Seeing this on the Brooks Facebook page made my morning:
My dad and I went out to the park track again bright and early this morning.
Apparently I forgot that my dad was taking a picture and not a movie judging by the fact that I was waving to you guys during the picture. Maggie and I did a few glorious laps together and then I finished up the rest of my easy run by myself. I don’t know what it was about today but today was just not my day for running and I wanted to stop a quadrillion times. I just kept reminding myself that that is normal and tomorrow will be better.
And this was today’s fancy brunch that I had. After my run I had eggs and then when Brooke went down for her nap I did too. I have been doing this really smart thing where I read until 1 a.m. and then wake up at 6 a.m. to run while at my parent’s house. Zucchini bread with chocolate chips is straight from heaven.
Vikki sent me an article and the whole time I was reading it I was thinking in my head, ‘YES.’ I have never related more to an article than to this one, 13 Signs You’re Addicted to Froyo.
My two favorites.
I do this all of the time:
A few people have asked for me to have my Dad share a few of his tips on how he has been successful at getting healthier!
From my Dad:
A doctor told me the best secret to losing weight is to just write down each day everything that you eat. Mom bought me a small notebook which we put on the kitchen counter along with a pen and a postal scale to weigh portions. The doctor also told me for a man my size it would be safe to lose 2 pounds a week. The rest is just a little math.
I am never hungry but I use a lot of tricks. In the last 140 days I have lost 50 pounds.
Here are my tips:
1. Write everything down except vegetables. I simply don’t count them! I do count corn and potatoes. I also count fruit.
2. I avoid all dressings and butter.
3. I start every day with a big bowl of cereal and then usually avoid grain for the rest of the day unless I have a Subway or Chick-fil-A sandwich for dinner. Again: I skip the dressing.
4. I don’t drink soft drinks of any kind (sugar or sugar-free). The only exception I make is a very occasional diet Chick-fil-A diet lemonade. They must add cocaine! It is just too good.
5. I always have a few treats each day such as: A) a Frozen Juice Bar, B) a Lindt Chocolate, C) a Sweet and Salty Nut Bar, or D) 6 Triscuits. Having a treat before bed is really a great way to end the day.
6. I love microwave-steamed veggies. (He especially loves carrots, onions and corn steamed in the microwave).
7. TV-dinners are a great way to get portions and calories under control if you are too tired to weigh everything out. I love Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken.
8. We grill steak once or twice a week. It is definitely a treat for me and it is filling and full of protein.
9. Motivation: If you read a running blog it will help you every day. Reading my daughter’s blog is fun and over time has become very motivating. (I promise I did not pay him to say that).
I think he forgot to mention: -Getting a dog that he absolutely loves to take on walks! They go out for a few miles in the morning and the evening and seeing my dad so active makes me extremely happy. Oh yeah, and it also makes me so happy to see him eating so many veggies! I read somewhere that those are pretty good for us:)
How did your run go today? How far?
What time have you been going to bed lately?
-Way too late.
Favorite type of cracker?
-Wheat thins but Triscuits come in a close second.
Last fruit that you had? Favorite fruit in season right now?