Sunday, February 17, 2013

Going Raw

Ok, so it was more an accident today, but I have tossed the idea around. Tonight I made soup intended for dinner tomorrow and then decided to stay in tonight. The soup did not have time to cook the veggies all the way thought.  The crunch was amazing and while the flavors hadn't melded yet, each one of the vegetable flavors was distinct and new. I tried a prepared broccoli slaw and it was wonderful. That is really where the crunch came from. Usually I add some cabbage at the very end for the crunch but the broccoli added a great flavor. It’s really going to be amazing tomorrow.

I have heard of the benefits of raw and if adding some more raw veggies into my diet of cooked meat is beneficial, then why not? I was going to start with smoothies, going on a blender bender. Unfortunately, almost all the recipes I found call for fruit (natural sweetener, flavor, and fiber) which  I can't have on this diet, say nothing of the dates I have been slowly eating for the past few weeks. I know, I know, but I don't have the heart to throw that money away. Of the ones that I found which did not include fruit, they had some weird ingredients. Weird, as in I had never heard of them and had to think of where specialty or Asian food markets might be. This was a big deterrent, I won't lie. If I am going to drop some serious moola on 10 ingredients that I only use 1 teaspoon a pop on, I need to be able to use it for something else. That proved slightly more difficult. Especially trying to convince myself that I could eat just this one type of smoothie until the items are gone. Eh, I still haven't tried it. But I am keeping the option open and in the back of my mind. Anyone have a favorite raw smoothie recipe or site they want to share?

Despite my enthusiasm last Tuesday, published on Wednesday, my Day 3 should have been on Thursday and wasn't. I had an invite with some friends to go out Wednesday night, and it was a seriously late night, but fun and a bonding experience. I did go to Tai Chi in the morning, managed to miss the warm up because I was so exhausted. Bad form, bad form. During the low crouching move one of my knees started to seriously hurt. I expected the worse. Might have taken a pain reliever, but went on with my day. A friend needed a ride to buy a car and I stayed since I had nothing else to do. My run could happen at night while dinner was cooking-fish, yum! While sitting there, just after it was realized she had no payment from the bank but got it faxed over just before the office closed (don't ask), I felt confident I could leave. Not that I needed to be there, but I just had that feeling..........And then a slight panic set in. I had a social coffee to be at at 6pm. It was 5 then. I had enough time to drive home, beat rush hour traffic, put on decent not work out clothes and head over there to be a bit late. By the time I got home I was exhausted from the last 24 hours, having eating almost nothing-yeah, I was out of the house almost the whole day so no water either-and was hungry.

Thursday was Valentines Day. We never go out because most of the world is trying to not cook on that day and it's just a madhouse. As it turns out, DH was home early and we were both starving. Unfortunately nothing was planned because he wasn't expecting to be home at a decent hour to eat. Since the day was a bust anyway, I decided to brave this tiny pizzeria down the street. We missed the mad rush but created out own an hour before closing, three other families came in also. We both got a pasta dish, although I was eyeing the eggplant parmigiana. The pasta was cooked perfectly, the sauce very nice. But two bites in and I was done. I am over pasta. That isn't to say I didn't clean the plate, because I did. Yes, we all know I am weak. But talk about a non-scale victory battle before loss of the war, I didn't want to continue with the rest of the dish. I didn't shovel it in. I ate slowly, thoughtfully, having a nice discussion with my husband. I was so full I didn't eat breakfast at work the next day until lunch time.  Needless to say, the treadmill was out and surprisingly, I didn't gain any weight from that dinner.

I had plans Friday, so no run there either. I was tempted to on Saturday, but I learned from the painful knee experience not to push it too much since Sunday is Day 1 of the next week. I did get on the treadmill today. I actually busted through a few of the time stops running-kick ass! But having only run 2 days this week on Week 1, I can't move on, just on principle. It was pretty easy today. I did get that pesky side cramp but not until after minute 20 or so. Not too shabby. I even added in 10 crunches and 10 pushups to my normal routine. I haven't talked about that, at least not in a few months so it will be a later topic. The time it takes me to stretch, run, do the exercises, and stretch again, is going on past 2 hours of time. I was thinking today of maybe moving some of it to my walking days, but then I thought about how I haven't been walking. I need to get into a routine here.

When I do walk on the treadmill, it's either to music, reading a book, or  I put a board on the treadmill arms and set the computer to play my podcasts. I do have some on my iPod but I can't figure out how to get them to just cycle through. I don't think it's possible and it is very annoying to have to select the next while bouncing around. If any readers know how to get the pod casts to just go, I would love to hear it! Please comment.

