Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One Reason I Haven't Been Blogging

This is one of the reasons I haven't been blogging lately. I have a new sport that I am enamored with! I am so focused on the kickbox workout that I rarely look at the clock. It is a great cardio workout and seems to fly by. The only negative is I have less time to blog. But how can you argue with burning more than 600 calories in an hour?

And I almost forgot to mention, the kids are in full rehearsal mode for Sleeping Beauty. I need to master the "no flash mode" on my new camera. Only one week left and they will be performing! They will be singing and curtseying and bowing and waltzing. Wow. It is coming together and will be fantastic! I am so impressed with the depth of local talent!

Tomorrow I am heading to our nation's capital for an 8th grade trip as a chaperone. I hope to get some interesting pictures and look forward to being with my daughter and her friends. I bet there will be a few bloggable moments. And I hope to teach myself a  bit of crocheting or knitting on the bus ride. Wishing you all a fun~filled memorable weekend.

And to my ski (water and snow) buddy, Di, Happy 40th Birthday! I will be back to celebrate with you!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Healthy Eating, Part 1

As I have mentioned in a few of my posts since January, I have been working with a personal trainer to increase my strength and be ready for summer water skiing. Here are a few reasons I chose this route:

  • perform exercises that are necessary for building strength
  • perform exercises without overuse or injury
  • seek a higher level that I cannot achieve on my own (ie, I need the push)

I also hoped to look more fit and fight the aging bulge battle. The beginning was really difficult. I was very sore and could barely do the exercises as they were given to me. It  didn't matter if it was push-ups, leg lefts, squats, lunges, you name it and I was weak! I can see that after 16 sessions, I am definitely stronger.

During one of my workouts my trainer suggested that I use the Livestrong web site to track my calories. Of course, I ignored it and decided I didn't want to be "that committed". After a few days I started eating a bit healthier and then started looking at the web site: I then signed up for a free account and having been tracking the calories eaten and the calories burned. Today is Day 10 of tracking every morsel that I eat. I have a very modest goal of losing 1 pound/week. The site tells me how many calories I can consume each day to achieve my goal. It is around 1500 calories. I have really had to change a lot of my eating patterns. It hasn't been easy, but I am starting to see results in only a short time. I am cooking some very interesting foods and although they are really healthy, they have been delicious, too!

Roasted Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips, Onions, Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts. ~Recipe here~

If you are struggling with your weight and want to see why, then I would encourage you to start tracking what you eat (every morsel!) and you will begin to see whether or not you are truly eating healthy foods.

Quinoa with sauteed carrots, celery and onion. Prepare quinoa according to box and then sautee in a bit of olive oil. I sprinkle on a bit of Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime (salt-free):

I am going on a class trip to Washington D.C. with my 8th grade daughter in a few days and I am a little nervous about being away from my healthy foods. Of course I will pack some snacks and we will be walking about 30 miles in 3 days! If any of you have suggestions of healthy things to eat while dining out, I sure would appreciate the tips!

After a recent trip to the grocery:

A pic that my oldest took with my new camera of me with hubby. Don't know why but I really love this photo!

Thanks for all of your comments and prayers for my Mom. She has gotten through the first chemo treatment and will be having another this week. Of course the chemo journey is a very difficult one, filled with a lot of pain and ups and downs. I am proud of how well my Mom is doing and it just shows that a good attitude is important. She is sporting a new wig and my Dad is doing well, too. The kind thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

I am hoping to get back to my anti-procrastination list very soon. I am excited about spring! I am nervous about spending a long weekend with 8th graders. Wish me luck!