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I grabbed my foot!!!

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For the first time ever I was able to grab my foot with both hands while doing standing quad stretches. Pull your foot up towards your butt to stretch out the quad – typically grabbing it with the hand on the same side. Once your foot is up near your tush try reaching behind you and grabbing it with your other hand as well. And I was able to do it on both sides without any problems!

Until today I couldn’t even touch my foot with my other hand let alone grab ahold of it. I am pretty excited. I also did fairly awesome planks (on my elbows and toes) for 30 seconds at a time.

I also totally rocked the rowing machine. It was a good morning and I know I am going to feel it tomorrow.

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Food Stuff

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Recently I have seen lots of random postings and articles about food, eating, dieting…you name it. I overhear conversations about diets folks are on. My trainer even gives me random tid-bits of advice about nutrition. All of it has made me once again take a look at my views on food and nutrition. My journey is an adventure to get healthy. In the process I expect to lose some weight (a lot of weight, actually) and get much, much more fit than I am. But neither of those things is my end goal. My end goal is to feel good and some crazy diet isn’t going to do that for me. So here’s my take on food:

Buy Local: I don’t take this to any extremes, but I do have a small garden. I shop at the local farmer’s market, and I try to buy foods that come from my state/region if not from right down the road. Does this mean I never buy exotic fruits or veggies that don’t grow around here? Heck no! Some of that stuff is mighty, mighty tasty and I want it.

Organic: Let me be clear – I do not think organic foods are more nutritious than traditionally grown foods (this seems to be the basis for many arguments around organic foods which makes absolutely no sense to me). That being said, I try to buy organic foods when possible to avoid ingesting any more chemicals than I already do. With meats and eggs I try to buy free range and grass-fed. This is where the local farmer’s market comes into play – you can talk to the people who raise the food. Find out what their practices are. Just because they are not certified organic does not mean that they don’t have the same or higher standards. Getting certified is expensive and a general pain and many smaller farms simply can’t or don’t want to go through the process.

Eat Real Food: I have heard variations on this in “diet” form that go to some extremes (paleo diets, eating “clean”, biblical diets, etc.). The gist of all of them, though, is to eat real, whole foods and remove processed “fake” foods. The second part to this is don’t kill your food cooking it. Overcooked food loses nutritional value not to mention it just tastes yucky. I try to avoid fried foods. Again, am I always very good at it? I live in the South…eating fried foods is nearly unavoidable, but I try to keep it to a very bare minimum. (I mean seriously, have you ever had a deep-fried Twinkie??? Nutritional value: zero. Taste value: off the charts!)

General Nutrition: I eat red meat. And I don’t just eat it, I love it! But I also eat a lot of fish and chicken and occasionally pork. With all my meats I try to eat lean cuts and trim almost all the excess fat from them. A note about fish (specifically salmon): I will only eat wild-caught Alaskan/pacific salmon. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list’s best choice items are a good, easy way to find sustainable fish and seafood with healthy populations. I also eat a lot of vegetables. I am even growing some of my own this year (squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, several herbs, and I am trying a watermelon and a cantaloupe). I need to cut back on the amount of butter I use. I drink regular old cow milk (organic, but if I could get it, I would drink raw milk without a doubt!). I try to avoid refined sugars and flours. I eat cheese. I drink boat-loads of water.

Moderation: This is key. Every diet on the face of the planet (and I mean “diet” as in the crazy plans people come up with to shed pounds) relies on cutting calories. If you’re already eating real foods and not fast foods or pre-packaged processed stuff, etc. then it all comes down to portion size. Limit your fats and sugars, up your quantities of veggies, and make sure you get enough protein.

Exercise: Food alone will not make you healthy. You’ve gotta move. And I don’t mean any sort of hard-core regimen. Just move. Walk the dogs. Mow the lawn with a push mower. Go play in the park with the kids. Take your significant other out on a hike. But be and stay active.

So there you have it. I don’t have any goals to win body-building championships or medals for finishing first in a marathon. I don’t need (or want) to look like a runway model or some Hollywood superstar. I don’t want to eat just protein shakes or cabbage soup or some other limiting, boring and unsustainable diet only to gain all the pounds back as soon as I return to eating normally. I just want to be healthy and feel good and maybe live a year or two longer because I worked at it a bit.

Another day…

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208.6!!

Whew. Less than ten pounds left before I am rid of that nasty “two” at the front of that number. I am pretty stoked!

The garden is growing full speed ahead. I’ve already eaten several home-grown squash and will have my first cucumber tonight! The tomatoes have a billion green ones on them, but I think they also have blight which seems to be killing the new buds/flowers on one of the plants. I am going to go to the garden center tonight and look for some calcium rich something or other to put around them to see if it helps. Also, I’m removing all the affected parts and throwing them away so I don’t spread it. I will be super bummed if it affects the tomato fruit and rots them too (it sometimes causes blossom end rot).

Work is also going full speed ahead. We have made a few offers to folks to fill our open positions and hope to have everyone hired and on-board starting the second week in July. Between now and then is a ton of work to do. The best part, though, is no travel until at least mid-July! Almost four weeks straight at home…I won’t know what to do with myself.

