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One month

I’m noticing that my weakness in terms of diet and exercise isn’t motivation or ability.  It’s organization and forethought.  I fall off the wagon when I haven’t gone grocery shopping and when I haven’t done the dishes.  So–I should go grocery shopping more often, and I should make a point of washing my dishes every night so I can cook up my meats, fish, vegetables, lentils, and fruits.

But, while my dieting hasn’t been going well, my exercise has been going brilliantly.  I *adore* running. I adore being outside in my park and meeting my neighbors (and their dogs).

Yesterday was my one-month un-niversary with The Man Who Dumped Me. I still think about him constantly–I even dream about him.  On the other hand, I’m seeing three men–Grimmy, Mr. Surrealist, and The Doctor (more on him later!), I’m dressing better, and I’m plowing through finals and school.

So it’s not all bad. Not at all.

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The crap:

Ate wildly and hungrily at a *magnificent* buffet spread after a troubling memorial service.

Proceeded to skip dinner.

Was tired and oogy for this morning’s jog/walk.

The victorious:

I didn’t back out of my jogging or running, even though I was poorly fueled and tired.

The Man Who Dumped Me *will* one day see me lithe and happier without him, and I won’t let a little thing like a binge at a buffet get me down.

Now.

Talk to me about shins and ankles.

How can I protect them from the thudding? Are there stride tips? Shoe tips? Independent exercises that I can do?

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Diet and exercise (to be updated throughout the day)!

Sixty-seven crunches and twenty-seven push-ups completed.

Thirty minute jog/walk completed (one minute of walking to five minutes of jogging). Ate a mango, some strips of bell pepper, and a few olives for breakfast.  Hiked for an hour and a half–an hour straight up, a half-hour straight down).  Ate spare ribs, a salad, and a frozen yogurt.

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Hateful dieting

I have changed everything about the way that I eat. Gone is the coffee with cream every morning. Gone are the granola bars, the freezer meals, and the cereals.  Gone is the cheese and bread.  Instead,

I eat fruit.

I eat vegetables.

I eat meat.

I eat fish.

I eat lentils.

I drink water.

I drink tea.

It’s been weird and strange and intense to move from casual, mellow eating habits to go to an entirely different extreme.  I have my fruits and vegetables delivered to my door from a farm.  I pick up my meat, lentils, and tea at the local Mexican market.  I don’t calorie count, but I watch my portions.

But, remember, I am a health nut now.  I am allowed to try to be as aggressively healthy as I can be. I like this diet. I’ve eliminated flour, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and corn syrup.  I know exactly where my fruits and vegetables were grown.  I’ve broken my addiction to coffee and I’m drinking much more water.

The Man Who Dumped Me cycles between cigarettes, coffee, and pot to regulate his mood; he’s rarely without one of those substances near him, being actively ingested.  Part of my revenge is going to best him at health.  He is maddeningly fit; I will be fit *and* nonreliant on drugs for my well-being.  He will shorten his life, and I will extend mine.

The Man Who Dumped Me lives near a lake with a path around it, three miles long.  Someday soon, I will arrive at that lake and run laps around it, and he will see me-and be awed by my fitness and health and prettiness, and his girlfriend (the woman he left me for) will feel anxious and insecure.

And, in the meantime, I’ve another date with Mr. Surrealist on Saturday.  He wants to take me to a Japanese garden!

And get this–although he lives an hour and a half away from me, he offered to come pick me up. D’awwwww.

And now—now, push-ups, crunches, and running/walking!

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Diet and exercise (to be updated throughout the day):

Twenty-five push-ups and sixty-five crunches completed. Thirty minute jog/walk completed (five minutes of walking to one minute of jogging).

Breakfast was a mango (so delicious!) and a cup of anise tea.

Lunch was a bowl of vegetable soup, a banana, and a cup of cinnamon tea.

It’s too cold to swim today, so I did twenty minutes of Crunch’s Candlelight Yoga.  Man, is my body stiff.  I’m realizing that I should do more of this, and I’m realizing that my second exercise session in the day should be low-impact, so swimming or yoga are ideal.

For dinner, I had a steak and a really good salad: carrots, spinach, hearts of palm, olives, and almond slivers.  Then I went for a long walk with The Blonde Fool.

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So, clear skin is a sign of youth and health and is therefore considered to be sexually desireable, since, hey, a person wants a healthy mate.  Since I’m all about making the guy who dumped me a piteously sad about not being able to pass on his genes through me, I’m all about demonstrating my youth and vitality–especially since the woman he dumped me for is several years older than I am.

Therefore, I have:

1. gone off of bar soap and am using a gentle body wash instead

2. am washing my face only in tepid water, to avoid irritating it with extreme temperatures

3. am washing my face first in water with my fingers, then with a foaming face wash

4. am exfoliating my face daily (and gently!) with a new, clean washcloth, and also exfoliating the rest of my body

5. am wearing unscented, dye-free lotion on my face and body

and,

6. applying sun screen religiously and liberally.

I’m also wearing scads of lip balm and have bought a hat to shield my face from sunlight when I go outside.  It should also be mentioned that I’m putting a lot of focus on eating a diet high in antioxidants (read: fruits and vegetables) and that I’m making lots of time for sleep.

I’m not necessarily sleeping much, since, hey, the man I love just left me and I’m confused and frustrated and really, really, really sad, but I’m making time for it.

I have, of course, a specific philosophy about skin care, but I’d be interested to hear about yours. What’s your take on keeping skin pretty?

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The daily log! (updated throughout the day)

I’ve started my day with fifty sit ups and eleven push ups.  I’m about to go on a twenty minute walk. (I’m back! It sprinkled on me a little bit! Do I get hardcore points?)

Breakfast! I ate an orange and a carrot, along with two mugs of hot green tea. I also cooked lentils and am eating them with chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lime juice.

(my food waste bowl is getting a little iffy under the counter there–better take it to the compost heap today)

Lunchtime-ish food eating! I went to a cupcake shop with a friend, so while she ate her cupcake, I ate a banana and an apple and drank mint tea. I’ll need a snack later, I think.

Da snack: (it could be said that lunch was a snack and that this snack is the lunch, but let’s not debate) boiled lentils with chicken bits, onions, and tomatoes–salted and peppered.  Drank a large glass of water after, M.J.B.!

Dinner: lentils and chicken bits.

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So, today, in order to jumpstart my day with an appropriate amount of vengeance, I cooked butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, kale, chopped celery, chopped ginger, and green chiles together in a big pot.  I ate them with green tea in lieu of coffee and went out for a twenty minute walk.

For lunch, I cooked chopped chicken breasts, onions, tomatoes, and garlic together and served them over brown rice.  I drank water along with it.

A few hours later, I did ten push ups and drank more green tea.

I’ll be telling you soon about my skin and hair care routines, and about my planned psychological warfare tactics.  This guy is going to feel wistful, oh yes.

Oh! Also, today I applied whitening strips to my teeth. Not tidily. But I applied them.  Pretty soon I’ll tell you what I had for dinner.

Edit: the promised update!  Dinner is a sweet potato, cold steamed greens, a miniature banana, a plum, and just a bit of beef jerky. I drank three glasses of water just before I ate; I was thirsty!

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