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29 April 2008 @ 12:53 am
It's like a bagpipe morning!  
Week4, no days skipped, yay!

I've been making an effort to buy fish lately. I do enjoy fish, but because of my eating habits, and also in part due to my laziness, I probably don't eat it as much as I should. The other week, I had some sole, and it was very tasty. This website has been really handy in helping figure out which fish are the smartest buys. Not nessesarily price-wise, but eco-freindly, renewable, non-toxic, etc. I bought some orange roughy for the singular reason that I remembered catching some in Animal Crossing once. I'd never had it before, and it was a reasonably tasty fish. I found out from this website that I really shouldn't buy this fish anymore! It can live to be 145, which means it is not highly renewable at all. It's a slow developing fish that is easily fished out.. the fishing methods damage the sea bed, and because they live so long, they have higher mercury contamination rates. Boo! So no more orange roughy. I'll stick to my sole and farm raised trout.

I've totally been buying chicken in bulk, too. To be honest, steaming some potatoes& broccoli isn't really what I would call "cooking" or a "meal" so I figured it was easier for me to balance out some sort of proper meal with a little bit of meat. I've been trying to follow the playing-card thing on the meat portions, and loading down the veggies. Overall, I think forcing myself to cook more is good for me... But I'm not exactly the shining example of healthy eating. Today I had some chips and some green tea ice cream. I'm pretty proud of myself as far as that's concerned, though, because I feel like I've finally gotten a handle on my biggest vice.. and that's Ice Cream. I love ice cream. Ask me anytime from when I was 5 to today, and I'd always answer that my favorite food is ice cream. It doesn't matter if you consider it a food or not. I could it it all day every day and not get tired of it. I got into a really bad habit back around my freshman year in college. I didn't have a fridge or anything in the room, so when I felt like having ice cream, I'd buy a pint and have to eat it all because I had nowhere to store it. While I had absolutely no problem with this, a pint is really 4 servings and like 1000+ calories. In one sitting, that's really not good. Fast forward a bajillion years, and I can easily make a pint last 3-4 servings now, which makes me very happy. I mean, I could totally sit and eat the whole pint still :P But I don't, and I feel like I have a better handle on that.

Next monday/tuesday-ish will be my 1-month weigh in at the gym. I'm really hoping I see some sort of results, or I'm going to be really discouraged. I know it takes time, but I feel like I've done a pretty good job so far. I haven't skipped any days yet, and while they suggest that you go 3 days a week on their program, I've been going 4. I can'd say I have a really structured diet, but I'm not drinking soft drinks.. and I haven't purchased any diet soft drinks since I started my gym membership either. I've been drinking so much water lately it's insane. The only other liquids I've had are the occassional diet tea... (still diet, not carbonated, better than diet soda I guess) and a few glasses of OJ. But seriously.. WATER!

So I really do feel like I've been giving it the old college try. I don't have to drop a ton.. but even 10 lbs in 1 month would make me feel so much better about things. I was thinking I really wanted to drop 30-40 by Afest, so maybe 10 lbs is way more than I should be expecting. Still, I can't help but feel a litte jealous that my work out partner (who weighs herself constantly& neurotically) claims to have lost over 20 lbs. I don't keep a scale in the house, and after only 3 week, yes, I still look down and see a fat person :P I do feel that I have a teensy bit more muscle definition, though. So if anything, even if my weight doesn't change this month I'd have to rationalize it by saying I've gained muscle mass. This is a good thing too, because it leads to a higher metabolism, more fat burned, stronger bones, and less chance of early osteoperosis.. but still.. I'd like to see somthing encouraging.. number-wise :P
 
 
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puppyfuupuppyfuu on April 29th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Ganbatte. If you've been moderating your portions and exercising more, I'm sure you'll see results. How much results is always a question and it often seems it's not as much as one might want, but keep at it. Like you said, there really is something to be said for building muscle too, it may not be totally defined or obvious yet, but it will start having an impact. I've unfortunately let myself get really erratic with my exercise lately (>_<) but hopefully I'll get better about that once the Japanese class ends in two weeks and I'm not as busy after work.

Anyway, good luck, and it sounds like you've been doing well so far! :)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 29th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
I have the absolute worst habit of giving up on this sort of thing before I've given it enough time to see results because I'm super impatient and I get discouraged easily. When I went out yesterday, I kissed my husband goodbye and instead of saying "I'm going to the gym," I said "I'm going to work," and I have no clue how that slipped out O..o If I stop having fun with it, though, and start dread going, I'm going to have trouble dragging myself down there. I'm not there yet, but it's always somthing I'm worried about
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Good Job
All that exercising should be doing something. With our trip and the holidays, I am fighting a 10 lb gain. It's still too cold here most days to enjoy a long walk.

If you go to www.fitday.com a free site, you can enter the foods you eat to see where you might be calorie wise and also whether you are getting the right nutritions. They have lots of foods entered and you just need to type in the food and then pick the one it applies too. Or if you are doing a recipie, type in the ingredients and it will give you a calorie count. It's good to journal you food for awhile to see where you are at.

Also I love ice cream and I buy the Blue Bunny bars, only 90 calories and helps to satisfy my craving. We do go to Chesters, the old A & W for a turtle sundae. You remember how good their food is? We only do this once during the summer when it is really hot.

Keep up the good work and you will hit your goal.

Grandma
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 29th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Good Job
I love blue bunny, but I don't think they sell them in Texas. Isn't that weird? Maybe I can get it at wal-mart, I don't know. There's a huge Texas chain called Blue Bell that takes over most of the freezer case at HEB. There's a brand called Skinny Cow that makes diet type ice cream that's pretty tasty. I love the ice cream sandwiches, but I don't buy them because I have a hard time eating just one. They're mostly fat free, and 140 calories... compared to the 200-somthing of a 1/4 pint of haagen dazs, but it's no good if I cave in and eat more than one if I can limit my HD portions. HD does have more fat than the average ice cream, which is why it's soooo goood. But I honestly don't want to start obsessing over restricting THAT, because I'll probably just obsess over it so much that I collapse and binge for a few weeks and feel horrible about myself. Baby steps