Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Hopefully all of you made it back from the weekend without too many "oh no! What did I just eat!" situations.
Around 6PM on Friday night as my husband and I were driving to get some lovely vegan pita sandwiches from our local Lebanese restaurant, we decided that we were going to go away for the weekend. Now, this doesn't sound that bad however we have one dog and one cat that needs to go everywhere with us on vacation since we have just moved to a new place not knowing anyone. But, that was okay - we were ready for some spontaneous fun!
So, we drove four hours away to our hometown and spent a lovely three days in hot Michigan! Not really the most exotic getaway to our parents house (them as our hosts) but it was a nice turn of scenery. We basically lounged around the pool and also the lake sitting in the sunshine and eating copious amounts of fresh Michigan fruits such as strawberries from my grandmothers' garden. Yummy!
One thing I did notice though is the drastic change in our diet/lifestyle since we have decided to be healthy. Our parents, in our opinions, have eaten the same way for years however who would have known the parents that raised us ate such a typical American diet of meat and potatoes! For instance, my mother had three salads on our Memorial Day table - each probably containing over 400 calories each serving full of meat, oils and mayonnaise. It actually turned our stomachs looking at the table ingredients. In addition, the desert was filled with of course double chocolate brownies thanks to Betty Crocker and a tub of frosting to go on top.
Thankfully we rushed to our local grocery store were we could purchase a lot of vegan items. We were surprised to find that our city of 12000 people actually had tempeh, tofu, vegan cheese and etc! Amazing! Seriously if our little hometown has vegan items, just about everywhere will have it now. Sure we were ridiculed for the healthy foods we were eating but at least we felt healthy at the end of the day. I did have a slip up here and there with a few extra vegan muffin "poppers" as I like to call the tiny sized muffins. I have to work even harder now for my June 25th weigh in challenge but at least we were healthier than what we could have chosen if not for our determination to keep strong.
If you are ever in this situation, take it into your own hands and make your own delightfully healthy meals. I'm sure not too many people would find it offensive if you were to take your own foods with you.
Now on to my worries... okay, so maybe it is a complaint. Since you all have lost weight, does anyone notice the difference? No one from my family has seen me since Christmas last year and no one mentioned anything about the weight loss... It make me kind of sad to think that all this work didn't bring along any comments. But then again, I'm not doing it for the compliments - just would have been nice to have all my hard work noticed. I'm slightly saddened by it but I guess it is something I have to work through.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Photo from the healthometer.com website where you can purchase...
As many of you know, my husband has been really trying to get me to toss the weight scale that I have had for almost ten years away. Granted, it was not digital (I know, old school, right!) and wasn't very good at weighing in on my hard work. Actually I would step on it multiple times in the morning just to find the number that I liked.. haha It was a good system that I enjoyed every morning! Don't like the number, just step on it again and again until it gives you a better number.
But about a week ago we went to the doctors for an annual checkup and blood tests. Our weight was much different than the numbers that the professional scales told us. Actually it was about five off for me and seven for my husband. Shocked I declared through teary eyes that I would purchase a weight scale.
Funny enough, I fell in love with the scale! It is nice to have a proper scale that tells no lies. It also does some other things such as hydration level, BMI and also bone density. Very nice!
Something that I didn't expect though was that the hubster would find it as his newest toy! Yes, toy! Embarrassing as it is, he has found that the digital scale is very fun to use after going to the restroom. haha Men, right? (sorry, men reading this...) So, the other day as it was very quiet out and nothing really going on the whole day, we were bored. He went to the restroom and then afterward announced how much "weight" he had lost after his bathroom interview. In addition, he proceed to tell me his hydration level that had gone down.
Laughing on the floor still, I just had to share the funny story with everyone. haha Sorry if you find bathroom humor offensive but it was just so funny. Who would have known a weight scale could be so much fun!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
These last few cold months I have been rather depressed because I haven't seen very many (if any) changes in my body even though I have stuck to the main goal. Thankfully the sunshine is finally surrounding my little metropolitan city and I want to get back into goal setting mode. If you have never setup a goal, I highly suggest it. Goals are a kick-the-butt motivator that just screams at you every time you think to yourself - "shall I eat this"... "shall I sleep an hour or go run"... and so on. I love goals and even more so I love to meet and exceed them. (only not in the annoying way that some people can get...)
Today is May 26, 2010, about one month before my fifth anniversary! I love my husband so dearly and can't wait to celebrate this major achievement in our lives together as a married couple. There is nothing more encouraging than a special event in ones life, so that I can setup a goal. Right now I am 124 pounds (.4 of a pd up from yesterday). On my anniversary to my husband I plan on giving him a healthy wife. I will (not a plan -it's a definite) be 119 pounds on July 25, 2010!!!! Sounds like a strange number I know but it is the number that takes my BMI into the healthy range and out of the "overweight" category that has been tormenting me for years now.
I have been stuck at around 124 for about three-four months now wish is a little depressing. I have increased my exercise to 5-6 times a week (seriously God put that 7th day of rest in there for a reason). Right now we are running 5 miles each day but I hope to get it back up to around 6-7 miles daily. In addition, I am keeping at a 1200 calorie restricted diet - all vegan foods. Also, I have stopped using extra virgin olive oil and other oils whenever possible. I hope that cutting down the fat will help reduce the fat in my body. The fantastic research book "The China Study" found that a body lives better off from less fat intake, so that it what I intend on doing.
If you have any suggestions that have gotten you out of plateau-ville, I would really love to read/hear them. Please send me anything that works for you! Comment/suggestions are always encouraging to me.
My goal is set now all I have to do is the hard work.
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