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 stood 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. ;)
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Today was a gorgeous day. I took my new shoes out for a 5K walk/jog. Almost all the ice had melted by the time I was out the door, so I unscrewed the spikes as I don't want to wear them down by running on bare pavement. They are not a perfect fit. Still, if they allow for jogging on the ice and snow, I can live with the fact that they are rather stiff and narrow. I hope they will become more comfortable once I have broken them in.
I love this view!
It was a really sunny Sunday, and here is proof.
My chewy honey toffee is now nesting in re-used jars. (I think it's probably best to get them out of the house sooner rather than later, or I will be tempted to have more than a nibble..)
Other than jogging, I've kept busy wrapping presents today. It's my favorite Christmas preparation, and I'm a bit sad for it to almost be over. Only two presents left to wrap now are the ones for my hubby and monkey. Next on the list is rummaging the attic for the remaining Christmas ornaments. We've had the star lighting up our living room window since the first Sunday in advent. Now I just need to dust, polish and place the rest of our Christmas knick-knacks.
Wishing everyone a peaceful evening. (I know I am sure planning to have one.)
All is calm, all is bright. :)
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