Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday #1

Veggie pizza, just before it went in the oven.

It's my first official What I Ate Wednesday post!  I love the idea of trading stories of what we've all eaten recently -- so many interesting ideas can be found out there on WIAW posts.  I'm excited to join Jenn and here weekly What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) at her beautiful blog, Peas & Crayons.  In the spirit of Jenn's declaration that February be "Love Your Veggies" month, here is some info about me and veggies.

What's your favorite veggie?
Brussel sprouts, hands down.  A little olive oil, salt & pepper, into the oven at 450F for 25-30 minutes and they are SO, SO, SO good.

Go-to cooking/prep for veggies?
In the winter, roasting veggies.  In the summer, grilling them.

How do you add in extra veggies & fruits into my day?
I've recently decided I'm going to try to move towards a Paleo diet, so I have to eat veggies & fruits!  When you can't eat any grains, you have to get some carbs from somewhere else, and in my case they come from my veggies and my fruits!  (I haven't gone completely grain-free just yet; occasionally I'll have the tiniest amount of brown rice every other day).

I just went Paleo in the last two weeks, so we'll see if I can stick to it.  I don't miss bread, pasta, or baked goods, but I am having a bit of trouble kicking the sugar.  I just love, love, love dark chocolate.  

In the picture above, I had to share a photo of something I ate two weeks ago, just before I decided to transition to paleo: a veggie pizza.  I love veggies with tomato sauce & cheese.  Ooh, I think I'm going to miss that as a Paleo eater.

Here's what I ate yesterday (Tuesday).  You may notice that I'm still working to get to 100% free of grains, dairy, sugar, and legumes.

{Breakfast} egg scramble with broccoli, red bell pepper, tomatoes, diced ham (no cheese! yes!)
{mid-morning snack} sliced strawberries with almond milk and slivered good I almost thought I was having dessert in the morning! 
{lunch} mixed greens with sliced apple, red onion, blue cheese (definitely not Paleo!), and hazelnuts.  One of my favorite salad combinations, but definitely strong on the flavor.  Not for those with simple taste buds. 
{afternoon snack} turkey slices & avocado
{dinner} carne asada with roasted brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots.

Have you eaten anything delicious recently?  Do you link up to any WIAW parties?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's Been a Long Week

Gosh, it's been a long week.  Technically, my long "week" started last Tuesday when my son's daycare called right around the lunch hour to tell me that my son had a fever of 102F.  Who knew that he was going to be home with me for the rest of the week?  Here's how the week played out...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Workout Recap + Meal Planning Week of 2/16

Happy Sunday everyone!  This is my second week linking up with Laura at her weekly workout recap / meal planning link party.  This week has been a most interesting week:

My son has been sick since Tuesday.   I was home with him for four days straight and my husband was on a business trip pretty much the whole time, so by Friday

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Survive Plane Travel with a Toddler

How to Survive Plane Travel with a Toddler

My son has travelled by plane almost two dozen times in his life so far.

He's only two and a half.

Before I became a parent, my idea of a good plane trip included a good book...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Treat Yourself Tuesday #1

This is my first time linking up with Becky at her weekly Treat Yourself Tuesday.  As a mama of one, I love the idea of remembering to take some time out each week to treat myself, so I'm ready to join this link party!  My treat this week...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Meal Planning - Week of February 9

I've decided I'd like to try and plan my dinners for the week and post the plan, just as Angela does at Happy Fit Mama.  I'm hoping this will be the start of a new trend.  It might even help my family eat healthier.  One can only hope!

Tonight's meal, salmon with cauliflower "rice" was great!  My husband is a type 1 diabetic,

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Lovely San Francisco Weekend

F-Line Streetcar in San Francisco.  February 2014.

Last weekend, the family went on a trip to Oakland and San Francisco.  Having lived in the Bay Area a good part of my life, our visit did not include stops at the "usual" tourist spots: Golden Gate Bridge, Land's End, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Sausalito.  But we did spend our time...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Walk This Way...

Hello, how about a little Aerosmith for you today?

I'm excited to share that my walking program is still going (over a month strong now!) and I'm now a true believer that I can get the same benefits...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Currently Inspired By...

Homemade beef chili and roasted brussel sprouts for lunch today!  It's -10F outside...

I probably enjoy trolling for new blogs as much as I enjoy reading the ones I'm currently following.  What I love most about all you amazing bloggers out there is you're all so inspiring.

From the past week, here are some topics that bloggers shared recently that have inspired me:

The Anatomy of a Weekly Meal Plan (How To) - Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life
Meal Planning Week of January 26 - Angela at Happy Fit Mama
Thanks to these two bloggers, I'm going to try and give weekly meal planning a try in the near future!

