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Relying on Leftovers

Posted by NPolak Nov 18, 2008


I am getting to where I despise leftovers for the simple fact that no matter how hard I try, eventually some of the food ends up in the trash at the end of the week.  I cook smaller meals, and that's when it would have been nice to have something extra to eat for lunch the next day.  I always have good intentions with all my leftovers, but then procrastination sneaks in coupled with the tantalyzing cravings of a new day.  Why eat that old stuff when I can make something newer and more exciting??  When dinner's done, in go the leftovers, hiding the previous leftovers from my view.  Before I know it, my fridge is full, and then begins the process of what goes and what stays.  Or worse, what do I eat right now?  I have sometimes taken my leftovers for lunch with good intentions.  When it comes time to eat it, however, I fall short.  It lacks appeal.  I'm bored.  Let's eat something else today!  Can you see how this goes no where good?



This morning I ate some corn casserole, courtesy of a ham dinner I had on Sunday.  I guess it's fairly healthy, since it's only got corn, eggs, and some spices.  But that made me wonder, just how healthy do you have to be in choosing what to re-heat and eat, and when?



I've determined that all foods CAN be eaten at any time of day, just not necessarily DESIRED at every meal.  For instance, my mother can't stand anything sweet in the morning.  I was never one to eat steak and eggs for breakfast (although I've tried it since that viewpoint and decided it is actually pretty tasty if done right and with the right sides, etc.!).  I never thought that you could make a meal out of nuts, but I found out just yesterday how effective that can be.  I read on here that 20 almonds equals a snack, 50 equals a meal.  I did an experiment and ate 31, and thought I would burst.  That was at 3:30; I was full up until 7 p.m.!  Interestingly enough, I had a lot of energy and became a cleaning freak.



But back to my corn casserole.  Was it a good choice for breakfast?  Let's see.  I ate it at 8:30 a.m., and it's now 11:22 a.m.  I've not had anything else in between, and I'm getting hungry at this moment in time.  So on the fullness standpoint, not bad.  I did drink 8oz. of white tea, and have been sipping water.  I consumed corn and eggs.  I got a couple of servings of veggies, and some protein/dairy.  I could have done some rye toast and fruit or fruit yogurt, and maybe called it even.



I have to think outside of the box with my leftovers if I want to get the most use from them before they're stale.  Eating them at different meal- and snack-times is a plus in my book.  That, and having other ingredients on-hand to create some new dishes with them is helpful.  Maybe now I can start wasting less and at the same time have a waist with less!



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Battling My Demons

Posted by NPolak Nov 18, 2008

I have my work cut out for me if I want to achieve fitness and well being.  I have moments of weakness (who doesn't?) and the following are my tendencies I am going to try hard to weed out:


1. Not drinking enough water.  As I speak, I am chugging water as much as I can stand.  I am more mindful of this when I am at work, because I have a gigantic water bottle and no other beverage options while I'm here.  It's at home where I often fail to drink when I should.  The only drawback in drinking more: the need to pee more often! 




I like tea, hot chocolate, and an occasional alcoholic beverage or soda.  Tea moreso in the winter, and ironically I just read an article on here about different teas that are healthy and went out to buy some white tea.  I plan on drinking an occasional cup of white or black tea, and maybe some camomile if I have insomnia.    I don't like the taste of green tea, so there is no love lost in avoiding it altogether. 




I only drink alcohol for special occasions or maybe once a week with my hubby for football games or if we go out to dinner, and only up to 8 oz. in on sitting.  My body can't handle anything more than that.




Soda I want to eliminate from my diet entirely--I did this for a total of 5 years and seemed to keep my weight down, and it's taken me another 5 to realize this!  Case in point: I drank 1 1/2 glasses of Coke on Sunday and when I weighed myself the next morning, I was 127 lbs!  Talk about instant water gain!  I will try hard to avoid it when the craving hits.  This will be a challenge on my pms days, and ones where I have low energy.  And, well, with hot chocolate, that goes with my second vice...




2. Too much caffeine.  I am a chocolate fiend.  I could eat chocolate at every meal if it was an option.  Yet, at the same time, I've found myself sometimes lately feeling like chocolate doesn't sound good, or tastes too sweet.  Therefore, I've avoided it.  During pms and stress-induced times, after meals, or during the mid-afternoon slump will be my worst times to battle the cravings.  I don't drink coffee, so I've always had to depend on my natural ability to wake up each morning.  But I have two reasons for wanting to stop eating/drinking anything with caffeine: eliminating water gain that leads to cysts, and aiding in my weight loss.  I guess I'll just have to keep doing my wake-up yoga stretches and try to get plenty of sleep each night.




