Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Weigh-In time!

Last Weeks Weight 174.0
Today's Weight  172.0
Total Loss:  -2.0lbs

I have 2 more weeks before our big road trip .  I plan to rev up my workouts my adding a series of 6 workout challenges to my routine to tighten my muscles.  The routines don't require the gym, making it easier to continue on the road.  I need to really focus during these weeks.

NSV:   My newest swimsuit is getting too big.  This is the 2nd one this summer, I have had to replace due to weightloss! Luckily I still have one more that will hopefully get me through the rest of this summer.  Next summer will certainly require shopping lol

Fitness: I have started running a little farther with each morning walk., I am walking 4 miles now.  Once a week I increase my walk to 4.5-5 miles.  I hope to increase it to 6 miles .

Nutrition:  I am staying under 1200 calories but I feel like I'm eating too much cheese.  I've addressed this problem before.  I love cheese but I feel I need to reduce the amount to keep my scale moving.  

Hydration: I'm falling short of 64oz, need to drink more!

Last Week: I feel I did fairly well on my weekend trip to Cajun country.  I packed plenty water & exercised during my big hike.  I feel I need to make changes for breakfast.  I didn't eat carbs, I had omelets & bacon, but I think I can do healthier.

My Upcoming Week. I have another long road trip ahead of me today.  12+ hours in one day in fact!  I'm bringing my water but not really packing snacks with the exception of a protein bar.  I don't need to snack all day.  The only thing coming is a restaurant dinner for my granddaughters birthday.  I don't know where yet, but I will plan ahead!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Opelousas Trip -Day 2 hiking in da swamp

Our efforts to live a more healthy, active lifestyle is challenging while traveling.  It takes commitment to make time for fitness during trips.  Finding new & interesting activities makes it more fun.

We are on a mini vacation in the heart of Cajun Country and thought a swamp hike would be fun.  Although we regularly walk each morning around our neighborhood, real hiking (as in wilderness) is not something we have done.

We started out 6am with a beautiful supermoon for light.

It hasn't rained much here lately so the trail was solid.  The views that awaited us for our efforts were beautiful.

We hiked for 2.25 miles.
I found hiking to be fun & now I want more! I plan to read up more on it.  I need to buy some basic gear though.  Anyone know where a beginner hiker should start? Perhaps i can join a group !

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Opelousas Trip-Day 1 Eating wisely

Hubby & I visited one of favorite Louisiana restaurants in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun country.   Cajun food is NOT and will never be a large part of my new healthy lifestyle.  Most Cajun food that I grew up with were fried and laden with fat, gravy & loaded with carbs. I am always working to revamp my favorite dishes but some just cannot be changed.

Still, Cajun food is part of my heritage and my childhood so I allow it in moderation. Hubby & I seldom allow ourselves to eat fried foods of any kind.  Tonight was one of those times that we allowed ourselves to indulge.

I think I handled it quite well compared to my former life.  Hubby and I shared a bowl of gumbo,  normally I would have eaten the whole thing.  I ordered 2 fried softshell crab, I ate 3/4 of one then gave hubby the rest. NO french fries passed my lips. AT THE END OF THE NIGHT I WAS MORE THAN SATISFIED.

If you ever find yourself in Lafayette, Louisiana try Randol's.  They have the perfect Cajun experience complete with authentic Cajun food, music & dancing!


Soft shell crab, jambalaya & fries

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday weigh in & roadtrips

Last Weeks Weight 174.5
Today's Weight  174.0
Total Loss:  -.5lbs

My nemesis right now and probably for next 8 weeks are vacation eating.  When I am home and buying & preparing my own foods it's easier to eat healthy & not be tempted by these evil carbs.  Traveling requires more willpower and I am sadly lacking self control here.  I will be road tripping heavily until mid-September I need to get a plan of action to deal with my food choices while on the road.

Fitness:  My walks are becoming routine now.  When I skip I feel weird the rest of the day.  Swimming is still fun but becoming more tedious.  I begin getting bored with swimming in late summer each year.   I will need to replace it with a new activity in September anyway as the pool closes.

Nutrition:  I've gotten back on program this week except for a couple meals out with my kids.  I need to make better choices when eating out.

Hydration: no problem getting my liquids in.  This heat leaves me thirsty all day.

Last Week: I had a weekend road trip with my kids which lead to some poor restaurant choices.  There is room for improvement here.

My Upcoming Week.  Another road trip to a family wedding this weekend.  I will eat all 3 meals at restaurants for 3 days (not including the wedding).  My plan is to stick to protein & salads for lunch & dinner.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Farmers Market Thursday

I Love local Farmers Market day.  Today I  stocked up on beautiful fresh, locally grown veggies like, zucchini, okra & tomatoes.  I will cook tons of my Kajun Smothered Okra to freeze and enjoy al year. You can find my recipe here.  Can't get much healthier than that!