Strength - Angie at A Mothers Pace
Angie inspired me to get back on my spin bike and she's given a me a great idea to stay motivated with my workouts by documenting them on my blog!

Weekly Workout Report - Briana at Bionic Briana
I don't think I am ready for CrossFit but I am always impressed when Briana posts her wrap up of workouts for the week.  Maybe one day I'll add something as daring as these workouts.

The Simple Diet: Week 3 - Stacey at Grief Bacon
I have to hand it to Stacey for sticking to a new diet called The Simple Diet.  This is part of her plan to get healthy.  On the surface, the plan LOOKS easy, but I've been paying attention to what I've been eating and I don't know that I could commit to the diet as Stacey has...she's onto week 3.

I just want to say thanks to these bloggers for sharing a little bit of their lives through their blogs.  In doing so, they give me ideas, inspiration, and motivation to try and make my life a better one day by day!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Runner Turned Walker

Before I had my son in 2011, I was in the best shape of my life, thanks to running two marathons (2009 and 2010) and ten half marathons in those same years.  Then the little guy showed up and although I did get out there and walk and hike with him, I never fully returned to running.

Not that I didn't try.

But 2010 feels like a long time ago, and after another attempt to get back into running form, I've decided that maybe now just isn't the right time.  First of all, the formula that worked for me in 2009 and 2010 (joining a running group) isn't feasible right now, and second of all, the sheer joy of running is completely absent from my life right now.  After much fretting and frustration, I've decided at this time, I have other priorities.  Running half marathons and running in general isn't at the top of the list.

I'm still committed to being active, and I've decided I can achieve that goal, just at a slower pace.  I know that if I want to effectively keep weight off, running still beats walking, but all the other health benefits still apply to walkers, according to this New York Times article.  To compensate, I'm doing my best to keep to healthy choices and healthy portions, and I do this by tracking everything I eat on MyFitnessPal.

I'm currently aiming for 10,000 steps a day, the recommended amount, but as I get more consistent with my walking, I'm going to try and raise the goal to 12,000 steps a day.  My Fitbit device helps me stick to my daily goal, and I've found that if I don't go outside for a 3 mile walk, there is no way I will hit 10,000 steps for the day.  So I've got my own personal "coach".

As my walking gets more consistent (I'm aiming for 5-6 days/week), maybe I will start running again.  For now, I add in a little running here and there if I'm feeling extra energetic on any given day, but for now, I'm just happy that I'm getting outside every day.

It took a bit of convincing, but I'm happy to be a walker.  For now.  I'll leave with you a few photos from a recent walk of mine...

The Fitbit Report: 2/4/14

I increased my total steps this week by almost 20,000 steps.  Another jump: I increased my mileage by 6 miles over the previous week.  I think I just need to go on vacation more often; our trip to San Francisco over the past weekend meant lots of walking on Friday and Saturday.  It rained Sunday, so I didn't get as much walking in.  Stay tuned for a few future posts featuring the fun we had in the city by the bay...

Workouts for the Week
Monday - walk 4.5 miles
Tuesday - spin bike 49 minutes
Wednesday - walk 3 miles
Thursday - travel day
Friday - elliptical machine 30 minutes + tourist walking (total of 22K steps!)
Saturday - tourist walking (total of 22K steps again!)
Sunday - rainy day, rest day

And a few workout highlights from my week....

Spin on Tuesday
We have a second hand spin bike in our basement.  Here's the view from my spin bike.  Right now I'm into musicals (think Chicago, Moulin Rouge, etc.) but I also enjoy watching foreign films with the subtitles (it's almost impossible to hear dialogue over the whirr of the spin bike).  Eventually I'll move onto actual spin DVDs!!

It took 49 minutes on the spin bike to get rom 1,167 steps to 5,000 steps.  I guess because of the motion of cycling, I covered all of 1.5 miles.  If I had walked, I could have covered over 3 miles (or 6,000 steps) in the same amount of time.  On the positive side, I guess the Fitbit recognizes cycling is harder because I got 49 active minutes out of my bike ride!

Serious Mileage While Walking as a Tourist
I managed to score over 22,000 steps on Friday and Saturday!  I usual average around 12,000-15,000 steps a day.  This has catapulted me in the rankings where I "compete" with other Fitbit users, most of whom I've never met in person; they are just other fit-minded folks I've found on MyFitnessPal who are also Fitbit users.  It's been a great support network!

Here's where I was on Tuesday, January 28th: ranked 4th!

And by the end of the day, Saturday, February 2nd, I had moved into 3rd place!  Whoo hoo!

I am seriously thinking about picking up running again (I declared I was a Runner turned Walker a few weeks ago), but I have to say, with the consistent walking I've been doing since December, walking a 5K four or five times a week combined with healthy eating has really kept my weight in check.
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