Wednesday, March 30, 2016

crazy busy

i don't have a lot of time because i need to go for my walk before i get totally distracted by my day and time slips away.

i've upped my walk to 3 miles--60 minutes, and thats where its going to stay.  that burns approx. 400 calories for me at the moment and that is perfect.

i weighed in on friday and i had lost 9 lbs!!!  then easter weekend with some extra eating and CANDY, so i'm going to be either happy or sad come this friday.  but i'm not going to let it derail me.

the perfect numbers for me seem to be 1600 tops calories with 400 burned.  i lose weight and i'm not hungry.  i'm trying to stick to this goal.

i am a fan of eating a good percentage of my food as raw food.  i don't cook veggies as a general rule.
once a week i buy a lot of produce and then clean and chop everything into containers for salad.  then i can top them with my protein.

i try to use approx 50 % organic.  i heard once that the health benefits of the vegetables balanced it out.  i'm not going to say that is true or not, but in the winter when nothing is growing here in maine you have to do the best you can with the resources at hand.

i'm up to 3 containers full of mostly veggies and good greens.  the fourth container is my husbands (he doesn't like ALL of those veggies!)  the last salad is usually as fresh as the first as long as you are using fresh ingredients to start with.

                                                                   a beautiful thing.
this is my favorite salad combination.  french fried onions, gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, vidalia onion dressing.  all things measured--ALWAYS!

                                      another beautiful thing--my sweet grand baby sophie!

Monday, March 21, 2016

focusing more on myself

thats what i need to do:  focus more on ME

it doesn't come naturally, but if i'm going to do this thing.  this get healthy, be healthy, lose weight thing......then i have to do it.

i didn't weigh in this morning.  not because i'm afraid to.  i just didn't think of it.  i don't want to be sooo focused on that number on that scale that i become obsessed and then sick of it.

i'm still tweaking things.  still trying to figure out how to get enough protein without eating tons of dairy because i'm not a big meat eater.
i read about quinoa this weekend.  about how its really high in protein for a grain.  turns out i have some in the cupboard so i'm going to cook it and try adding it as one of my vegetable salad toppings.

i've been trying to put beans (black and garbanzo) on my salads.  for dairy its usually gorgonzola or shredded cheddar.

i've decided that i like to chew so smoothies are a no go for breakfast with me.  lol.

i have decided to up the walking to 3 miles this week.  starting today......and its snowing....we are at about  ehh 7 inches?  so i'll do my indoor walk dvd.  they are a 15 min mile pace which is faster than i walk outdoors.

so here is where i'm at (since this post is all over the place)

eating:  need to up my protein.  i don't seem to have a problem with most breakfasts being 300 calories at the most.  keeping snacks at 300 is very challenging but i'm working on it.

exercising:  walking is going well despite this sciatica.  we even went for a long hike on saturday and i survived!  i need to keep track of how many times a week i actually meet my goal on fitness and excercise.  if i'm entering it all on sparkpeople then its being plotted, but i don't enter stuff 7 days a week.

last time i weighed i was down about 6 lbs. that was last wednesday.  i feel like i've done pretty good so i'm just going to keep moving forward. and if i have a set back, whether it be eating some jelly beans or being lazy for a day, i will not let it determine the outcome.

Monday, March 14, 2016

a full life

i didn't update last monday because i ate A LOT  of good stuff on sunday.  the kids cooked food and made an awesome coconut cake for my birthday.

however on wednesday i jumped on the scale and found that i had lost 6 pounds.  6 pounds in 6 weeks. not too shabby.

i have no trouble sticking with the goal of keeping breakfast to 300 calories.  the exercising goal i've been doing well with also.  the eating after 7 pm i only struggle with on the two days i work because my schedule is 9-7 and i want a snack when i get home.  keeping snacks for the day to 300 is also a challenge.  as these were my four goals i am going to just keep working at them until they just come naturally and i don't HAVE to think about them.

we went away this weekend and also ate good food and probably a little too much, but i really tried to eat less than i normally would have.  however, i'm not weighing myself today and i'm going to try to not weigh until next monday.

the magic numbers that i have figured out by using the sparkpeople site, are to keep my calories eaten at about 1600 or less and my calories burned by exercise at about 400.  that gives me the perfect number of 1200 which should allow me to lose at least 2 lbs a week.  however that is only if i don't eat too many calories later in the day.

i'm not going to make any new goals for this week.