Archive | July, 2010

Running like the wind! Part 2

31 Jul

This morning I tackled the long run again that I did a couple of weeks back.

I downloaded the app Map My Run so that I could track the distance and time. Seriously. I don’t know what I’d do without my beloved iPhone. My manager told me about how his wife dropped hers down the toilet and I could have cried for her. Poor thing. I don’t know what I would do! Oh, woops, back to the running!

Turns out that the exact distance is 9.07kms and I completed it in about the same time as last time. I think I was slower on the way there than the last time but on the way back I only stopped briefly twice! I just pushed myself to keep going and got into a rythm. I was blaring my music and then this rush just came over me. My skin began to tingle and I started smiling manically. This must be the endorphin rush I had heard to much about but never really experienced (all I usually experience is pain!). I must have looked like a bloody loon but it felt seriously good.

As the starting point was looming in my vision I felt so proud of myself. I thought back to the days when I would hyperventilate from running just a short distance to when I ran around my block for the first time without stopping. Every little bit helped me get to where I am today.

Now I look forward to completing this run with only 3 stops or when I complete the run without stopping at all! I look forward to challenging myself to run further and longer.

My trainer/friend said to me, “Don’t you just love running now?”. Hmm, well if running is ready to get into a steady relationship with me, then I might find myself falling for it. The possibility is looking good.

Let’s discuss! What do you love about running?

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Losing teeth and aggresive sexuality

30 Jul

I had a crazy dream last night that several of my teeth came loose and I was flicking them out of my gum with my tongue and spitting them in my hand. One by one I flicked and spat until I had quite a collection. The sensation of running my tongue over the gum where the teeth were missing was so real that when I woke this morning I instantly starting feeling for any missing teeth.

I looked up on my dream dictionary app what it could mean. Trust me to have installed a dream dictionary app on my iPhone!

“Popularly, teeth are supposed to stand for aggressive sexuality – although more properly they signify the growth process towards sexual maturity. Teeth falling or coming out easily indicates we are aware of going through a form of transition, similar to that from childhood to maturity, or from maturity to old age and helplessness.”

Aggresive sexuality? Wow, that’s something else! But what stood out to me most was the awareness of going through a transition.

I think after writing My Story for the blog, it was a key indicator that I’m ready to drop my old life and embrace the new life that lays ahead of me. Which really is similar to a transition of childhood to maturity as I feel as if I’m finally becoming an adult (at 27!) and dropping my childish ways and attitudes. I’m embracing a healthy lifestyle not only to feel comfortable in the skin I am in, but also to ensure I keep diseases at bay and life a long and fulfilling life.

I love how dreams can really represent what you’re going through in waking life, whether you’re aware of something or it brings something out of your subconscious forward.

Do you ever pay attention to your dreams and investigate what they mean?

My Story unveiled!

29 Jul

I’ve been working on My Story in my spare time over the last few days, whittling away at it in lunch hours, making notes on my bus trips home on my trusty iPhone (god, how I love thee *kisses phone*) and reading and re-reading to make sure I had got it right.

It was quite emotional for me to put it all in writing and I’m still feeling nervous that I have  put it out to the world but I hope it helps and inspires those out there going through similar issues.

Please check it out – there’s a link called My Story at the top of the page.  Feel free to leave comments and feedback and thank you for following me on this journey.  God that’s so cliche… uh, thank you for following… my fat ass as it tries to get skinny?  Anyway, you know what I mean.  😉

Overweight.

29 Jul

I hate that word.  Yes, I am over the weight I’m carrying, thank you very much.  Thank you for putting a label on me!  I suppose it’s better than obese, a category I was classified as being under not so long ago.  But seriously, overweight?  I detest the word especially after how hard I’ve worked.

Yesterday we had health check ups at work.  I had my waist measured by the nurse and it was apparently 81cm.  81cm??  What tape measure are you using lady, as a couple of weeks ago at my last PT check-in I was 77cm!  And I haven’t put on any weight!  Granted, I’m a little bloated at the moment though, grrr… But in any case, I chose to ignore her.  She joted the evil number on my form and ticked the ‘overweight’ box.  Then she quipped, “The healthy range is a waist measurement of less than 80cm, so you’re almost there!”.  Mmm, thanks for that nursey.  I just smiled, took my form and hid the offensive number in a folder on my desk.

When I look at the healthy weight range for women of my height it says 57kg – 71kg.  So, if I’m really 77cm around the waist (shut it nursey, I am!) and weigh 78kg then what does that mean?  I’m kinda, sorta, semi-overweight?

Basically, I don’t think we can be defined by numbers or measurements.  I refuse to be defined by a number.  I know that I’m strong and fit and working my way towards an ideal weight range for ME, one that I have decided on, not one that has been decided for me.  And that’s all I need to know.   Rant over.

Something New with Pork Schnitzel

27 Jul

I had some lean, heart smart pork scnitzels at home and wasn’t really in the mood for crumbing them (or in the mood for the additional fat that comes along with it!) so I decided I’d roll them with some cheese, spinach and olives and add my new favourite sauce, horseradish sauce!  I took a photo thinking, “I’m not sure whether this will be all that tasty” but it turned out that it was!  So without out further adieu…

Pork with Cheese, Spinach and Olives

150g of heart smart pork schnitzels (you can buy them from Woolworths)

4 olives, sliced

A few baby spinach leaves

1 tables spoon of light tasty cheese, grated

Garlic salt

Horseradish Sauce

This makes enough for about 6 serves so store some in the fridge for another night.

