November 6, 2013

Questing for Super

This has been a pretty good week. Having focused, attainable goals is really working out well for me. I still have a lot of progress to make, but I'm working hard, and I feel good about what I accomplished this week.

I want to work on eliminating processed foods from my diet.
I did well with this one. I still have to work on bringing non-Lean Cuisine lunches, but this week I know I will accomplish that. When grocery shopping last weekend, I purposefully did not pick up any of the 100 calorie packs of cookies I usually pack in my lunches. Instead, I brought a piece of pinole until we ran out, and I was too tired to cook more, so I just brought pieces of fruit.

Pinole is a homemade energy bar - Matt found the recipe in Eat and Run, a book by ultramarathoner Scott Jurek. It's a pretty simple recipe - about a half cup of cornmeal, a few tablespoons of chia seeds, a few tablespoons of honey, cinnamon to taste, and enough water to moisten it all up. You toast the cornmeal, then mix all the ingredients together, form a large rectangle on a cookie sheet, and bake it at 375ยบ for 10-15 minutes. Matt eats them before long runs, and I figured it would be a good snack to keep me feeling full between lunch and dinner. It's surprisingly filling for about 194 calories.

I want to reclaim my 100 pound weight loss milestone.
I did very well with this one, too. As of this morning, I'm 7 pounds away from my goal. I'm glad things are finally moving in the right direction.

I want to become active again.
Another success. I went to the gym on Saturday...


... sweat a little more on Sunday ...


... and marveled at my still-pretty-amazing calf muscles on Monday.


The funny thing is, it was tough to get myself to go to the gym the first time, and then as soon as I got there, I remembered how much I love it and had to force myself to leave before overdoing it!

I was the proudest of my Monday workout. It was a very long day for me - taught all day, had office hours, then a couple of committee meetings. We went home, had dinner, fed Noah and put him to bed, and then I suited up and headed over to the gym.

It's so easy to say "I'm tired," but it's so much more rewarding to say "I did it anyway."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great week you had! Congrats you are doing awesome! :) :)

LynnieG said...

Great Job! I make a pot of soup every Sunday and use that for lunches during the week and/or a quick supper. I have several recipes that we love and I rotate them. It really doesn't take much effort or money and It's satisfying to have something warm. You can always supplement with a salad or sandwich, too.

EmDub @ Faster In Water said...

Guuurrrlll those calves are awesome! Congrats on getting back in the gym. That is awesome! Keep up the great work

Spoonful of Me said...

Your doing awesome. I know that running is tough subject for you right now but I am considering doing the Polar Dash in Chicago and was wondering on what your thoughts are as to running in the Winter in Chicago. I don't run but I can walk a 16 minute mile and plan on attempting to run/walk the 5k.

Danielle Wagner said...

You should be so proud of yourself. A full time working mom! This is my second week back at work and I am trying to find time to put the workout in, I can't seem to get up early, so maybe after the kids are in bed might be an option.

Caron said...

You are doing so well! Reminds me of when you were in California and doing so much exercise. I was actually astounded by how many miles you would ride your bike. Yes, those are amazing calf muscles. Keep up the good work. :)

Christina said...

Congrats, girl! So excited to read this update from you. Keep on working hard! You've got this!

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Great job, Mary!

Tammy said...

You look great!