Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Current weight: 133 pounds
Last week's weight: 131 pounds
Total weight loss: 37 pounds
Grumble grumble grumble. Harumpf.
That is how I feel about the extra two pounds that have not-so-mysteriously returned. I haven't been being a good girl. I have been eating whatever. Last week was basically a week of grilled cheese sandwiches because that's what sounded good. And because we got back from one trip and we're headed out on another one soon and so we have a random assortment of food in the house right now. And because I have been sick. And--let's face it--lazy. I haven't used MyFitnessPal in weeks, I think.
It's getting bad. And with two more trips and not-long-enough gaps of time at home in between the trips and really good barbecue to test out while on the trips, I am just not feeling motivated. I've been thinking maybe I should just officially take a break from trying too hard to be healthy until we finish all our trips so that I won't have to feel so mentally and emotionally weighed down by the few pounds of weight fluctuation. But that might be a bad idea. Any thoughts? Encouraging words? Carrot juice?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Let me tell you, I am LOVING having a dishwasher. It's making it a LOT more enjoyable to cook. I wish I could say that all of the things I've been cooking are worthy of going on The Skinny...but they haven't all been. :) One of my goals now is to be better at serving veggie based side dishes with dinner. We've always had home cooked main dishes, but by the time I'm done cooking the main dish, I often skip the sides...or we just had green salad that the kids weren't very interested in eating.
But no more! I've been experimenting with a lot more side dishes, especially salads. This is a great one we tried a few days ago.
I didn't have cider vinegar, so I used balsamic instead. I also used green onion instead of the red onion because our kids like the milder flavor better.
Green Pepper Tomato Salad
from Taste of Homes Light & Tasty Annual Recipes from 2005, pg. 53, submitted to them by Lili Hill
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green pepper, celery and onion. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir into tomato mixture. Cover the refrigerate for at least 2 hours, stirring several times. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield 6 servings.
One 3/4 cup serving has 34 calories. (Only 34 calories!!!)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Current weight: 131 pounds
Last week's weight: 132 pounds
Total weight loss: 39 pounds
Okay, so "Last week's weight" actually means my weight from two weeks ago. Sorry I skipped last week! It was a super busy day and I kept remembering to post and then forgetting and then right after we turned off the computer that night I remembered again that I was supposed to post. Then of course I had every intention of posting the next day, but it just didn't happen. Last week was a little crazy!
My husband is in the process of interviewing at optometry schools. So last week on Wednesday we stayed up until 1:30am packing and then at 4:00am Thursday morning we left to get on an airplane and go out to a school interview. So, yeah, Emily is totally right that it's been a little slow around here and I am totally to blame. But things in my life and at my house haven't been slow at all!
And do you know what all this busyness and life-planning means? Stress eating. And lots of snacking. So I was delightfully surprised to see the scale greet me with a lovely little 131 this morning. It was a very nice surprise. Because when we got home from the airport on Sunday night I weighed myself and came out at 135. Gah. Anyway, it's nice to weigh 131, but I don't know that I've really earned it. But I like it, so now I've got to try and not go backwards again. And I know you're probably all thinking, "Why would you be going backwards? You're home from your trip now. You can get back into your regular routine." Well, that's the thing. We just finished one of three of these school visits. As in, we still have two more ahead of us. And we haven't said yet in blogland where these interviews are, but let me just say that a couple of them live in the land of really good barbecue and if you think a weight loss goal is enough to keep us from trying a plate of that, you had better think again. Anyway, so I've been pretty busy and stressed about all that lately. Although, now that we have the first trip finished, I don't feel nearly as stressed about our next one since we have some sort of idea of what these trips will be like now.
This is totally unrelated to all that, but can I ask your opinion(s) on home-cooked meals? See, here's the thing. Bryan and I always eat food at dinner time, but usually we don't really "make dinner."
At the playground yesterday:
Mom #1: What're you guys making for dinner?
Mom #2: Cooked barley with vegetables.
It's true. We never make dinner! Usually we end up thinking of some quick thing to make or we just have sandwiches or a salad or a bowl of cereal or something. Mostly this is just because I'm lazy. And also because I have yet to find the balance between making the dinners I grew up making (which made enough for about seven people) and making dinner for just the two of us and my tiny little one year old. It's nice to have real meals, but sometimes it seems like kind of a waste of time and food and money to make a whole meal that usually ends up going moldy before we can finish the left overs.
