Wednesday, November 13, 2013
As I mentioned in my last post, I am somewhat immersed in this "Eat For Life" class at the moment. Which I am still LOVING by the way. I find that since I am already calorie tracking, as well as keeping track of water and exercise for the class, that my attention has wandered away from Spark People. I will be back though........class runs through until just before Christmas.
In the meantime, all is well, the weight is coming off sloooowly, but surely. And in reality, it's not even coming off that slow, I am just used to more extreme measures of weight loss from past endeavours. Which I have vowed to not do to myself this time around. So, I am learning to be patient with myself. The meditation and being mindful with my meals and meal preparation is really helping A LOT. I highly recommend this practice.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
So, I have decided to try something new for this winter, which I may have already mentioned??
I am going to try really hard to focus, and I do mean FOCUS on the diet and exercise and being mindful in all things. Including my eating. Nay, especially my eating! It is by staying on track with all of the above that I hope to avoid any sort of prescription medication for my SAD this winter.
I am not morally opposed to medication, because I know from personal experience how very helpful they can be at times. However, I am really hoping to avoid the weight gain, achy joints, dry mouth and eyes, skin rash, and upper respiratory distress that the prescription medication comes with. And even if this weren't an issue for me, I still would have signed up for this class.
The class is called "Eat For Life". Last night was the first class, and so far I am loving it! Our homework for this week includes meditation for 10 minutes a day, and at least one mini meditation before a meal or snack. Keep a food log, for the entire day. Every day. I am really great at recording breakfast and lunch, but then tend to fizzle out by afternoon........so this will actually be a bit of a challenge. Plus we are supposed to do a couple of short exercises designed to make us more aware of our own personal problem areas. And the best part of this class is that we are being helped to discover what works best for us LONG TERM. No judgement, just awareness. As we gradually change in some bad habits for good ones.
Honestly, my description does not do the class justice. I am feeling hopeful and empowered in a way that I have never felt before. The class goes through until just before Christmas, so I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Gosh, where has the summer gone to? I can't believe that we're into August already!
In a nutshell, I have been gradually increasing the exercise, mainly by being more consistent. Mon., Wed., Fri., are run days. Thursday is riding lesson day. Which leaves Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday as my walk days. The only day I missed this week was Saturday, and that was only because I had plans to spend the morning with an old friend of mine whom I haven't gotten together with in forever. And when I say "old friend" I don't mean that she is old, but rather that we have been friends for a long time. Since we were in the first grade together 37 years ago! Now I feel old.
Also trying some new healthy veg. recipes. Tonight was cauliflower crust pizza. The only thing non-vegan about it was the one egg I used for the crust, which tipped it into the vegetarian category. I'll have to think of a vegan alternative for a cohesive crust on that one. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them! It turned out rather well for a first attempt I thought, and even my husband liked it. Eldest child refused to try it because it was "made entirely of vegetables" and youngest child tried it but didn't care for the texture of the soy cheese. Still, with a little tweaking it has the potential to satisfy 3 out of the 4 family members here. Which is about as good as it ever gets.
Friday, July 19, 2013
So, this is a less than flattering picture of me, taken a few minutes after my run this morning. And note the dark circle on the front of my t-shirt. That's sweat. There were dark circles on my back, and under my arms to match. And when I returned home, I was literally dripping with sweat. I bent over to untie my sneakers....drip....drip....drip.....drip.
.... And I normally get sweaty when I run, unless it is super cold out. But not THIS much.
I cannot WAIT for this heat and humidity to move on O-U-T of here.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
These were from Tuesday......I was in a cooking mood and had some ingredients that needed to be used. Such as blueberries and eggplant and some wanton wrappers. Sooooooo, for breakfast we started with Vegan Blueberry Muffins. And then for lunch I moved on to Vegan Eggplant Parmesan....
I say "we" for breakfast because the rest of the family helped eat the muffins, but with the eggplant parmesan I was on my own, LOL.
And then for dinner........
It was steamed broccoli and fried wantons filled with soy cream cheese and chopped scallions. With a side of sweet and sour.
Since then it has gotten progressively hotter and more humid weatherwise, so yesterday I just made one of my new favorite recipes, massaged kale salad. And then when my husband decided that he needed something more "substantial" and ordered out for a pizza, I did eat a slice. Vegetarian, not vegan. And honestly, I didn't feel so great afterward. Ugh.
Today, despite the heat, it was riding lesson day. And when it does get this hot, things get turned down a notch or two, because the heat is rough on the horses too. Despite the more easy going pace, both the horse and I were dripping in sweat by the end of the lesson. And then this evening, I dragged my husband out for a 40 minute walk after a dinner of grilled portabello mushroom burgers. We didn't walk all that far because it was still so humid. A nice and easy pace, which still resulted in a lot of sweat. A gold star in the exercise department today!
Basically, these are my two goals:
ALL VEGAN ALL THE TIME. Dairy, is still my one sticking point at the moment.
And MORE EXERCISE. A gradual increase, day by day.
Progress, not perfection. It's all good.
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