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!
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.
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?
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.
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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