Actually, I do know what to do with myself. I will get myself on a regular weekly gym schedule! I still see my trainer once a week, I even rescheduled this week to meet with her today because I was out-of-town Monday and Tuesday. (Yes, I am very proud of myself!) I plan to do more strength stuff at home and then will make a point of getting to the gym at least three days per week for cardio workouts. I am determined to defeat the elliptical…my nemesis. I am also very fond of the rowing machine and the recumbent bike.

Other than that, nothing new to report. Life is busy. Animals are all healthy (OP has fur balls, but it is that time of year). And I think I am going to pick up some Copper River salmon for dinner tonight. Things are alright.

I feel good!

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Sore, but good. I lasted a whole five-and-a-half minutes on the elliptical machine today. What is even more impressive is that I didn’t feel like passing out, falling over from jello legs, or like throwing up when I was done. That’s some serious progress for me.

After that five-plus minutes of hell we moved onto legs, core, and shoulder work.

The garden is growing fast and I’ve already started harvesting some squash and herbs, so that has made preparing dinner more fun (and healthy)! I even got to use my kaffir lime tree leaves in some chicken curry I made the other night (I also used my first zucchini in that dish). Tonight I am trying out a yellow zucchini from my neighbor’s garden. It is not a summer squash, but an actual, yellow zucchini. I’ve never heard of them before so we shall see what it tastes like.

Just two more weeks of travel to finish up my old job responsibilities and then moving on to the new ones. There will be some travel in July and August for training – even so, it will be nice to have a different destination activity for those trips and not the same old thing I’ve done the past seven or so years. In the meantime we have done some marathon interviewing of new candidates for our team and I think have found some strong ones. Fingers crossed that the next level of interviews goes well for them.

My niece turns one on Saturday! I can’t believe it has already been a year and I am really looking forward to seeing her and my nephew in August.

That’s all for now…time to get back to the required online training I have to take now that I am officially a “manager”. *sigh*

I have lost 9.5 inches!

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I think we might have measured in a slightly different spot for my waist measurement (I have an incredibly high waist so I usually measure slightly lower, but I think today we did my natural waist…which I will just do going forward to keep it easy and consistent). So aside from that big drop, I have lost 1.5 inches in all of my measurements and am down approximately 10 pounds since I started tracking in December. I am definitely not setting any records, but it is nice to see that even my inconsistent working out is paying off. New measurements are posted here.

It also confirms that my shorts aren’t just old and stretched out and baggy…they are really getting to be too big!

Onward and upward…or maybe that should be downward since I am trying to lose? Time to see if I can shed some more size before the first week in August!

This mad race we call life…

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Life has been a mad dash since I last posted…work travel, my mom and sister came to visit last week, more work travel, my new job took effect, preparing to do some marathon interviewing for work…in the midst of it all, I must confess I have let my work-outs slide. And I ate a LOT while my family was visiting…and we drank even more. Heh.

It seems I am still moving in the right direction with weight and size, so that makes me happy. And I have a new “deadline” goal to lose some more size…August 6. I head home for a week to visit family and friends and to see my dad get married. I’d love to be in better shape before then. Call me vain, but it will be the week just following my 20 year reunion (which I am missing due to travel costs and I don’t have enough time to take from work), but I know many of those folks will still be around since most still live in the area.

Next Tuesday morning I start back up with my trainer…we will be doing measurements and a weigh-in and then it is back on track!

Fish Tacos

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The easiest things to make and fast too…

First the fish – a firm white fish is best. I prefer Alaskan halibut, but cod or tilapia also work. (Note: you could also use shrimp if they are your thing.) Rinse it and coat it with a mixture of chili powder and paprika…season to whatever spicy level you enjoy. Then grill it or cook in a non-stick pan until done. If grilling, it is probably best to brush the grill with some olive oil to prevent sticking. Once cooked through, break up into pieces.

Toppings – chop up some cabbage. Use some shredded carrots. I love fresh cilantro. Maybe some black beans and/or corn. Try some julienned jicima!

Tasty sour cream – mix sour cream (fat-free works fabulously for this if you’re watching that sort of thing), a bunch of fresh cilantro chopped up and the big stems removed, fresh lime juice to taste, salt to taste, fresh minced garlic (yeah, you got it…to taste)…just stir it all together in a bowl. This is best made ahead of time so that it can sit in the fridge to let the flavors meld. However, it is tasty immediately after making, too. (This sour cream mix is also an excellent dip or topping for nachos, veggies, to put on chicken, etc.)

The taco container – I prefer small flour tortillas. It takes some serious hunting to find some that are basic ingredients without a bunch of fillers or tons of fat in them, they can be found. I forget the brand name, but our local Costco carries good ones. You just have to read the labels. Or, if you are really adventurous, you could make your own…I have not been that adventurous…yet. You could also use any other sort of wrap or soft tortillas. Or, if you prefer, crunchy tacos or a taco salad serving style work too…your imagination is the limit.

So there you have it. The fish, when I cook it in a pan, takes all of 10 minutes to cook (depending on thickness…you can even break it up as it cooks to cook faster). Other than that, however long it takes to chop up some toppings and dinner is served. Next time I plan to play with the flavors a bit and try marinating the fish in a honey lime juice mix before cooking.

The great thing about tacos is that anything goes…play with the flavors and fillings and make them your own! Just watch out – if you are being calorie or fat conscious, it is easy to go from extremely healthy and/or low-fat to over the top with calories and fat depending on type of meat and whether you use cheese, oil to cook the fillings, etc.