Thursday, July 13, 2006

This and That

This strict dieting has helped me realize how lax I had become in my eating. I was still eating relatively clean, but definitely not spot on. When I first started this new diet almost three weeks ago, I had visited someone’s office that always has chocolates on her desk and I almost grabbed one out of habit. I guess I didn’t realize how often I was grabbing a chocolate here and a chocolate there. Going on a strict diet allows me to appreciate the simple things in life - like oatmeal and blueberries. After this test group diet is done, I may consider doing no carb weeks once a month or every couple of months to keep me on the straight and narrow. Food is something I struggle with and I'm always looking for ways to keep me on track and help me appreciate wholesome foods.

My cardio workout was awesome this morning… until the worst cramps I’ve ever had in my life hit. I had to leave and whimpered and moaned all the way home. A few minutes on the couch and a couple of Aleve fixed me up, but I’m disappointed that I had to stop when I was so close to finishing such an awesome workout. Why doesn’t that type of thing happen on days when your work out totally sucks wind?

Let's see if blogger will agree with me today and let me post some photos of The Cuteness...

I just love his long legs

It's hard to capture the essence of his cuteness on film...

... but sometimes: success!


At 4:21 PM, Blogger Brit-Man said...

I'm glad to read you are doing well with the diet Rachel.

You should be very proud of your efforts. I know it can't be easy, when you're so used to certain things, and things like sweets, chocolate etc etc, are easy to have, no cooking, no prep, no fuss, so kudos to you for doing so well.

In my own personal opinion though, I would advise against no Carb weeks. You'd at least need Carbs, first thing, to kickstart the Metabolism, and give you things like Energy, concentration, mental alertness and prevent lethargy.

To go without for a whole week, could have negative repercussions possibly, though I can't elaborate too much on that, as I'm not a specialist of some sort.

Anyway, keep up the hard work, I know you're doing really, really well, and you deserve to be very proud of yourself.

WELL DONE. You're definitely an inspiration to me, in your own unique way.

:-) :-) :-).


P.S. Why can't Dogs live as long as humans :-(.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Irene said...

I agree with brit-man about the carbs, especially for your cardio. Sorry about the cramping. What kind of cramping? Legs? Legs sometimes means you may need more potassium, magnesium or some electrolytes. Is your dog a basenji? Too cute!


At 5:04 PM, Blogger Miss Fit said...

Irene, he's a rat terrier that looks a lot like a basenji. His parents both look like RT's and he's so unusual (and special).

Matt, dogs should at the very least live as long as a horse. It just isn't fair.

Thank you both for the advice about no carbs. I can be very "all or nothing" and the no carbs was a real punishment to me so it helped me appreciate quality food. What about a no carb day?

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Big Mofo said...

Rach,I would never cut out carbs completely. You might try cutting out the starchy carbs for the last meal or two .... but definitely continue to eat the fibrous carbs 5-6 times per day.
Very spunky looking little dog you have.

Now, how about some pics of you ?!


At 7:51 AM, Blogger Erin said...

You are my HERO... resisting the PMS cave-in! WOO HOO!!!!

I love the pictures of the cuteness... you do a really good job of capturing his personality in the photos.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Brit-Man said...

Hay Rachel.

A no Carb day, might be a bit tough too. You could cycle Carbs, but even on a low Carb day, I wouldn't go below 15% maybe 10% at the outside.

I would at least on a day like that, have something like a Bowl of Wholegrain Cereal, or a Cereal Bar, as examples. A small portion of some kind of Complex energy Carbs, first thing.

Then you could for the rest of the day, have none perhaps.

Just think of those Breakfast Carbs, as a healthy pick-me-up, after all that downtime.

If you decided to Carb Cycle on a weekly basis, you could keep Carbs in the range of 15% - 45% perhaps, and then you could have 30% as a medium Carb day.

Bearing in mind, although the P/C/F/ ratios would alter, that would only be down to changes in Carb intake, and associated calorie reductions / increases.

Hopefully that helps.

Take care.


At 11:33 AM, Blogger KatieFeldmom said...

Cutie Pie!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Chérie said...

Thanks for the reminder- I'm letting too many small cheats in, even though I'm staying in my calorie range. Quality nutitrition is so important.

Glad to hear the Aleve helped, even though a killer workout got cut short.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Stef said...

Great Job on the eating, girl!!! Cute pup, too!


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

Love the pics of His Cuteness...but we still wanna see pics of YOU! darlin!~
So happy that the new diet thing os going well I'm so proud of you for sticking to it...even thru PMS! WOW ... could you send some of that will power my way?? I'm a totally unreasonable thing during that time!
sorry that the stupid cramps cut the cardio short! Bleeaa :P
Hope you're feeling better :D

At 2:46 PM, Blogger FV Tom said...

Max is so cute! His Cuteness!

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Hi, Rachel! Way to go on the workouts. Wow! I tend to get cramps if I don't hydrate enough the day before my workout.

BTW - I've moved my blog over here:

I love His Cuteness!

At 7:54 AM, Blogger Marijayde said...

What a cute lover puppy!!! There is just something so theraputic about having a dog around :>

Grats on all the clean eating! You are doing great!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Kim Rush 2112 said...

Hey man, keep up the work on your diet. I personally would die if I cut out my carbs...I went cycling on this 65 mile ride once and I hadn't been eating very many carbs...I bonked so bad it was mentally and physically painful. It took me about a week to recover.

His royal cuteness is exactly that!!! What an adorable guy!!! I just want to give him kisses :)

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

OMG that 2nd pic is the most adorable pic ever! Very very cute.

I just read that you went 20 days without a cheat? Or was it more than that? You are awesome, I struggle making it 6 days! Way to go girl!!


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