Thursday, December 05, 2013
Never, ever, EVER let yourself get hungry! It should be the very first sentence, the first rule of any and all fitness and health programs.
I was in a rush this morning and ran off without finishing my breakfast, and of course, I forgot the apples for my midmorning and midafternoon snacks. So by lunch I was ravenously hungry.
I had to run an errand just before lunch and so I stopped by a CVS and got some nuts. I didnít pay any attention to the can I grabbed and realized when I got back to the office they were Butter Toffee flavored. Still, I didnít care, I was too hungry to care. So I ate some, then I ate some more. And after lunch, even though Iíd had tasty chicken, rice, and veggies, I ate some more nuts. Then I had some more. And I just tossed the empty can.
Yep, 1560 calories more then I should have had because I was too hungry to care. Now Iím annoyed with myself.
But I remind myself, I didnít run a marathon when I took my first step. I didnít become fat on one bad choice. I am human. This just reminds me of lesson number one.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
This is a tough month.
Last night was my roommate's birthday, (Ice Cream Cake)
Wednesday is the Office All Staff Meeting and Birthday recognition (My Favorite, Carrot Cake)
Friday is MY birthday, (Refer to Wednesday with the addition of lunch and dinner out)
Next week another friend and my sister in law's birthdays (luckily they're both out of town)
Six co-workers are also having birthdays in Dec. (they'll be going out to lunch and inviting me)
Followed by two weeks visiting my brother and sister in law in San Diego for Christmas and New Years. (cookies, banana bread, big dinner, eating out, candy, and limited time to working out)
Deep breath, I can do this.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
For years now Iíve had this bizarre itch on my arm. Its always on my elbows and once it starts itching, literally the only thing that can stop it is pressing ice on it until my arm goes numb. If I donít use ice, I will literally scratch myself bloody.
Iíve tried lotions, ointments, cold showers, avoiding certain fabrics, avoiding the sun, allergy meds, I've baffled Drs, and done internet searches to try and figure out what this is and how to stop it. But nothing has even remotely helped.
In June I got serious about changing my diet to lose weight. I was eating fresh fruit and veggies, lean chicken, low cal dairy, and almost no breads. I realized as time went by that the itching on my arm had pretty much stopped. I figured it was a combination of cooler temperatures, my dutiful use of lotion (avoid dry skin) and taking the allergy meds my Dr. prescribed.
However, this past week has been a bad one. Between the guy selling chocolate bars for his kidís school trip, at work (which ended up on my desk) and my roommateís baking frenzy, Iíve caved more then I should. And over the last couple of days my arm has started itching again.
Itís not a conclusive connection by any stretch, but it is an interesting hypothesis.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This strikes me with particular poignancy, since I was at the gym yesterday and I watched 3 people stand for at least 30 minutes waiting for treadmills to open up. The people on the machines were just plodding along.
It made me wonder what our modern world motivation for fitness is. Is "I want to be bikini skinny" really as potent a motivation as "Holy @#$@ there's a lion gonna eat me!!!"
I then remembered this commercial form a few years back.
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