1/3 cup of horseradish (jar or fresh)

1/2 cup of fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 180 degress.  Lie the pork schitzel flat and top with cheese, spinach and olives.  Roll up and secure with toothpicks.  Sprinkle the pork with a little garlic salt.

Brown the pork in a pan on medium heat until all sides are even in colour.  Place the pork roll in the oven for about 10 – 15 minutes or until cooked through.  Slice evenly once done.

To make the sauce simply combine all the ingredients.  Serve with steamed vegetables and drizzle the sauce on top of the pork.

Variations

  • Replace the tasty cheese with feta cheese
  • Instead of horseradish sauce, try topping with a sauce made from tinned tomatoes, cooked onion and chopped parsley
  • Try rolling the pork with cous cous, tomato, ricotta and spinach

Get creative!   You don’t have to have the same boring meals every night to lose weight!  Keep lots of fresh and interesting food on hand to come up with your own culinary creations.  I’m sure you’ll be surprised and inspired!

Taking the Dairy Challenge!

26 Jul

Mooooooooo!

Recently on my Facebook page I mentioned a study that involved a group of overweight people and the affects of dairy on their weight loss.  It was found over a 12 week period that those who consumed 5 serves of dairy a day within a calorie controlled diet lost more weight than those who consumed only 3 serves of dairy (see here for more information on this study).

I’m not a huge dairy eater…  I’ll have some milk on my cereal, some milk in my tea and have a serve of yoghurt a day and that’s about it.  So I’ve decided to put this theory to the test and increase my dairy to 5 serves a day over the next few weeks.  I’ll be logging it in to Calorie King to ensure that I’m not going over my calorie limit as this will be a bit of a change for me!  To save calories though I’ll be sticking with low fat varieties.

What equals one serve of dairy?

  • 250ml of milk*
  • 200g yoghurt
  • 40g cheese

*Low fat, skim and full fat milk have similar nutrient value.  In fact, a lot of the fat reduced milks provide more calcium than full fat milk

Also, 1/2 a cup of tinned salmon or sardines equals 1 serve of dairy in terms of calcium.

My Food

My food will look a little like this:

Breakfast

Multigrain toast with hommus, tomato and 40g of cheese

OR

Bran with 250ml of low-fat milk and banana

Morning Tea

250ml of low-fat milk

Lunch

Multigrain salad sandwich with 1/2 cup of tinned salmon

OR

Salad with 1/2 cup of tinned salmon

OR

Multigrain salad sandwich with 40g of cheese

Afternoon Tea

200g of low-fat yoghurt with diced apple

Dinner

The usual 1/2 plate of veggies, 1/4 plate protein and 1/4 plate low GI carbs (will try and add some cheese where necessary!)

After dinner

Glass of warm milk with teaspoon of honey (promotes a sound sleep – which I need!)

It will be interesting to see if this makes any difference to my weight loss.  I’ll keep you informed on my progress so don’t forget to check in!

Controlling Appetite and Cravings!

22 Jul

My friend advised me yesterday that she made a big pot of lemon, honey, ginger and hot water to help with a niggling sickness she had.  Later on in the day she asked, “Is ginger an appetite suppressant?  I’m not as hungry as what I usually am!” (she likes to turn to me for health advice.  I have no idea what would make her think I have any interest in this area whatsoever.  Do I look like I care about health and fitness?  Oh… wait.  Now I get it).

Hmmm I thought to myself.  IS ginger an appetite suppressant?  What else can be used as a natural appetite suppressant?  Would the woes of the world be solved by suppressing our appetites?  Well, I didn’t get that far but it did prompt me to confer with my dear friend Google on this intriguing topic.  Here’s just a few foods that I found:

Ginger

Ginger is good for:

  • Upset stomach
  • Cleansing the colon
  • Keeping menstrual cramps under control
  • Improving circulation
  • Regulating the metabolism
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Improving mental alertness

As well at the above, ginger is known to be an excellent appetite suppressant.  Not only does it suppress the appetite, but it also controls it and keeps cravings at bay.  A fine reason to start brewing a cup of ginger tea a day, I say! You can drink it by the bay!  Sit on some hay!  Don’t delay!

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great source of fatty acids and offer a good deal of fiber to your diet.  Sprinkle some flaxseeds on yoghurt or cottage cheese and you’ll accompany the protein in these foods with slow-digesting fats to make a meal or snack that’s highly satisfying and filling.   Or as I like to say, satisfilling (patent pending).

Water

Often we mistake thirst for hunger and when we are feeling tired it is most likely that we are dehydrated.   Keep well hydrated to prevent hunger.  Aim for 2 litres of water a day.  Find water boring?  Add some lemon or try my new favourite thing of making up a big jug of fruit tea and keeping it in the fridge.

Apples

Apples are great at suppressing appetite as they are full of bulky fiber that expands in your belly making you feel fuller.  You could easily eat 500 calories worth of salty snacks but I challenge you to try and eat 500 calories worth of apples.  You would be full after the third one!

Whilst it is important during weight loss not to overeat and keep cravings under control (hello, defeating the purpose anyone?) it is also important to ensure we are getting ENOUGH food.   Small, regular meals throughout the day are essential in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

As always, I stress natural and unprocessed foods should be the foundation of any diet but why not chuck in a few of the above to help with controlling your appetite.  I’m such a hungry beast all the time that I know I will be!  Nom nom nom…

Question:

What natural appetite suppressant do you find works well for you?