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Wow it’s already August 8th

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This summer has truly sped by.  A lot has happened, both good and bad- but overall, for the better.  I’ve experienced difficulty, conflict, uncertainty, heartbreak, success and comfort.  And, that’s just up until now.  It’s been a busy one: Looking for a new place, waiting on school replies, busy job, moving out my old apartment, helping my brother decide on his school situation, exercising(!), playing with my dog, going to fantastic meals, games &concerts, BBQing, etc.

I was thinking of my “Summer To Do’s” last night and thougth I might recap &check in on my progress this morning:

  • Go sailing on Boston Harbor
  • Host a BBQ
  • Play Tennis outside
  • Go cycling on the cape or western MA
  • Go to Tanglewood for a concert
  • Move & Host a House-warming party
  • Have a picnic
  • Lose the aforementioned extra 16 lbs
  • Try a TRX Class
  • Keep working on this blog
  • Get my career in order
  • Go wine tasting
  • Go to an outdoor concert
  • Save money
  • Let go of and donate old/unused clothing
  • Exercise at least 30 min/day
  • Keep caloric intake to 1200 cal/day, 6 days/week and indulge to 1500-1600 cal one day/week
  • Weigh myself every morning and  give myself 3lbs fluctuation room
  • Drink at least 64 oz water/day

All things considered, I’m doing pretty well.  I guess I could work hard on:

  • Regular blog posts
  • Cycling
  • Donating clothes
  • Regular weigh ins
  • Picnic
  • Wine-tasting

 So far, so good .. 🙂

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August 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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Eating calories or eating food or both?

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Last night my family got together for a dinner together again. This time we decided to order in from Upper Crust. When I went online to view their menu I was surprised to find they had listed their nutritional facts.   I found myself checking the calories in the various pizzas I was interested in ordering. While it was great to know how many calories I would be consuming, when the food actually arrived, I found myself eating more than I would have if I hadn’t known the caloric content.  Normally I would have estimated two slices of their small pizza to be 600 calories and I would have felt like I was indulging with those two slices and filled myself up with a side of salad. However, this time- since I knew that half the small pizza would be ~600 calories, I indulged in three huge slices and had a side of salad. My thinking was “I’m still within my caloric budget, I can and perhaps even should eat that.”  The questions should have been “Do I really want that third slice? Do I really need it? Am I that hungry?”

European eating is about indulging a little, eating until satisfied, enjoying the food and not about calories, fat, budgets, etc. They manage to remain slim this way, and of course an active lifestyle. As I reflected upon how I chose to eat 3 large slices I understood how my obsession with calories could be counterproductive and in fact cause me to gain weight. 

Having dieted since I was a young girl (13 years old or so), I know the calories in most foods and it’s hard to shut off that part of my brain that will call out the caloric content of any foods I’m considering like a score keeper. Perhaps it’s even impossible to shut that off right away or at all. What I can do though is to juxtapose that voice with healthier questions such as “What do I want to eat – cravings & what’s good for my body considered?” “Do I really want to eat the rest of that ___? (pastry, plate of pasta, piece of bread, cookie)”

This morning was another example of how I am struggling to approach food more moderately. My brother & I went to a cafe that sells my favorite croissaints in all of Boston. I ordered a croissaint and an iced coffee- exactly what I wanted.  When I was eating the croissant though, it seemed greasier than usual and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I thought I would be. I still finished it though, rationalizing in my head “You need about 300 calories for breakfast. Even if this croissant isn’t tasting as good as you thought, eat it because it’s about 300 calories.” I could have stopped halfway or even two-thirds of the way through because I simply wasn’t enjoying it, but I didn’t. The calorie voice won again.

I know it won’t be easy.  I want to lose weight, and I want to think healthily & non-obsessively.  Sometimes they are at odds with one another. Other times they are not.

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July 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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Why am I so hungry?

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I woke this morning feeling ready for a powerplate workout. I changed into my workout clothes, and made myself a latte with almond milk while eating an almost-too-ripe banana. 30 short minutes later, I was in class, sweating away and 30 minutes after that I was in the shower.  I quickly got dressed into a default all-black outfit and sped walk to the shuttle. Soon enough I was in my office having my cup of Kashi go lean cereal.  The cereal selection was intentional- to keep me full and buzzing through the morning. Now, only 2 1/2 hours later I’m super hungry! Do I need to be eating a heartier breakfast? My lunch time is only 45 minutes away and they can’t come soon enough!

