Treat Yo’ Self

November 30, 2011

PhotobucketInspired by one of my favorite Parks and Rec scenes this post is all about taking breaks from your routine to treat yourself.

Yesterday I posted about what I normally eat. I also normally exercise every day, and some days work out twice, or do really strenuous work outs (like 10 miles runs, two days in a row, yeah… still recovering from that one).

BUT, it is reaaaaally important to build in treats throughout the week so you don’t go crazy!

I was talking with my neighbor Jessica, and she expressed frustration in burning out on a diet, making a poor decision: a doughnut for breakfast, and feeling like she’d wasted a whole day. Instead of just having that one doughnut and getting back on track, she’d binge getting fried food for lunch, pizza for dinner and ice cream for dessert.

To avoid letting myself slip like that, I try to reward hard work and strict eating with a planned treat. This way I look forward to whatever it is (like Sizzle Pie this weekend!!!) and stay focused until I get to that point. It’s also a lot easier to just have that one treat and not throw the whole day away eating bad foods.

I also find it is important to plan rest days in my workout routine. It is very very easy to burn out with both diet and exercise if you push yourself too much. Rewarding yourself, in moderation, but frequently, will keep your mental health in check and make long-term health management much easier.

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Acceptable Food Lists

November 29, 2011

PhotobucketYears ago, (2008ish) when Missy Elliot dropped a bunch of weight, I had read that she followed two diets. Unfortunately, I cannot find any good articles on this now, but I wanted to write about the idea anyway.

I find myself doing this: I have a general diet of foods that are my usual go-to acceptable diet foods, and then I have a small list of stricter really-trying-to-drop-weight foods. So, I’ve decided to post my lists so you have an idea of what I’ve been eating:

A List (stricter)

Snacks
Cashews
Pistachios
Peanuts
Almonds
Almond butter
Peanut butter
Celery
Dark chocolate
Red Wine
Gin
Tea

Breakfasts
Flax seed oil
Frozen mixed berries
Soy milk (unsweetened)
Bananas
Eggs

Lunch & Dinner
Coconut oil
Onions
Garlic
Broccoli
Spinach
Bell peppers
Chicken
Fish

B List (more lax)

Snacks
Cashews
Pistachios
Peanuts
Almonds
Almond butter
Peanut butter
Celery
Dark chocolate
Red Wine
Gin
Tea
Apples
Sorbet
Vegan ice cream
Whole wheat toast
Popcorn

Breakfasts
Flax seed oil
Frozen mixed berries
Soy milk (unsweetened)
Bananas
Eggs
Vegan cereal

Lunch & Dinner
Coconut oil
Onions
Garlic
Broccoli
Spinach
Bell peppers
Chicken
Fish
Gluten-free pasta
Vegan pizza
Rice

Basically the difference between the two is the amount of carbs. Usually I follow A pretty strictly during the week, and find myself on B on weekends or holidays. A is also my key diet if I’m trying really hard to get into a new dress size, or want to drop weight a bit faster for an event or specific goal/date.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

November 28, 2011

PhotobucketSince the holidays are upon us I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post some lower carb recipes that provide alternatives to your traditional meals.

I am amoung a very small faction of people that doesn’t care much for potatoes, so I am a fan of this recipe simply because it contains cauliflower, but if you’re watching your starch and also like potatoes, than this is for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.

Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.

Hint: Try roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh rosemary for a whole new taste.

Since I no longer eat dairy I’d try subbing vegan cream cheese and nutritional yeast in place of the Parmesan.

Measurement Monday

November 28, 2011

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All of my measurements are the same this week EXCEPT my calves got bigger? Yeah, I’m a bit frustrated by this finding, but it has to be muscle gain. Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday I walked/jogged/ran 23.8 miles. I ate a bit on Thanksgiving, but was very good the rest of the weekend, so it haaaaaas to be muscle.

I guess it’ll be awhile before boots fit after all.

  • Waist: 32.5″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 38″
  • Thigh: 24.5″
  • Calf: 16.5″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

Rainy Day Resource

November 27, 2011

PhotobucketLiving in Oregon I experience A LOT of rainy days. Most of the time I can get myself outside anyway, but my friend from high school (middle school, really), Rose, turned me on to the BodyRock.TV website.

Lots and lots of indoor workouts that require minimal equipment as well as message boards and diet and recipe ideas.

This is my new go-to when it’s super stormy outside and I don’t really want to leave my snuggly flannel sheets in the morning. If I can talk myself into doing just one of these workouts, I can usually get into it and do three or four.

Exercising Away from Home

November 26, 2011

PhotobucketThis is one of the most challenging things for me to keep up on. Whether I’m staying at a hotel with a gym, at a friend’s house overnight, or with family, I never really want to exercise.

Not because I’m unmotivated to move around, but because it is such a hassle. I don’t want to tote along extra workout clothes, get them super sweaty, then have to pack up gross clothing and have it sit until I get home.

But, lately I’m at the point where missing a daily workout makes my whole day off, so I’ve devised some ways to get exercise in when I’m away from home.

  • If you are staying with friends or family, it’s great to ask if you can use their laundry facilities. Hotels usually have laundry services (which are expensive, but if you can afford to stay in a hotel with a gym and laundry service, you can probably afford the laundry service too).
  • If you don’t have access to equipment, the easiest type of workout is walking or running, so bring some proper shoes. I actually could bring my rowing machine if I knew I’d have room to use it, and could workout even if it’s really bad outside, but running or walking have been fine as well.
  • Invite others to come along! If you make plans to walk with someone else you are a lot more likely to get up in the morning and actually do it.
  • Keep things consistent. My only goal for this weekend is to get at least 30-minutes in doing something active each day.

Friendly Fire: Revisited

November 25, 2011

PhotobucketOne of my very first posts on this blog was about something I like to call Friendly Fire, and I’d like to take a moment to reflect on this subject.

It can be hard to be around your friends and family when you start to actually look different from losing weight. I don’t feel that I look very different because I see myself every day, but there was a time I was much larger than most of my friends and now I am smaller than several of them.

When this happens, the people that care about you, and mean well, see the change and it causes them to reflect upon their own body image, diet, and exercise habits. Often I see several of my friends that want to lose weight making poor decisions. They don’t keep me from working out or eating right, but they unknowingly say or do things that can hurt my motivation.

It is already hard to want to get up at 6am to go running when everyone else is asleep. Or, to eat salad when the person next to you is eating a delicious bowl of pasta. But, it is even worse when those same people make comments about your choices as if you are doing something wrong by caring about your health. The important thing to remember is that if these people really are your friends they don’t mean what they say, AND if it bothers you tell them about it. Your friends and family want you to succeed and if anything you can use your motivation to help them make better choices too.

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