Sunday, August 01, 2010
At the beginning of a new month. I love the beginning of the month. I am so motivated at the beginning of the month. The middle and the end? That's another story. But it's the beginning, so I will continue to be motivated.
Last night I printed out an August calendar and wrote in some goals.
- 425 fitness minutes a week (a little lofty, but I know I can do it!)
- 65 grams of protein a day. This will increase by five grams each week until the last full week of August, where I will be eating 80 g of protein a day (eep that's a lot of protein!). Chicken and fish, here I come!
- Lose one pound a week. I am not totally going to focus on the scale, but at least this gives me something to which I am accountable.
That's it so far... I like to come up with weekly goals as well... I'll be thinking of those later.
Today - honey and I got to have lunch together for the first time in about a month. He's been working like crazy - today he went in a little later. We had garlic soup... I didn't even bother tracking it. Heavy cream, French baguette, butter, more butter... it was SOOOOOO good though. We ate it as kind of a late lunch, so by the time I finished digesting it, the gym was closed. The plan was to go for a swim today, but that was before I knew that honey was going to be home for lunch. No worries, though... I walked the neighbor's dogs a few times and I might bust out some pushups and upper body stuff a little later.
Dinner is spanakopita. One of the fun parts of belonging to a CSA is getting different veggies every week. We've been getting wild greens; I am getting tired of the same old pizza topping and soup with them, so I decided that tonight I'd have them in some Phyllo dough. Again, not the healthiest thing, but I *did* layer the Phyllo with cooking spray instead of oil or butter. Small steps add up.
It's time to check on dinner...
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Holy mackerel, it's July 31st. Goodbye, month of so-so eating and no goals.
Tonight I am printing out an August calendar for my Sparking. I'm going to come up with some concrete goals and write them in - then I'm going to hang it up where it can stare me in the face every day. I got a jump on August by putting a picture of a fit body on the box of cookies - I have definitely thought twice every time I "needed" a cookie.
Ate smaller meals - this helped keep my hunger in check all day.
Sucked it up and went to the gym - got in a little run, some elliptical, and a little bit of lower body ST.
Drank a lot of water.
Pulled some weeds.
Hung out with my neighbor's dogs (I am dog-sitting this weekend).
Off to work on some August goals!
Friday, July 30, 2010
For the last few years, Friday has been my total veg out night. I love to sit on the couch, have a glass of wine, and mindlessly watch TV or a movie (tonight it's The Princess Bride). I love Friday night. It's my time to unwind from the week and plan out what I'm going to work on over the weekend and the next week.
Today was a great day nutrition-wise. One thing I'm looking to tweak is my fat intake. A little peanut butter here and there really adds up. It's just so delicious and adds such great flavor to foods! I'm going to think about this one... I also decided that one of this week's goals is to get more protein into my diet. I didn't look at my past nutrition trackers yet, so I don't have a number, but I will work on that tonight and tomorrow morning. I left enough calories for a glass of wine and a chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie, so I'm pretty pleased about that.
Went to the trainer at noon today... it's so great to have someone pushing me to do things I didn't think I could do! Today she had me do half a mile on the stair climber, then the elliptical, then the treadmill. The goal was 20 minutes... I finished in about 16, so I am going to challenge myself to beat that time each time I do it. Phew!
Picked up my veggies this afternoon. Yum! Made a quick gazpacho, and for dinner I had a stir-fry with some tofu. I actually really like tofu and I figure it's a great way to get some extra protein into my diet. I suppose if there is a bright side to my honey working so much, it's that I can buy foods that I like but he doesn't care for too much (i.e. tofu). I also picked up some mahi fillets from the freezer section - they will be great with some summer squash.
It's time for a little Princess Bride and a cookie...
Hooray for the weekend!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The part about getting ready for a workout I hate the most is putting on the sports bra. Over the head, finagle my arms through, contort shoulders... ladies, you know what I mean. And guys, I suppose it's something like putting on a jockstrap...?
So today I went to the Champion outlet right down the street and bought some new sports bras. The ones that clasp in the back! No more struggling to get it over my head. I am SO excited. I think this will add a whole new dimension to my workouts.
It's been a good day so far. This afternoon is a little more shopping - running shoes, pillows, towels, duvet cover... and then tonight I'm going to see a friend play at a pub. Tonight will be a big challenge for me - no alcohol this week. It severely impairs my eating judgment. I will be strong!
Time to use the roller and ice up my knees... they are crying out for new shoes.
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