My good mood is due in part to my better food choices these past couple of days. Things haven't been what I'd call ideal, but they are a big improvement over what I was doing. Tonight at dinner I wanted a second piece of french bread. I was already full, I'd made a white bean and chicken stew in the slow cooker and it was very filling (and healthy!). So I talked myself through the bread urge and didn't eat it. Each little good choice adds up. My confidence is coming back, and most importantly, I feel so much better eating this way.
So on to a little exercise review. Yesterday (Tuesday) I went to the gym and ran for 3 miles. I increased my speed to 6.4mph with 7.4mph intervals. Normally I do 5 intervals at 2 minutes each during my three mile run - at minutes 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25. But I'm trying to ease up a bit on my body this week so I only did 3 intervals - at minutes 5, 15 and 25. I'll do these three intervals for a maybe a couple weeks and then add in the rest eventually.
After the run I did back/biceps/core. I felt good as I went through my routine. The gym really is my happy place. I went home to make dinner, teriyaki chicken with rice and veggies. I've been a bit obsessed with zucchini lately. I cut it up in 1/2 inch chunks, heat olive oil on high heat and then add the zucchini with some diced garlic and onion and salt/pepper. I stir it around initially but then leave it so the sides get a nice searing. It cooks up quick and is so tasty! Quick, healthy and tasty - what more could you ask?
So today (Wednesday) was my day home with the kids. I managed to get away for a few hours for a little side project I'm doing. I'm writing profiles of local fitness-oriented businesses for my local online newspaper. The upside for me is that I get to try out a variety of businesses and then share my experience. I'm interspersing the business profiles with interviews of fit people, focusing on how they got/stay fit, how they deal with challenges, etc. Hopefully the stories will motivate people to get in shape or try something new or otherwise have some positive impact. It's not a paid gig, which is nice because if it were I'd feel all this pressure, which I don't need.
I interviewed the manager of The Dailey Method as my first business profile. I'll post the link on my FB page once the article is up. Originally I thought I'd cross-post them here too and may still do that. I took pictures to go along with the article, which also scratches my shutterbug itch. That one posted above with the Don't Give Up phrase was one of the pictures. Obviously I didn't take the ones of myself but I'll include a couple of those too. Is it strange that I'm the only one smiling?
|Seems I should be rolled back a bit farther?|
The bottom picture is evidence of why I need a tummy tuck. I don't think anyone would question me if they look at that picture. Those rolls won't go away any other way. Ugh. Wanting a tummy tuck is better than looking at that picture and thinking I need to lose weight, right? And my arms...nope, I won't say anything. Nada. Zip.
After The Dailey Method I ran some errands and ended up at a shoe store. I found some New Balance Minimus shoes on clearance. I don't intend to run in them, they are zero drop with almost no cushioning and I'm not ready for that yet, but I'm planning to walk around in them to build up strength in my feet and get used to the feeling. Plus, they're really cute. I should take a picture while wearing them to give you a better idea. They are a tiny step above slippers.
After the errands/shopping I came home and worked in the yard for a while. The weed situation is now completely under control in the back yard but I still need to finish up the front yard. We're getting ready for spring as well as Marek's birthday party in March.
Speaking of March, it's going to start off crazy. Miguel is going out of the country for a week and it's got to be one of the busiest weeks I'll have all year. The timing is horrible but he had this opportunity to go with a friend and we had no choice on the timing. I've got several mothers club events plus some volunteering. Oh, and Marek's 4th birthday party the day after Miguel gets home, meaning I'll be doing all the prep work for the party. Not entirely, my mom has agreed to play co-parent during much of the week so I don't lose my marbles and end up sobbing in a corner during the candle blowing ceremony. BTW, can you believe Marek is turning four? I can't. Good lord I've had this blog for a long time. He wasn't even a twinkle in my eye when I started.
Which reminds me, my WW anniversary, 2/15, just passed. I started this journey 6 years ago. My blog will be 6 years old in about a month because I started blogging about 1.5 months after I started WW. Smartest move ever. Not sure I'd even be here if it weren't for all the introspection that the writing helps pull out and refine. Maybe I should celebrate with a cake? Mmmm, cake. On that happy note, I'm wrapping up for the night.