I’m working diligently on my new cookbook and have realized lately my jeans are a tad tight. Think there’s a correlation?
Sometimes when I’m creating a recipe I can’t always determine the calorie count right away. Sometimes it’s because I’m in a hurry and I haven’t calculated the calories for a particular ingredient. Sometimes it’s because I don’t know the serving size. But mostly it’s because here at Casa Lazy we don’t throw away food. Ever. So even if I’ve accidentally created a high-calorie recipe, we eat it. And if there are 12 servings, we eat ‘em all. Not in one sitting, mind you, but probably not in 12, either.
When I’m in ‘cookbook mode’ I’m creating at least one new recipe every day, often two, and occasionally three.
All this to say, I haven’t been following my own advice about portion control very well lately.
Add to that my, um, lackadaisical attitude toward exercise the last couple of weeks and you understand the too-snug jeans.
I’ve become more conscious of the food thing, but the exercise has begun to bore me. And if I’m bored mentally, you know my body is bored too.
So I’m shaking it up and doing something different and — so far — more interesting.
I read a lot — a LOT — of healthy living magazines and save lots — LOTS — of articles about particular exercise routines. They get ‘filed’ in a pile near my treadmill and weight machine. Do I ever look at them? Why, no … no, I don’t. So I’ve started to go through them (in front of the TV, of course), listing the ones I a) understand how to do; b) have the equipment for; and c) promise me smokin’ hot results.
I have a master list for arms/shoulders, legs, abs/core, and back exercises and I’ve simply listed each under the proper heading. Every other day when I go downstairs to strength train, I choose 2 or 3 from each category and do 3 sets of each, making note of how heavy my weights were, how many reps I did and any other pertinent info. I’ve vowed not to do the same exercise within the same week and I won’t pair the same ones together again for a while. I also try to increase my weights or my reps every time.
So far, so good. It’s given me a renewed interest in working out. I love the variety as well as tracking my results to see that I’m doing more each day. Plus, I refuse to buy new jeans. I’m just that lazy.