3.  Eating breakfast last-minute.  The funny thing is, I get hungry often, and wake up with an appetite each morning.  However, I usually procrastinate eating anything until after I take care of everything else in my daily ritual of getting ready for the day.  I know this is not good.  What's worse is there are days when I run out of time to eat, and then force myself to wait until I can grab a snack mid-morning, or even worse--wait until lunch.  I don't eat a whole lot for lunch, though, and end up getting hungry mid-afternoon.  Snacks are not always available.  Which means, I eat a snack at home, or eat a meal equivalent to dinner by 4 p.m.  So then later I am able to a small dinner.  And then I'm hungry again for a snack before bed!  You'd think with the metabolism I seem to have, I'd be thinner.  I was always hungry growing up, which was the brunt of family jokes.  I am still that way, but it is not making much of a difference.  So that tells me it is all about my breakfast habits as of late, and I have to work on that.




4. Missing vitamins.  Let's just say mommy-brain has been the culprit here.  I have chewable vitamin supplements that taste great, I just don't always remember to take one a day.  I know, I need to do that.  It's not like I eat all the servings as indicated on the pyramid, so I'm sure I have low levels of things my body needs.  I do want to eat a more balanced diet as well, so I try to eat frutis and veggies as snacks.  Most recently I read about rye bread being a great option to those of us who can't stand wheat bread.  It's alot more palatable.  The benefits from eating better will improve my exercise performance and boost my mood.  I guess mommy-brain makes me forget this at all the wrong times.




5. Bad posture habits.  Doing yoga helps me be more mindful of the way my body is aligned, but even so, I have issues to work on.  I have scoliosis, and it twists my back up that much easier if I've moved wrong.  I get pinched nerves, sciatica on my right side, and leg imbalances when my hips shift.  I dislocated my knee a couple of years ago from standing too long while working in retail, and recovery has been painful.  It subluxes if I don't have a pillow between my legs at night, or if I don't sit properly.  Curse my loose joints from childbearing!  I have to fight to keep my shoulders back, and tummy tucked in.  There, I just sat up straight.  If only I can keep doing that.




I'll have to constantly come on here to remind myself of these flaws and make a conscious effort to live healthier.  It is the only way I'll be able to stop avoiding these issues.  This is going to be hard to keep myself in check!



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Stretching My Core

Posted by NPolak Nov 18, 2008


This week I am starting a strict regimen of upping my core strength, so that I can take my running plan to a new level and see my belly rolls of fat fade out quicker! for the plank pose for the bicycle stretch



I will refer to these as I go along, to see how I progress.



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My goal is to get the most out of exercising, while losing weight and getting loose skin from childbearing to firm up.  So far, I've been doing the couch to 5K program, and am on week 4.  At first, I didn't think I could do it.  But each day that I've followed the plan, I have surprised myself.  It is a great feeling to have such accomplishment, and I am excited to see the difference once I complete the last week.  For helping me sleep better and to have energy in the mornings, I found some bedtime yoga and wake up yogaboth to do from bedwhich have been very helpful, and take only 5 minutes to do.  I find that in doing those even on the days I run, I don't have to do further stretches before/after my workout, because I am already limber.


Exercise is not something I am new to.  In high school, I did step-aerobics daily to improve my stamina and keep toned.  But a hectic lifestyle pulled me from that 3 year regimen, and ever since I have been touch-and-go with various exercise plans.


I have done tae-bo, and successfully made my scoliosis flair up.


I did yoga throughout pregnancy, which sometimes helped, but I definitely saw the benefits when recovering from my c-section.  My lungs were in great shape, and I was able to walk around just 24 hours after the procedure.  I then went on a c-section recovery pilates regimen for 3 weeks, which helped me return to normal quicker.  Alas, my body fat at that point did not return to normal, and I've battled the problem ever since--now almost 5 years later.


I did regular pilates a few times, but quickly burned out.  I pushed myself to do more yoga, but found I needed more time to do it and didn't have the room to move around freely.


For a while, I did some resistance-band exercises, which helped.  I noticed some trimmed areas along my legs and arms.  But nothing has ever really helped my mid-section. 


But now I am going to follow some of the advice I've read through several of the articles on here.  In between the days of running, I am going to do the plank pose for 30 seconds, and the bicycle stretch for 10-15 reps.  Here's to a healthier life...

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