Friday, September 11, 2009
My current plan involves three things daily. Planning and tracking my food, drinking 8 cups of water, daily strength training in a three day rotation schedule to not train the same group two days in a row. Yesterday I accomplished the water. So far today I am done the strength training and 6 of 8 cups of water. Working on it slowly!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I found a neat idea in a Family Fitness book I bought at a library book sale recently. It works for all ages, and gets the whole family involved. Plan an activity day for the whole family. Friends, neighbours and relatives can even be invited. Have each family member plan one activity. The younger children can work with an older sibling or a parent; others should not reveal their plans until the day comes. Some examples: a scavenger hunt, a neighbourhood walk, fun relays, a treasure hunt, three legged race, potato sack race. By having everyone come up with their own active contribution, it encourages them to have fun with it, and they may be more willing to participate! Let me know if you like this idea, and other suggestions for things to do, I really want to plan this with my family. I figure that the first time we do this, it will be small and simple, one activity per person, and keep it to our immediate family. If it goes well, it is something I would like to repeat and expand.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
So today, I took a rest day after my big run yesterday. I got my grocery shopping done, and tried to make a healthy supper for my family and I . It didn't turn out as planned, because the fish was frozen solid, and I ended up binging AGAIN all evening after an afternoon of binging. I did get up from the TV and get into the kitchen to make a new recipe for my kids to put together in the morning for their school nutrition. A nice pasta salad with kolbassa and lots of chopped fresh veggies with an homemade vinaigrette sauce. I hope they like it! I didn't add the veggies to the pasta, I figure they can each combine some pasta with their choices of veggies and a portion of kolbassa before adding some dressing and letting them shake it up. I think getting them involved will make it more likely that they will eat it. One of my new goals is to start incorporating my new healthy eating styles into the lives of the rest of my family. We are trying new recipes every week, and some are a big hit, while others are into the circular file never to be made again. My other endeavour in this regard is to be more active with my kids. I haven't done well with this since they started back to school yesterday, but I really don't want to push them too hard the first week. Once we get settled into a routine, I can build on it. This evening we went to the library, it was a great adventure. Tomorrow I want to play some active games with them after school.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Too long I'm tellin ya! I have been so busy this last week though, that there has been no time for it. I got in a 15K run today, it took me two hours, and I was spent when I was done. It is good to be back to my previous level of running after my pneumonia. So far, two hours is the longest consecutive time I have ever run. Now, my new goal is to increase this time, and also to work on my speed. I am working towards running a 30K run at the end of March, which the last 8K of the course is very hilly. I am still not sure that I am prepared to commit to the training and actual run. My hubby says if I want to do it, I should. It seems like a huge thing though, so I am going to take the next couple of months to work my endurance and see if I am up to the training. So, I have been trying to find local routes that I can do which will incorporate hils, or use the hills to train on certain days. I am learning a lot about running, and I am loving it all, so I think I have found my niche for right now! Hopefully with all of the running I plan to do, the weight will start to melt off.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Okay, so for 3 out of 4 meals in a row, I ate red meat, specifically ground beef. It is cheap, and we have TONS of it, because we bought 1/2 a cow last fall, we also bought 1/2 a pig. I can not eat that much of it though! It leaves me feeling all bloated and takes forever to digest. I also notice on the scale that it really slows down my weight loss, and to be honest I am not sure when was the last time I ate so much in such a short time! So, my menu for this week had a roast of beef planned for tonight! I just couldn't stomach eating another red meat meal. So, I improvised! I love having vegetables roasted in the same pan as roast beef, so I cooked some taters and carrots in the pan, then shared them out between my hubby my kids and I. Instead of the roast beef, I put some tofu in a casserole dish with some stir fry frozen veggies and threw it in the microwave. I only had a 1/4 of a tater, and 5 baby carrots, and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I topped it off with a yogourt and had three banana oatmeal cookies with raisins and walnuts in them that I made before the weekend. I am feeling drained physically and I am trying to figure out what is causing it. It just occurred to me as I type, that it could be caused from eating so much red meat! Our bodies do have to work harder to digest it, so that might be part of it. Anyway, I am going to avoid red meat for the rest of the week, and hopefully this sluggishness will depart soon. I am going to keep my calories at the top end of my range for a few days and see if that helps too.
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