Jan 29, 2012

Rambling Thoughts on a Snowy Day

Where do the weekends go? These two days have flown by.

Today  Leigh and I went for a 5k walk with her lovely dog, Finn (hope I'm spelling that right!) along the Hamilton beachfront. It was the perfect mix of wind and sunshine on a Winter day. We did three intervals of running 60 seconds each and then decided to walk the rest of the way.

I woke up this morning in a lot of pain - not sure if it was from the run yesterday and getting so cold or just one of those days I've talked about, where everything hurts. Going out and walking took a lot of energy, both physical and mental but it was good to stretch the sore muscles and get fresh air.

The rest of the day was mostly dedicated to domesticity. Cooking, cleaning, organizing for the week ahead - you know all the stuff that makes life so exciting! I had a short nap and watched a bit of TV, read some blogs and I feel like I could fall asleep standing up.

The snow is coming down pretty hard right now and my youngest, Liam, is hoping for a snow day tomorrow. He has his final exam tomorrow so I'm hoping the weather is good so he can just get it out of the way and enjoy the last few days off before he starts second semester. I'm also hoping the roads are okay tomorrow to get to the GO Station for work. I leave so early that sometimes the ploughs and icers haven't been out yet and the roads down the mountain can get quite icy as well as the ramp onto the 403.

I've been thinking a lot today about what I eat and realise although I eat very clean compared to even a year ago - very little processed food and that is mostly when I eat out or at someone else's home - there is still a lot of carbs. The starchy vegetables, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, peas....and although I eat brown rice and brown pasta, and keep the portion sizes to half a cup at a time, they are still very high carb.

Over the years I've tried to adapt an Atkins or Dukan style diet but never seem to stick to it for more than a week at a time. I really don't like meat and have always eaten very little meat of any kind, since I was a little girl. Its the texture, doesn't matter how I try it cooked - or what kind of meat, and sometimes it feels very heavy in my stomach.  Most of the meat alternatives are carbs - so although it isn't impossible for me to follow a lower-carb diet, it takes a ton of planning and organization to make balanced meals.  I often wonder if I really *had* to do it, could I? And what does that mean about why I don't think I can now?

Just rambling questions in my head and although I do try and strive for lower carb meals on a day to day basis, it is nowhere near a "low carb" lifestyle. My endocrinologist advises a diet that focuses on the lower glycemic carbs rather than low carb.

On another note,  I bought a new cookbook from Weight Watchers which focuses on fruit and vegetables and are all in single portions which works out perfectly for me and I have new ideas for lunches.


  1. I'm the most surprised person here as a confirmed carnivore that actually the vegan dietary discipline has worked the best for me and seems the most inclusive. Since I haven't eaten pasta or even much rice and mostly legumes and whole gains (barley, buckwheat, etc.), I think I'm doing the "low carb" route as well...in a manner of speaking.

  2. What is with this snowpocalypse? When we came home from yoga is was bone dry and now it is all Christmas-like.

    Hope the roads are salted for you in the morning!

    Re: the Parmesan crusted tilapia, I dipped the fish in beaten egg, then in Parmesan with some salt and pepper added to it, then I fry it in olive oil. Just like that...I made chicken like that the other night too and it is fabulous!

  3. Finn thanks you for spelling his name correctly:)

  4. I always love your posts, you have the best attitude and are so honest with yourself. I don't eat a lot of meat either, but for me its a matter of not having enough time too, or wanting to cook. I eat a LOT of eggs. Just tonight I hard boiled 8 for snacks during the week, but more often I'll fry up one whole and one egg white. Carbs are my killer too and recently I've cut them out. I still indulge every once in a while (tonight I had a sub) but making the conscious effort to cut them out forced me to come up with new options, like using carrots in a stir fry instead of rice or a leaf of lettuce instead of bread in a sandwich. I think as long as you're eating well, making clean choices and following your doctors advice you're doing perfect. Keep on truckin' girl :) xx

  5. I wish it was snowing in my city (Southampton) in England. I always get jealous when other people have snow. I've only seen snow a handful of times in my life! :(