whole chicken. What a mess. But I was so excited that I did it! Yahoo!
I have a bit more time today to make some more food, so I'm going to make some marinara and pizza/bread/pita dough. It is so nice to have food in the freezer to just pull out for dinner.
Today I will:
Drink a ton of water
Write in my food journal
Get an easy workout in (perhaps a swim?)
Do a load of laundry
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