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Archive for April, 2012

recap: week 4

current weight: 194.2 (!) down from 196.2 last week.  i saw that number and thought my eyes were playing games with me!  i’ll likely be in the gym later in the week so i will check it against their fancier scale…

strengths: meal planning! my best friend mel who is a vegetarian and often cooks vegan for her husband passed along a WEALTH of recipes to me that she uses and this motivated me to plan a variety of healthy veggie and meaty meals for the week ahead including a spicy veggie chili and a yummy penne with a roasted red pepper and goat cheese sauce and spinach and tomatoes thrown in.  i’m continuing to have a small portion of sweets and treats when i want them so long as it fits within my calorie/fat intake for the day, and honestly, i think this is helping me.  while i want to change my eating habits and think strongly about reaching for the cookie jar (or wine rack!), i doubt i would be successful at cutting these indulgences out altogether, and if i tried, i would end up GORGING myself the next time i had a chance.

challenges: eating out, of course!  i met my friend j for a margarita on monday night in celebration of law school ending (i already finished but most of my class is graduating in may and finished this week).  one margarita turned into a margarita and chips which turned into a dinner feast complete with salsa and cheese dip, and a cheese covered chicken enchilada with refried beans and rice.  since i have been eating pretty reasonably for the last month or so, the disgustingly overfull feeling i had when i left the restaurant was reminiscent of my old eating habits and a reminder to shape up!  i really did feel gross, and i thought about how i could have saved half my meal for later, stopped eating the chips, or left off the gooey mess of cheese.  another challenge this week was running with my hubby.  i love the boy, but i ain’t up to his speed yet and he whined at having to stop for the interval walks.  he is generally very supportive, but clearly did not realize when i asked if he wanted to join me what my plan and speed really meant.  i’m looking forward to running with him when we are closer to each other’s speed and able to meet in the middle a little more.  for now, we’ll stick to tennis dates 🙂

the week ahead: week 5 of run your butt off is pushing me to a workout of four intervals of 2 1/2 minute walks followed by 5 minute jogs.  i tackled my first workout this afternoon in the sunny and breezy weather.  i was pleasantly surprised at how smooth my first workout of week 5 went – i didn’t really feel winded at all.  i was also able to cover more ground – 2.22 miles in 31 minutes.  i know this is still snail’s pace compared to most runners, but i felt great afterwards.  the last 5 minute interval was the only time it hit me – mostly, i think, because it was poorly timed to be up a hill, ick.  this week i created an ipod playlist of running songs which were the length of each interval so i didn’t have to keep checking my watch.  i’m positive that this was a big factor in my attitude because it kept me focused on the run and not the amount of time i had left.  normally i look like a total klutz as i attempt to check my watch while continuing to successfully move one foot in front of the other without tripping, so that’s another plus.

looking forward to the week ahead and hoping my positive eating habits stay afloat on my two-day work trip across NC!

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nuff said.

nuff said.

recap: week 3

time for a week 3 recap!  i’m feeling good on this dreary sunday morning.  ready to hit the ground running with a little workout, clean house, and send off more job applications (story of my life).  but for now….

current weight: 196.2 down from 196.8 last sunday.

strengths: the extra minutes of running felt good this week…i’m ready to ratchet it up and really get running!  at the last minute, i decided to go spectate at a rugged maniac race – my friends were signed up to run and it sounded like fun!  i thought about joining in, but i’m not really ready, and it was expensive because it would have been a late registration, and i don’t have health insurance so it would have been a bad life choice had i broken my ankle or face or something.  it was fun to go though, and the upside is that i am motivated to do it in the future!  all the runners looked like total bad asses when they crossed the finish line soaked with mud!  i think it’d be fun to sign up with a group of friends and dress up and enjoy the race together.

weaknesses: i think i hit a bit of a wall with eating this week.  i started the week out just fine. on thursday night, i came home to an empty fridge and enjoyed too much dessert with my yummy and nutritious soup and salad.  on friday, i met a friend for coffee and couldn’t resist the pastry and then went out for dinner and enjoyed WAY too many nachos!  i mean, i felt bad while i was doing it knowing i would later enter into my food journal the bajillion extra calories and feel guilty all over again.  because of this, i wasn’t expecting much in the way of weight loss this week, and the proof is in the numbers as i didn’t lose this much this week compared to last week.  these types of lapses are something i’m working on but will continue to be a weakness of mine when i go out to eat and slide back into bad habits.

looking to the week ahead, i’m ready to work on 3 minutes walk/3 minutes run workouts!

photo from one of my fave fitness blogs, Our Time to Change

true confession tuesday.

in hopes of keeping up frequent blog posts, i’m starting true confession tuesdays with several “confessions” for the week and at least one will be fitness/nutrition related!

1. this weekend i finished catching fire and i’m halfway through mockingjay!  excited to go see hungergames when i finish them up with my friend LJ….and then wait 2 years to see the next installment.

2. i am thankful that i now get the katniss jokes i’ve seen flying around the interwebs.  see here, and here.

3. i am sort of appalled by the fact that a roll of polaroid film, so you can take 10 pictures, is $11!  please, someone else, confirm that this is crazy. i won a polaroid camera in a giveaway a few weeks ago, and it came with one roll.  i’m having fun taking some photos with it so far.  cheese!

