The kids really enjoyed it!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Exercise and eating in moderation
Tonight as I write this post it is raining cats and dogs here in NW WI. I am guessing we are getting close to an inch an hour. The storm is situated right over us with thunder and lightning as well.
We can use the rain, like most of the US, especially to recharge the lake levels and to keep our fire danger low. Despite the bad weather I am able (so far!) to Live Access, via the Internet, my favorite Minnesota Lynx while they battle it out in San Antonio.
I am at our cabin for a few days working on five different articles I hope to submit for publication before the academic year begins. I enjoy research and I enjoy writing and feel lucky to be in a profession where I can do both. I need peace and quiet when I am writing and researching, thus I self-exile myself from my family in the city so I can do both.
I had a great week last week. Once again, I was able to get in some significant miles (86). Most days I try to get my ride in early in the morning. It is usually cool, plus not so windy as it usually gets later in the day. I am getting good at snapping a few pictures while I ride:The pictures above are of one of the lakes that is close to our home in Minneapolis. I was up super early last Saturday and took some pictures of the sunrise over Lake Harriett. The bike path that I ride on extends from nearby where I live, around a series of lakes, into downtown to Target Field (Twins playground) and off to the Mississippi River and follows Minnehaha Creek. All together this one bike route is over 55 miles in length of urban trails in the city itself (not even counting what is available in St. Paul. So, it is easy and safe for me to access these trails, which I do often during cycling season.
As far as cycling goes, I am starting to increase my mileage per ride in preparation of the Venus de Miles in Boulder, Colorado on September 29. This year the elevation rise will be slightly less than 2,000 (last year it was 4,000). I am riding the 66-mile “calf cramper.” I will get in a 25 and a 40 or so mile rides still this week.
I remain committed to counting calories. I am entering my fourth week of getting back to this practice. For the most part I consume 1400-1600 calories a day, depending on my bike rides. Anything over 20 miles requires that I eat an additional number of calories. One of the reasons I bike early in the day is that I find I can get out and exercise with just a little something to eat before I go. I usually eat a full breakfast after I return. Later in the day, I find it harder to stick to my calorie budget when I ride. If I cycle later in the day, I always return famished and tend to overeat. So, for me it works to do it early in the morning when I am just starting on my calorie allotment for the day.
It is summer and that means loads of family and friends coming to visit our cabin. I do enjoy cooking, especially in my kitchen at the cabin. Most of our guests tend to be kids so I make recipes that I know they will enjoy. Last weekend I made homemade pizza. The picture below is one of my best ever Margarita pizzas (with fresh basil from our herb garden and tomatoes from the farmers market).
The kids really enjoyed it!
I also made ice cream sandwiches using a recipe from the Star Tribune. It was very easy and delicious.
See that little piece on the left? That was my ice cream sandwich piece: all of 55 calories. I am getting very good at indulging only a little in the tasty things that I make for others. With the pizza, I also had a sliver that amounted to 125 calories. A sliver is not much, but it was enough for me to move back easily into the variety of foods that I can have. I soooo want to get out of the obesity category this summer!! That motivation keeps me going strong. Yes, I indulge the grandbabies in some treats, but, I am trying to help them learn moderation, something I never learned. Those grandkids eat healthy when they are with me for the most part: lots of green vegetables and fruit. Most of the baked goods including the cookie dough for the ice cream sandwiches are made with whole-wheat flour. I also try to avoid salty snacks for them thus many of the things they eat when they are with me are lower in salt. Not everything, but most.
How about you: are you learning to eat your favorite foods in moderation and count calories or are you just avoiding them all together??
I hope you are all having a great week. Stay strong! TTFN,