Step Away From the Chips, Ma’am

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle to reign in my calorie intake. I purposely don’t buy chips anymore because 3 chips have something like a gazillion calories… Unfortunately, my husband bought chips recently so there has been a fair amount of temptation in my house. This afternoon, I found a half bag of chips… and I was hungry. My willpower lost the battle. Uh oh!

I ate some horrible number of these chips:

lays-kettle-cooked-sea-salt-cracked-pepper

And, they were delicious. I had to throw out the remaining chips so I wouldn’t keep eating them. Seriously, I put them in the trash. The bag says 1 oz is 150 calories. It could be worse, I suppose. AND, I am fairly certain that a splurge here and there won’t kill you or do major damage. 🙂

Confession: I love crunchy snacks!

Do you have a favorite snack/guilty pleasure? What is it? And, is it crunchy and can I try it, too? 😉

The grocery near us has had a wonderful selection of nectarines lately. I have been buying those (plus apples, oranges, and bananas) and leaving them on the counter. Having them easily accessible has made it easier for me to snack on healthier items than chips, but it’s not always easy. How do you curb your “unhealthy” snacks? Suggestions welcome.

Stay healthy!

Mixing Up the Exercise Routine

For a really long time, I ran. That’s it. Different distances, sometimes different routes, but still just running. Then, I decided to add a little variation to my exercise routine. Currently, I’m exercising 6 days a week (mostly) as follows:

  • Run 4+ miles – 3-4 days a week
  • Indoor cycling – 1-2 days a week
  • Weight work – 1 day a week

While I sometimes get frustrated with my lack of calorie burn on weight day, it’s really important that I do it so I don’t lose muscle mass. To give myself a little boost, I’ve started riding my bike to the gym on weight day. It’s not far, so I don’t get a big boost, but it’s better than nothing.

When I can’t stick to the routine, I modify. Lately, I’ve had to switch over to outdoor cycling (something I haven’t done in a really long time) on a few of my run days. I injured and then re-injured my right knee so I’m trying to keep it healthy so I can complete a half marathon in October. I’m a little worried that this will mess with my training more than I’d like, but I also like not having knee pain, so… 🙂

I do get to see more when I ride my bike. I certainly appreciate the views. Here’s a picture from this morning’s bike ride:

Boats in the morning sun


I also get to pull out my bike gear that’s been gathering dust. Who am I kidding? My bike was gathering dust, too! Nice to have it down from the rack and back in action – even if I’m riding a mountain bike on the road. Whatevs! What do you do to modify and try to deal with injuries? I’d love some suggestions.

Stay healthy!