Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eat Like You Are On a Date!

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I would like to share my eating philosophy, which includes eating sweets for breakfast and date night, every night!  Let me preface this by saying, I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, chef, or personal trainer.  There is no research backing this up, it is just how I live and how I got back into my jeans after having Lucy!  Let me just say this, I HATE DIETING!  Life is too short to be crunching on carrot sticks when you really want a cheeseburger.  However, I really believe in balance!  I will eat something truly decadent, but then I will counter it with something healthy at my next meal and not because I feel I have to, but because I want to!  I don't know about you, but after I eat a cheeseburger for lunch, I don't want chicken wings for dinner.  I want a salad or vegetable soup, something light.  My body does this automatically and I suspect yours does too.  I highly recommend Bethenny Frankel's book, Naturally Thin.  This really encompasses what I'm talking about.  I have a few of my own little rules to add though.
First of all, I am a huge sweets person!  I love cookies, doughnuts, ice cream, Reese's cups, and the list goes on and on!  My rule about sweets is to have them before lunch!  If you want a doughnut for breakfast, then have it!  You will burn it off by the end of the day.  I actually saw a little blurb about this on a morning news program, that said if you eat decadently for breakfast, such as a doughnut or pancakes, you are much less likely to crave it later in the day and you don't feel deprived!  I find this to be true.  It also makes me want to eat healthy for lunch.  I like the saying, eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner!  This really rings true for me!  
I am also big on portion control.  If I have a doughnut for breakfast, then I just have one!  I don't eat a half dozen.  I sit down, have a cup of coffee and really enjoy every bite!  Same goes for other decadent things.  For example, Lent is now upon us, which here in Western New York, means Friday fish fry!  I love fish fry and french fries!  And we have one every Friday during lent, but here is the catch, my husband and I split one.  These things are HUGE and there is no need to eat the whole thing.  Grilled fish and veggies just doesn't cut it for me.  I wish it did, but it just doesn't.
Now speaking of dinner, I mentioned date night, every night.  My advice here is this.  Do you remember your first date with your husband?  Do you remember how you sat  next to him all nervous and just picking at your food as to not look like a pig?  And do you remember how you actually listened to what he was saying?  Now being married for years, has that all gone out the window?  Probably!  My advice for dinner, is to sit down with your husband (and kids) and pretend like it's your first date all over again.  Or you can pretend you are on a date with George Clooney, whatever you want, I don't judge!  But the point is, don't inhale your dinner and jump up to start the dishes.  Sit down, make your plate pretty, engage in conversation with your family and really listen.  Eat your food slowly and politely like you did on your first date.  This is not only good for your waistline but it might also improve your relationships with your family and who knows, maybe your love life!
My final rule, which is really hard for me sometimes is don't eat after dinner!  It's so simple, yet so important.  I speak for myself when I say, I really don't do much physical activity after dinner.  We spend time playing on the floor with Lucy or watching TV.  I do get hungry, but I just have the mindset that the kitchen is closed.  It has really helped me drop those last few pounds of baby weight! 
You might be wondering how much I exercise.  Well I actually am a little embarrassed to say, but I literally work out 2 MAYBE 3 times a week.  I go to Boot Camp on Tuesdays, which is an hour of really intense exercise and I do a long run on Sundays with my running group.  I usually fit in a yoga workout in once a week while Lucy is napping, but not every week.  I wish I did more, and I will once the weather breaks.  I'm looking forward to dusting off the running stroller.
So to sum this up, eat sweets in the morning, date your husband, practice portion control, don't eat after dinner, and workout when you can!  What are your little tricks?  I'd love to hear about them!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Y10 Recap

Friday morning we woke up to a beautiful snowfall.  It looked as if the world was a giant snow globe that had been shook.  Living in Western New York, this is the norm for early February.   However as the day progressed the snowfall became steady and the winds were raging.  The snow kept coming and coming.  It was not looking good for race day.  Fast forward 24 hours and I woke up to of course lots of snow but roads were looking clear and the snow had stopped falling.  Actually the weather conditions were close to ideal for a race in February.  It was around 20 degrees and the wind was minimal.  What more can you really ask for? 
Race morning, I actually felt nervous for the first time in a while.  I haven't had race day jitters in so long!  My stomach had that feeling, butterflies.  I wasn't hungry but knew I had to eat something, so I opted for an English muffin.  I also had my morning coffee, which is the big joke among my running group.  The past few longer training runs I had been feeling so good, and I swore it was due to my morning cup of joe!  Evan, Lucy and I headed to the YMCA around 9 o'clock and were surprised to see so many people!  I hopped into line with Beth and Zach and we picked up our race numbers.  Before I knew it, it was time to kiss Lucy and Evan and head to the starting line.  I was chatting away with the girls and then we were off!  I ran with Shanna and Kaley for the first 5 miles.  It seemed to fly by!  We were chatting away about weddings, babies and breastfeeding.  As we passed the 5 mile marker, I started to pick up speed and caught up to Beth who was plugging along.  Smart girl, brought headphones.  I was still feeling great and on Harrington Rd., notoriously the longest, most boring part of the race, I saw Jamie and Kim in the distance.  I sped up a bit to try to catch them and tagged along with them for the rest of the race.  Cold Springs bridge seemed like a piece of cake to run up, but then we came to the dreaded Market Street hill.  It's one of those hills that you don't even want to look up at when your running because it's so intimidating. But there is a light at the end of that tunnel which is the finish line!  Jamie is our little energizer bunny, who practically sprints up hills!  She's amazing!  I tried for a very brief time to keep up with her, but alas Market Street hill got the best of me and I slowed down, put my head down and just put one foot in front of the other. 
At the top of the hill, there were people cheering and I took the final turn to see the finish line.  I used whatever energy I had left to finish strong!  I was so glad it was over!  I usually am at the end of every race.  But I keep coming back for more!
My little running group (Beth, Shanna, Jamie, Kim and myself), who Shanna refers to as "Moms on the Run", showed up and showed out!  We all did a great job and I think I speak for all of us when I say it was a great experience!   We are already looking for our next challenge!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Back At It

Well I feel as though I am back to my old much as I am going to be with this new life called motherhood.  I started back running more and more.  I've also done two 5K's, both of which I placed in my age group (cool)!  I've still got it!  Or perhaps this new "age group" that I'm in is not quite as competitive as the previous one.  I choose to believe that I've still got it!
Motherhood as a whole is wonderful!  Best thing ever!  I highly recommend it!  Lucy is 6 months old, sleeps through the night and is generally a very happy baby.  I am blessed to say the very least!  So naturally, now that everything seems to be running smoothly at home, I feel the need to shake things up.  I have a very hard time living in the moment.  It's really something that I am working very hard at.  I stay at home with Lucy, which I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do, but I can't help but feel a little inadequate for not making any money.  I know that may sound silly, but I have been working since I was 15 years old.  For the past sixteen years, I've paid my own bills.  I know a lot of women dream about being a housewife or stay-at-home mom, but when you've been independent for your entire life it's quite an adjustment.  I am constantly trying to figure out ways that I can work from home, instead of just enjoying this time in my life.  In this new year, I need to resolve to live in the moment more!  Plain and simple.
On the running front, I have a small group of gal pals that I run with every Sunday.  We are training for the Y10 in February.  I am excited, because ironically I've never done this race.  It's a tough one, not because of the distance, but because of the cold, wind and that brutal Market St. hill at the very end.  I am looking forward to it!  Other than that, I am just dreaming of Spring!  (See there I go again, not living in the moment...ugh!)