The long and winding road to fitness, day 71

Basil Pasta Salad Ingredients

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A much, much better day today.  Ate healthy food, fruits and veggies, whole grains…stayed right at 1600 calories for the day.  So I feel better today, feel like I managed to get right back with it rather than allowing myself to stumble over the cliff of overeating.  I had a Morningstar Farms veggie BBQ rib thing for lunch along with whole wheat pasta salad and veggies…very tasty and filling.

I rode the exercise bike today and did core exercises.  I kind of took it a little easier today, trying to rest up a little from this crazy work week.  But I’m ready to hit the exercise hard tomorrow.  A walk first thing in the morning is in order.  I think I’ll end up on the exercise bike again at some point tomorrow.

I planned to go to Kroger this morning, but changed my mind when I realized I didn’t really need anything and that I was daydreaming about ice cream and pizza…I knew I didn’t need either of those things and was kind of concerned that I’d end up buying one or the other (or both) and eating too much of something that isn’t really all that good for me.  So I just didn’t go and saved myself a lot of calories and money!

On the agenda for tomorrow…cooking.  I need to cook some food to take to work and possibly a batch of fruit muffins to put in the freezer.  I’m going to be better prepared this week.  I’m going to take my lunch instead of eating fast food or vending machine junk.  It’s all in the planning and preparation…

The long and winding road to fitness, day 31

Day 351/365 - fat free Greek yogurt

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Another good day with the eating and exercising…I consumed 1550 calories, got in 45 minutes of walking and 6 core exercises, 2 sets each.  Plus, I ran from the front to the back of the store continuously today…we had a call-in in framing, and I was back there most of the day answering questions, helping people with 4-H projects (why do so many people wait until the last minute to do these things?), helping people with their framing questions, directing people to the restroom (please, please, use the restroom…), and trying like crazy to get at least a little of my own work done.

I ate my Greek yogurt, a little granola and a peach all mixed together for my morning snack.  Lunch was the quinoa, black bean salad I made the other day.  I had a V8 fusions drink (pineapple mango with green tea…have you tried these?) with my lunch.  I also ate one of those Fiber One brownies…only 90 calories and good enough to keep me away from the vending machine…honestly, I never even thought about getting anything from the vending machine today…too busy, I guess.

This was my dinner this evening…well, the smoothie, the other two peaches are still sitting on the kitchen counter.  For the smoothie, I used one peach (juicy and delicious), some cantaloupe, half of a frozen banana, half a cup of Greek yogurt and just a little water.  Yum!  And isn’t it just the prettiest peach color?  I also had some Back to Nature flaxseed crackers with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese…who comes up with this stuff?  It’s so good that I feel like I’m eating a lot more calories than I am…and I’m all for that!  It was a nice, cool, refreshing dinner for this super hot day.

Do you find yourself naturally eating more cold foods when it’s as hot as it is now (I don’t know about where you are, but it’s going to be in the mid 90s here every day this week)?  Is there any particular food that you crave during the hot summer weather?  I like smoothies and watermelon when it’s so miserably hot…and those are some pretty healthy choices, I do believe!!  Stay cool, everyone!

The long and winding road to fitness, day 26

Chronic pain

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Ooh…not a good day today,as much as I hate to admit it.  I did go out for an early morning walk, but ended up cutting it short because I was in so much pain.  And, for most of the day, nothing I did eased the pain.  I’m still hobbling around, but haven’t been active at all.  I can’t even blame the weather for this bout, it’s been a gorgeous day, no rain, low temps and humidity.  So what’s up?  I have days like this every once in a while, no real way to predict when it’s going to hit.  All I can do is struggle through it and that’s exactly what I’ve done today.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

I only got 15 minutes of walking  and a little bit of stretching done today.  I ended up eating around 1700 calories for the day.  I didn’t feel like doing any cooking at all, so ended up eating mostly packaged stuff .  I did have a couple of cups of tea with this chai latte creamer I bought yesterday…tastes just like what you buy at Starbucks…I’m thinking it’d be really good iced too.  That may be something I take to work next week when I have to go back…I’m almost halfway through my vacation.  Haven’t accomplished all I wanted to, but still have more time to get some things done.  I need to do some running around tomorrow morning, but I hope to be home before noon.  We’ll see how that goes.

