Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Weekly Update, 10/14/09

What's New?

Well, it was a lack-luster week for exercise, a so-so week for nutrition, but a good week in life. We helped out at the Things' school by clearing a bunch of tree branches and leaf piles behind the school buildings with a group of other parent volunteers, then took a scenic drive, and we tried a restaurant we hadn't been to in awhile (the kids enjoyed it; my dish was so-so, but Mr. Handsome-and-Handy's was quite tasty).

On Sunday, we went to Swanton Pacific Ranch for their annual Cal Poly Day event. There's a great tri-tip BBQ lunch, and train rides on the Swanton Pacific Railroad, a 1/3 scale hobby railroad created by the gentleman who bequeathed the ranch to Cal Poly. They were running the little steam trains used for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and a little diesel switcher. I was happy that this part of the ranch was spared the Lockheed fire that ravaged the area over the summertime. (Thank you, firefighters!!!)

Pubsgal and Things 1&2 with one of the little trains. Speaking of little trains, if your kids love trains, Lois Lensky's "The Little Train" is an excellent choice.

We also took a detour to the ranch's apple orchard, and we had a great time picking their delicious, organically-grown apples! It was a little late in the season, so the good pickings were up kind of high for the kids to reach them, but we managed to find 7 pounds of good apples. Mr. H&H was a little uncertain about going--apple picking in Michigan typically involved long hikes to the trees--but this small orchard was located right on the road back to the highway.

Thing 2 with her apple...
...and Thing 1 with his. (And no, Mom isn't the only one enjoying these.)

The pictures remind me of what Thing 2 said on our way back. She was tired in the car, but reluctant to nap. "I don't want to wake up and have you say, 'Burp!' and an empty bag!"

Shrink for Good Challenge

Well, I'm up +.4 this week. Guess one of the good little cans got jealous that the others went to Paris last week....

Progress last week

7-day blood glucose average: 98 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 102 (met goal of less than 120)

Weight goal: Up .4 this week.

Food goals:
- Got in 4 meatless meals and 0 fish meal. (Met meatless, did not meet fish)
- Fiber: at least 4/7 days were over 30.

Exercise goals: Weird, busy week. I felt somewhat derailed, but got something in most days.
- Wednesday: 40 minutes walk.
- Thursday: 20 minutes walk.
- Friday: 40 minutes walk.
- Saturday: 90 minutes yard work at the Things' school
- Sunday: Nothing. (Some walking around, but that's about it.)
- Monday: 60 minutes at gym - 40 minutes treadmill run, 10 minutes upper-body strength
- Tuesday: Nothing. (I wanted to do the belly dancing class again, but we had a big storm and I wanted to get home before dark even more.)

Goals for this week

7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.

Food goals:
- Keep tracking.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Track fiber. Minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)

Exercise goals:
Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week. Prepare for the Pumpkin Run 5K on 10/18 and the Theta Breakers on 11/8.

Misc. goals:
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.


Christie O. said...

eh a measly .4. whatever! where are the pictures of your cans??? i love those! i love apple orchards too, wish we had some around here. we have orange groves. it's just not the same.

cheers to a new week ahead!

Brooke said...

i am in awe of your fiber goals! :) i'm lucky to get 20 grams a day.

i can't wait to read about your race this weekend. you'll do great

Pubsgal said...

Christie: Don't worry; I didn't have time for a good can picture today, but I've got a grand finale in the works... :-)

Pubsgal said...

Thanks, Brooke! I'm looking forward to it.

Fiber is tough to get sometimes, even when one does eat a lot of veggies and fruit. I like some of the weird foods (chia seeds and flax) that have a lot of fiber. Inulin powder works nicely, too; it mixes in well with coffee. And the lower carb tortillas have a ton of fiber, but the taste and texture take some getting used to.

Courtney said...

7 hours of sleep a night is a great goal...and very important compoment of meeting your food and fitness goals as well!!

I replied to your comment on my blog, but thought I would put it here too. My 5k this weekend is a Trick or Treat Trot..wonder if we get candy!? I think I'd rather a pumpkin!!!

Good luck to you...I think this is a great way to ease back into events after our respective tri's

Adventures in Tri-ing

Lori said...

Hey - getting in something pretty much every day when you are busy is testament to knowing where to put your priorities! Great job!

I use oat fiber (from Honeyville Grain) and add that to things. It packs a lot of fiber, so you can amp up foods without noticing it.