Saturday, April 25, 2009

Focusing on healthier living... (edited to add*)

My friend over at Notes From the Frugal Trenches is embarking on ten days toward health with posts about food and exercise. I'm focusing on healthier living myself these days, so in the spirit of a shared journey, you may see a few posts of this sort here for a little while.

The sushi above was my lunch today. Sushi tends to be low in fat, cholesterol, and calories. I use low sodium soy sauce sparingly, so this makes a fairly healthy meal that feels like a fun, indulgent treat. And it's accessible at my favorite local grocery store, which has a surprisingly good sushi kitchen/counter right in the store.

Wearing the pedometer for the past week has been a real eye opener. I was happy to find that I walk more than I thought on most days. Was it the recommended 10,000 steps a day? No. But it was a number that was within a range to reach 10,000 with an extra push. I've begun parking further back in parking lots. And when I find myself having to backtrack in the grocery or department store for a forgotten item, I catch myself smiling about it instead of frustrated. It gives me a new way to think about the treadmill too, instead of just time spent on it.

Now in case anyone is thinking I should start walking to the stores instead of driving, I ask you to keep in mind that "four miles north of nowhere" is not just the name of my blog, it's where I live. And nowhere doesn't have a store...the nearest one of those is about 15 miles away.

Lunch was the sushi. (Slept late and indulged in reading instead of getting up, so skipped breakfast. I know, I know, that is not a good habit.)

Snack was an orange.

Dinner was a smoothee that I will blog about tomorrow.

Evening snack was popcorn made with no oil and topped with no butter. I added some grated Parmesan cheese for flavor.

Activity: walked for 45 minutes on treadmill and 15 minutes outside.

To-do list task: I played with the dogs. This could go under 'activity' as well. Picture playing fetch with a one hundred pound (plus) retriever whose favorite fetch toy is a huge piece of rubber hose about 2 inches in diameter and 3 feet long and heavy. Between the tug of war with the big guy to get the darn thing and then throwing it for him, I got a bit of upper body workout too. I actually outlasted him...he finally gave up and went to play in the water.


  1. OOoh I loooove sushi, but there are no sushi restaurants here - very sadly!

    Sooooo glad you are participating!!

    Well now, I think you're up for the challenge of walking 15 miles there & back ;0)

  2. LOL! As long as I didn't buy any items that needed refrigeration! :)

  3. Yay!!
    Sounds lovely to me.
    The fresh air and exercise part. Not the sushi part. ;)

    (It's not the fish - it's the rice and cooked veggies. sigh.)

  4. Watch out cuz Sushi Rice may not be so good for you since it has sugar in it. But, then again... I think alot has to do with portion size. :)

    Can't wait for the smoothie update. Love smoothies.

    How do you like living 4 miles north of nowhere? I plan on doing that in about 5 years.

  5. Steph, It was a really lovely day.

    Hi, Money Funk! I don't get it too often since it's kind of expensive. Now I'll remember there are other reasons to keep the frequency and portion sizes down.

  6. Oh, and to answer your question, I LOVE living four miles north of nowhere! I'll bet you will too.


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