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Windy Wednesday

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I love looking out my back window into the woods... the trees, the birds... I love listening to the leaves rustle and the birds chirping. (We used to hear a rabbit in the woods rustling around, so we started calling him Russell.)

Did I do what I wanted to yesterday?

downstairs ready - mostly. It's actually in pretty good shape, so a quick vacuum and pick-up today is all I need to do. And the bathroom, which should take about 5 minutes.
Low-cal drink - I'm not really sure. I had a smoothie, and I don't think it was low-cal, but it was tasty anyway. And it was a nice treat, since I haven't gone out for a smoothie/coffee in months.
Gym - yes. I dragged myself there after my evening nap (yes, I took at nap at 6:00pm). Ended up doing 2.5 miles on the TM - it was a good run.

Yesterday I picked up my veggies from the farm. We got TONS of tomatoes - the farmer told us that it's a really good year for tomatoes because of the dryness. They are extra-sweet this year, she said. I made some bruschetta when I got home last night - TASTY. Today I think I'm going to make some sauce for the freezer - don't want these tasty tomatoes going bad!
Bad things about honey working all the time - don't get to see him. We don't get to eat together. (Although yesterday we *did* get to eat lunch together before he went to work. Hooray!)
Silver lining - since he's not helping me eat all these veggies, I'm finding ways to make freezer-happy food. We are going to be stocked with sauce and other various foods for a while! This is a good thing. Yesterday I even brined and roasted a whole chicken for the first time. It is very moist and tasty. Mmmmm. Honey is a bit impressed with all my cooking - he told me that he can tell my cooking confidence has gone up. He tastes the difference. BTW - he LOVED my spanakopita. Which is not an easy dish to pull off...


Today:
Lots of water.
Plan out meals for the next week.
Make tomato sauce.
Eat mindfully when out to eat tonight. Honey's parents are coming up tonight to eat at his restaurant, and I already know that I am going to get a filet. I really need to pay attention to my fullness level and not totally pig out mindlessly.

Off to start some tomato sauce...

  
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SOUTHGOINGZAX 8/4/2010 4:01PM

    Need any beans? I have probably picked at least 4 gallons so far!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/4/2010 9:27AM

    I'm going to have to bug your for some tomato recipes as my boyfriend had the bright idea of planting all NINE tomato plants we were given...

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New music gets me movin'!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I love listening to my iPod when I'm at the gym. I don't think I'd be nearly as productive there if I didn't have my music. But my play list was getting old... the same old music would come up and it wasn't pepping me up as much as it used to. So on Sunday I bought some new gym music. Put it on yesterday and had a SUPER workout. I think I underestimated how much music really helps me at the gym. So I am going to treat myself more often to good gym music.

Did I get done what I wanted to get done yesterday?

Peach Pie - Yes. It's very delicious! My first time making my own crust; I already have notes on what needs to be different next time.
Clean out the flower box - No, but I MUST do this today. Honey's parents are coming tomorrow night, and I don't want them seeing how much of a black thumb I have.
Chicken - Not yesterday, but it's in the brine right now. I didn't split it; I'm going to roast the whole thing in the oven instead of grilling pieces. (it's getting ready to rain, anyway.)
Gym - YES! A great upper body workout with some elliptical and swimming, too.
Clothes inventory - yes. I tried on some shirts, wasn't quite sure if they still fit or not. they didn't, they were too big. My pants are still ok (which is good, $$$-wise, but bad, weight-loss wise. Ha!). So the thought is that I will get a few new tops and some accessories, maybe some new shoes, but I'll wait on getting other stuff until I drop the size or two that I'd ultimately like to drop.

Today I already:
Drank three glasses of water.
Planned and entered my meals for today - left some room for snacks.
Cleaned the dining room table.

Today I will:
Get the downstairs ready for honey's parents' visit
Get a low-cal drink when I meet a friend for coffee this afternoon
Go to the gym this evening to get in a run (I saved it for this evening - the time I find myself getting the munchies)

Good thing that I just thought about:
I bought a gym top at Target (clearance rack - $3. Yahoo!) in a size small, and it gave me enough support to run on the TM comfortably! Never in my LIFE did I think a gym top would give me enough support by itself for anything. Maybe some more size small tops will make their way into my gym wardrobe this fall...

Off to do something productive!

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/3/2010 9:16PM

    Oh wow, you didn't even need a sports bra underneath?? That's impressive. I got a gym top from the Target clearance rack for about $3 recently too...but without a built-in bra.

I feel EXACTLY the same way about the music on my iPod as you, and I wish I knew more songs to download because the ones I have are losing their effect on me...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated if you have time!!

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KARVY09 8/3/2010 11:18AM

    Woohoo! Thanks for reminding me that I need to update my playlist. And congrats on the awesome find at Target!

Gotta take a pic of the peach pie next time... mmmm...

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M-m-m-m-monday

Monday, August 02, 2010

I woke up this morning and thought "I should really start getting back into going to the gym in the morning and in the evening." I know it's a little crazy, but I like to do a 20-30 minute swim in the morning and then a more intense workout in the evening. At least this is the way it is when school is in session. But I am a planner, and I like to know when things are coming up. So I decided that I'd give myself one more week of True Summer Schedule, and next week I am going to ease myself back into the school-year schedule. Start going to bed earlier, getting up earlier and heading to the gym in the morning...

I *did* go for my after-meal walk this morning. If I can keep that going when school starts (even if it's just after breakfast) I will be pretty happy. On my walk this morning I thought about what I would like to get done today.

- make a peach pie (we have peaches from the farmers market - yum!)
- clean out the flower box on the front porch
- split the chicken and brine it
- get in a gym workout (specific workout TBD)
- start inventory on back to school clothes (I'm getting lots of fall coupons already...)

lots of water and protein, here I come!

  
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PINKCOCONUT 8/2/2010 11:35AM

    I'm a big planner as well so I know where you're coming from! Enjoy your last week of summer workout vacation!

Have an awesome day!

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Here we are again.

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...

Happy August!

  
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AGIBSO10 8/1/2010 8:32PM

    That's a lot of protien! Are you training for something?

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DREBENEZER 8/1/2010 6:47PM

    Great goals!! And spanakopita sounds good right now...hell, anything with phylo sounds good right now...

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OMG where did July go???

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.

Today I:
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!

  
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ALEXIA17LOVE 8/2/2010 10:53AM

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TMAC10 8/1/2010 5:25PM

    I have no idea where July went either but I am SO excited for August!

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ROGUE_1 8/1/2010 5:07PM

    Sounds like a good day so far!

How did your no-booze week go? I made it 9 days and then went to a baseball game hungry, and ended up having coors light! Ahhh, but might I say how much I enjoyed it, particularly since it was a hot afternoon. The good news is that i skipped the hot dogs and nachos that everyone else was having, and ended up eating egg whites when I got home, and was still within my calorie range! But cutting out the booze completely is so hard, and I think instead of doing that, I'll stick to enjoying a glass of wine every once in a while!

Happy August to you!

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CAMROLA 8/1/2010 9:11AM

    I don't know where it went either, but I think it may have evaporated in the heat! Looking forward to a productive and successful August. Let's make it a great one!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/31/2010 7:25PM

    Stay motivated and stay strong!

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RRP546 7/31/2010 6:51PM

  nice hanging out with the dog at least there are no arguements

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