Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 123 – Weekend Foodporn

I like the idea of making Saturday Fitspo and Sunday Foodporn weekly posts. It’s so easy to get to the weekend and feel like it’s time for a break. There’s nothing wrong with treat meals and days off of exercise (you do need some recovery time) as long as you get back on track the next day. And since most people take those breaks during the weekend, that’s the perfect time to get the fitspo and food porn pictures out there so we’re more likely to get back on track come Monday.

I wonder how many odd searches will lead people to this blog as I talk about “food porn.” >.>

Food porn Breakfast

Start your day off right!

Food porn FruitFood porn FruitcupsFood porn SaladFood porn SandwichFood porn Sushi

Day 122 – Weekend Fitspo

Just some inspiration for the weekend!

Training Is Opposite Of Hoping

Krystal sent me this one. I love it!

Nothing Looks As Good...

I always hated the saying "Nothing looks as good as THIN feels." It's not true. Being HEALTHY feels good, no matter how thin you are. Losing some weight is a nice side-effect for some of us.

Fuck Being Fat - I can change this if I want to!

Fuck Being Fat - I can change this if I want to! AND I AM!

Ripped And FitDid You Know - MuscleFitness: Taking Your Power BackGet Pumped

Day 120 – Weigh-in #17

Weekly Weigh InThe bad news is that I haven’t lost any weight this week. The good news is I haven’t gained any, either. My body is feeling slimmer again, though. My jeans suddenly feel significantly looser, especially in places where they had been just a touch on the tight side. I have two pairs of capri pants that are allegedly the same size (HA!). The nice fall-weight wool ones fit PERFECTLY. The lighter-weight cotton ones are still a little tight, but that’s mostly due to the cut. I have a gap in the back of the waist band, but it cuts in a little at the sides, and pulls across the front. Translation: There’s not enough curve cut into the pants for mah hips/booty. If that area slims out just a little, the pants will be just fine. Of course, you can’t tell your body where to slim down next. Stupid body!

I’ve been doing better about eating more, although some days I still feel like it’s hard to eat enough. I’m back to tracking everything on SparkPeople.com which is a huge help in both tracking and planning.

My biggest problem at the moment is finding things that I WANT to eat. So I got some chicken breasts, right? I go to various recipe sites to look up something to do with them, and find lots of recipes like “Creamy Chicken Casserole” or “Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake.” I’m sure they’re quite tasty. And I’m sure that if they’re portioned well, they’re healthy enough. But I’m trying to stay away from that because I probably won’t portion them well, not to mention I’m trying to stay away from pasta and the like. I’m just getting tired of grilling/baking chicken and fish and steaks and having them with salad and steamed veggies.

Don’t get me wrong. I make some KILLER salads. My favorite is still baby spinach with strawberries, avocado, and mandarin oranges (or mango, as I discovered yesterday). Sometimes I’ll add some goat cheese crumbles or dried cranberries, but I like it as-is. And I don’t like salad dressing, so this tastes perfect to me. It’s fresh and healthy and reminds my taste buds that I LIKE healthy food and it doesn’t have to be bland to be good for you.

A guildie just turned me onto Gina’s Skinny Recipes: Skinnytaste.com and I’ve already found a few recipes I can’t wait to try. I’ve also joined the forum at NerdFitness.com for a new source of motivation, although I’m not the type to post a lot.

That’s about it for now. I also kicked ass on a mock interview for school (to practice our interviewing skills) so I’m pretty happy. It had be wired last night, so I’m feeling a bit worn down now. I still have raid later tonight (we’ll hopefully down Ragnaros!) but I think when that’s over I’m going to work on getting better sleep!

Day 119 – Recipe: Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I like to have “raid cookies” on hand to nibble during raid nights. I’ve made ginger snaps before, but then found this recipe. I made them last night, and they were pretty good! They tasted like a variation on the baked oatmeal, and were in cookie form. They’re definitely best warm.

However, I did make a few changes:

I used Mott’s No Sugar Added applesauce.

I put aluminum foil on the cookie sheet and sprayed it lightly with Pam cooking spray to make sure they wouldn’t stick.

I used pure maple syrup and a bit more than the recipe called for (for a total of about 1 Tbsp) and some brown sugar (about 2 Tbsp, packed). Mind you, I was taste-testing the “batter” so these are not exact measurements. Might have been a little more or less of each.

I was able to make 12 cookies, and then split them with Ktok. I didn’t feel bad at all about eating these! It was like having oatmeal in a dessert form as a raid snack!

Day 118 – What to say?

Willing Is Not EnoughI’ve been in this blogging rut where I feel like I’m back to repeating things over and over again. I know I started this blog for myself and I shouldn’t worry if people are reading it/what they think of it. At the same time, I do worry. There are so many good weight loss, diet, fitness, and self-improvement blogs out there that I can’t help but think that I could have one that’s just as good–if I could just figure out how. The end result is I tend to stop blogging because I’m comparing myself to them.

Yeah.

After all my posts about “Compete with yourself, not with others” and “Support others, but do what’s right for you” I get caught in the trap of semi-competition with others over blogging.

You know what? I’m going to try to go back to posting every day. But if I don’t have something to say, then I just don’t have anything to say. So maybe instead I’ll just post some motivational pictures without any accompanying text. Or a link dump. Whatever works.

As for myself? Well, on the exercise front July felt like a bust. And so far, August hasn’t started that great either. But just because July and the beginning of August wasn’t so great doesn’t mean that today has to follow the same pattern, nor tomorrow, nor the next day, nor the next….

On the plus side, I’ve maintained weight. I feel like I’ve lost some muscle (not a lot but some), but I don’t feel like I’ve gained much in the way of fat. However, I do think the weight balance from the muscle loss is from retaining water because I haven’t been drinking enough. It’s funny how not having a fresh water filter will turn you off of drinking water.

Some other things I’ve been thinking about in regards to this health journey:

I really need to eat more. And obviously not just empty calories, but I definitely need more.

I do really enjoy exercise, and have to remind myself of that every day. I’m not going to get fit through wishful thinking, though. I actually have to DO it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I’ll be in a year. I definitely want to reach my goal weight (or at least, size–I’d rather be a lean and muscular 130 than a weak and unfit 110), and wondered, “What then?” I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a personal trainer certification at that point. I’ve been having this fantasy that I’ve gotten my body to the point where it’s clear I’m not just a case of lucky genetics, but I obviously work out. And that I’m working at a job where I have to tell someone who wants to do something at a certain time that I’ll have to check my schedule because that’s when I go to the gym. Then they ask, “So…what’s your secret?” Then I smile and hand them my card and say, “A lot of work, but it was worth it.” I don’t know if I want to actually train others, but the idea of getting certified is a motivating goal.

Finding a gym. There’s one across the street that seems decent enough, but what I really want in a gym is one that includes a pool. Growing up, I swam competitively on our summer swim league. I wasn’t that great (although I usually did pretty well on the butterfly–but I think that’s because so few would swim that stroke) but I enjoyed it. I just really want to have the option before I actually join a gym and sign any kind of membership contract.

You’ll note that a lot of my thoughts focus on “WHEN I reach my goal” not “IF I reach my goal.” I will do it. And I will do it in a timely fashion. Sure, if I hadn’t borked up July, maybe I’d be 10 pounds closer right now. I’m not worried. The day I stop thinking about it is the day I’ll get worried.

All this said, I need to stop writing and get to my workout. I’ve been making some good food lately and put it in the fridge so I have no excuse to not eat well.

There is no making up for lost time, but there is making the best of the time you have.