It's going to be a hectic time over the next month: major work deadlines, end of the school year, and the Things' big dance recital! Aaaiiieee! I probably won't be posting on my own blog more than once per week, but I'll probably still be reading and commenting on other blogs, for sanity's sake. :-) And of COURSE I'll be posting about my May 30 race, when "I run for chocolate and champagne!"
The discussion over on MizFit about kids and body image (and what we can do to help) definitely has me thinking a lot about how Things 1 & 2 perceive food and exercise. On the one hand, I wonder how much they notice my exercise, since I tend to work out before they wake up or at lunch. I'm also interested in their inevitable post-race question: "Did you win?" They seem disappointed when I tell them "No, but I had lots of fun." Definitely need to get them to an event to show them how much fun it can be just *being* a part of it. (Most events are really early on a weekend morning, and the last one was very rainy. I'm hoping we can all make it to the race at the end of the month.)
Food-wise, I know they get some mixed messages from Mr. Handsome-and-Handy and me. We both struggle with balancing love of tasty food and desire for healthy bodies. Quality-wise, we do okay (mostly!); quantity is the challenge. They see me eating mostly after work; I tend to be rather food-obsessed when I walk through the door, and I think I need to be more mindful of what message that gives them. Perhaps I ought to plan on spending a half hour or so on "re-entry" before I tackle my plate. Maybe a snack when I leave work would help? (Said plate is loaded with healthy stuff; good. The after-dinner-cupboard-rummage that sometimes happens? Not so good.)
Thing 2 wanted me to go outside with her and play. I was balking; I'd just gotten home from work and felt a little tired. "C'mon!" she urged. "It'll give you muuuuuuuscles!" That not only cracked me up, it also got me into my "play clothes" and out the door rather quickly. Thing 1 has been kind of reluctant to get outside as much, since the herd of boys next door moved away last summer. I think I need to do a little more noodging to get him outside with us. He's fast and agile on bike and scooter, and he's developing great thowing and catching skills at flag football class. Sadly, it sometimes takes him a loooong time to do his homework. When I'm on homework duty, I sometimes have him break it up a bit and do some quick exercises as he gets set parts of it done. We jump around and run laps around the living room.
Progress last week
7-day blood glucose average: 99 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting average: 101 (met goal of less than 120, 100% of days)
Weight goal: 0 lb (met goal of either maintain or make progress toward goal)
- Consumed 4 meatless, low-fat meals and 1 fish meals. (met meatless meal goal; missed fish meal goal)
- Met goal of 30 grams of fiber or greater 3/7 days last week. (didn't do quite so well as last week's 4/7...it's challenging to get that much fiber into a day!)
- Met coffee goal 5/5 week days.
Met my Women's Challenge goals, but didn't quite meet the personal goal of 30 minutes x 5 days/week, and I missed my swim. (Unless sitting in the wading pool with Things 1 & 2 and having them pour water over my head counts. No? Drat, didn't think so.) Did 1 spin class, one run, two "30 Day Shred" sessions, and one walk. Since I missed BodyPump class due to work schedule, I did my strength training at home that day.
Misc. goals: Got adequate sleep all nights.
Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- On work days, switch to tea and plain water after that first cup of coffee.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day and work up to consuming 50 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)
Minimum of 30 minutes of workout 5 days/week. Workouts to include at least 1 bike, 1 run, and 1 swim per week, plus 2 strength training per week.
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.