Saturday, April 19, 2014
Exactly two weeks ago, I set a goal to track food and exercise daily on SparkPeople. My friend, LINDAK25 had inspired me with her two blogs about a 14-day challenge. It made complete sense to set a short-term goal for 14 days. In fact, I was excited to discover what results from such a simple goal.
Near the end of the first week, I injured my foot, which has curtailed my exercise. However, I still tracked everything -- food and whatever exercise I could accomplish.
Tracking food encouraged me to stay in my calorie range. I know how much I can eat from previously tracking religiously for over a year. Yet when I do not track, I tend to add in extra snacks. When I track, I really do not like calories to go over the max. For the last 14 days, I've stayed under my calorie max all but one day. On that one day, I was over by less than 100 calories.
And how did this impact my weight? When I started the challenge, my weight was 3 pounds over goal (still within my ultimate goal of staying +/- 3%, though). This morning, my weight is just under goal. To be exact, I weight in 3/10 of a pound under goal.
Since 14 has turned out to be a magic number, I am setting a new goal to track for the next 14 days: accomplish at least 10 minutes a day of exercise, even though my foot isn't fully healed. After all, Sparkpeople has loads of videos for seated workouts, right?
How about you? Will you set yourself a 14 day goal? As LINDAK25 said (paraphrasing) "We can do anything for 14 days, can't we?"
Saturday, April 05, 2014
My friend, LINDAK25, has inspired me to try 14-day streaks. She said, "Hey, you can do anything for two weeks, right?" See her blog, "Challenged to a 14 Day Streak" here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Linda chose to walk every day and limit going out to eat to only twice per week. She wrote about her success and her next 14 day challenge here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Reading Linda's "14 Day Streak -- Results" blog has inspired me to get back on track with a 14-day challenge of my own. I've been in maintenance mode for over a year, and have stayed wtihin +/- 3% of my goal weight. However, I've let that weight creep near the top of the 3% limit. In February, I got way off track with both exercise and eating choices and haven't gotten fully back. The first step for me is to focus on what I am doing, so I am choosing to track both food and exercise for 14 days. (I haven't tracked food in months and stopped tracking exercise in December, though I still worked out.)
I've started right today, by already tracking my breakfast smoothie. My commitment to track these two items is from today, April 5, through Friday, April 18. I'm adding a third commitment: to blog about my 14 days over the weekend of April 19-20.
Really, "you can do anything for two days, right?"
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The SparkArizona Team Challenge to "Eat Your Veggies" is encouraging me to try new vegetables. Since I completely LOVE vegetables, this is a bit of a challenge. I have eaten seaweed salad before, in restaurants, though I have never made my own. So we'll consider this a "make a new veggie" challenge!
I was at Whole Foods, looking through the seaweed choices to find one I'd not had before (yes, I love seaweed), when I saw this handy bag, mixing a wide variety of sea veggies:
The ingredients list: wakame, agar, suginori, tsunomata, and mafunori. Huh. The nutrition facts per serving: 14 calories (gotta love that!) 236 mg sodium, 0.6 g protein, and 3g carbohydrates. Seaweed is also known for being rich in trace minerals, which are not listed on the package.
Directions: soak in cold water for 7 minutes, then drain.
Here's how it looks after it is soaked and drained. I think it is gorgeous!
What do you think?
I wanted a little more color variety, so I grated a carrot and sliced up an orange bell pepper. There were more calories in the dressing than in the salad. No surprise there. Dressing was rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and a touch of Bragg's Aminos ('cuz I am out of tamari).
Here's a photo of my finished salad:
I found it totally delicious and it felt so good to be eating this lovely, nutritious salad.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
In SparkArizona, I am participating in the Eat Your Veggies Challenge, which includes trying a new veggie and blogging weekly about how you're getting your five veggies in each day.
Today, I discovered that there is indeed a veggie I had not previously eaten! I found this lovely Maitake mushroom at Whole Foods:
I also found the cutest little head of cauliflower, just about 1.5 cups of florets. So the soup idea lit up in my brain like a light bulb
1.5 cups caulflower florets
3.5 oz. Maitake mushroom, broken into small bite-size pieces
1.3 teaspoons coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
ginger powder, sage, and Hawaiian pink salt to taste
Simmer the cauliflower florets in enough water to cover until tender. Set aside.
In a cast iron skillet, gently saute the sliced garlic in coconut oil until it just starts to brown. Add the mushroom pieces and saute until tender. The mushrooms will shrink as they release a good bit of their moisture content.
Puree the cauliflower, then return it to your sauce pan. Stir in the sauteed mushrooms & garlic, along with all their yummy juices. Season to taste with the ginger, sage, and salt.
This soup was absolutely scrumptious. It made two one-cup servings and I ate them both. The nutrition content for the two cups:
Here is an interesting article about the Maitake: www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-stamets/
Monday, August 19, 2013
I've been largely absent from SparkPeople for the last week. Why? Because I've spent every spare moment scavenging for GISHWHES, aka Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!
As a member of Team Average Joes Love(s) Archangels, I had some very important assignments to scavenge. Assignment #1, create a grammatically correct sentence using the first letter from the name of each team member. Show the names and sentence on your submission.
Assignment #2, photograph a statue of a famous person wearing a GISHWHES cardigan. Although I photographed Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, it was St. Francis of Assisi that came out the best.
Assignment #3, photograph a nun in full habit going down a waterslide. I captioned it, "This is what they do to nuns with dirty habits."
Assignment #4, photograph a Storm Trooper folding laundry at a laundromat.
Assignment #5, Panhandle on a sidewalk, holding a sign that reads, "A Dragon Burned My Castle Down." Your clothing should show signs of dragon attack.
We used a perfectly good Renaissance Festival costume to clean out my friend's grill, then singed holes in it (see the shoulder?) and ripped dragon claw marks into the skirt. By the way, it was 111 degrees F when we were out shooting that photo in Scottsdale, Arizona. And it was still 111 or more, when we shot the next one.
Assignment #5, Image: You are in a cage, staring down an animal in a cage. Catch: your cage is inside his cage.
Assignment #6, Image: Release the Kraken. My friend's research showed this was a wildly popular meme some years ago. It took approximately 100 shots of two different greyhounds wearing the dragon mask to come up with a good shot!
Assignment #7, Make clothing from kale. Dragon and bear clothing.
Assignment #8, Collect screen shots of team members using the word "abnosome" and compile them into a chart. "Abnosome" is "abnormal in an awesome way."
In addition to these, I also collected over 25 photos of people hugging while holding a sign that read, "GISHWHES Hugs The World!"
This last week was insane, absnosomely fun, and somewhat sleepless! I had a total blast and it feels like something is missing, now that the project has ended.
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