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"I don't like vegetables"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My husband has always hated veggies. Always.

Since our daughter has started eating table food, though, I've been adding more and more fresh and frozen vegetables to our meals. To my surprise, it's been a rather painless process - my husband eats almost as much of the "good" stuff as I do.

I asked him about it last night, and this is what he said: growing up, vegetables with a meal were prepared by grabbing the can opener, dumping into a dish and hitting a button on the microwave.

Yuck, no wonder he didn't like veggies. And now I'm more optimistic than ever that our daughter will grow up with healthy role models and liking the same foods that just months ago, her daddy would scrape to the side.

Moral: preparation is key!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/18/2013 5:39PM

    Yup! So true! The Fresh stuff taste NOTHING like the canned! :)

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BME_22 1/16/2013 1:37PM

    Right? I've known all along that canned veggies are a totally different "thing" than the fresh stuff. Up until a few months ago, though, my husband wouldn't even try the veggies I'd make him, because he was convinced they'd be just like what he was used to growing up. Really makes ya think.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/16/2013 1:24PM

    Agreed. My mother and grandmother overcooked vegetables. I love salads and vegetables properly cooked and seasoned.

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TOMWAMP 1/16/2013 12:04PM

    Yes Veggies are so good when prepared right and yummy. I couldn't get through my day without my veggies

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NELLJONES 1/16/2013 8:39AM

    A lot of us have bad memories of veggies, though mine pre-date microwaves. Selection, preparation and presentation are everything.

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Nom nom nom

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

OK, well Christmas did not go very well. I ate about every delicious thing I laid my eyes on. Oh well, back on the wagon today.

For lunch, I had a veggie burger. I just want to say that I was not really looking forward to eating it. It didn't look all that good, and I'm sure if I had wandered around the cafeteria a little more, I would have found a lot of other options that looked much better (but were much, much worse for me). I just grabbed it though.

I have to say though, that now, after eating it, I feel good about my decision. It was very filling. And light, not greasy. How would I have felt if I had grabbed a bacon cheeseburger instead? I'm sure I would have enjoyed eating that a lot more, but after?

I must remember to think about the whole picture. How food makes me feel doesn't end when it crosses my lips. I feel the effects of food for hours (days?) after I'm done eating it. If I focus more on making that food the kind of fuel I WANT in my body, I'm going to be much happier and much more successful. Just needed to jot this down so I don't forget.

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AMBERT27 1/11/2013 1:08PM

    I have similar issues and as tedious as it is, it has really helped me to track my food, ALL of my food. When I know I am tracking every bite, I definitely feel less inclined in the heat of the moment to eat something I know I'm not supposed to or if I know it will be a total pain to find the nutrition info to track. Just a thought! Keep up the good work!!


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DLSMITH9 1/2/2013 6:45PM

    Yes! I also struggled with food this holiday season, and I felt crappy almost the entire month of December because of it. Always had a stomach ache, bowels were always messed up. Not worth it. I've been drinking my water and eating actual food again for only a few days now, and I instantly feel better.

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MPETERSON2311 1/2/2013 3:14PM

    I agree, food and our choices aren't in the moment because our brain can beat itself up for hours.

good luck and thanks for posting!

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CASEYSAUER 1/2/2013 1:11PM

    Excellent thought! Thanks for sharing.

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Seeing Success

Monday, November 12, 2012

To date, I have lost about 63 lbs from my highest pregnancy weight. I am 13 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight, and my BMI right now is 21.6 - well within the healthy range.

Beyond that, I am wearing a pant size smaller than I was before I got pregnant. My dresses fit beautifully. My sister, who has also recently lost weight, gave me a bag full of dress pants that no longer fit her. In the bag, a pair of pants I gave her once upon a time, having given up on ever losing enough weight to button the tiny, un-budging size 6. I wore them two weeks ago, and they were a little too big.

Obviously, I have lost weight.

So why don't I SEE it? When I look in the mirror, I see the larger version of myself staring back. The girl from high school who smothered her sadness in ranch dressing and drove away disappointment with fried foods. My stomach is flabby, my thighs seem huge, and my cheeks are invariably chipmunk-like.

I feel so lost. The facts are irrefutable, I am at a healthy weight. Yet, my eyes refuse to acknowledge this. I sit here, having lost 63lbs, wondering why it isn't enough. Wondering how much more I would need to lose before I feel as though I'm "there". Wondering if that's even possible.

Anyone familiar with this feeling? Any tips for reconciling these two disparate pictures that I have of myself?

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IMREITE 11/12/2012 9:36PM

    try a wig or a costume to make yourself look different, lake the picture and hang it up and think of yourself as a different thin person. ok this is kind of a joke, but it is unfortunate how we refuse to see ourselves as able to become thinner and stronger even when we have done a great job.

