Back to life, back to reality

Today our vacation ends …

Well, we still have a few more days off. But today we take off and drive back home to the Bay Area.

I have had a great time visiting family and friends. But frankly, I am looking forward to getting back into my routine … my healthy routine.

Our one day stay in Phoenix and our stay in Tucson I did well with the exercise. (I had already given up in the healthy food department.) I believe I got to the gym four days in a row. I even exercised on Christmas morning.

Once we hit San Diego I got super lazy. It doesn’t help that our hotel doesn’t have a gym. But I did bring my travel yoga mat, which never came out of the bag.

If I were a runner I could have taken off down the boardwalk with all the other runners and gotten my cardio in.

But I am not a runner and really have no desire to become one. I already tried it and it just didn’t work out. It doesn’t help that I absolutely hate running.

The longer I maintain a healthier lifestyle the harder it is for me … Continue reading

Eating out … a lot

I had three lunch dates this week and one dinner date. That’s a lot of eating out for me, especially during the week.

On Tuesday I had lunch with my friend/co-worker Melissa. We had sushi. Delicious, filling and healthy. I love sushi.

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend/co-worker Stephanie. We had pho (pronounced fuh, rhymes with duh). I was pretty sure pho was fairly healthy. I did a little research.

According to the Livestrong website, pho is high in electrolytes. This site gives the nutritional information to many varieties of pho. So I have to kinda guess where my lunch fits in. I ordered a small bowl, which was anything but small. And I probably only ate half.

Curt and I went out to dinner last night.

(Sometimes Thursdays are my easy day to take off from exercise. But because I had lunch out and knew that we would be eating dinner out I had to jump on the spin bike at work and burn some calories.)

Curt and I had dinner at Sea Salt, one of our favorite restaurants in Berkeley. They have a quirky and delicious menu. I ordered the halibut and quinoa–a fairly … Continue reading

Are you being good?

Are you eating healthy? Are you on Plan (aka Weight Watchers Plan)?

For anyone who has tried to lose weight or tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can be a question you hear from your friends especially as you are trying to decide where to eat lunch.

I had a lunch date today. I have one on Thursday. And Curt and I are planning on having dinner on Thursday night.

So today when Melissa and I were trying to decide where to have lunch my only request was no Mexican and something with a healthy option. (I love Mexican food, but there are really no healthy options.)

Before we went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago my goal was to get back to my goal weight before hitting The Strip and that pool. I didn’t quite make it. And I ate and drank whatever I wanted while in Las Vegas. There was a birthday dinner last week and then guests in town.

So yesterday I decided it was time to get back to the healthy eating again. And I can’t use eating out as a reason or excuse to not make healthy choices.

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Showing the love … to me

Today is Valentine’s Day. I find the holiday silly and pretty much pointless. If you are single, you feel bad that you are. If you are in a relationship, you feel pressure. Curt and I don’t give gifts or cards. If we can, we do go out to dinner and eat delicious sushi.

Last night in Baxter’s Hatha class we focused on our heart and opening it up. (Baxter likes to do themes. Last week we focused on the feet.)

We set an intention at the beginning of class. I set mine for someone else. But during class I really thought about my heart being opened up and taking care of me.

 I, like many women, feel that I must take care of everyone else. Which usually means I sacrifice taking care of myself. (Part of it is also that I am a control freak. But we don’t need to talk about that now.)

But how I take care of myself and love myself is by making sure I regularly exercise, try to eat healthy, cut back my caffeine intake, try to keep my alcohol drinking to weekends and to … Continue reading

Happy New Year … from the couch … still with a cold

My staycation has consisted of me nursing a cold all week. Last night the cold started to move into my chest and develop into a cough. The cough seems the worst in the morning and at night.

So I missed spin and abs and body conditioning today.

And I fear I am going to miss the New Year’s Day detox workshop at the yoga studio tomorrow.

I was bummed about missing out on exercise this whole week. But the likelyhood of me missing out tomorrow really bums me out.

Maybe I will make a miraculous recovery in the next 18 hours or so?

Curt and I are heading to Sushiya for dinner tonight and then home for movies and relaxing.