Today I almost went outside to run. The day was a mess and I just wanted to get the run over with. If I was going outside, I would have to change my workout clothes, map my route, and then go. There are too many variables in there that could get me off track. Like opening up the internet, for one. Facebook invariably pops up somewhere and I get side tracked for hours.  Treadmill it was and so Week 1 Day 2 or rather Week 2 Day 1 is down. Sometimes I wonder if I should toss out the weekly calendar and start my running week on Tuesdays so successful Sundays get grandfathered in to the last week. Eh. Thoughts?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Couch 2 5K Week One, you are going down!

I really need the Tommyknocker's technology to write my blogs. I came up with some killer titles and some good lead ins today after my run but I am coming up short now. 

Day 2 Week 1 of Couch2 5K

Much easier than all the other times I have tried to restart. My shins hurt after Day 1 and again today. Didn't run until 5ish, which was followed by a shower, cooking, eating, cleaning up the kitchen, and some updating of another one of my blogs. I am pretty exhausted now, but needed to jot this one off. I was bored and ready for it to be over at 14 minutes and I had that side cramping again but I made it all the way through. Still fairly easy. Thank goodness. **rolling my eyes**

For the past few weeks of my scarlet letter affair behind the treadmill's back, I have been mapping out routes to run around the neighborhood and those surrounding. I figured if I tired I can see if the treadmill is causing my shins to hurt. Worth a shot, right? I might try this on Thursday. 

I did not make it to my Tai Chi class today and I think that threw everything else off. I took the time to write up a novel review for another set of blogs, so at least that is out of the way. I also updated some info in that one, it was way out of date. But I felt like I was in limbo all day. I did get another YA novel read, not a particular upbeat one, which didn't help with the limbo feeling, ate all my MF meals, and did not snack once!

I made 5 chicken soup packets in a kettle on the stove and ate from that slowly through out the day. Dinner was crusted (gasp) tilapia or some other plan acceptable white fish and a giant salad. I am actually pretty proud I didn't snack at all today or tonight. 

I did change things up a bit. I ran much later than I usually do. I was listening to podcasts while cooking dinner and backing my brownie chocolate chip cookies for another day's set of meals instead of listening to and then sitting down to watch the TV. 

I even succeeded in not getting hungry when DH came home around 10pm and ate his very odoriferous (savory smelling) dinner. Unfortunately, as I type this I am thinking of a snack. It has now been about 3 or 4 hours since dinner. As I am on the every 2 hour schedule, it is no wonder. But I am full and so it is a mute point. 

I went on the TSFL chat and had a nice chat about cruise behavior. I tend to get really strict on the cruise, she let her self go but was strict otherwise. We both like foofy fancy drinks. Glad I am not the only one! 

Time for bed. Couch 2 5K Week 1, you are going down! One day of you left and I am going to stomp you into the ground. 

For the gunners out there, any advice on shin splints? 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Back on the Wagon, or Pulling the Cart

This one is out of order. It was scheduled to post on 2/11/13. I can see it still, but it is sitting in draft. Oops!

It's been a while since I last blogged. I had thought up some pretty funny entries while on the treadmill over the past few weeks and had I written them, my participation in exercise might not have lagged. But I didn't, and it has.

I can't say exactly what motivated me back into running. It might have been my belly budging in the way of my yoga poses. In the recesses of my mind it was that my new jeans don't fit and I have muffin top. The want to to eat carbs had surfaced, carbs I so easily shunned not long ago. It might have been that I hear DH is losing weight while I am slowly gaining. I ran out of my diet food, but that is no plausible excuse for my eating and sodium intake. I didn't gain for 6 months, so something has changed.

It was my portion control. Control in general, really.

Since DH came home and started shift work our meals have been a hodgepodge of us trying to fit time in together or me figuring out food acceptable for possibly cold-eaten leftovers. As it turns out, my planning was for naught because he was taking sandwiches. Sheesh. And on top of that, I was leaving the leftovers for him to eat, and he wasn't. He probably figured I was going to eat them. Communication break down when one is sleeping during the other's work day and notes just don't convey all the important nuances that conversation can. I should have left a note: TAKE THE LEFT OVERS TO WORK.

I needed to think back to when I was working shift work, multiple jobs, and how we made it work. I think he ate on his own. My worry is that it is so easy to get take-out. Yup, I am that lazy. My recent salvation is that I am usually asleep by 8:30 pm, so there is no nighttime snacking. I need to get back into what we did when I was working those crazy hours, planning meals out for the week, including left-over days.

I keep a stock of homemade veggie soup in the fridge so that if I want to snack or am lazy or exhausted and don't have time to make dinner (work +gym+cooking dinner +eating+cleanup = 9:30 pm), soup was an easy and healthy alternative (need to check the sodium in the recent batches). Lately, DH was trying to be helpful by suggesting I eat the soup. Unfortunately, it was THE suggestion EVERY time something was suggested. I know he was trying to be helpful, but it wasn't because that was my backup plan.

