20 February 2010

Something new

I have really gotten into reading foodie blogs lately and I thought I'd give it a try as a way to curb my food intake. I found that by paying little attention to food I have taken to eating too much of it. So I thought I'd do like the foodies do and take pictures of everything I eat. It makes for long posts but it sure is a way to hold yourself accountable. So here is my first attempt:

The day started at my normal work time because of a function at school this morning. I was very hungry and so began the day with a banana and peanut butter

By the time my event was over, at around 10:30, I was starving. Luckily Hubby was home and hungry and making lunch. One of my favorite things, chili dog:

with onions and jalapenos - Yummmmm!!!!!

Around 2:00 I was craving a snack. I grabbed a little dried fruit I had left over, which I forgot to photograph, and Hubby pulled these babies out:



Soybean poke - the best. It's got chili sauce and garlic, sesame oil and mirin. Delish!!!!!  A handful of these and I was set.

That was it until dinner which I forgot to take a picture of.  We took the dogs for a walk and came home to backed chicken, macaroni/potato salad, steamed asparagus and fresh avocado.  Ummmmm....yummm.....

I have to say this little experiment worked today.  I rethought things I considered eating because I didn't want to take a picture of it.  Interesting.  I've also decided to record every bite I eat for lent. I actually got that idea from another blog but I liked it so much I decided to steal it.  Unfortunately I forget where I got it or I would give them a link.  Oh well.  If I stole it from you I'm sorry and let me know and I'll link to you.

Now I'm off to find some car insurance companies that also insure homes. I hear you can get big discounts if you have all your insurance together. I'm off to check it out.

I am not pleased....

I have fallen into some sort of negative pit and I don't like it. I am generally a very happy, positive person but lately I'm feeling very negative. Negative about the house. Negative about my job. Negative about myself. I am not normally like this and I do not like the feeling at all. There is a blog I read and the writer is totally over the top happy, happy. Everything is wonderful, sunshine, roses, all the time. It really makes me ill reading it. I was reading it last night though and it hit me. I dislike this blog more than normal. That has to do with my growing negativity. So I have to stop it. And I need to stop it today. My life is awesome!!! Completely and totally awesome!!! I have a fabulous job that I love, while a lot of my friends are unemployed or underemployed and searching for work. I have a fabulous new car that I adore. I am buying a house. How lucky can one girl get? I even have a job that let's me make extra income from home. Things are fantastic in my life. Yet I tend to focus on the bad stuff. On the troubles and the things that may not be as good as others. Hello!!! Get over it!!!! I know that this focusing on the negative adversely affects my weight. When I am positive and happy it's much easier to lose weight and work out. So starting today, right now, I'm back to the positive. I will see the positive in all things and I will focus on that. My life is awesome and there are lots of people who would kill to have my life. I am sooooo lucky!!!!

17 February 2010

When will I learn???

I have not worked out the last two days because it's been super cold in the morning and I just could not drag my butt out of bed. Well, now I feel like crap. I'm tired and I feel fat.....When am I going to learn that working out is not optional. It's just not.

I was searching for something on the interweb the other day and I came across some acnezine reviews. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Well, against my better judgement I'm going to bed. I will get up and work out in the morning!! I will!!! I will!!!!

North Shore

Yesterday we ended up taking a drive up to Haleiwa on the north shore of Oahu. It was beautiful. The kind of day that reminds me why it's great to live here. It also makes me long for summer and getting into the ocean again. I can't wait until we move. We'll be very close to a Tae Kwon Do studio - I'd love to get back into martial arts - as well as a community pool and a really nice beach. I can not wait to get back into being active. I look forward to it. If I don't start getting active soon though I'll be looking at discount diet pills. I slept in this morning and didn't work out. Have got to break that habit. Now though, I am tired.....

15 February 2010

I'm cooking

Again.... This is getting to be a habit :)

So a couple of weeks ago I made a soup recipe using the crock pot. It was a veggie soup with beans and sweet potatoes and carrots and celery and spicy seasonings and it was good. I ate it almost everyday for lunch along with a sandwich and I found it filling and satisfying and extremely nutritious. Last weekend I didn't do anything like that and I found myself struggling for lunch everyday. I hate that. I much prefer to have something ready and know what I'm taking. Make it too hard and I'll eat crap every time. Probably because I make my lunch at 4:30 in the morning and thinking is not my strong point then. So I put another pot of soup on this morning. It will cook all day and then I will divide it up into 4 servings and have lunch everyday. All I'll need to grab is a sandwich and I'm good to go. I'm happy because I'm setting myself up for a week of success.

Yesterday was a bird club meeting and it got ugly. There is one member who is just a royal pain in the patookie. She kept asking the same question over and over and over.... She wasn't getting the answer she wanted so instead of accepting it she just kept asking it. I swear everyone there needed a wristech blood pressure monitor since tempers were running so high. Hopefully we have settled that problem and can move on.

Today I have some things to do, nothing strenuous though I do need to get some lessons written for the week. I'm off to shower and wash my car.

14 February 2010

Back to the regularly scheduled insanity

So I've been watching my eating and working out fairly regularly and it's making a positive distance. However I am learning relearning things as I go. For example, for 3 days I restricted my food choices to veggie stuffs during the day. I would have smoothie for breakfast, salad with egg for lunch, fruit for snacks. For dinner I would eat a small amount of meat, veggies and some starch. It was good and I liked how it made me feel except after 3 days of eating like that I was exhausted. I had zero energy. I quickly realized that I need some more carbs during the day and possibly more protein. So Thursday and Friday I adjusted my meals slightly adding meat and carbs at lunch and wala, I felt much better. So when I go shopping today I'm going to get stuffs to make sandwiches for lunch. Pair that with a nice salad or some soup and I should be just fine.

I also rediscovered the absolute uselessness of sweets. Although they taste good they offer nothing at all to the body. Yesterday I went to a seminar and they fed us lunch. There was chicken and salad and it was good, but they also offered dessert which I indulged in. That was a mistake. I have not eaten sweets in over a week and I could immediately feel the affect they had on my body. Weird. Not only did I get a little bit sleepy but in an hour I was hungry again. Though it really wasn't true hunger because the only thing that would satisfy it was more sweets. It really is amazing how the body works. Go for a couple of days without eating anything sweet and then eat something and feel how your body reacts. It's no wonder we have an obesity crisis in this country.

So I figure if I keep playing with my food consumption I will hit on some diets that work, diets as in ways of eating not necessarily restrictions. But right now I'm off for my favorite part of the week, long dog walks. See you later.

Monsoon season has arrived

and we got our first rain yesterday. Actually, it's still raining a little this morning. It wasn't a lot of rain, but it was rain....