Mixed results

I’m back! Okay I never really went away, but I was kind of ignoring you all for a bit. So I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seats, waiting to hear what happened over the past month. Actually, quite a few things happened.

First, my 3-month boot camp ended. Which means I can eat again. Although I likely won’t be indulging like I used to, because I still have a long ways to go. I can tell you that I successfully lost over 7% of my total weight. And I ran/walked/staggered through a 5K. And then later a 10K. Not too shabby!

Second, NaNoWriMo. One crazy month to write 50,000 words of a novel. I’ve actually been attempting this for years, but have never been successful. I did write a decent 15,553 words though, so it wasn’t a total loss. It probably didn’t help that most of my free time was spent either working overtime, recovering from the flu (yes it was likely H1N1) or exercising.

And Third. Well, I’m going to have to abandon all of you again, this time for a period during March. You kind of had a hint with the post I put up a couple of weeks ago. I’m going on another holiday –  this time to places where I will be stuffing myself silly with tangines and paella. There’s going to be a very brief stop in London (England, not Ontario) too, so I’m hoping to include a specific restaurant to that list as well.

So that’s all of my news. I have about a month’s worth of other people’s blogs to read, so please bear with me while I catch up. What’s new with you?

Healthy eating

In my exercise boot camp, last week’s nutrition challenge was to eat 4 raw fruits and 4 raw or cooked vegetables, plain, per day.

This week’s challenge is to increase our fibre intake to a minimum of 20 g.

One week later, I’m still keeping up with the food diary, although it is getting irritating.

Meanwhile, the leftover muffins and pound cake from someone’s meeting is taunting me from the office kitchen. “Eat me,” they say. “You know you want to.”

Keeping track

I just joined a boot camp-style program in an effort to shed some pounds. Running for three months, they push you to change your lifestyle and become healthy. A part of the program includes keeping a food diary of everything (and I mean everything) that you eat or drink.

I’ve tried keeping a food diary before; that attempt lasted about two weeks, after which I promptly tossed it aside and declared that I was horrible at remembering to write things down.

There is value in keeping a food diary. It definitely makes you think about what you’re putting in your mouth. And about the quantity. And it shows you when you didn’t eat enough vegetables, have enough milk, etc.

It’s only been two days and already I’m tired of writing down every sip or bite. 😦 Here’s hoping I don’t throw out the notebook before the three months are over.