Sunday, April 06, 2014
Life has been busy/demanding lately. Changes at work, allergies acting up, our little family coming down with colds and bugs one after the other, paperwork, taxes, more paperwork ahead. You get the idea..
I'm coping well, but in order to keep my sanity I've decided to trim down my other "chores" where possible. This is the reason why I have not been around much the past two weeks. Unfortunately I've come to realize that logging, challenges and keeping up with everything here on SP will have to be put on the back burner until May. (Perhaps longer.)
I'm not taking a break from eating healthy and moving my body, just the logging, so hopefully this little break won't derail my progress. (Fingers crossed! Knock on wood!)
I predict that what I will the miss most is reading your blog posts and statues. (so don't be surprised if I decide stop by now and then during my break.)
Wishing everyone all the best!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
..and instead I made this:
Fresh rutabaga, carrots, celery, cucumber, dip made with organic soy yogurt and green tea.
I've been tracking meticulously most days since my last post, and I know where to start making improvements now. I had a pretty good hunch about where the excess calories in my diet came from, still tracking revealed some surprises. Who knew I had 200+ calories many days in rye crackers alone? And with salami, mind you, doubling the numbers. I certainly wasn't aware.
So there it is, living and learning, trying to make better choices. And tonight this meant choosing fresh veggies over potato chips.
Not bad, if I may say so myself!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I'm moving more than ever, eating a healthy diet swimming in fresh vegetables, fish, whole-grains and legumes and.. ..I'm gaining weight! (I haven't been on a scale, so I'm not sure how much exactly. The way my clothes fit tells me I have gained around 2-3 kilos.)
Why? I'm not pregnant, I'm not lazy and I don't suspect any faults with my metabolism. I simply have picked up a few bad snacking habits over the holidays, and so I have eaten just a little too much for just a little too long.
I've had a good think, and here are my top 5 suspected culprits:
1. Dark chocolate
(Healthy in moderation, but I haven't practiced it..)
2. Rye bread
(Same as 1.)
3. Potato chips
(Needs to go. Empty calories.)
4. Nuts and nutbutters
(Nutritional powerhouses, alas also packing a major calorie punch!)
5. Soy ice-cream
(So good, but not really worth having as often as I've had it.)
These added on top of a already healthy, sustainable diet probably explains how come all my skirts seems to suddenly be a lot smaller.. Not that mysterious, nope.
What to do now? I better nip this in the bud. It's time for an early spring cleaning of my diet, trimming the excess, leaving room for healthy and nutritious treats within a more reasonable budget.
And, this means It's time for another round of tracking. I gave it up because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. I was using it as a tool to control emotions rather than calories. Now I'm taking it up again. I want to know exactly what I eat, so I can see where I need to make changes. This week my plan is to monitor my diet, aiming for a healthy one. If I stray, at least I won't do so blindly.
So there it is. Let the tracking begin!
Monday, December 23, 2013
I'm either an incurable optimist or a very slow learner (Or both!). Regardless, today I'm very grateful that my rear is very well padded. As much as I had high hopes for my new spiky shoes, I've found they simply won't cut it on very hard ice. And, of course, I had to fall on my butt (and hands, and and knees and elbows) no less than four times before concluding this. My elbows and knee are bruised and two fingers have cuts, still my tailbone is just fine.
The 30 minute jog I had planned turned into 15 minutes of slipping, sliding, grabbing onto branches, before I finally turned around to find a less dangerous path to carefully walk home..
It was a truly beautiful day. Here is a photo I took just a few seconds before falling on my a.. (ehmm) backside the first time.
Gorgeous, right? I know winter solstice was just the day before yesterday, still, I think it's so much brighter outside already.
This is taken just prior to me getting myself in some serious (and, I'll admit, hilarious) trouble down the steep hills. (I wish I had it on film, it really was slapstick comedy..)
Oh well, I'm OK. Thankfully I plan to wear a dress with long sleeves tomorrow. And I'll be forced to have proper table manners for once, no way I'm leaning my elbows on the table now. ;)
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