Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

Monday: Salmon tacos
Tuesday: Honey Glazed chicken
Wednesday: Tomato basil pesto pasta
Thursday: Cafe Rio chicken
Friday: shrimp caesar salad
Saturday: dinner out with girls
Sunday: Easter dinner

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

5 Miles

This week I ran 5 miles without stopping for the first time in my life. It was tiring. It made my knees hurt. I mean, it made all of me hurt, my the hurt in my knees lingered. I ran sprints on Wednesday, and then I was done for the week. Yesterday I was still having pain walking on the stairs. I am hoping that I can run again tomorrow. Here are my lap times for my first historic 5 miler.

Mile 1-12:37
Mile 2-13:04 total 25:42
Mile 3-13:03 total 38:45
Mile 4-12:52 total 51:38
Mile 5-12:48 total 1:04:26

I hope I don't have to retire now.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Memo to Me

I just need to have a little discussion with myself.

Did you forget that this was a journey of health?
Do you realize that your weight loss is a bonus of good health?
Are you seeing that sometimes your body takes a little break before it lets more weight go?
Do you know that you have lost 63 pounds in 5 1/2 months?
If you don't love and respect yourself, who will?

I have avoided posting over the last month because I did not lose any weight. I was ashamed. I was hard on myself. However, I still made healthy choices. My mind is still made up that I have changed my body and probably added years to my life. As my husband pointed out, I have just taken 16 years of fat off in 5 months. That is incredible.

Due to my pride, I have missed out on recording some great runs, one of them being my 10:25 minute mile. I am sorry to my 4 loyal readers. I will not disappoint you or myself again. This will be a lifelong journey for me and I want as many people along for the ride as possible. It is hard for me to watch people who I love not be concerned about their health, just as I was for so long. I hope to be a good influence.

Stay tuned for info. on todays 5 mile run. Wowza!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

We did better this week. Both the parmesan chicken and chicken a l'orange were good. I left a roast in the crock pot on Sunday for the family, and Orson made gravy all on his own. I'll be posting my gravy tips soon on the Next Generation Cooks. Have a great week.

Monday: Fajitas
Tuesday: Beef pot pie
Wednesday: Grilled salmon
Thursday: crock pot chicken
Friday: homemade pizzas on whole wheat pitas
Saturday:teen girls and I eat at YW broadcast
Sunday: breakfast for dinner

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

We did a terrible job of following our menu last week. I don't know what it was. Oh well, luckily the weeks just keep coming. My kids are on Spring Break, so we'll see how it goes. I am transferring much of last weeks menu to this week.

Monday: chicken and steak fajitas
Tuesday: Baked chicken parmesan with spaghetti squash
Wednesday: homemade pizzas on mini whole wheat pitas
Thursday: Chicken a' l'orange
Friday: BBQ burgers and hot dogs
Saturday: date night
Sunday: Nathan and I in Tuscon for gymnastics state championships. Family to eat elsewhere.

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

We only had 3 of our 6 planned meals this week. That makes this week easier to plan. They hawaiian haystacks were an ordeal. My new rice cooker took forever to work. I don't know what the deal was. Plus the chicken gravy was so thick. I don't think it needed quite so much flour. I will have to experiment, because the older 2 kids loved it.

Monday: Baked chicken parmesan
Tuesday: chicken and spinach lasagna (premade chicken and spinach ravioli from Sam's club layered with Ragu)
Wednesday: homemade pizzas on mini whole wheat pitas
Thursday: Chicken a' l'orange
Friday: Breakfast for dinner
Saturday: date night
Sunday: BBQ chicken and steak (3rd tries a charm, right?)

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.

Pathetic Excuses

We all do it. We make excuses for why we do things or can't do things. I have spent a lifetime making excuses. It was apparent today as I was running. I was making excuses even to myself. If I can't even be real with myself, then I am in trouble. Here are some of the pathetic excuses I told myself.

It's too hot. (in 4 months it won't even be this temp in the middle of the night)
I'm thirsty.
My new shoes hurt my feet (oops, I'm wearing my old shoes)
My ipod ran out of battery

In spite of these excuses, here are my lap times:

Mile 1-11:54 (running)
Mile 2-11:36 (running) total 23:31
Mile 3-11:35 (running) total 35:07
Mile 4-20:45 (slow walking) total 55:52

Life is all about choices. I am going to work on making choices instead of excuses. Here are some alternate thoughts about today.

I chose to wait until 2:00 to run.
I chose to eat pretty close to running.
I chose to put a water bottle out on the mailbox to quench my thirst.
I chose to drink too much and get stomach cramps.
I chose use my daughters ipod because the one I got for Christmas continues to sit in a drawer while I wonder how to make it work.
I chose to walk slowly on the fourth mile and enjoy the beautiful weather.

These were my choices. They will give me freedom. They are much more positive than excuses. This is a good thing.

Wanna join me?