Monday, October 12, 2009

Plan B

Well, I know you all are wondering what we ended up doing for dinner on Friday - the solution was to split a hamburger and fries at our favorite burger joint. One nice thing is that if you tell them you are splitting the burger when you order, they will do it for you and place the two halves, with fries, in separate baskets. It was good, and I mentioned to my husband when we were leaving that it was nice to walk out feeling pleasantly full, but not stuffed. Even though I've been doing this whole "portion control" thing for well over a year now, I still surprise myself when I manage to do it at a restaurant. I don't know why - I guess it's just years and years of coming away feeling stuffed and regretful over the amount that I ate. Wonder if those feelings will every dissipate?

Speaking of being full, I was a little stuffed from the smoothie I made Sunday night - I used my mixed frozen fruit and some new POM Nectarine that the POM people so nicely sent me. I normally make my smoothies with just water, but I have to say that adding the POM really, really makes them taste great! However, that great taste comes with a price - about 150 extra calories - so I don't plan on doing this in the future. But, wow...it was good!

New POM flavors - Nectarine and Kiwi

It was a cold, rainy, dreary weekend here - and while it dried out enough to go for a bike ride on Saturday evening, it was too cold for me and I ended up cutting it short. The wind went right through my clothes - I will have to investigate some cold-weather exercise gear before my next ride. This snuck up on me, needing clothes like that...I've never had a need for them because, let's face it - if it was cold, the old Shelley wasn't going outside to exercise! I guess I'm still learning who I am - and apparently I am someone who will continue to bike ride in the cold!

25 comments:

  1. Isn't it cool? All these changes? Suddenly you are that woman who exercises and does it in inclement weather? Wonderful.

    Have a great week!

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  2. Exercising in the cold is a true transition to lifestyle change Shelley - great job!

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  3. Under Armour clothing is great for being outside in the cold. I bought some for my hubby who works outside all winter (we live in Nova Scotia, Canada) and he says it keeps him nice and toasty.

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  4. I like Pom... but I don't drink many calories any more. But nectarine sounds very yummy.

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  5. We've started splitting entrees too. The easiest is take out Chinese. The portions are usually so generous. We each get a soup and then one entree to split. It's a small change but those small changes add up. The cold weather brings new challenges.

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  6. Restaurants are still tough for me. I think I am about 50/50 on the success rate, but that's not too bad.

    Cold weather biking, brrrrr! I have my limits. If it is below 30, I don't go. Other than that, just layer up. Make sure your top is short enough so it doesn't interfere with pedaling, because that will annoy the heck out of you, trust me! And don't forget to make sure the bottom of your pantlegs are snug against your ankles so they don't catch in the chain. Trust me, you don't want that LOL!

    I love those new POM flavors, too - especially the nectarine!

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  7. It's so neat to see these changes become a lifestyle as opposed to a "diet." I love splitting meals with the hubs. That way, I can indulge without busting a gut. Alternatively, I box half and eat it for lunch the next day. For example, today I'm having leftover jerk chicken with brown rice/raisins/cashews and smashed yams from our Sat. dinner at Johnny Mango's. mmmmmm.

    Those new POM flavors sound deelish!

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  8. You are seriously rocking the lifestyle change. Exercising in the cold?? That's the proof right there. Great job Shelley and thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. You HAVE totally transformed yourself! Mission Accomplished! You get halves at restaurants, you exercise in cold weather...you fight and dig at the gym. You are Wonder Woman! :D

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  10. I love biking and last winter I invested in some Underarmor which allowed me to get some outside rides in the cold weather. Just make sure you get the stuff for cold weather. Also keep in mind it needs to be cold enough out to wear it....I found out the hard way by wearing it once when it was chilly out but not really cold enough for it and ended up getting overheated on my ride.

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  11. I love how you will need to invest in some cold weather clothes. You really have changed your whole life.

    I have some cold weather gear I got at a sporting goods store, and although it was pricey, it was worth every penny.

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  12. Buy Under Armor - it wicks away the sweat but keeps you toasty posty. I bought mine at Dick's Sporting Goods (not sure you have that store in Texas though!)

    Happy Monday!!

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  13. Good work on splitting the meal..I agree that eating out is the toughest when it comes to portion control. Personally I don't do it very often so when I do I always feel that I "deserve" whatever I want...which isn't always the best option. lol You're doing awesome!

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  14. I got SO excited about your favorite burger joint...my very own Mr. P designed that building!!!! Small, small world.

    (If you went to the new one that is.)

    I feel bad because Pom sent me some juice and I didn't review it on the blog because I didn't like it...I am not cut out for freebies it seems.

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  15. I see people biking all the time, rain or shine and in biking shorts. I think they must have special fabric either that or they are immune to cold. I'm in an area where they are probably hundreds of bicyclers on the weekends and it does not seem to matter, the weather. Except we're expecting a huge storm starting this afternoon...should not be too many cyclists out in pouring down rain.

    I got the POM also and watered it down with water so that my water was slightly pink (to celebrate Feel Your Babies Month).
    ;-)

    Also I don't know if those food feelings ever go away.

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  16. It's like you're becoming a whole new person...a healthy, vibrant, agile, happier girl!! I love watching the changes in you...it inspires me to no end! :)

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  18. Brrr! I am with you on feeling cold outside at the moment. And I laughed at your comment about how it has taken you by surprise. Yeah, I would have stayed indoors on bad weather days too!

    Plus we have less fat nowadays as insulation, lol!

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  19. My greatest downfall when it comes to food portions are at restaurants. Reading your post makes me realize it is possible to keep to portion control is I have the restaurant do it for me or divide it beforehand with a doggy bag.

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  20. Wow Shelley - nothing but progress here - portion control at a restaurant and cold weather workout clothes?! You really are hitting it.

    Restaurants are such a danger zone for me - it's sort of like adult Disneyworld - someone taking my order, cooking my food and cleaning up after me. It feels like such a fantasy that I guess I think all those calories I consume will just melt away like magic.

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  21. Yum. Burger and fries. Good for you for spliting. Good on the waist line and the wallet.

    POM is good, but pretty spendy. Thanks for letting me know about the new flavors. I might just have to spluge and try them out.

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  22. Funny, I'm going shopping this weekend for winter running clothes :) I used to stay inside too but no no: not this winter!

    Good for you that you split the burger. I'm certain I would ate the whole thing :lol:

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  23. I DEFINITELY stay inside for winter. There just are no clothes that will allow the human lung to voluntarily accept -20 air. Around here, the malls (all indoor) open early, and provide little maps showing how many laps of the mall you have to walk to get to a mile (ours is 8). There are a LOT of old men who do this regularly.
    The gossip in me is dying to know what you deleted...But I guess that's why you deleted it.
    I never share with my hubby because he doesn't want to. So I just either bag it and eat it later, or not. Eating too much in a restaurant hasn't been a problem since the food allergy deal. There is hardly any restaurant food I can eat, and sorry - I DON'T want to eat salad all the time.

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  24. Jill, you are too funny! I deleted a spam comment - it linked to a diet website and I try to not let these people get free advertising under the guise of an actual comment.

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