Wellness/Fitness thread - 4/6/03

  1. Another chilly morning, but that doesn't doom us to hibernation! Does anyone here have an employer that sponsers a workout room? Our hospital gives steeply discounted memberships to the gym. Makes sense that the place that fosters so many of our bad habits ought to help us correct a few of them lol. Another facility I used to work at had a walking program - participants took a "virtual tour" travelling across country as they logged miles. An area in the ground floor was marked with distances so people could walk on lunch times and keep track of miles.

    I confess I am running on low sleep d/t late night dancing , but will get to the gym after work for some cardio work (anyone who sees me here before 5:30 is free to call me on it!)

    (Side to MelD - I tried power yoga a couple of times - I was too much of a wuss lol.)

    Are you thinking about the upcoming week? You've got work, maybe spouse and kids to get out of the house, meals to plan... Is there any way to decrease your stress and thereby decrease your fatigue and inclination to make excuses not to treat yourself right? My biggest struggle has been meal planning. I'm glad Jevan brought up the recipe idea. It seems like if we don't start to make dietary modifications, then we are shortchanging ourselves in our fitness efforts. Take a few minutes to consider what's in your fridge, freezer and pantry to help you eat a little healthier this week.

    Here's a favorite recipe of mine that is made the night or morning before (actually only needs to hours to chill but can sit longer.) If you like Mexican flavors, this is great.

    Tomato black bean salsa

    3 medium tomatoes (can sub (1) 1 pound can diced tomatoes)
    (1) 1 pound can black beans, rinsed and drained
    3/4 c fresh or frozen corn
    1/2 c finely chopped red onion (I use white!)
    1/2 c chopped roasted red pepper
    1 jalepeno pepper, finely chopped (optional!)
    1/2 tablespoon dried or 2 tblsp minced fresh cilantro or parsley
    1/4 c lime juice
    1 garlic clove, minced (or equivalent amount of that jarred garlic - great stuff!)
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground coriander (I never have this and don't miss it when I leave it out )

    Just mix all together and chill in bowl in fridge for at least two hours. I have it with baked chips, or make some brown rice and serve it with the rice in a tortilla. Great warm weather meal!

    Have a great day - don't forget to check in and encourage your friends here!

    "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."

    Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Okay well first, I didn't walk this morning. I think in some weird way it's easier for me to walk during the week before work. But as long as I can do that 5 times a week, not doing on it the weekend should be okay!

    I just hate this weather. I suppose if it were nicer out, I might actually want to walk.

    Anyway, speaking of low-fat, mexican food I have this awesome recipe for salsa that our friends go nuts over! In fact the guys usually ask for it and remember it!

    Mexican Caviar
    *2 bunches green onion
    *1-2 bunches fresh cilantro
    *3-4 Roma tomatoes
    *1 can white hominy
    *1 can black-eyed peas
    *1 can shoe peg corn
    *1 small can green chilies
    *1 small can sliced black olives
    *1 jar medium salsa sauce of choice
    *1 cup of Italian dressing of choice

    Basically, the directions are to chop the onions, tomatoes and cilantro and put in huge bowl, then drain and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well. Serve with those lime flavored chips.

    P.S. For those who aren't familiar with hominy, it should be in the canned food isle or "ethnic/mexican" food isle.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I just got up and fed the horses and am still working on my first cup of joe.
    I DID drink 2 glasses of water though.
    Hmmm...I think I'll fire up the tractor and pull some trees out of this area where I want to plant some apple trees this spring.
    That should be a good enough workout for the day.
    I know that the sitting on the tractor part doesn't seem to hard but the cutting them up and stacking the brush etc...is the workout part.
    Are you feeling stronger yet?
    Do you feel a bit more motivated to move more?
    The Mexican Cavier sounds good. We already have fresh green chilis in the freezer and over here you can buy the hominy (we call it posole') uncanned ready to cook in bags.
    I'm going to try it.
  5. by   MelRN13
    Oh man, I am slacking. But I'm not going outside to freeze, and fall on my azz in this ice!

    We don't have a "workout" room, but on nightshift, we are able to use the Cardiac Rehab gym as long as we have been oriented to the machines. A group of us get together and take our break down there working out.

    Thanks for the recipies!
  6. by   Jedav
    OK at the risk of being totally "non-motivational" I must make a confession-yesterday I had a weak hormonal moment in the grocery store and bought a bag of Hershey's nuggets-thinking that if I needed a "little fix" that I could snatch just ONE nugget...

    However, today the freakin' bag called me-several times -and I have eaten probably 10 (maybe 12 ) nuggets-it is depressing to look at the total calories consumed. I did well throughout the rest of the day (basically Weight Watchers) but just couldn't get a grip on it...I guess that is what you'd call a TRIGGER??!! HELLO!

    So far I have done a pilates tape and obvioulsy need to go burn some calories on the treadmill.

    Now that I have confessed, do any of you have successful ways to deal with the hormonal cravings ( or any cravings for that matter). RUSTY, from reading your other posts I know that you are smoke-free...any words of wisdom on "resisting the urge" of that which you desire???

    Thanks for "listening"....

    By the way, where is everyone??? I'm sure there are many more lurkers out there who are "embracing" similar health challenges!!! I know b/c I used to be one-now I feel committed to checking in...

  7. by   Q.
    You have to let me know how you like the mexican caviar. I swear, every dood I know just loves it!
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Jedav - for me, getting through the store without bringing my trigger food home is ALL of the battle lol. My will-power-wasting food is Pringles. I can't bring them in the house. Period. *Especially* not during my happy time.

    Out of sight, out of mind works, too, if the offending item has already weaseled its way into your home - mine via my hubby. I don't leave my trigger items in the most travelled cupboard in my kitchen. Chocolate can also go in the freezer, which makes you have to think about it while a piece thaws out - can't just grab a handful easily.

    Thank goodness we don't have to be perfect! Every day is another chance to start over, and we don't have to start from square one after we "backslide." Keep up the great work!
  9. by   PennyLane
    Well, silly Melanie forgot to change her clock last night, so I missed my Sunday yoga class. boo. But I stayed anyway and did a work-out.

    Unfortunately I won't be back at the gym until at least Thursday or Friday.

    One good thing--I'm taking a nutrition class and I have to keep track of everything I eat for 10 weeks. We enter our food into a computer program that calculates your calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, etc...and how close you are to your ideal. After week 5 we're supposed to make changes to our diet. I must say it has really helped me rethink my food choices.....most of the time, anyway. I did buy M&M cookie sandwiches the other day!! yum.
  10. by   Jedav

    Thanks for the "freezer strategy" for the chocolate..great idea!!! I managed to get 50 minutes on the treadmill-not a reeeal strenuous pace, but I logged 2.25 miles-better than nothing, right!?

    Good sleeping,