November 8, 2013

Roses and thorns

For some reason, this week felt like it dragged on forever. Lots of meetings, lots of stuff to do at work, a few stresses at home. Every day, I went to bed exhausted.

I was down a pound earlier in the week but today I'm back where I was a week or so ago, to 254. It's frustrating but I'm not too upset - I know I did well most of the week and last night I got overly snacky - stress-related, but also, learning to balance everything. I have the food in control, as long as I'm not working out. I have to keep my workouts basic, I think, because if I do too much, I get very hungry, and I'm not equipped to deal with that situation just yet.

I feel bloated and yucky. I'm sure having my period doesn't help, but I always hate that excuse.

My goal for this week is to keep on keepin' on. I did a pretty good job last week, I can't lose sight of that - I went to the gym four times, starting Saturday and with Tuesday/Thursday rest days (yesterday was insane, by the time my work day was done and we got home, it was so late!). I think 5 days is a good goal - every day except Tuesday/Thursday sounds like a good plan for now, at least for the rest of the semester.

Another goal is to not eat peanut butter. Long-time readers will, I'm sure, remember that peanut butter has long been one of my trigger foods. I've learned to live with it in the house - before Matt and I moved in together, I couldn't buy it at all. When I was pregnant, it repulsed me, and it lost most of its power over me. I've been bringing a single serving Jif cup with me to work to eat with a banana or apple, and it's good, but it's a lot of calories for something so small. I can have a whole bag of light microwave popcorn for the same calories as a spoonful of peanut butter! Since volume is a big thing for me, my goal for this week is to focus on snacks that are healthy and not so calorie dense.

Not sure what our plans are for this weekend yet. I'm hoping to squeeze in a nap at some point, and of course some trips to the gym, but other than that, no clue.

What about you? How was your week? Any fun weekend plans? What's for dinner at your house tonight?

Also: Spoonful of Me, please email me - Matt ran the Polar Dash the last few years, lots of advice for you!

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."