Category Archives: Eating Right

Mission: Possible

It’s December 1.  In my mind, the first of anything (month, year, whatever) means you get to start over!  Sadly, I tend to take advantage of this fresh start every single month.  I’m hoping to end this vicious cycle in December – a pretty ambitious undertaking in this holiday month.

Step One – The Plank A Day Challenge.  I wholeheartedly plan to continue this challenge that I started participating in on November 27.  A big problem with my body (which is carrying over into my running) is that I have a very weak core.  I am hopeful this will help.

Step Two – 10k training.  I started running in April and participated in five 5k races this year.  My goal for 2012 is to run all 10ks.  I’m starting a training program that will help me gradually increase my mileage until I am capable of running 6.2 miles.  Undertaking a running program in December in Michigan is probably not the the best plan, but it is possible to run outside most of the winter, plus I do have a gym membership which gives me access to a treadmill.  I HATE going to the gym (I bought a lifetime membership to a gym when I was 18 and I almost never go) but I’m going to need to push myself to take advantage of it this winter.  Maybe the planets will align and we’ll be able to purchase a treadmill this winter.  What?  It could happen.

Step Three – Eat better!  Food is my downfall.  What can I say, I’m a Polish girl who was raised to love food.  I was never that girl who ordered a garden salad on a date.  I’ve tried every diet in the book, dabbled with being a vegetarian, cut out sugar – they all failed.  Withholding food will not work for me.  The key is going to be portion control and moderation.  That is what I will be focusing on this month.  I also want to be more diligent about limiting (or avoiding) alcohol during the week.  I need to get out of the habit of coming home from work and cracking open a beer or pouring a glass of wine while I’m cooking dinner.

That’s it.  Simple enough, right?  Tonight I’m supposed to run two miles.  But I woke up with a head cold this morning.  And I have a hair appointment tonight.  Doomed to fail right from the start…

Do you like to make a “fresh start” on the first of the month?  What kinds of goals do you set?

Building an Ark

Apparently, it’s monsoon season here in Michigan.  It has rained non-stop since Sunday and this morning Mother Nature threw in a little snow to go with it.  Streets, lawns, backyards, basements – all flooded.  I had to take an alternate route to school this morning because the freeway I normally take was shut down due to flooding. 

Flooded Southfield Fwy 11-30-11(source)

Thank God we got our roof leak taken care of last week and we’ve had no problems during the current downpour.

Yesterday started off decent enough.  Breakfast was a smoothie of frozen banana, frozen mixed berries, coconut milk, vanilla soy protein powder, Chia seeds and plain Greek yogurt along with a tumbler of Tazo Awake tea.  Lunch was leftover cheese tortellini with marinara, spinach and pesto.  When I got home from work, I wasn’t really hungry and I had no ambition to cook anything.  Thanks to the aforementioned rain and flooding my evening run was out (I really need a treadmill), so I hit the floor to do some stretching and get my plank in for the Plank A Day challenge.

Plank(source)

Then, I poured a glass of wine and laid down on the couch – big mistake.  I had no desire to do anything after that.  I did manage to make my daughter a cheese quesadilla before she went to soccer practice and my husband and I enjoyed a ghetto fabulous dinner of nachos (tortilla chips and melted cheese) with a side of avocado (for me – he won’t touch the stuff).  That in itself isn’t horrible, but the five mini Reese’s cups that I inhaled shortly before bed pretty much undid my day.  I blame PMS.

I slept pretty good until 3:45am when I woke up to go to the bathroom.  After that, I could not fall back to sleep.  The alarm went off at 5:30am and it took everything I had to climb out of my warm, cozy bed.  I did manage to get up and headed off to school.  Only one more class this semester!

Runners, do you run on a treadmill in the winter?  Or do you continue to run outside in the cold and snow?  Do you own a treadmill or do you go to a gym?

Any fellow students out there?  How is your semester going?  What are you studying?

Unplanned

This wasn’t supposed to happen until 2012, but I guess it’s fitting that I carry my motto of being consistently inconsistent over here.  I like fresh starts (maybe a little too much) and I just couldn’t wait 34 more days to break in this blog.  If you read my “other blog that shall remain nameless,” you’ll be seeing my retirement post over there soon.

In a nutshell, Thanksgiving was a food and booze fest.  I stupidly weighed myself on Wednesday morning and then again on Saturday morning.

I gained four pounds.

I’m really not surprised, considering I ate enough food and drank enough beer, wine and hurricanes to choke at least three horses.  Everything in moderation?  Um, not so much this weekend.  I did manage to run 2.5 miles on Friday but that was pretty much it.  Naturally,  I woke up Sunday feeling like a cow so my all consuming urge to eat healthy and exercise kicked in.  This will last for approximately four days.

Sunday morning I made quinoa cereal.  I like quinoa and have been looking for other ways to eat it (other than as a side dish at supper or mixed into a green salad) so I thought I’d give this a try.

Quinoa Cereal (adapted from Whole Living)

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1/2 cup rinsed quinoa

1 tsp honey

Pinch of ground cinnamon

1 sliced banana

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 T chia seeds

Sprinkling of sliced almonds

Directions:

Bring milk and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan.  Simmer, covered, until most of the milk is absorbed, about 14 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in honey, cinnamon and dried cranberries.  Top with sliced banana, chia seeds and almonds.

This was delicious and super filling.  I will definitely be making this on a regular basis.  It’s a nice change from oatmeal.

Lunch was a spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and pepper jack cheese and a slice of leftover pizza with pepperoni and cherry peppers.  We don’t eat a lot of red meat but we were all pretty sick of poultry so I cubed up two strip steaks that I had in the fridge and made a quick Beef Stroganoff with a side salad for supper.  This Beef Stroganoff recipe is the easiest you will ever make.  Take 1 1/2 lbs of stewing beef (or cube up any cut of beef you have on hand) and mix it up with one can of Cream of Mushroom soup, one packet of dry onion soup mix (I used onion mushroom this time) and about a half of the soup can of milk.  Stir it all together until all the beef is well coated.  Spread it all out into a baking dish and pop it in the oven at 375 for about 45 minutes.  Serve over egg noodles or rice.  I add a dollop of sour cream and a dash of hot sauce to my serving.  It’s delicious and very satisfying.

It rained all the live long day.  I kept waiting for a break in the weather to get out and run but that break never came.  Normally, I would have used this as an excuse to stay on the couch watching football, but around 3:30 I got up, threw on my shoes and headed out the door.  I ran 3.1 miles in 35 minutes in the rain!  It felt great.  I was soaked and my hair was a wreck when I was done but I didn’t care.  I guzzled a glass of chocolate milk, took a nice, hot shower then made supper in my pajamas.  I celebrated my running triumph with a glass of Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc.

I had a hard time falling asleep (thanks to the 2.5 hour nap I took) but I think I was out by 11:30.   I sure wasn’t happy to hear that alarm go off at 5:45 this morning…

Did you overeat this weekend?

Do you tend to start a new diet or exercise plan after Thanksgiving?  Or do you just wait until the first of the year?

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