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July 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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Getting back in shape.. aiyaiyai

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I’m just starting my third week on my plan to get back to my ‘happy weight.’ Boy.. it ain’t easy! I haven’t been too restrictive with my eating but I’ve been doing a LOT of exercise: boxing, personal training, spinning, TRX, powerplate class, running.. and boy, do I feel it in my muscles.. and my clothes! My clothes fit much more comfortably than before which is hugely rewarding and my sore muscles are proof that I’ve earned it. I haven’t actually weighed myself and I’m actually a little afraid to! I think it will say 129-something, which is good but also right on that borderline of being back in the 130s; if it’s in the 130s which is a possibility since I’ve developed a lot of muscle and I still eat quite a lot, I’ll be pretty upset. I don’t want to be upset by a number but c’mon.. y’all understand what I mean!

Regarding food- as I said, I haven’t been restrictive. I pretty much allow myself to eat most things except I do try to moderate the sweets (except fruit). I had one over-indulgent day (one week ago actually) when I had 3 chocolate chip cookies and 3 sugar waffles after dinner. I ran off most of it so I felt okay the day after but I sure don’t want that to happen again.  I could injure myself at that rate!

I’ve reconsidered what my ‘goal’ exactly is. It’s somewhere in the high-onehundred teens by September. That’s about six weeks away. At a rate of 2 lbs/week in weight loss it’s still healthily feasible  at a start of ~130 lbs. I do want to do it the right  way but it is pretty slow and patience-exhausting. I suppose I should feel lucky that I see the difference in my clothing fit after only 2 weeks though, right?

 

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July 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

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Whirlwind weekend

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Haha.. as you can see I am loving this silly post titles!

This weekend was one heck of a whirlwind though. Recap:

Friday: Dinner with family, grocery shopping, cooking for a lunch I volunteered to serve on Saturday

Saturday: Drop off lunch at community center,  run 3 miles, boxing/personal training session, lunch, spend some time with my family, dinner with a friend, preparing cookie dough to bake the following day

Sunday: Wake up, breakfast, tennis, run 3 miles, prepare for outdoor BBQ party at parents house, shower, greet guests, entertain, grill food on the bbq outdoors in the blazing sun, pass out from heat exhaustion, lots of watermelon and honeydew melon for dinner, drive back to my place, organize my things, go to bed

Monday: Wake up, breakfast with brother (yay for croissaints!), powerplate class, 5 min jog back to my place, shower, bus to work, starbucks iced coffee, and now .. I’m in my office!

Busybusybusy…

Today- I’ve got work, then a brief meeting with a former professor of mine, quick dinner, followed by an evening at home- doing laundry, vacuuming, cleaning up, & hopefully a quick 3 mile run

Tuesday- TRX class in the AM, Work, Dinner, Run

Wednesday- Powerplate class, Work, Dinner, Run

Thursday- Work, dinner, Run

Friday- Powerplate class, dinner, Run

Yup, that’s right.. my getting-back-into-shape program is in full swing

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July 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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Happy Friday!!

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OMG.. it is FINALLY Friday- Thank the Lord!! I’m so ready for a full nights rest and some decompression time. I’ve got a full weekend but I’m ready to be out of the office and to escape the city a bit. Schedule is as follows:

Today:

  • Work
  • Doctors appt
  • Apartment viewing (I’m looking for a new place!)
  • Cook enough for 15 women
  • Dinner
  • Sleep for 8 hours (11pm-7am)

Saturday:

  • Deliver food (volunteering)
  • TRX Class
  • Boxing lesson
  • Lunch with family
  • Revisit Container store
  • Bake more cookies
  • Sleep!!!

Sunday:

  • 90 min spin class
  • Help out at parents party
  • Grocery shop for the week
  • Head back to the apt
  • Vacuum, Clean up
  • Sleep!!

Wow that’s kind of a lot. The Sleep will be good and the relaxing on Saturday afternoon (post exercise) will be good though 🙂

Fridays are awesome. Last night I ran ~5 miles and woke up a little stiff and groggy.  This morning’s 30  min powerplate session woke me right up and now I’m feeling good.

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July 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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New Foci

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I realized last night I need to focus on new things not only to move forward with my life but also to create some distance and space from my current situation so I’ll be able to see things more clearly at a later point.

I love lists so here’s my list of new foci:

  • Fitness & Sculpting my body
  • Races
  • Eating more natural, earth-based, whole foods
  • Saving more money
  • Writing more on this blog
  • Starting a book on particular experiences, TBD
  • Cleaning out my wardrobe, Donating old/unused items
  • Cleaning up Laptop
  • Learning to love yoga & meditation
  • Taking vitamins daily
  • Nail care
  • Setting up a youtube cooking chanel
  • Restudying Biology topics
  • Restudying for LSAT

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July 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

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