May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
This month my foodie penpal was Amber. The stuff she mailed was awesome. This was the first time I received FRESHLY baked goods! I love it when I get a note telling me why they sent particular items and how I can use them. Amber sent me a chocolate chip banana bread that, as she explained, her family loves to eat with peanut butter. She sent me a loaf of the bread with a little packet of Peanut Butter & co’s Dark Chocolate Dream. Spread on that banana bread….so good. The fiancee helped me out with the banana bread…had a hard time keeping within the weightwatchers points with that.
She also sent some pure maple syrup and apple butter that are locally made in a nearby town. I love it when I’m sent local items from my penpal’s home town. It adds such a sweet touch.
Thanks to Amber for the goodies! So thoughtful!
May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have a new goal! Waiiiit for itttt…
Over the past few months i’ve had no motivation to exercise or work on my health consistently. In December my girlfriends and i all enthusiastically purchased super expensive hot yoga packages. I stopped going on feb 29 and my attendance was pitiful in the meantime. February i got my butt to the gym for a new membership….and went three times to date. March i rejoined weightwatchers with the goal of losing 25 lbs but did not manage this well. Ive lost 6 lbs and regained 1, honestly, not bad. I’ve been averaging about NEGATIVE 50 pts per week…not exercising, and using all (plus many) extra points. To my own credit, im still tracking everything everday. Research does show that those who track their intake lose more weight, even if they are over -calorie goal. So ive got that going for me….which is nice.
When it comes down to it im just flat out lazy so making any sort of effort to exercise would be unlikely…would be easier to make a bejeweled unicorn appear and perform cartwheels.
lazy + no immediately attainable goal + no plan of action + food around me = no action, ergo failure. Such an ugly word.
Sat here thinking earlier that i (and most successful- goal – reaching people) require sips rather han the proverbial fire hydrant explosion of water in order to complete tasks. Weight loss is no different. I broke it down by means of some savvy math i learned in 2nd grade. If my goal is to lose 25 lbs in one year, that means i only have to lose 2 measly pounds per MONTH. TWO per MONTH, 1/2 lb/ week, or 0.07 lbs/day. That is the most attainable goal i’ve ever set for myself. Which reminds me that iVe never really set attainable goals in the past hence the failure. Lying to myself thinking that just because i have a wedding dress to fit into now so just lose 25 lbs is moronic. Seriously. Who can be expected to lose weight without a stepwise plan? Im much smarter than this so why did i wait so long to apply elementary school math? Again, im lazy, so there.
So there i have it – an actual plan instead of a useless list of exercised and foods i will eat/not eat this month. I can now incorporate exercise to my semi-successful WW plan and not get pissy if i lose just two lbs per month bc my goal is…..TWO pounds each MONTH, not 25 lbs in one month. I’ll probably dabble in some hot yoga, running, and light weight training. Totally attainable. For once i have a solid plan , with more details TBD…but the most important one is set. 🙂
How do you set weightloss goals?
May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
Pretty neat experience. Joined FoodiePenpals and was matched up with Lindsey (@simplyshep) and Jill @eatingpath2yoga (my recipient). Patiently awaited the arrival of this mysterious package. Invited my sister over the day that I opened it up….so exciting! Here are a few photos of my April gifts. Lindsey sent me some pretty healthy snacks!
I also got a pretty great recipe from Lindsey. So cute.
Lindsey’s Oatmeal Recipe:
1/3 cup rolled oats
Can’t wait to find out who my May foodiePenpals will be 🙂
February 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
Awesome. Up 17 pounds since June. Was/am very down about this, self-pity, possibly a lick of seasonal affective d/o (?), absolutely zero motivation to control my weight. I’m a chronic complainer but non-action-er; not a good trait with those important things in life. Last time I posted, my goal was to track on sparkpeople and get more yoga in my schedule. Since then, I’ve barely gone to yoga but a handful of times despite an astronomical monthly fee, joined another gym closer to work, and continued to eat like a boar, not to mention failing to track meals. Recipe for shitfest.
I do not respond well to non-constructive, insulting criticism as noted in my first post, so I’ve been exquisitely lucky to have an incredibly encouraging, loving, and motivating (OXFORD COMMA, HA!) boyfriend this time around. He reminds me daily that I’m beautiful just the way I am but I absolutely do not feel beautiful. My clothes are even tighter, my face is more full, and I’m always exhausted, spiraling into even lower level of motivation. I feel like a failure with every look in the mirror or put on a pair of jeans. Forget the skinny jeans. Vicious cycle. Oh, and my appetite is atrocious. I could eat another full meal right after finishing one, always have room for dessert, and have been cooking even more non-healthful recipes…mainly butter-laden junk. It’s awful.
Well, thanks to my sister’s awesome boyfriend, I changed gym locations and even had a personal training session…Meh. What felt amazing was going to the gym and creating my own workout routine last night. I haven’t been this excited to exercise or take care of my health in a LONG time. Feels so good to have that motivation back. Thankfully, I have an incredibly supportive family who will need to heavily rely on for continuing motivation and healthful habits. Will continue with the Hot Yoga but discontinuing the renewal membership at the end of the month. Continuing with the gym and home work outs when needed. Found some great FREE workouts from women’s health and fitness mag…they will be a staple. Might even re-join weightwatchers with my mom.
wish me luck!
