Saturday, November 06, 2010
Is what I'm eating right now - a slice of warm, homemade pumpkin bread. HOLY MOLY. It has cranberries and walnuts in it, and I made it with fresh farm pumpkin. AAAAHHH it is so good! The recipe is from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which is FULL of really great recipes. I have had good results from about 95% of their recipes.
Today I woke up with a cold - ugh. Didn't do a whole lot today; a little laundry, a little baking, a few dishes, and a nap. I also made some really good tahini dressing (which took about 2 seconds to stick in the blender) for my lunch - Romaine with pears, Parmesan cheese, and tahini dressing. Yum. My tum is feeling a little ugh from being sick, so the bread was the only thing I had for dinner. And a glass of wine. I have to move some laundry to the dryer...
I spent a lot of time today planning out next week and looking at my 10-10-10 chart. I had written in a previous blog that I was kind of losing steam... I think I may have to add some new weekly goals to my challenge. It's so difficult for me to keep focus for this long... I'm on a roll tonight, so maybe I'll work on that.
Brad and I are working on our Very Important Paperwork (VIP) and boy, is there a lot of it! We have an IELTS test scheduled for November 20th... we are excited to get the ball rolling. This test is a big step for us...
I'm planning on tomorrow being another non-gym day. This past week was "that time of the three months," and I totally went crazy with the cereal and carbs, so I won't be too disappointed if I miss a weigh-in day.
Friday, November 05, 2010
I warned you!
About three months ago I stopped getting my beloved Depo-Provera shot (for birth control) because my doctor was concerned about bone loss. I started Lo-Seasonique... on this pill, it's only supposed to be "that time of the month" once every three months. Coming off over five years of *never* having "that time of the month," I was a little nervous about what to expect.
Since Sunday, I have been totally craving carbs. Yesterday I ate an entire bag of mini-rice cakes (they were so delish), I had a big bowl of popcorn after dinner, and tonight I ate a bagel with my soup for dinner, and then a BIG bowl of cereal for dessert. I brought this up to a friend, and she asked about my TOM. Told her that it was about that time, and she said it made sense that I wanted so many carbs. AAARGH. So I guess this is what I've been "missing out on"?
I read all your blogs (well, not everyone's!) about their TOM and how it can make your bodies out of whack and the weigh-in not so fun. So it's been a help reading them, because I kind of knew what to expect. But on the other hand, since it's been so long, I'm nervous that my body won't go back to "normal." When will I stop craving carbs? *will* I stop craving carbs? Will I gain two pounds? Five pounds?
It's a little scary when something happens to your body that you aren't used to. I have to wonder if it's normal. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor in about two weeks - they want to make sure my body is adjusting normally. I don't think anything is weird, I have the "normal" symptoms (from what I remember! aaahhh!)...
One good thing is that I haven't stopped my workout routine, I've just been eating more than I really need to be eating. But it's like I'm totally ravenous and can't stop. Even though I have motivational notes all over my kitchen, I look right at them, laugh in their face, and pour another bowl of cereal. I am about ready to call my honey and ask him to bring home some chunky ice cream when he comes home...
I am seriously enjoying my wine tonight. I got a cheap bottle (Red Truck California Red) for me, and a more expensive one (not really, only $20 on sale) of some other red that, according to my super-fun new wine app, is a great year. That one is to share.
Tomorrow is No Alarm Day. I am going to a wine tasting/hike in the afternoon, which I am counting as my workout. Ha! But it should be a good time.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
My new haircut! Brad actually said to me "I kind of wish it was a little shorter." Ha! Maybe next time... but I like it. I had a nice head rub, a glass of wine, some good convo with my girl... what a good night.
I am losing a little steam for this 10-10-10 challenge... this is typically a problem for me during long challenges. I get easily bored/tired of it, and I seriously slack on it. The first two weeks were great, but now here I am at the end of week four and even though I'm being much more conscious about what I eat, I'm not as diligent as I had been. Hm...
Tonight is some Spartan 300 training and stretch class. I seriously need stretch class tonight.
Drink more than enough water. I've been struggling to get enough water every day.
Put in my braces right after lunch so I don't eat after lunch.
Practice jumping down from the box in the box jumps.
Do 20 box jumps in a row without a break.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Oh how I love getting my hair cut. I love it when someone else shampoos my hair and rubs my head. I have a great stylist and I love my salon. It's a little pricey, but I love it anyway.
I love to look through hair pictures and pick out something new. It's not often that I keep the same hairstyle... I found a cute one for tonight. I hope it will work!
This week has been full of tracking and working out. I feel good. I have a twinge of a headache, though... might be a little cold coming on. Water water water!
I'm getting good at my box jumps. Last night I did 30 of them - I'm getting quicker and they are seriously good for my lower body. Woot!
After school I am going for some coffee with a friend/colleague. I have to kill some time in between school and my appointment - some library time will be in there, I'm sure.
- eat a snack with the coffee to tide me over until I get home (it will be almost 8:00 when I get to eat dinner)
- be positive!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
So here I am again, early in the morning, getting ready to head out the door to the gym. I wake up super early - I think of it as "me time," but lately I've been getting a little bored sitting around in the morning. Well, not bored, just "bleh." So I decided to take about 45 minutes out of my morning and go for a swim. I might as well... I'm awake and why not burn a few extra calories?
But I guess I'm a little weird, because tonight is yoga and kickboxing at the gym. So in less than 12 hours, I will be back there taking two classes. Oh well, I have the drive right now, so why not take advantage of it?
I know my body well enough at this point to know that this is not over-training it. Swimming comes naturally to me, and while it burns a lot of calories, for me, it's an "easy workout."
Today's Penguin Personal Daily Goal is to stick to the eating plan at lunch. I had forgotten that we were ordering pizza at today's in-service! I am sticking to ONE SLICE today. I won't get into yesterday (cereal, ahem), but I *will* say that today I have to stand my ground.
"I will feel more awake after my swim. I will feel more awake after my swim..."
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