So, do you have days when you really struggle due to things that are largely out of your control?  How do you deal with that?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 22

brownie bites

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Today was weigh-in day…kind of pleased to be able to say I lost another pound.  I was really hoping for more than that, but I’ll take a pound lost over a pound gained any day.  So that’s 11 pounds gone in the past three weeks…not too bad.  Of course, we always want more than we have (or, in the case of weight loss…less than we have, I guess).

I’m pretty proud of the fact that I didn’t eat any of the donuts that one of the girls brought to work today!  They were sitting right there in the middle of the break room table all day.  I opened one of the boxes and looked at them, but then just closed the box and got my lunch out.  I did have one of the Fiber One 90 calorie brownies…they’re okay…not as soft and chewy as real brownies, but they do only have 90 calories, so not a bad trade-off.

I got in an hour and 15 minutes of cardio today (biking and walking) and a few sets of upper body strength training. But then I worked like a maniac at work today (11 hours)…I really do need to start wearing my pedometer again, just to see how many steps I’m taking each day at work.  This was another day where I was able to get most of the things done on my to-do list (yes, I even make one for myself at work…that way I won’t forget to do something crucial…like payroll…whew, those folks would never forgive me if I forgot to do payroll…and I wouldn’t blame them).  One more day to get through before I start my vacation…and I can’t wait!!

I ate a little over 1600 calories today…I don’t know if I’m going to have to cut that to around 1500 a day in order to lose more weight each week…I hate to do that because I get to feeling deprived and that often leads to a bad eating day (or two)…I’m trying to avoid that.  So we’ll see, I’m going to keep it where I’m at for now and see how things go this coming week.

I hope everyone else had a nice weekend…is it unbelievably hot where you are?  Lower 90s here today, mid 90s for tomorrow…I don’t much care for that, but what can you do?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 14

The Marylebone farmers' market in London, Unit...

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Fourteen days.  Two weeks!!  I’m doing it!  I went to the farmers market this morning and got some delicious peaches as well as some veggies (can you tell I like fruit a lot more than I like veggies?), did quite a bit of walking around and a little people watching (the elderly couple walking through the market holding hands, the little boy wading in the water…both adorable). 

I kind of went over on my calories for the day though.  I ate close to 2,000 calories today.  I don’t really have any excuses other than I didn’t plan what I was going to eat.  Learning from this, I’ve got tomorrow’s meals and snacks planned out.  That seems to be the best way for me to stay within my calorie range…and why not utilize what works, right?

My exercise was light today too.  The walking I did at the farmers market plus about 10 minutes of faster paced walking earlier, and that was it.  Tomorrow I’ll get in more exercise.  I’m going to increase my cardio minutes again.  I’m still doing cardio that is low impact in an attempt to avoid the knee pain I had last year while running.  I’m also going to work hard to build muscle, in the hope that it will provide additional support to my knees.  I can definitely tell I’m not in my twenties any more…

I’m a little disappointed in how I did today, but I’m not going to allow that to derail my efforts.  I’m just going to be stronger tomorrow, plan better and do what needs to be done.  Have you ever had a bad day (or even part of a day) and then just thrown in the towel?  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve done that, but not today, not tomorrow…I’m just going to keep moving forward, one step at a time…come on!!

No Soda 30 Day Challenge, Day 3

Had the day off work today so it was relatively easy to not drink soda since I don’t have any in the house…I’ve found that’s really the way to have a healthy diet, simply don’t bring the junk into your house.  Unfortunately I didn’t take my own advice.  Yesterday I bought Halloween candy to take to work this weekend (yeah, right…to take to work…) and found myself eating quite a bit of it over the course of the day.  I’ve got to get back with not buying that stuff for any reason, like the people at work really need that candy…and they won’t get half of what I bought for them because I ate it.  So really, why do I play these games with myself?  I knew, when I was looking at it at the store, that I’d end up eating it…allowed myself to pretend I was buying it for someone else…sheesh…after all these years and I still manage to delude myself.

Tomorrow’s my weigh in day and I don’t think it’s going to be pretty.  I think I’m going to go back to weighing in every day.  That seems to work better for me.  When I only weigh in once a week, I kind of allow myself a pass for a couple of days, thinking I’ll get back with it on Monday…then Monday comes and something else happens, so I’ll get back with it Tuesday…I’ve got to get serious again, deal with stress in a healthier manner.  I’m thinking a new personal challenge may be in the works…the no junk food challenge…believe it or not, I actually made it more than 100 days with no junk food earlier this year…