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MJZHERE 11/12/2012 3:53PM

    I definitely know this feeling. One of the things I recognized when I started this journey this time is that I have never, ever before felt I looked good enough, thin enough, enough anything. Seeing myself in a picture when I was about 30 lbs less, I thought how great I looked and wondered why did I not see it at the time. So I made my goal to lose 30 lbs and a promise to myself that once I did, I would say to myself that I looked good when I looked in the mirror (no matter what my mind told me). I also let my husband know that I looked good in those pictures (he agreed) and that once I lost the weight, he better be telling me then that I looked good (even though he was happy with me heavier he is not one to compliment - he does like the thinner version and knows I want to hear it and does tell me). I am slowly seeing the change now - I had to say it outloud for a while before I saw it. I also have to concentrate on seeing the whole picture and not picking out flaws. It did take me a while to put on smaller clothes and am now comfortable in them. One of the best things is how I started to feel - energy, happy, less pain. emoticon emoticon

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Before, Before and After

Friday, October 19, 2012

Laura will be 8 months old tomorrow, and I'll be turning 27. Where has the time gone? Babycakes popped her first tooth this week, and has started pulling up on everything. She's still not mastered the art of the traditional crawl, but she's very good at her army crawl, and can transition from crawl to sitting, and back again. Brian says sometimes she does this just because she can :)

Anyway, I wanted to upload a few pictures, just to reflect on where I started and how far I've come. When I got pregnant, I was about 155lbs. A healthy BMI, sure, but still heavier than I would have liked. Here's the earliest "bump" shot I've got.

I was barely 2.5 months pregnant here, so that's all me - baby was probably about the size of a lime at this point.

Jump ahead to nine months pregnant. I had gained 50 lbs.

Granted, some of that weight was definitely water, but I was well above the 25-35 lbs my OB had recommended I gain.

And here I am today, 10 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight.

I feel good. I want to remember this feeling. I want to KEEP this feeling.

And, since really, who can resist a baby picture, here's my little goofball.

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AUTUMNBRZ 10/24/2012 6:22AM

    You look great and that baby of yours is adorable! :)

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SDLEE514 10/23/2012 11:39AM

    you look fantastic! and you're right, who could resist that?! what a beautiful baby!!

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LEB0401 10/23/2012 11:30AM

    Your daughter's name is Laura?? GREAT name! emoticon

You look great... IF I ever bring offsping into this world, I hope I can bounce back like you did. Go girl!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/19/2012 2:15PM

    aww, she's adorable! and you look great!

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READYRACHEL 10/19/2012 12:41PM

    You look fabulous! That is cute that she army crawls. My mom said I never crawled traditionally. I went straight from a one armed ( I have always been very left handed) army crawl to walking.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/19/2012 12:34PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Both of you! You deserve to be so proud of yourself. I just posted on the daily thread that you're very smart to be adopting this healthy lifestyle right now while you're young. Putting it off only makes it harder.

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PHEBESS 10/19/2012 11:50AM

    You look fabulous!!!!!

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JLEMUS1 10/19/2012 11:10AM

    You both look emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STELLASMYBEBE 10/19/2012 11:06AM

    I agree with John. It goes quick! I swear I am still working on my baby weight but.... I had her 3.5 years ago! LOL
You look fabulous, great job!

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WENWASHING67 10/19/2012 11:05AM

    You look GREAT!!! It can be tough losing the baby weight, good job! emoticon

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SMOLDER13 10/19/2012 11:00AM

    OMG. You look fabulous. I am so proud of you!! :)

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/19/2012 10:44AM

    Savor every minute with your baby. They grow up so fast!

Make Today a Great Day!

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My Experiment - A Kind Life

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wow, it's been a while. Really, since I've been taking a break from tracking food and weighing myself daily, I've gained a lot of peace. I think I've been even more active on SP, since I don't stress every time I log in about what I'm eating and what I'm not. But enough of that. I've got something even better to share.

This past weekend, I made the decision that I wanted to try out a vegan lifestyle. I've been a vegetarian before, and that was okay. For the most part, I only took meat out of the equation, though. I wasn't adding anything to my diet, so I wasn't eating well. I'm pretty sure I lived on junk. To be fair, I was in college and didn't have easy access to a grocery store, so fresh fruit and veggies were few and far between, but I definitely didn't reap any great rewards from this lifestyle.

At any rate, I had a really hard time reconciling my love of animals (in particular, a furry little guy named Elmer) with the fact that I was eating them on a daily basis. It seemed wrong. But I needed more information about how to eat healthy without eating meat and dairy, so I picked up a book called, "The Kind Diet." After reading that (and honestly holding back tears at several points), I knew it would be a while, if ever, before I could eat meat or dairy again.

So I've committed to "living the kind life" for 6 weeks. Today is day 5, and I feel really good about it. But I'll just have to see if this is something that I can sustain long term. My reasons for this (after reading the book) are:
1. This lifestyle will be better for me, because I won't be eating meat or dairy, which are generally high in fat and cholesterol.
2. This lifestyle will be better for the animals, because they won't be eaten (or otherwise mistreated).
3. This lifestyle will be better for the earth, because it takes much fewer resources to grow grains and vegetables than it does to produce meat.

Hopefully if I keep these reasons in mind, this won't be difficult. And it hasn't been so far.

At the end of these 6 weeks, I'll be re-evaluating this decision to see whether I want to stick with it for the rest of the year. I've also got a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) scheduled for this time so that I can see the effects that this lifestyle has had on my cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight.

I'll be blogging about this experience here:
So feel free to follow my journey. I'll try to keep this blog up-to-date as well, but I'm not going to make any promises :-p

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NOTHINBUTSHY 5/10/2011 10:51PM

  omg this is how i came to my decision to become pescatarian. i saw and interview with Alicia Silverstone and she really hit home. i wanted to go vegan but wow its almost impossible. im amazed that you are doing it. i salute you. Shes totally right, you are going to feel amazing. Not only will you lose weight, your body will be getting nutrients it needs and you will be doing your part to spare poor animals that are being exploited. Im impressed. Well let us know how it goes emoticon emoticon

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    Good luck!

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