Thursday, March 18, 2010

Failure to Plan

Gag. I ate fast food yesterday, and at 9pm no less! I am SO IRRITATED at myself. Other than Subway, I haven't been through a drive through yet this year. Looking back on yesterday, I can see what happened.

We had the Science Fair last night from 5pm - 9pm. I packed a cheese stick and an apple, and made a half a turkey sandwich to take with me. The sandwich, I tried to eat on the way there - but the bread was crumbly and I didn't want crumbs all over my shirt. I scarfed down the cheese stick to fill the void.

After the projects were judged, the fair opened to the public and there were cookies and refreshments. I ate my apple during that time (oh boy did those brownies look good!) but by the time we were going home, I was just to hungry to wait til we got home, and didn't want to make anything once we got there.

Like Jillian says: if you fail to plan, you will plan to fail.

I put the others before myself and left only enough dinner for them to eat. I should have made sure there was something for myself when we got home. I also should have eaten more in the day. Before the burrito, I had only had 900 calories all day.

One of the reasons I like to keep a food and exercise diary. You can really look back on the day and see what went wrong.

And not make the same mistakes!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Comfort of Zero

Yesterday's weigh in left me feeling a little deflated. Though, since I'm an every day weigher, I knew what was coming. That scale had been at a standstill all week long. I ran, I climbed, I lifted, squatted, curled and pressed. I ate my protein, said no to most things naughty and still the scale sat still.

I was stressed. Way. I feel like last week was probably the most worked up I had been in a long time. Just lots of things going on, busy busy busy, and nothing - it seemed - was either a. controllable by me, or b. going off without a hitch. I totally wigged out over a couple of these and even cried...twice.

All that is behind me. I'm continuing to workout really hard and eat well within my guidelines. I'm shooting for more protein and trying to get 100g per day. It take a little effort, but isn't much above the RDI for a sedentary person (.8 x weight in kg = 65). I don't remotely consider myself sedentary so I upped it just a scosch.

Here's a Cool Calculator that figures all sorts of things for you, water you need, protein requirements, etc.

Enjoy?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Dreaded Bathing Suit

There's not a whole lot that compares to wearing a bathing suit. For better or worse, you get a true gauge of your progress.

Previously I had been wearing a pair of shorts and a tee shirt to the pool. Lately, I've been resurrecting clothing from over a year ago and felt pretty confident about donning my old suit. So...I looked for my bathing suit circa "that era".

Couldn't find it. I could find suits from prior to that era, but not the one I was looking for. What to do, what to do... I tried on one that I could find and while it did fit - I didn't like it. Yuck. I should have kept to the shorts and tee. I don't think it was the suit, though.

But I'm stubborn. And darn it, I want to be comfy when I swim. Digging through my dresser drawers I spotted a perfect tropical print sarong to "wrap and cover" with, and ended up feeling okay when we took a dip on Saturday.

I'm just a pound of two away from half way to goal. I feel good about getting 5 days of good, vigorous, calories vaporizing workouts in this week. I've stuck to my calorie budget all but one day this week (went over with 5 Riesen candies, a cheese stick, and a handful of organic low salt potato chips) and have much to celebrate.

I know one thing for sure. If I keep working hard, I WILL look better in my bathing suit by summer. If I get discouraged and give up, I will NOT.

Simple.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Right Start

I listen to the preachers on Bott Radio in the car sometimes. Seems I hear what I need to when I need it! So, before I launch in to this busy Saturday, I think I'll share what I heard last night on the way to the store.

Now, I may not get this exactly right - but it's what I gleaned from it. And hey, just remembering what the letters stand for is pretty good for this Crazy Lady.

The A.C.T.S. prayer model:

A - Adoration. Think about God's character, maybe look up some verses and meditate on His personality. This brings to mind, for me, God's continuing effort to make me better. He wants, not what's good for me, but what is very best. He's certainly patient with me as well.

C - Confession. Pray that God bring to mind anything that stands between him and me, or me and another person. Right away last night, I was reminded of how my mouth has gotten out of control. Conviction is different than condemnation. When I'm convicted, I feel sorry but empowered to make a change for the better. Condemnation is just cruel finding of fault. See above for why that voice isn't His.

T - Thanksgiving. Count your blessings, name them one by one. My attitude has NOT been very filled with gratitude lately. I've been sullen and grouchy and just a little depressed. Gonna make that gratitude list!

S - Supplication. Think of those things I am concerned about, and give them to God one at a time. Liam's braces, Alahnnah's attitude, Susan's speech, Cameron's fever, my weight...whatever it is, nothing is to small. I have to remember that He is interested in my "day to day", not just the big events of my life.

That's my take on what this speaker was saying. It's a good model for me to remember. I don't want to treat God like a short order cook, just putting in my order and expecting to be served. This helped me to do better.

Now...off and running on another fun filled Saturday!!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cake Cups

My grandma used to make these.  The kids helped me make home made white cake, we poured them into ice cream cones, and baked them up.  Mmm, so good they hardley need frosting!