Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Mary mentioned that she does a Saturday morning class too, so I looked up the time when I got home and decided to do it again this morning since the classes didn't start until 9 a.m. But when I got there, at 8:45, the class was well underway and possibly even nearing its end; I guess the online schedule is wrong. So I walked/jogged instead on the treadmill. I loved it. A lot. My first jog was three minutes straight! Three minutes!!! That's the longest I've ever run. I was on the treadmill for a total of 30 minutes and I spent 15 of them jogging. How great is that?! It is such a different experience. Much easier, I think. The track has a little give, you're in an air conditioned room, and you're running on a guaranteed flat surface. Not to mention you don't have to constantly be looking down for rocks, twigs, and uneven sidewalk cracks. It's fantastic. I also found that my recovery time was shortened. Outside, in the heat, it takes a few minutes to calm down after a jogging spurt, but on the treadmill it took about one minute each time. I'm going to put this into my weekly exercise schedule I think. At least until this heat wave is over.
Next Saturday is my first 5K. I walked for 1.69 miles in 30 minutes this morning, but that was with a lot of jogging. I hope I'll be able to do the whole thing in an hour. Afterwards, I'm taking Kristi to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. She just joined WW (yay!) and lost 6 pounds her first week! Go Kristi! Anyway, I think every living person should shop at Trader Joe's. That is one fantastic store.
I'm pretty much done with exercise this week. I'll be swimming a little bit tomorrow, but that's just leisurely swimming, not anything too vigorous. But between spinning and my walk/jog I managed to burn 1,145 calories in the last 24 hours!
I'm going over to Hannah's in a bit. Gonna cook up that kale I bought last week. I'm a little nervous about it, but I think it should turn out okay, don't you?
I'll leave you with this taunting image. You know you wanna try it:
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
|Clockwise: Kale, Spring Salad Mix, Cantaloupe, Red Onion, Mushrooms, Orange Pepper, |
Sweet Potatoes, Baking Potatoes, Bananas, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes
Not sure what to do with the kale -- I've never eaten it before. Gonna look up some recipes tomorrow. I felt pretty awesome putting all those beautiful and colorful fruits and veggies up on the conveyor belt. And now for my salad:
|Inside the bowl: Spring Salad Mix, Red Onion, Tomato, |
Orange Pepper, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese
For my dressing I will have 3 T of Marzetti's Pomegranate Vinaigrette. So, the total PP value for the whole salad is 7 points (3 for the dressing, 4 for the cheese)! And it's delicious!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
But that's what you get when you buy pre-made meals I suppose. I'm glad I tried them (and I still have the veggie lasagna and potato salad in my fridge to try), but from now on I think I'll stick to my fresh, delicious salads. I've been putting 1.5 ounces of goat cheese on them, which is a break from the reduced-fat feta. It's really made a difference. I miss my salad even more now that I'm blogging about how much I miss it.
simply recipes site. But it looks good, doesn't it? I'll post a picture of mine sometime.
P.P.S. (or P.S.S. - I never remember which letter repeats) I am looking into triathlons. I found out that I've been swimming an average of 1/2 - 1 mile each time I swim at the Y! That, plus my stellar biking skills, and my new-found love of the walk/jog make me a perfect candidate for a small triathlon. I just gotta make sure the water is safe. I'm afraid of water.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
My swimmer's ear coincided with my reintroduction to running, so luckily I was at least able to run, even if it was only once (I'm taking that slow as well - don't want another injury there either). I got in one 20-mile bike ride on Sunday and swam for an hour or so at my parents' house (mostly leisurely, no laps), but other than that, I didn't get much exercise at all this week.
I did, however, keep a close eye on my eating. I've been staying within my daily and weekly points, but I've been pretty lax about the food I've been consuming. Last week I was a bit more strict and kept to lots of fruits and veggies and I think that helped.
This weekend Clay and I are going to Lake Chautauqua, which supposedly has a bikable road the whole way around the lake -- 40 miles total. If that's true, and we do it, that will be the most miles I've biked in one day. Needless to say, I hope we do it. We're also renting kayaks and possibly canoes, so that will be some great exercise as well.
I'll be tracking all weekend, but will most likely use all my extra weekly points and possibly some activity points as well. Clay is a bit of a foodie so he picked out two restaurants that we're going to try. The rest of the meals will be grocery-store quickies, which are my favorite. What's a grocery-store quickie? Well, let me tell you.
Last year, Clay and I went to Buffalo for a day. We had two restaurants we wanted to check out and didn't want to gorge ourselves too much on breakfast, so we stopped at a grocery store along a deserted (and possibly rapey) highway. Inside we bought a few slices of deli meat, two fresh caraway rye rolls, a few slices of cheese, and some packets of mayo/mustard/ketchup. We picked up a few snack items: chips, nuts, cheese curd (this year it will be fruits and veggies for me), and we sat outside on the curb and made our sandwiches. It was the best meal I've ever had. It felt like camping, only I knew I would return to a nice air-conditioned room later that night. You should try it sometime. Most grocery store delis have plastic silverware for cutting and spreading condiments, and most have packets of condiments as well. All you have to do is ask for them. By buying each component separately you're making a fresher sandwich that is a.) cheaper and b.) tastier. The deli man at this particular grocery store was very accommodating and offered us more things than we even thought to ask. So grocery-store quickies, that's what we'll be eating this weekend aside from the two restaurants that Clay has picked out. We're stopping for Thai too, so I guess that's three restaurants.
I'm falling asleep, so I have to end this. I think I looked skinnier in last week's photo, but I really do think I was just sucking in my gut more.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Today is weigh-in and I know I gained. I weighed myself this morning, when I always weigh the least, and even then I was up a pound from last week. But I will accept it and move on. This week I will get in at least two runs and two bike rides. Today will be a running night, and I will not let myself get hurt this time, dammit!