To see my post explaining ELB 2011, my goals, and other participants, go here.
My update: Still the same – eating sensibly and exercising daily. I’ve been feeling a bit weak in the knees lately, so I’ve been focusing on a lot of upper body work and light aerobics until I feel better (will do strength training on my legs on Wed, I think). So, today it was upper body strength training and a dash of latin dancing! Cha-cha-Cha!
I’m really going to look hard for a good zumba DVD. I keep hearing great things about it, and I would like to add some “fun” to my routines.
Challenge Week 11 Topic: Staying Motivated
I definitely had a hard time starting my exercises when I used to view them like homework: 30 minutes due every other day or 3 days a week. Nothing is ever fun if you have the allure of downtime in-between. I always wanted to extend my off days just one day more and then I’d feel guilty because I didn’t do the exercises.
The winter and the summer are a bit the same for me. My routines don’t really change, and while I do go for more walks and runs during the summer, my day-to-day routine isn’t any different. So in some respects, it isn’t really about the season that can sap motivation but the actual activity.
This year, however, is different. I began really working out near the start of the new year – right around the time when I went for my cholesterol checkup. At that time, I was told that not only had my efforts paid off (the levels were lower and I had dropped 9 pounds since my last checkup), but that I should sustain them. The very fact that I could actually see my body becoming healthier (and by see I mean see my levels lowering) has been a motivator like no other. The mere thought of not exercising or indulging in bad foods for pro-longed periods of time makes my feet feel antsy. I want to move. I want to demonstrate to my body that I can take care of it and that I will.
My greatest motivator isn’t the scale. (Sure, it’s been fantastic seeing the lost weight, but I know that the weight might be relative.) My greatest motivator is inside me. My body is healthy and happy. What’s inside is just as important as what’s outside and I want to keep my insides happy since they’re the ones keeping me going.
Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread Recipe
This weekend saw my brother and his family visiting us for a bit to deliver a home bottled batch of maple syrup. They have maple trees on their property that they tapped and they dropped one off for us to try. I can’t wait to open it up, but we have to get through our current bottle of maple first.
I knew they were coming so I wanted to have something here for them to eat before they went on their way. I was looking around and came across this recipe by the Cookin’ Canuck for Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread. I just so happened to have one in my fridge and so I made it that morning.
I followed her recipe but I had to make a drastic change: I used 1 cup of egg substitute for the 3 eggs. (I only had enough eggs for our breakfast so I had to do something…) The substitution meant a longer cooking time (perhaps by a half hour) and it also meant a very moist and dense crumb. Everyone thought it was delicious, though, so it was a hit! The bread doesn’t have a strong grapefruit flavor, and I would have liked if it was more pronounce. I want to give this recipe another try with other citrus fruits, though, since it’s such a good base.