February 18th Food and Exercise Journal

by Alison on February 19, 2010

This morning I managed to complete week 7 day 3 of couch to 5k.  I finished 2.67 miles in 35 minutes then rounded out the rest in 39.59 minutes (3.1 miles).  I felt good, I ended up walking a bit more to hit 4 miles total and 600 calories burned, which felt great, the ankle behaved itself and that was a super bonus.  For Breakfast I had yogurt, granola and fruit and for lunch more of that spinach salad, I’m loving my spinach salads at the moment.  For dinner we had leftover slow cooker kung pao chicken.  It was such a gorgeous day here in Seattle that I did my short 5 minutes out of every hour walks outside, in the sun! Sun in Seattle in February????? and people claim there is no global warming hmmmm.  It was short sleeve weather, in Seattle, in February!  It was glorious and I plan to do it on Friday too.

Lazy me didn’t get this post up last night so today while doing my blog surfing I read some great stuff on Did I Just Eat That Out Loud and I replied which got me thinking.  Here is the quote that got me thinking

I think my plan right now is to try to become addicted to endorphins. Think I can replace my fondness for that warm, edge-softening fuzzy feeling that accompanies an evening glass of wine with a workout high? Yeah, me neither. But I’m gonna give it a shot.

And here is my reply.

LOL I LOVED what you said about endorphins and wine, I love your honesty and humour and I am right there with you, I try but it’s not quite an equal replacement, but it’s not all bad either.  So I do the wine in moderation and get my exercise and find a pretty nice balance.  Thank you for the reminder that we all have to keep trying.
At one point I changed my weigh ins to Sunday in an attempt to make my weekends more structured but ultimately it led to feelings of frustration so I figure If I am good 5-6 days out of 7 I am ahead of where I was 2 years ago and that’s a good thing.  I do not aspire to be perfect, because I never will be.

Perfection is not something I let go of easily, I’m competitive, even with myself, want to know how competitive ask my sisters or my mother they will tell you, I hate to lose, even to myself.  So not being perfect was something that I had to come to terms with.  I can’t eat perfectly all the time, I’m human but learning to let go of that and be happy with doing well most of the time was a huge accomplishment and maybe one of the reasons this time I am losing because small lapses are not failures they are part of being human and when I look at them like this they remain lapses and don’t become relapses or worse collapses  where I give up in frustration talking about how diets don’t work and I’ll never be able to do it.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  If so let go of perfectionism it will NOT aid you in weigh loss efforts or even exercise.  If I still had a perfectionist mentality I would have worked out on Wednesday on a sore ankle and probably ended up hurt losing several days instead of just one.  Perfection is not everything and not your friend.

Ate 23 of 25 points. Earned 6 activity points.

Breakfast(6.5) –Yogurt(3), granola(3), mandarin oranges (0.5)

Lunch (6)–Spinach salad with slivered almonds, feta (5), cantaloupe (1)

Dinner (9)–Kung Pao Chicken (5), brown rice (2), snow peas with sesame oil (2)

Snack (1.5)–pudding (1.5)

Running Weekly totals used 28.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 28 activity points

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Nicole, RD February 20, 2010 at 7:12 AM

I think it’s great you’re competitive with yourself! I run a bit further so that I can have that glass of wine..haha 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Biz February 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Wow, I think that is a great time for 3.1 miles!! Way to go! 😀

Alison February 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Thank you, it’s slow but that’s ok I’m just getting there, once I can do 3 miles easily I can work on the time more.

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