Gone since July?

Wow. Sorry about that. I still can’t believe October is here and it’s nearly over.

I’m alive. I figured no one would want to read about my wrecked knee for the umpteenth time. Wrecked knee = hobbling instead of exercising. Yep, even my walks are off right now.

Food is as yummy as ever. I’m not vegan, but close. I make sure all packaged goodies are vegan – bread, cereal, margarine, that kind of thing. Dairy destroys me and is easy to avoid, but eggs I crave.

That’s about it on the health front. Being on the sidelines has been somewhat entertaining. Balloon boy, racist JoP attempting to justify his crap, Rush/Beck/Faux News/neocon loons – you know, the usual.

Here’s to healing, love, peace, and being ourselves.

Rambling

I hit 40 the other day. Yeah, baby! I’ve been looking forward to 40. Reaching it meant I’ve outlived my dad and am smacking the early death curse into a corner. At least holding it back.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I fell off the wagon. Way off. The other day I got on the scale and was sad but not surprised to see 240 staring at me. I couldn’t play off being surprised because I know exactly how I’ve been eating and how little I’ve been exercising.

I’ve been thinking about my journey and I decided I’d go back to what worked for me as far as my eating plan. I pulled out my old Richard Simmons’ FoodMover info and am going back to basics. It’s an exchange program based on the old Weight Watchers plan (his words) and similar to the TOPS plan. It helped me get control of my portions better than any other plan I’d tried and I felt really good on it. When I can’t exercise (like this week – gotta love lingering injuries) I can still see a change on the scale and in my energy level.

I am 40 and fab, regardless of my weight. By 41, my inner hottie will be out for all to see!

Good, bad, or ugly, I’ll be posting more regularly. Til then, be well.

Two steps forward, two steps back

I took another tumble. I forget that my balance is nowhere as good as it used to be and that I can’t be moving without paying attention. Especially where heights are concerned.

I’m at 231 and holding. In a week or two I’ll be cleared to exercise full on again. In a couple of days I can get back to the elliptical.

Gah.

Dinner tonight: lentil soup (lentils, celery, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and water); massive salad with mixed green, cukes, tomatoes, celery, pepperoncini, & either fat free feta or a boiled egg.

Wednesday day 3

Whew! It’s hot out and inside today. I’ve been cleaning and packing pretty much since I crawled out of bed this morning. I got in my 8MM and after all this heavy lifting I think I may make tomorrow my day off instead of Sunday. Maybe. I haven’t decided yet.

Food has been ok, but I’ve had to make myself eat because I haven’t been hungry. For dinner tonight we’re having pasta with a garden vegetable sauce and a zucchini, garlic, tomato, and onion saute on the side. I’m going to water saute them and add a little oil just before serving, either a drizzle of olive or flax oil. I’d planned to make either pumpkin or flax muffins too, but it’s too frickin hot! Maybe after the sun sets I’ll go for it.

Where does DS get the frickin energy? He’s making me tired – biking, two basketball games, and now fooling about with his RC car – all in the three hours. Gah!

I may be back later; undecided.

I’ve been quiet, but busy

We’re house hunting. Well, we’ve put in a bid that was accepted and are now in the appraisal and inspections stage. Everything else is in line, so much so that we could close within 2 weeks of the appraisal. It’s terrifying and incredibly exciting at the same time. I’ll give a heads up if I have to disappear for a day or two to move.

On the food front, I’m doing better. I’m getting 6-8 servings of fruit and veggies a day and 100 oz. or more of water daily. I’ve also gotten a new pedometer and have been walking myself stupid. We even made a family day an active one – we took a tour of Ft. Sumter and walked on the beach afterward. Saturday I helped my brother and sister in law with their yard sale and got in some heavy lifting. I also got a reminder to get enough water on a hot day. I felt quite ill by the time the sale ended and it took many ounces of water, a cool shower, and a night’s sleep to feel better.

It’ s almost July, so I’ll have new stats to share on the first. So far it looks like June was a good month for me. But July will be even better!

BTW, June 30 is Please Take My Children to Work Day, a plea for a day off for SAHMs. It’s a great idea, and MommaSaid.net is the brainchild. So, give a SAHM, WAHM, SAHD, or WAHD the day off. A few hours off would be nice, too. It would be appreciated!

Monday wasn’t bad; bleah Tuesday so far

Well, Monday did start with some sad news. RIP George Carlin.

After a little bummed time, I got to work on my assignment. I’m feeling better (woohoo detox), but for some reason am not in the mood to eat well. It’s not like there’s nothing in here. I mean I cooked on Sunday – collards, brown rice, vegan sausage (Julie Hasson’s recipe), lots of salad fixins, okra and tomatoes, biscuits, and pancakes (plain for the kids, blueberry corn for me, and hubster will grab whichever he’s in the mood for). I made sure the fridge and freezer are stocked with yummy goodness – fruit, veggies, vegan chicken strips, veggie chick’n nuggets, various lean protein options for the omni family. Yesterday I just wasn’t feeling up to eating well, which is not normal for me anymore.

What has been normal for me is the need to jump from plan to plan when I’m not making the progress I want. I’ll stop eating my 5 + daily veggie & fruit servings, forget to exercise or take down the intensity level, pack in the starchy stuff, and throw in sweets while wondering why the scale has stopped moving. Instead of refocusing, I change my eating plan. From low carb to counting points to nearly vegan – all for the sake of dropping pounds quickly. I’ve learned that I need to eat a healthier, balanced diet, keep fat within reasonable amounts, and to not see anything as forbidden. When I make a list of naughty foods, I want them more.

With that said, I thought I’d mention Team Beach Body. I heard about the virtual fitness club an decided to join. After a month a joined the club and followed the eating plan. I started with a 1600 calories ‘low carb‘ plan, but it’s not an Atkins-style plan. It’s a balanced Zone or South Beach phase 3 plan and easy to follow. It’s how I generally eat, but with less fat, regularly-sized portions, and, lower fat. I retook the test today and it suggested that plan again. I’m not sure how closely I’ll follow the actual foods listed, but I will keep the fat, car, and protein content close. If anyone here is a member, feel free to invite me to a workout or two and add me to your list. You can get a better idea of what I’ve been doing so far by checking out my profile.

Huh. Tuesday is now looking up – we put in a bid on a house today and the seller is very excited about it.

Wednesday, my third favorite day of the week!

Hump day rocks! It’s a sign that it’s almost over. And this has been one of those weeks that I’m ready to end. It’s been stressful, and stress makes me want to eat. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that much today because my tummy is doing flip-flops. No, make that an entire Olympic-caliber routine.

I’m feeling every bit of the ick that follows a fatty & dairy-heavy day. I can handle a little cheese and maybe a dollop of cream, but a monster scoop of ice cream on top of full fat mayo on egg salad is too much. and let’s not forget the friend stuff.

A detox may be in order. But not today. I’m going for healthy comfort food and bunch o’ veggies.

B: PB&J on Ezekiel bread; coffee & water; supplements

L: McDougall Vegan Chinese chicken Noodle low sodium soup, bunch o’ steamed broccoli & cauli (w/ginger dressing for dipping), Crystal Light tangerine strawberry [2 g fat! Yay!]

S: chickpea ‘tuna’ salad, crackers, & coffee

D: tasted cookie dough; Veggie sub from Subway. I so needed the veggies & kitchen break!

And the cookie dough tasting was it. I burned the cookies while playing with the kids. Totally forgot they were in the oven. D’oh!

Totally vegan! Yay!

Ex: 20 minute walk, yoga