Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ten's the portion!

Almonds are a healthy snack. But not too many. I hear that 10 are equal to about the number of calories that make up a proper serving size. (I learned that fact after woofing down about 30!)

I have gleaned all kinds of wisdom from the staff at my school about nutrition (erg, not that it shows...). They're the healthiest bunch I've ever seen. And no, I'm not mocking it (contrary to the teasing I get in the staffroom about my blog and the food rants I've posted previously! *grin*) It's a good thing! I've become aware of all kinds of healthy tips and tricks to eating better, and have made (and continue to make) changes in the way I eat because of it.

...saith the girl who just had crackers with either peanut butter or cheese on them for an after school snack. BUT! It was organic peanut butter, low-fat cheese, and whole grain, sodium-reduced, low-fat crackers. Um, at least I'm trying?

All this to say that I really need to kick-start myself into eating better. And I'm thoroughly disgusted with the fact that I haven't even been on one hike yet this season! Wandering in Lynn Canyon park, while fun, doesn't count as a hike.

One of the teachers at my school is in her second round of boot camp. You know, that five day a week crazy insane cardio/calisthenics/core strength/aerobic/toning exercise program that has become so popular (at least in this neck of the woods)? I have to laugh at their slogan - "We kick butt - YOURS!" I first learned she was doing it when she was practically limping around cause she was so sore from her first week. Hats off to her! She goes EVERY DAY, rain or shine, and works her butt off! "Why? WHY do people PAY for this torture?" I ask myself.

But then I get to thinking...

Hmmm... that would be such a good way to kick start myself into a better activity routine. But really? I don't want to commit myself to EVERY evening. I have other things I like to do, especially as summertime is fast approaching. Sooo...

They have a 6am option. I'll be teaching summer school, so I'll have to be up anyway. But seriously. SIX A-M??? Could I really do this? Am I REALLY that crazy? Maybe? It's time to make some lasting changes here. Perhaps boot camp is the way to get things going...

But DARNIT! I'm still gonna eat more than ten almonds!

8 comments:

nachtwache said...

One of my friends has been doing boot camp, I'd never do that. Going for a walk is my idea of exercise. I don't mind working out with weights, if I have a good program. One meant for women, because I don't want bulking muscles. Toning! Dancing is a fun way to get a work out. You need to do what you like, or you won't stick with it. Watch those almonds! A coworker loved almonds so much, she had lotions and anything else she could get with almond scent and I guess she also ate them and ended up becoming allergic to almonds and a lot of other things. Moderation.
Take care.

Emily said...

We don't have this boot camp around her yet. Sounds interesting....and awful at the same time. 6 am?? you gotta be kidding me!

Rachelle said...

I hear that boot camp is HARD! My mom loved it, but oh, was she sore during it. Let me know how it goes! I won't be doing anything like that - apparently I have a hairline fracture in my ankle and now I have to wear a big, ugly boot thing. You'll get to see it soon...

karen said...

are you sure they're not chocolate covered almonds?

haha.

Actually I'm a little disappointed that a serving is 10, because I always eat more than that!

Hillary said...

Karen - gosh no! The serving size for chocolate covered almonds is around 50. Yeah, that's what I remember reading somewhere. Yuh-huh.

Nachtwache - yes, dancing IS good excersise. It's so fun that I forget it's a workout... which is a good thing!

Emily - yeah, I'm not sure yet that I'm NOT kidding you!

Rachelle - What!?!?!? HOW DID YOU BREAK YOUR FOOT? (ok, ankle?) Did Mattias start running over YOU with is car now? Or it was the stalker bird, wasn't it? He pecked at your ankle and now it's broken. Meh, you're hot stuff even IF you're all bundled up in a gimpy-looking... errr... rather flattering cast-thing. I GET TO SEE YOU SOOOOOOON!!!!! PS. Your mom did boot camp??? She is the coolest EVER!

sarah cool said...

Hahaha..... I am at work at 6 am, every day!

Hillary, I will be your wake up caller!!!!!!!!

Rebecca said...

Boot Camp?
Sounds serious!
Good luck with that, Girl!
Go for it!
:-)

Kaz said...

Did it twice, loved it. By twice, I mean that I went for two 4 week sessions, not two mornings. Lost over 15 inches in total. And just FYI, you can have 30 pistachios for a serving size which beats the almonds hands down.