But it's amazing how much better I feel. I think part of it is just DOING instead of FRETTING. I think the little bit of walking helps me sleep better. I feel more upbeat. I'm actively trying to see how to fit in more exercise. I looked up a gym close to our house to check on water aerobics. (It's step 1.) I feel leaner through my sides. Hubby often tells me after just a day or two of exercise that he sees a difference in my stature and posture.
So here it is. . . the examples of the magic and how my switch is turned to "on."
WHAT I'VE DONE LATELY TO FEEL PROUD
- Trainer D tells me to take the stairs more at home--and I do. (I'm sure she's told me this before.) I'm mindfully thinking about taking the stairs at LEAST 2 more times a day. Admittedly, I often just come down once in the AM and go back up once in the PM. My right knee pinches when I climb, so I concentrate on clinching the muscles in my buttocks (a Boston trainer's tip) and pushing up through my whole foot.
- After Friday's funeral, I was coming home hungry and bereft. I thought about stopping to get Fried Chicken, but then (I just noticed I initial capped that food as if it's an entity!) I thought of the chat I had with my Dr. boss about nutrition, and he said, "It's not like you're eating KFC all the time. . . " which made me feel a bit exposed like he'd seen through me! (Yikes!). So I kept driving, until I got almost home. Then I stopped at a Thai restaurant and had stir-fried shrimp & vegetables--didn't even eat all the rice! I was very proud about this choice!
- For the past 2 evenings I've walked IN THE DARK with hubby. And we've walked near our house, which I don't really like because it's hilly. A few weeks ago we walked this same strip and I was so fatigued that I scared myself by how often I had to stop to catch my breath. I've still been breathless, but I trudge up in the 3 zones of incline. From behind the first night as I zigzagged up the hill (it makes it easier, really. . . ), hubby said, "Boy, D has made a difference with you!"
- Also for the past 2 evenings, I've cooked dinner for us because Hubby is super busy. The first night was a big, delicious success. Last night so-so. Night #1 I made portabello Pizzas from the Biggest Loser book. You take the big portabello caps and cover them with sauce (I used leftover sauce Hubby had made with zucchini & summer squash in it) and crumble a bit of Turkey Italian sausage over it. (I used 1 between us--4 PTs.) Then sprinkle a bit of low-fat or FF mozzarella & Parmesan over that. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes it says, but I did 20 and still turned it up to 425 at the end to get the mushrooms softer. I served this with my own stacked veggie lasagna. I boiled 3 lasagna noodles, then cut them in half. On one half I spread a very thin layer of goat cheese, then added 2 or 3 sliced kalamata olives and some sliced fresh basil. Topped with another half, which I covered in spinach sauteed with a little bit of olive oil & some pine nuts; covered with the last 1/2 of noodle, which I covered with the last of the sauce. Looked pretty and was yummy. Last night I stir fried haddock in ginger & garlic with yellow peppers and added shrimp at the end. The shrimp was good. The haddock didn't soak up the flavor well and it was a bit dry in parts. (It was frozen fish because the ATL gas shortage kept as from Whole Foods last weekend.) I served it with this quinoa mix I bought (first quinoa for me), but it had too much liquid. And I cooked asparagus, but I made the mistake (and I KNEW not to do this) of adding lemon to it before cooking, and that never tastes right. If you want lemon you have to add it after it cooks!