(Enter twenty people telling me to freeze leftovers.)
Well, our freezer is pretty full as it is. So we might do this sometimes, but this is not really my point in mentioning all this anyway. So I'll keep moving on to my point.
The week or so before we left on our trip I got tired of the regular last-minute something to eat and decided we should plan actual meals to make and eat. And we did. And they were delicious. And I gained at least a few pounds. Really? I gained weight on real food? How disappointing! Isn't "real" food supposed to be healthier?
Well, I know that pasta and muffins and things tend to have a lot of calories. So it makes sense to me, but I was pretty disappointed that my homemaking goal was making me digress from my weight loss goal. Anyway, it seems (for me at least) that things always come back to the struggle between finding good healthy nutrient-rich food that's yummy and that actually fills me up instead of just eating low-calorie food that fills me up, but doesn't have all the nutrients and vitamins I need. Any thoughts?
Monday, September 20, 2010
For those of you not keeping track, the Best Dam Run and Walk is this Saturday! I can't wait to run a PR in such a beautiful setting with my sweet sis. She is 8 weeks pregnant (uh... I think I'm allowed to share that) and very excited to make this race her last hurrah before motherhood. As for me, I registered for another race. October 16th is the Blue Lake Run and Walk, a very flat course in another scenic setting. I registered to run the 15k. This race is cheap (just went up to $30, I think) AND preregistered participants receive a technical tee as well as running gloves and all the yummy food at the end! I can't think of a better way to end my race season this year.
Now, what kind of inspiring running treat do I have for you today? Just this: when your shoes are still wet from your run in the rain two days ago and they soak your socks the moment you lace up, think that the rain fairies will keep you light on your toes and give you a special pedicure as you run. Enjoy!
(But also be sure to cross your fingers that it won't be rainy on race day... for safety's sake, of course.)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
First off, do we all remember how I basically gained five pounds while Bryan's family were in town? Ah, yes. All the joys of super fun family and super good food. While I'm sad that it took me a week or so to reestablish my footing and get back to where I was, it was definitely worth not having to worry about everything I did and every bite I put into my mouth. And, besides, we were pretty active that whole time anyway. And I won a new claim to fame in the family "P.I.G." competition. (You know, that basketball game? I know. Me. Basketball. We don't really mix. But apparently we do. At least long enough for a smashing round of P.I.G.) And we went on a hike that I'm ashamed to say I whined my way through (sorry, Bryan). And we spent and entire day walking around the local theme park. So we may have been eating some scrumptious food, but we were working it off pretty well too.
Second of all, I'm already back to where I was when I "left off." Yay! I'm happy about that. Even though I'm having a harder time getting back into the swing of things with MyFitnessPal this time around. Meh. I'm working on it.
Third, now that I am continuing to lose weight, a ton more clothes fit me. A ton. Over the long weekend Bryan and I worked on a somewhat major project cleaning out a nice dresser that we've been borrowing (and are now giving back to the nice people who lent it to us) and rearranging where we store our clothes. In the midst of this project I pulled out the boxes marked "clothes." These boxes have a conglomeration of clothes that are too small (like from when I was teenage size) and I know will never fit again, but the clothes have sentimental value, so I'm saving them for a quilt or something, along with maternity clothes or "fat clothes" that I know I'll want again after I have another child someday, and along with all these clothes were a stash of my "regular" clothes--stuff I used to fit into when I was a "regular" size. But those clothes have been too tight for quite some time (at least since I got pregnant almost 2 years ago--9 months of pregnancy plus 12 months of Olivia here in the outside world), so they've been up in the boxes. That is, until Monday when I sorted through all these clothes again. I added a few more things to the maternity/ish stuff (just random pieces that had gotten passed over before) and then I pulled out all of the "regular" clothes.