December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Since the last post may changes have come about; great boy, progressed to second year of residency, travelled to California for the first time, and gained an S-TON of weight. Gained NINE lbs!! Was working nights only, discontinued weightwatchers because of cost and basic lack of commitment, and haven’t set foot into a gym in almost 2 months. I feel like crap, my clothes don’t fit, and my face looks bloated. I need to start looking and feeling better in my clothes. It also wouldn’t hurt to feel more confident naked.
Goal is to lose at least 10 lbs by March, when Z and I go on a cruise for vaca. That gives me 3 months, paced, that would allow about one pound per week. I want to look the way I did at this time last year. I was hot and in amazing shape….not so much anymore.
Changes I’ve made over the past two weeks and those to come:
(1) gradually started working out. Starting light with hot yoga several times per week, accompanied by co-residents to keep me motivated. I’m paying an exorbitant fee for these classes but I’m banking on the team effort and peace it brings me, to make it worth it in the long run.
(2) started using SparkPeople to track my food. I am throwing out the weightwatchers POINTS mentality. It’s practical for longterm loss but doesn’t come for free and I also feel like basics will always be basic – why pay to use a site that counts my calories? Regardless of the “research” behind their methods, weight loss will always be about calories in < calories out. I don’t need a site to limit the fats/proteins/carbs I’m eating because calories will add up just the same. Despite this, I will start doing my best to limit my carbs, but I won’t replace that with more protein or fat….just more veggies and a but more fruit. Best part – it’s FREE!
(3) Brought my work-out DVD’s to Z’s apt and he wants to start working out with me. I suggested P90x together, he agreed. It won’t be a daily activity but we’ll do it when it’s convenient and works with out schedules. We’ll see how that goes.
(4) My parents got us an elliptical for the apartment. My gym is close to my parents house so I haven’t been able to make the daily drive an quite frankly haven’t had the motivation to go. I’m discontinuing my gym membership when it expires in Jan, and will use the new machine as often as I can. Will really miss the way spin class made me feel but perhaps I’ll find local classes to attend periodically – which will probably become way too pricey in addition to the hot yoga fees.
(5) limiting the amount of artificial sweeteners, Starbucks, and dessert. Holidays are going to be less exciting without the treats but hopefully a slimmer waist will make up for that feeling.
(6) revisiting Twitter as a motivational resource. I need it now.
(7) using that technique I used several months ago of documenting my work outs on a calendar. I need to show myself that I’m doing this and that I’m sticking with it. Worked great in the past and I know it’ll work this time.
What do you think? How have you guys revamped your habits after a huge set-back?
May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
I feel relaxed and fulfilled, realizing how lucky I am to be able to say that I just traveled abroad to visit extended family in EUROPE. Just returned from a trip to Hamburg and Paris (oooh la la!) where I was able spend much-needed QT with family and explore both the historic and ultra modern parts of both cities. To describe my trip in one word – FREEING. It was my first vacation after almost EIGHT months (since my last week of time off) of intern insanity and not a singe two day weekend since that time. It was needed and well deserved.
The most remarkable part about all of this, keeping with the purpose of this fitness blog, is show how I managed to stay on track while enjoying traditional Afghan and European meals. I was actually terrified to go; I know my appetite and the fact that I was traveling to food & wine-rich places with opportunities to eat my way fat again was almost overwhelming. I am also proud to say that I come from a long line of talented cooks who know their ingredients and NEVER measure. While this is a blessing, it’s also hell for me because once I taste a morsel of well-made Afghan food, I find it almost impossible to control my portions. I was also going to spend a considerable amount of time with my cousins so I was fearful that we’d frequently go out to eat and that I’d have a hard time controlling my cravings from the flavor and lipid- heavy menu options. Point is that I didn’t think I had what it would take to control myself in Europe and basically didn’t trust myself to make smart decisions. Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
My tactic once I arrived at Manchester airport: Simple, really. Just followed the Points system. I didn’t want to spend the money on an internet package for my phone so I picked up a few paper trackers during my pre-trip weigh-in.
- tracked EVERY SINGLE bite I ate. And I mean every, from each bit of cucumber to chocolate croissants
- I did NOT limit myself because I knew I deserved the hell out of this trip and I was not about to leave without tasting some things I had dreamed of, I just tracked each bite
- Walked almost everywhere, except taking flights, driving from one city to the next in which case we either took the train or my cousins drove
- made sure I had a bottle of water with me at all times and made sure to drink at least 3 daily
- told my cousins that I was trying to keep track of what I was eating (love my family but regardless of how Westernized my family is, all Afghans have the same habit when it comes to feeding your loved ones…they pile food on your plate regardless of whether you can eat it or not and love to buy snacks/food for you everywhere you go)
- made sure to keep some homemade trail mix with me just-in-case
- took the stairs where ever possible; train stations, museums, the Eiffel tower where I was determined to take all 669 stairs to the second level, and the hotel room in paris…which was on the 13th floor
- only had one dreamy cup of cafe while in Paris (I’ve been
poisoncoffee sober for almost 2 months! Living off of a daily venti iced unsweetened green tea. Coffee/espresso makes my stomach feel like i’ve released a piranha in it)
- wore comfortable, practical shoes so that I was able to get the most out of my trip without developing painful feet
How have you stayed fit while vacationing?
Here are a few tips to review (which I should have done before I went abroad) if you’re about to embark on a trip abroad: