School is back in session and that means bento lunches on a more regular basis. I forgot to take a photo of the actual bento so this one will have to do. We had some rice balls, shrimp and crab sticks in the bottom tier and and carrots, tomatoes and baby bell cheese in the top tier with a small fruit salad of kiwi, strawberries and raspberries in the little puppy container. Over the summer I ordered us some new bento supplies to surprise her with so this was the first time Samantha saw the orange bento box and the new lunch box. After she opened everything and spread it out she said "This is paradise!". I know she loves these so it makes it more than worth my time to spend the extra time to make these for her.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I did it. I set some fitness goals at the beginning of the year as a part of my journey to a healthier life. One goal was to get off of blood pressure medication and the other was to participate in a 5K. I have been working on achieving this goal for quite a while. I knew I wasn't ready to run the full course, but I knew I could run part and walk part. The local Y was having a 5K Run/Walk and I decided I was ready to give it a go. Saturday was the big day. For some reason I was more than a little nervous. I am not sure why, I have been practicing this same distance for a while and improving my time. I knew I could do it. I think it may have been the fact that even though I have lost over 40 pounds I was still the biggest person there. Also when I got there, there were all these runners that looked a lot more prepared than I felt. Kip gave me a little pep talk and reminded me that I had been preparing for this and could do it.
I do most of my training indoors, either on a treadmill or an indoor track. Even though the race was at 8:00 am, it was already hot. That slowed me down a little. The Y had set up water stations at a couple of points on the course. On TV when you see people running races they run past those stations, grab a water and never slow down. I know myself a little too well to even attempt that, I know how clumsy I am! So that slowed me down a little too. I really wanted to finish in under an hour and even with those factors that slowed me down a little, I had a time of 55:21. Other than finishing in under an hour, I had no other time goals that I was trying to beat. I have been doing that same distance quicker than that most days, but all things considered, I was very happy. Next one, I will just try and beat that time.
See that smile on my face? That is the smile of a person that set a goal, worked hard and achieved it! It is the smile of a person that no longer sees herself as broken and weak. The smile of someone that knew she was strong enough to do this. The smile of someone that was looking into the face of someone that believed in her as she crossed that line. I think Kip's smile was a big as my own. He know how hard I have worked and wanted this. Having him there meant more to me than I can describe. I am proud of myself for what I did, but to be acknowledged by someone that knew what a struggle it was to get to this point meant a lot.
I am sure you tell in this picture how much I am leaning to one side. I do that when I get tired and the more tired I get the more I lean. That is the main reason that I use a cane on occasion. I was tired at the end of this and it showed. But I was happy that I had done it and that I had finished. This was a very big deal to me for several reasons. A little more than a year ago I wouldn't have been able to make it to the end of the parking lot without a cane and on this day I did the full 3.1 miles with nothing but my determination and the backing of my training. I knew I was strong enough to do this.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
We decided to buy a grill while they were on sale for the Fourth of July. I have had gas grills in the past but have never cooked on a charcoal grill. I knew that the flavors could be better cooking this way so my vote was for charcoal and that is also what Kip preferred so that is that we ended up with. A decision that neither one of us has regretted either. We have grilled most of our meals since getting it too. I have been seeing lots of grilled pizzas in magazines and online so when I got fresh basil in my CSA basket I knew I wanted to try making a classic Margherita pizza. I made a pizza crust the way I normally do, rolled it out and then threw it on the grill. I was surprised at how quickly it cooked. But man oh man that was the best my pizza crust has ever tasted. With all fresh ingredients this pizza was simply delicious and will definitely be a repeat!
Two more days until the 5K!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
We had a nice long weekend trip to Indianapolis and just returned. It was an interesting time trying to incorporate my new healthier lifestyle choices while on the road. I did preplan some meals and snacks. While that meant that I had to take a long a cooler of food it did help me stay on track. Normally during the 5 hour car trip we make a couple of stops at convenience stores for snacks and drinks and bathroom breaks. I had packed snacks for both of us so we were good there. What I found really interesting was that even though we both had healthier snacks with us neither of us even snacked that much. I had made a bag of trail mix and we both ate some and then Kip said he was full and asked me to move the bag so he wouldn't be just mindlessly snacking. I realized I was satisfied too so I put the bag away. I always read in the car so in the past I would do lots and lots of mindless eating.
I also took along my toaster and some bread and yogurt for our breakfasts. I know the hotel where we stay has breakfast available, and even though there is usually "wheat" bread to make toast, I didn't know if it would be whole wheat or not. Plus I know that I have a huge weakness for breakfast pastries and I knew they would be there too. Since we ate in the room it gave us some extra lounging time and I wasn't tempted by the honey buns! Since we were on vacation, I did eat some nice dinners. Dinners that were above my normal calorie range but I didn't go crazy and just order with abandon either. I also didn't feel the need to eat everything on my plate either. I stopped when I was full.
We did do a lot of walking but I didn't not get in any solid exercise time. But that's okay. It was nice because I have built up my endurance and the walking that we did was pleasant. In the past that wasn't always something that I would have enjoyed doing very much of. I wasn't out of breath or even slowing down as we were walking. I know my body is stronger, and getting stronger as time goes by.
I did have a slight weight gain of 1.2 pounds. Honestly I was expecting that number to be a little higher just because I wasn't cooking most of my food so I couldn't control the extras like that amount of salt or butter. It's okay. I don't feel like I "failed" my healthy lifestyle change or anything. I had fun while we were gone.
Monday, August 8, 2011
One of my favorite things to eat and cook right now is Chicken Fajitas. Samantha and Jenna were eating dinner over here the other night and Samantha was very excited that I had peppers in three different colors. She had to have samples of each of them and then more samples to determine which one she liked better. I think the yellow ones got her top vote! I also added chicken, some fajita seasoning and some lime juice to the mix and the served them with whole wheat tortillas, rice and sliced kiwi.
I am still doing good on my weight loss journey. I am now down about 44 pounds total. Exercise is going well and I have signed up to participate in my first 5K in a couple of weeks. I think I am ready for that challenge. This one was listed as a walk/run so I thought it would be a great one for my first one. I know that I can't run that entire distance yet, but I can finish.
I went shopping on Friday. All of my clothes are too big now. I do have a few things that I had saved that were too small but mostly everything is too big. It was a great shopping trip. I picked out smaller sizes of everything. And everything I tried on fit.