4. i watched walk to remember the other day.  hubs came home to me brushing away a few tears.  we both laughed.  mandy moore anyone?

5. my all-time favorite dance song: ODB, got your money.  it’s probably pretty important that you know this if you invite me to your house for a party.  just sayin.

6. my favorite guilty pleasure food: queso and chips!  if you only had a bite, i suppose it isn’t the worst thing you could eat, but we all know those chips are bottomless.  high in fat, sodium, carbs, calories, etc.  even kourtney kardashian can’t get enough. i feel ya, girl.

recap: week 2

time for another check-in!

this morning i weighed in at 196.8 from 198.6 last week!

strengths this week: i am getting in work-outs almost every day.  i’m continuing to follow the run your butt off plan which suggests four workouts, but i have been going for longer walks on my off-days.  unlike when i was studying for the bar, i’m also just walking a lot more generally – i park several blocks away from the building where i work and am also up and about more as we move into warm weather. doing a little better about drinking water, especially when i’m sitting at my desk at work where i always have a full cup….and i found some diet snapple and pink lemonade mix-ins at the back of my pantry so i enjoy one of those occasionally as well to mix it up.

challenges this week: pollen. sun. heat.  i’m such a warm weather wimp. you’d think after living in NC for 15+ years i’d be able to handle it.  and it’s only april!  eek. so far the pollen is what has been getting me the most as it gets all screwy with my contacts.  BLEH. i might start moving some of my workouts inside so i can transition easily when it gets for real hot and i am forced to head inside to the gym.  i have also had some late night calorie add-ons that i could have avoided – beer, snacking while watching tv, having a snack when i get home late after drinking beer.  i think my goal for this week is that when i have a late night craving to give in but only with something that is at least still decently healthy (fruit, apple sauce, yogurt, almonds, etc).

farmer’s market spoils.

after a long walk with my friend L on saturday morning, i wandered over to the local farmer’s market.  i happened upon this post on vegan yum yum a few days ago and have been itching to try some fried green tomatoes ever since.  i didn’t realize that a grocery store or even our local co-op wouldn’t have green tomatoes, so after looking at several stores, i’m glad i found the prettiest lookin’ green tomatoes at the market.  i also splurged on some chevre goat’s milk cheese to top it off.

the recipe is delish and easy on the calories.  LOVE LOVE LOVE it. and making it again soon!

i’m on the hunt for more vegetarian recipes – not because i really want to be a vegetarian, but because i think mixing in more creative veggie recipes will likely result in us eating more veggies and less fat.  this was an exciting start!  here are some good veggie blogs i’ve found….

Vegan Yum Yum – all vegan recipes, good place to find replacements for your favorite recipes that have eggs or meat

Post Punk Kitchen – also all vegan recipes, i want to try the mango fried rice and the red lentil thai chili

Veggie Belly – good recipes with international flair from someone raised vegetarian

my new friend, kale!

i don’t have time to write much as chores, catching fire (second hunger games book!), and bed are CALLING MY NAME before an early start to my work day.  but i have to share the most delicious recipe.  my little sis C who is a creative cooker and uses local foods and goes through spurts of vegetarianism made this for me when we were at home one weekend a long time ago, and i remembered i had the recipe saved in my gmail box and decided it was time for a revival!

kale is what we like to call a superstar vegetable – full of nutrients.  this recipe makes for a very filling soup.  i substituted beef broth for vegetable broth (mostly because i realized didn’t have veggie broth in the pantry when i got home).  i also didn’t make the croutons but ate the soup with a few sesame crackers i had on hand.

Cannellini and Kale Ragout

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 1 1/2-inch-thick slices Italian bread, crusts removed, each slice quartered
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 5 cups (packed) thinly sliced kale (about 1 large bunch)
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion in juice
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
Preparation

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add bread and 1 teaspoon thyme; cook until bread is golden on both sides, turning with tongs, about 2 minutes total. Transfer croutons to bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add remaining 4 tablespoons oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to same pot; sauté over medium heat 30 seconds. Add kale and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until kale wilts, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, beans, and remaining 1 tablespoon thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle ragout into shallow bowls. Top with croutons and serve.

YUM YUM YUM.
 
as a mid-week check-in:
 
i’m doing fine with the week 2 exercises – i don’t find myself getting too winded although i do notice that i have way less energy when i run at the end of the day instead of in the morning.  it’s always so hard to get out of the bed in the morning, but it is certainly worth it when i get a good workout in and start my day off right.  i need to be more conscious about stretching – while not such an issue at this stage, i want to develop good habits and i KNOW i should stretch.
 
and this week’s eating…..meh.  i had a lunch meeting the other day and even though i only ate half my sandwich and half the fries i got with it, i definitely overate and had much richer foods than i have been having of late (for example, delicious brie drenched the fresh roasted turkey).  bright side: on another day, i might have unloaded the whole sandwich and serving of fries in one sitting!  other than that, the week has been pretty typical, i’m being more conscious of my food choices, but not cutting out treats altogether.  i need to add drinking more water each day to my list of goals – i used to be good about constantly keeping my water bottle by my side and i’m going to get back to it.
 
and…i leave you with a hillary meme.  who run the world? girls.