Thursday, April 3, 2008

No Gains, Sore Thighs

My hamstrings are wishing I'd stayed in California. So are my obliques. They aren't super sore, but they're letting me know this morning that they are NOT happy that I "abused" them again yesterday. I think they liked the week off.

No gains! At least nothing substantial. I stepped on the scale this morning and it said 129. I was 127.8 a day before vacation. Just a little water weight, probably.

So how are you all doing? Eating well? Working out? Yes? No? Thinking about it?

One of the comfort foods I missed while I was on vacation was this pumpkin/pudding concoction I discovered over at Hungry-Girl.com. Mix 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin, a container of Jell-O sugar-free vanilla pudding, a packet of stevia (or Splenda) and 1/2 t. of cinnamon. You get a LOT of creamy yumminess for your calories. And a lot of fiber, too. Very filling. I bought my weekly can of pumpkin yesterday and a six-pack of pudding and I'm good to go for awhile.

Catching up on my blog reading, I found a great article link at The Skinny the other day. "10 Best Foods For Women" talks about, well, the kinds of foods women should eat to stay healthy. I thought I was all smart and stuff until I got to the part about kale. Kale? I've not seen much written about the health benefits of kale. Spinach, yes, but kale? So I bought some kale yesterday. Any of you have it before? How do you cook it? I was going to saute some in onions and garlic and serve it with the tempeh that's currently in my freezer.

Also included in the article is a recipe for Pistou Vegetable Soup which includes kale. I'll "vegetarianize" it (it calls for chicken broth) and try it this weekend.

I was a little ticked this morning when I discovered the calcium supplement I bought has gelatin in it. My vitamin D levels are low so my doctor put me on it. Considering we haven't had any sun in four months, no wonder my levels are low! Unfortunately I already opened the package so I can't return it. Now I'm on the hunt for vegetarian calcium supplements. I'm sure it won't be too hard to find, but really. Gelatin? Is that really necessary in calcium?

It's good to be home again, but I really loved California. I'm also not afraid to take time off from my workout schedule anymore. Not that I want to take a week off again anytime soon, but always in the back of my head was that worry that I'd gain all 168 pounds back. In a week. Irrational, I know, but that's how my head works sometimes.

I updated my 2008 page on my Lynn's Journey site with some photos from California. Click here to go there.

5 comments:

norahess6 said...

I just wanted to take a moment to say that I am so glad that you are still writing and being such an inspiration. I get on your website daily to remind myself that I CAN lose this weight. Keep up the updates, they mean so much more than you probably realize.

Anonymous said...

The only recipe I have for kale is to saute it. Place 1 tbsp. EVOO in pan with 2 tsp. minced garlic over low heat for 3 min. Increase heat to high add 1/2 lb. kale to pan, cover with lid for 1 min. until wilted, add another 1/2 lb. kale to pan and cook until wilted, add salt and pepper to taste. Haven't ried this recipe yet but it looks yummy.
Sarah

Toni said...

I have half of me to lose. Just started with a personal trainer today. Only cardio workouts to start, but the sore muscles will be forthcoming. I get inspiration from your site. Thank you.

Lesley said...

Hey Lynn,

We were both west coasters recently as I just returned from my Vegas vacation. Let's just say I tried counting points except for the ones in alcoholic beverages!

I know what you mean about taking a week off from exercise. I took only four days off, but the day I got back into my routine (Wednesday) I did a power walk with incline instead of running. On Thursday I ran, and I was actually full of energy! Very weird for not having run in days, but I'll take it!

It's hard to break the mentality of being perfect, and I tried not to fall into WW amnesia while on vacation as much as possible. But we have to live life, right?

Great note about your body having the energy to do things on vacation like go on hikes. We walked all over Vegas and it was nice not worrying about sweating my butt off, being out of breath in front of friends, thighs rubbing together, ya know?

TGIF!
Lesley

Cheri said...

After a month of kidney issues I'm easing back into an exercise routine (and am sore as a result). I'm not well yet, but not exercising is driving me crazy).

I've not had kale in ages, chard yes, but kale...only in soup. You may be able to cook kale the same way I cook chard, little bit of olive oil, however much minced garlic you prefer, salt pepper. Rinse the chard but don't completely dry. Saute the garlic in the olive oil then add the chard and cook until wilted.