Then came the dreaded task--trying each piece on to see
Next up on my list of weight loss thoughts--eating regular food. I've been giving it a whirl. I mean, I know I claim to eat "regular" food and, really, I do, but there of course is the occasional Lean Cuisine and the lovely, wonderful Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars (I don't think I'll give those up even when I reach my goal weight--they are so yummy!). And, you know, just "diet" kinds of foods. Stuff that I secretly plan to chuck once my body balance is under control again. Anyway, since I haven't been super into eating strictly healthy stuff lately, I've been testing my limits a little with regular food. Stuff like quesadillas and the (very) occasional cup of regular ice cream. And you know what? Things seem to be okay. I've been learning moderation during this whole weight loss journey and I think the principle is finally making its way into my pretty little head. Like, if I eat a quesadilla for lunch which isn't quite as healthy for me and has a lot of calories, then I make sure to eat something healthier for dinner. Or I make sure to go on an extra walk later. So far so good.
Also, while we're in the food department of my thoughts, I've been toying with eating food right before bed. I have friends who swear by weight loss rules like "No food after 8pm," but, the truth is, I get hungry at night. And I know it's probably not a good idea to eat a bowl of peanut butter right before I fall asleep, but, for my body, I've been noticing that it runs better--both at night and the next day--when I eat a little something before I head to bed. Now, first off, let me just say that I only do this when I'm actually hungry. I don't eat just for the sake of eating. But when I'm feeling hungry and not looking forward to tossing and turning in bed due to the bottomless pit in my stomach, I have a little bowl of light cereal. My go-to right now is Rice Chex. Love that stuff. Can't get enough of it. I really have no idea why. Anyway, one bowl of Rice Chex and I'm totally good to go. The first time I did this I went to bed totally regretting it, knowing for sure that I had given up on any chances of seeing a lower number on the scale the next morning. But you know what? When I got up the next morning that number on the scale was lower! I figured it was a fluke, but the same thing has happened every other time I've had a little bowl of cereal before bed. Now I don't think it's because of any magical properties in Rice Chex, but I think it may be because it's better for keeping my metabolism up. This may not be true for anybody else, but, at least right now, it feels right for me. So I'm going to tinkering around with eating a light bite before bed and see how it goes. I'll let you know if it starts backfiring on me.
Well, this post is long and pretty boring, so I think I'll just end it now. Hope you're all having a great day!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Current weight: 132 pounds
Last week's weight: 133 pounds
Total weight loss: 38 pounds
Things are good. Life is busy. Hopefully I'll have more time to write next week. Love to you all and best of luck with your goals!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Then I thought I might post the following Monday, but we were at the beach on a spur-of-the-moment camping trip. So I decided that having a running experience to write about was the least I could do. I planned a route on the internet before we took off for the beach. Then we did something smart: We drove the route since the roads were unfamiliar to me. Good thing! One of the roads became a driveway instead of connecting through to another road like Google maps said it would. So I was able to alter my route before I was in the middle of running it. I highly recommend this. I love road running because you get to see so much more, but it is so much less predictable. Check out new roads and paths by actually visiting them before you intend to run them.
I really liked trying a new place to run. Since we were camping, I ran a trail and then road, and finished with trail. The change of pace made it interesting as well as challenging. I was excited for the whole run because the scenery kept changing and the difficulty level varied throughout my route. So maybe you feel like you are less interested in your exercise. See what you can do to change it up. Try increasing the intensity and doing a shorter workout. Or you could change the scenery. We are coming up on the best time of year to be outside on a run or walk. The colors will be changing, the winds shifting, and you can feel a buzz in the air. I hope that excites you as much as it does me! Won't it feel wonderful to go into the holidays knowing you are living a healthy life? Strike up the balance between your calorie intake and expenditure now so that when all the goodies are around, you will know what you can handle. You will come out of the holidays as a victor of your health. Katie and Kathy, I am confident that the two of you will rise to the challenge and be able to reach your goals and maintain them through this time of the most enticement to over-indulge. Prepare now and you will succeed. I'm so excited for both of you!
In the mean time, I'm still training for my 10K race that is less than 3 weeks away now. Saturday I ran a personal record, making me even more motivated to speed up and reach my goal time. Woohoo!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
"One caveat to brushing after you eat is if you've eaten an acidic food or drink — for example, orange juice. Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after acidic foods and beverages. These acids weaken tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can cause damage to the enamel. If you know you're going to eat or drink something very acidic ahead of time, you may want to brush your teeth first. "