Happy New Year to you all. If you are going out tonight be careful and be safe. And if you do drink and drink too much, please be safe and don’t drive.

Water retention & staying hydrated

When I eat sushi (or really the soy sauce) I retain water like crazy. (Curt and I had sushi for dinner last night.) I can eat some foods with pretty high sodium levels and not feel the effects. But for some reason soy sauce gets me every time. Even if I use the low sodium soy sauce, which I try to use every time I have soy sauce.

The first time I figured this out was probably about four years ago. I had sushi one night and then the next day weighed in at my Weight Watchers meeting. I was getting pretty close to my goal weight. So I was excited to see the number on the scale. I stepped on the scale and saw that I had “gained” 2 pounds. I was so upset and couldn’t figure out why the number was going up. My leader asked me what I ate for dinner. We figured it out pretty quickly.

There are so many things that can alter the numbers on the scale. The two big ones for me are water retention or dehydration. One weekend I was so hungover that I lost 6-8 pounds. The moment I started feeling … Continue reading

Trying to make the right choices

Curt and I decided to order sushi from Sushiya, our favorite sushi restaurant, for dinner last night. They just started a delivery service and we thought we should give it a whirl.

sushi

We got our sushi … and a beer. We are regulars and they treat us well. We didn’t even order the beer. Curt wanted to save the big ol beer and I was gonna have a Kirin (we have in cans [fancy!]) from the fridge. And then I decided that I didn’t need a beer and the sushi and water would be all I needed.

I retain water like crazy when it comes to soy sauce. Even if I use the low sodium. And I hadn’t planned on having any alcohol with dinner.

I was proud of myself for recognizing the fact that I didn’t need a beer and had water instead.

Fit your workout into your schedule

Today is my birthday. So I am not going into work. And normally on Thursdays I go to kickboxing class after work. But not today. I will be eating sushi then.

So since I am home this morning, I did a yoga workout through my digital cable. Exercise TV has a ton of options, from cardio to yoga to pilates. Pretty much anything you want, it is there. And they change out the “videos” every so often so you get variety. It’s pretty cool.

So I still made sure that I got my workout in and fit it into my schedule today.

Shortly I am off for some shopping, lunch with Mia and then a massage!

It’s gonna be a tough food week

This past weekend was already a challenge in the food department with many activities planned.

This week is going to pose many more challenges. (Jen had asked me a food question, which I will answer eventually that kinda goes along this subject.)

Tonight my work is hosting a function for the home employees and remote employees. Work is generous with the yummy food and drinks.

Thursday is my birthday and I am having lunch with my friend Mia. Then Curt and I are eating out that night with friends’ Monica and Malcolm at Sushiya. Dinner out will be sushi, so that is pretty healthy.

Friday lunch the Legal (work) team is taking me out to celebrate–sushi again, so fairly healthy and easy to make good choices at Miyozen. (Can you tell I love sushi?!?) Friday night dinner out with friends Sue and Alicia at Townhouse. I loved the grilled veggies, polenta and pesto.

Saturday night Dad and Hilda are coming over to our neighborhood for dinner. We are going to celebrate mine and Hilda’s birthdays. Hers was last month. Not sure yet where we are going to eat. Marica’s is a contender. Ohhh, or maybe Continue reading

Lots and lots of water

So yesterday for lunch I had sushi. Which is a very good choice when trying to eat healthy. It is filling and so good for you.

Soy sauce–even low sodium–has me retain water like crazy. One night I had sushi and then the next day weighed in with a GAIN. I was so upset. (This was when I was still losing weight.) So I made it a point to never weigh in after sushi the day before.

Well, I really did want to weigh in today. So yesterday I had a lot of water. I mean like 14 8 oz. servings. You really only need six to eight 8 oz. servings a day. But if you drink alcohol, a lot of caffeine, soy sauce, etc. you need to counteract the dehydration with more water.

I didn’t want the soy sauce to alter the number on the scale today.

And I did OK. I am still within 2 pounds of my goal weight. Once you hit your goal weight with Weight Watchers to stay Lifetime and attend meetings for free you can’t be more than 2 pounds over your goal weight.