Recently, we bought some crusted (gasp!!) fish filets. I could eat fish every day, and that is my plan. I meant them for us, for dinner on the weekend. But I can slap one of those bad boys on a lunch plate (oven safe!) and toss it in the oven while I jump in the shower either after my yoga class or after my run. Bam, dinner is served, accompanied by a salad (which I am prepping a ton of for DH to take to work), or my cauliflower pizza. I found a new recipe I like: The newest healthy pizza.  It makes enough so I can eat half and save the other half for the next day, or if we eat together, its taken care off. I need to check the cheese content and make sure its enough and not too much protein.

Trying to get DH to understand protein control was hard. Especially when it came to my protein intake. Its not his fault, most people don't realize cheese is protein, eggs are protein, and that eating them all in the same day is way too much along with all the other meals. I have heard much worse from some other wives (I'd say spouses, but none of my male spouse friends have mentioned this problem). He is helping me by sharing a single cut of steak. Having a scale and my MF chart of protein by weight really helps. So does he, by being open minded. Chicken we tend to just eat one breast each. I did the weight with that and was basically cutting a tip off. If I saved 5 tips, I might have a meal, but it got to be too much of a hassle.

I started making my MF soup for the day all at once in a pot on the stove. It was a suggestion I took from the TSFL boards about boil-over. Not to mention my bowls are being ruined by making the soups in the microwave. And I am very, very tired of the chicken soup blowing up every single time I make it thereby losing most of my food and adding cleaning the entire microwave, again, to my schedule.

The Kegarator is up and working. Not celebrating was anticlimactic so I had some. At least it was light beer, and I used a juice glass. Which brings me to another point. I have decided to go back to the TSFL support page and log my food, exercise, and boo-boos in an effort to be more accountable. I figured that should show where I am eating wrong. Even downloaded the app for my phone. It is less than desirable, but if you don't eat special things like I do, which complicates matters, it should work fine. It  even celebrates for you when you drink water. Yay! But that gets old quickly when I try to add in my water at 32 increments at a time and am stopped by my Congrats! sign. I should get a Congrats, you didn't eat over your allotted calories yesterday! I think I would like that better. Or tiny musicians playing the "Celebrate" song, like in the commercial for an alternative to smoking. Celebrate! "One day at a time" or "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" "One Little Win to Another".

I came up with the idea of maybe doing dinner for breakfast. I have heard of families eating dinner at 7 am as a way to get the big meal out of the way. Right now it would be closer to 11 am, which is lunch time. DH's concern was, coffee then lunch? It would take some getting used to. I mentioned trying it next week, to get some planning in. Fish was the big factor, fish right after coffee. But if I get up (I am usually up around 7 or 8 am) I can make eggs (every day, that would get boring!) and that will be my Lean for the day. The issue is of course him being able to eat that early in his day. Oh well, it was an idea.

Back to the exercising. I used to get on the treadmill pretty early to get it out of the way. With him sleeping in for this shift change, that goes out the window. The treadmill is next to the bed and I need some serious music and bright light when I am on the treadmill. It crossed my mind to go out and run, but its till pretty cold out with the wind whipping. Yeah, I am like that, which is why I have a treadmill. The idea was I couldn't use the weather as an excuse.

I had planned to walk ever day that I was not running, as you will recall from an earlier blog. It was working for a little while. And I started doing it again prior to my most recent running attempt. But it was just easier to stay on the couch justifying my inactivity by thinking, if I am going to get changed to get on the treadmill, I might as well be running. And on the couch I stayed. Anyone else have this problem?

My first day back into running I decided to walk punctuated with 2 minute stints of running. It amounted to 2 minutes walking, 2 running, and continued in that alternating fashion. It felt good. Second attempt I decided to get out my spent Week 1 sheet of my Couch2 5K program. As you will remember, I made it to Week 4. I figured, start out at the easy and work my way along, no point in hurting myself. I never once thought of it is dropping down a few rungs, or starting all over again, which are both quite negative and only occurred to me while writing this. I actually see it as taking a step to the side. I already succeeded by starting, again.  Everything else is cake. And since I had been to Week 4, this is just the intro.

Week 1, Day 1 (Take 5????? ugh, I am going to ignore this point) was not too shabby. The constant change every minute and a half or so was a pain. But I felt the burn described in similar circuit training, one of which I just read in a running article. It was suggested either faster-slower-faster or high incline-low incline-high incline. I believe the reason we were able to get this treadmill free, other than the generousness of the donor, was that the incline was broken. It is either in an incline position and won't move or won't incline. I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially since this is a bottom of the bottom line anyway, and I don't want it to fall apart while I fiddle with it. If I need incline, I will go to the gym or trade babysitting time for use on someone else's treadmill.

So I have jumped back on the exercise bandwagon, although it feels more like I am pulling a cart than being carted along. What are your hard spots with sticking with the program?