Saturday, 27 June 2015

Food Planning

I've always noticed I've done better maintaining or losing weight when I've been more prepared with buying and prepping food. For someone who worked in a kitchen prepping food for years and actually likes to cook I'm not so good at this. I get stuck in a rut. I cannot wait when I am hungry or I get angry. I end up cooking the same easy fast meals, if you can call them that, all the time. Cereal for dinner is not a meal! A pint of ice-cream is not a meal!
I'm currently going lighter on the exercise, to have a break and also to let my back heal properly before jumping back into working out. I always find it easier to lose weight when not exercising so much because I'm not hungry all the time. On the other hand not exercising also means I can't eat as much as I'm used to, so time to really watch what I eat!
Technology to the rescue. Instead of old pen and paper planning I decided to go with an app. I always lose my paper plans and shopping lists. I got Pepper Plate (free) which lets me import receipes, plan meals and make a shopping list on line or on my iPad.

I've had fun finding new things to try out. I'm trying to be realistic in my receipe selections. Would I eat it? Is it lowish calories? Is it made from real unprocessed foods? How much will all this stuff cost? Is there enough protein in it? Even with my selection process I've ended up scratching my head at some of the ingredients...liquid smoke (how is that even possible or non-toxic?).
I like that I can use the iPad as my cookbook when I'm cooking, it's not just a glorified social media source. 
Last night I made some crunchy zucchini with chickpeas and other good stuff. It was fun to make something new and nice to remember that I actually like to cook. So far so good. 
This weekend I'm going to work on preparing some meals or at least the longer parts (like baking a potato) and continue to try new recipes. If anyone has any good, simple vegetarian/vegan recipes feel free to share!!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Training week starting June 22nd

So I left my updates last week when I was in too much pain to do anything other than lie on the floor for most of the week. I couldn't even sit in a chair. Now I'm trying to let my back heal properly but its reached the point where I need to move to loosen it up and test it out.

Woke up too sore to do anything

30 minutes in the indoor pool at 7am. The pool was COLD but nice, especially when I spend >90% of my time too hot lately. I enjoyed the swim more than usual. Normally I'm tired from running when I swim, now I think my crazy mind is crying out for any form of exercise ha ha.

30 minutes walking with the pup in the evening and a little splashing in the river with his buddy to cool off.

30 minutes swimming at lunchtime in the outdoor pool. This was heaven. The first time in a long time that I was sad to leave the pool. The water was beautiful and the sun was shining, all 92 degrees of it. My shoulder was a bit tired after yesterday but I figure its a good way to build it back up while waiting for my lower back to be ready for weights again.

Rest and a little dog washing

30 minutes in the outdoor pool at lunchtime. It was 97˚F so the water was really nice. I'm starting to think that I could convert to swimming in the summer. So much better than barely staying a step ahead of heat stroke.

Martina was going to work for a short while so I went along and hit the outdoor pool for 45 minutes (and around 2100 meters, I think)  in between thunderstorms. It rained for a few laps, the rainwater was cold compared to the pool and even colder compared to the 95 degree air. 

Rest if you exclude the four miles I walked around the mall trying to find a dress for an event in a couple of weeks. My back has felt the best  today. I'm happy that it's continuing to improve and my time in the pool isn't hurting it.

I'm kind of proud of myself for making the effort to stay active this week instead of letting my back be an excuse but to be honest it was easy. Maybe my problem with swimming is the indoor pool, I'm so spoilt I want to swim outside all the time! I'm going to try a short run tomorrow and see how I do with that. If it's ok I'll mix it in with swimming for another week or two until I'm back to my usual schelude. Hope everyone is doing well :)