Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Forbidden Foods.

Someone commented on my last post asking why I wouldn't let my daughter go to McDonald's with our loved ones. As a kid who grew up in a place where there was NO fast food, I don't see the need for it personally. The reason that I don't want my daughter to go to McDonald's is not complex. I am not a fan of processed foods in general, but fast food is not something we eat in this household, and I will keep my kids away from McDonald's for as long as humanly possible. I know that I won't be able to keep her away forever. I understand that birthday parties and such at the golden arches are down the road and we will let her go for events with dance class or whatever. But I want to wait until she HAS to go.

This doesn't mean I'm one of those health crazed moms who keeps their kids away from everything. My girls don't eat white flour because we don't use white flour in this house. They eat it when they are elsewhere or we are out, but since my husband and I don't eat it, they don't either. My kids actually eat anything they want to. We bake cake and cookies whenever they want something sweet. We make homemade pasta for them, and they love their hot dogs (thanks to daddy giving them some - I don't  really eat hot dogs) just like every other kid. So there are no foods that are off limits, but there are ones that I don't want them exposed to because I can't control how they are made. You hear all these things about pink slime and fillers in food so I prefer to make it for them myself whenever possible.

They still get their burgers,  fries, mac & cheese, chocolate chip cookies, waffles, chicken nuggets, etc... the only difference is that I make theirs from scratch. So in regards to burgers from McDonald's mine taste a thousand times better and my kids are not deprived in any way. They also, have hardly ever gotten sick, which I attribute to their healthy, nutritious diet!

Katrina during her lunch feast of grilled cheese. What kid doesn't love grilled cheese?!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Delicious and Naughty food!

I did something today that I haven't in ages on weight watchers, I did not track dinner today and I have NO intention of doing so. We have a rule in this house that we don't track or worry about calories on birthdays and anniversaries. I ate very well for my breakfast and lunch so that I could really enjoy dinner with my hubby. My girlfriend and running coach came over and watched my itty bitty for me. She was a sweetie pie other than wanting to be held the whole time. Teething seems to do that to a baby.

Birthday boy with his milkshake.
We had a FANTASTIC dinner date. We went to a place that just opened up two weeks ago called The Works Gormet Burger Bistro and it was amazing. I decided not to track my meal and just enjoy myself. I've been on weight watchers now for ten and a half months and honestly I always pick what I should eat. I stopped my daughter from going to McDonald's with her aunt and grandma and cousin. I make everything from scratch. I eat crazy healthy and decided that my husband's birthday was a special day and that I shouldn't order healthy (I won't even say try to eat healthy, because that implies I might not succeed). Instead of ordering what I should eat I ordered what I wanted to eat and you know what I enjoyed every single bite that I ate! I had an old school burger, fries and milkshake with a twist!

Mmmm milkshake!
This restaurant has an amazing selection of burgers. I've been looking at the menu for two days and barely narrowed it down to what I wanted. In the end I went for a kid's size chocolate fudge milkshake (I can not even guess when I last had a milkshake and this one had bits of fudge in it). The beverages even were served in measuring cups which I found unique and a nice twist. I enjoyed that drink with a nice "Everything you need" burger which had avacado, gouda cheese and bacon. I have not had a burger like this is a while and it was amazing! I also indulged in french fries with gravy. It was such a delicious meal and I really enjoyed going out with my husband. Then after we got home I'd purchased some fancy birthday cupcakes which we enjoyed with my running BRF before she headed home.

Poor Steve!
Steve indulged in a large poutine, which would have been fine for him if he hadn't eaten two bags of chips earlier in the day (his birthday lunch)! This was the first poutine that beat him. Poor birthday boy! But that left his poutine up for me to steal the cheese curds out of which I was happy to do!

So I have to say it's been a long time since I've been this full in the evening and it feels good. I'm not stuffed to the point of hurting, or anything like that, but I feel nicely full and know that I will have a good reserve for things in my system for my run tomorrow. So I very much enjoyed my splurge meal and will be back at my healthy food tomorrow. A day off every now and then isn't so bad.

Training Tuesday - Week 2 of 22

The runs have been going well!

My speed run on Tuesday was crazy. I picked my route in the morning, ate my oatmeal and headed out the door. I'm glad I picked the route that I did because the first mile was a warm up jog and it ended at the top of a hill so I got to start my first mile of speed work running down hill! So the run went well. My first mile was pretty hard to push through but I did and am super proud of that. The goal was to run the speed miles at a 6:15 km/hr or 10:04 mi/hr pace. I ended up going faster than expected. I did the two at the following: 6:08 and 6:10 (9:52 and 9:55).

My easy runs this week went well. I was supposed to do 6km on Thursday and 5km on Sunday but I misread that on Thursday, so I swapped them. I ran slowly and easily on Thursday with a 7:51 pace but Sunday I felt really good and booked it with a 7:18 pace. That puts the pace at faster than my speed runs with week. I wasn't watching my garmin I was just running and that's how it came out.

My long run went really well (other than the need for the bathroom in the last 2km). I really enjoyed running in the conservation area, and found that there are three different trails I can run on plus the roads that snake around in there, so I think I'll be okay when I start running in there. Okay in the sense that I won't just run the same loop ten times every time so that's good. I also didn't have any serious heel pain that run. It did start to twinge a little bit at the 11.5km mark but it never progressed to full on pain. So I think the icing has been working, and I will continue it.

I also managed to get a bit of cross training in. I managed to complete two of the workouts in my booty camp DVD. I tried the stretching workout on Sunday to try and loosen me up a bit after a week of running, and I did the ab workout on Thursday to work my core a bit. Steve did both of the videos with me which was nice. So now I have one more week of pushing myself and then a rest week. I'm looking forward to them both!