Archive for April, 2012

Pre race post

Friday, April 27th, 2012

tomorrow is my first 5K and my planned training, no surprise to me or anyone who knows me, went a bit off course. Or maybe since this blog is about putting it out there, I should just say I was interested and didn’t do it. I have been increasing my step count each week and am currently right around 6K steps per day, but I will still surpass that tomorrow morning during the race. I am figuring the 5K should be about 7500, so it still might kick my ass.

The race shirt is an athletic style and is thin and white and I am not sure if I will wear it or not. I can only imagine it if  I get sweaty and think that might make it rather transparent. The race bib is imbedded with seeds and can be planted after the race and flowers will grow. I totally dig that.

The juicing has been going well. I have mostly been having a fruit blend for breakfast, a vegetable blend for lunch, and a modest dinner. This past week, I have been feeling a little blah, so I have loosened up with the juicing a little. I am not really seeing much movement on the scale, but my clothes continue to get looser. I still haven’t taken measurements and will try to get that done this weekend. I know that the changes I have made to my eating, whole foods for the most part, are permanent this time. Sure I have had a few indulgences here and there, but they have been isolated and not cerried me further down the garden path as it were…

I have added more steps in the last two weeks while at work by going on walkabout at 10 and 2 each day. I take the elevator down to the first floor and then take the stairs upswitching stairways on each floor, and stopping on 4 to hit the restroom. I find that the meandering path of switching stairs makes it a lot easier to get to the sixth floor and it currently takes 9 minutes, bathroom stop and all.

No downward spiral…

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Not too much new to report. I am still juicing breakfast and lunch with a snack of fruit or veg and then having a fairly modest meal for dinner. It’s four weeks since I started this and it doesn’t feel like I am doing something special. It feels like it is what I am supposed to be doing.

Last Saturday, we drove out to Paige to what has become my favorite LYS (local yarn store). It’s a two hour drive, and yes, there are many closer options. I go to them, too, but there is a different sense of community I get from Yarnorama. I had a juice in the morning before we went, and we stopped for a kolache and chai on the way. I hadn’t had any meat or bread the previous six days, so the process of eating the kolache was something tangible, and I was full from just one(not two…or three…or four). And I think I only drank about half of my grande chai. These are baby steps for sure, but there was no guilt associated with any of it and the pure delight at these flavored tastes was wonderful.

On the way home, we stopped at the Chappel Hill Bakery and Deli because Elizabeth saw Best Kolaches in Texas on their sign. We were hungry (they also have bbq) and we both had the one meat plate. Elizabeth got brisket and I got sausage. It was good. But best of all their sides were good and far superior to what most bbq places offer. I had green beans and mac n cheese. the mac n cheese was thick and not too saucy. Elizabeth had mashed potatoes and baked beans and those were both very good and fresh made. It was more calories that I wanted to be eating, but I stopped when I was full and didn’t overdo it. It was proof that I could eat these things in a reasonable fashion. And because I am not eating them all the time, there was no adverse digestive consequence.

As we were checking out and I was asking for a cup for water, I saw that they had Mexican Pepsi. It’s been a month since I have had a Pepsi and honestly, I am surprising myself that I am not missing it. I decided to have one with my dinner and it was excellent. But I only drank half of it. I threw half of it in the trash. Huge.

Feeling like the above accomplishment marked me a big girl, I got a bag of peanut butter m&ms. there have been Hershey kisses in a jar on the counter for months. I make sure it stays available because a couple of kisses satisfy me when I want some chocolate. I am just not there with the peanut butter m&ms. The bag that should have been lasting a week was gone in a day. Bye-bye. I won’t be doing that again right away.

Day 18

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It’s been another week on the journey and I am still going strong. Sure, I have had a treat here and there, but this is a life change I am making, and honestly, treats will be a part of it. but something is different this time and the only thing I can say with any certainty is that maybe I am just ready for it. In short, it’s time.

As I am writing this, I am feeling hungry. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was feeling hungry or not so I have been letting the feeling brew and yes ma’am, I am hungry! this isn’t in itself, a huge revelation, but it is a major signal for me that I am actually paying attention to my body and what it’s telling me. This morning it was saying “Have that bright, lighter juice this morning…you know, the orange one…” So I juiced up two Texas (local!) grapefruits, two handfuls of baby carrots and a healthy inch of ginger. I am diggin’ it. Elizabeth, not so much, so she got the blackberry, kiwi, grape, strawberry, mint combo we have usually been drinking for breakfast. That blend I don’t have to strain and all the fiber and pulp are consumed. Anything with carrot I strain because I can’t get past the feeling of a mouthful of sawdust.

I should mention that I was using a juicer and that had been fine. I think i have had it for a year or so. I recently acquires a Ninja 1100 blender and they claim to be a juicer as well as a blender and that all the pulp liquefies enough to not need to be discarded because you want all that fibery yumminess (and hey you can strain if you feel it is necessary). If there is carrot in it, yes, I am a strainer. I totally dig this blender and all I have used it for is juicing. I was intrigued by friends’ conversations about the Vitamix and how much better (and more $$) it is than the Ninja. for me to trade up again eventually, I would have to see a demo and be able to taste the carrot for myself.

Lunch juice is spinach, ginger, cucumber, celery, bok choi and a green apple. this seems to be my sort of go to blend and I strained it, even though it is carrot free. I do usually add carrots, but I used the last of them in my breakfast juice. My reward for finishing it (not all that much of a challenge) is a yummy sweet banana for my afternoon snack. I also brought in a blueberry ricotta muffin, but I might actually pass on that.

So what’s so different this time? I am pondering this as i drink my green…One thing that strikes me as telling is that I haven’t had a Pepsi in three weeks. I haven’t wanted one out of habit. I haven’t really even had a conscious thought about Pepsi and that in itself, is huge. Thomas was going to the store yesterday and asked if I wanted him to pick up anything. The usual items are Hershey kisses (we have), Marcona almonds (we have), Pepsi and Lays plain kettle chips. I said no thanks, and he paused and asked again, “No chips?” I didn’t want them. This is not to say that I won’t get them when I do want them, but I don’t feel the need to have them available. Just in case. And honestly, when I want them, the store is a mile away and if I want them badly enough I will go get them. But again, not wanting them? That’s huge.

There is a jar of kisses and a container of almonds on the pantry shelf. My current sweet indulgence is 6 kisses and 12 almonds and that is about a 200 calorie dessert that totally satisfies me. I did the math as closely as I could estimate on the almonds, but last week I bought a kitchen scale so that I will know that my portions are not out of whack. For nuts in particular (as pointed out by my niece) there is a lot of room for error with larger nuts if measuring 1/4 cup, but xx grams is xx grams. I am going to confirm the Marcona almond portion tonight and adjust if I need to.

So the juicing is going well. I have been having a modest dinner of mostly produce, and on occasion, having a couple ounces of meat or fish. Last night we had company and I made a most excellent spinach salad with quinoa. I made a two other vegetable dishes and honestly, the salad was enough. Of course having leftovers, I won’t have to cook tonight. I like that. I feel like there was something else I was going to say but it is eluding me. But hey, I can just post again, can’t I?