Tuesday, June 05, 2012
This bring me to 35 pounds lost.
What has changed in 35 pounds?
I'm down 2 pants sizes.
I can walk farther without losing my breath.
I've gotten into a swimsuit! (And taken my picture in it for the world to see.)
I am able to eat a proper serving size instead of an American serving size.
I have proper running shoes (barefoot is my favorite way to go).
I've tried new foods and liked some of them.
I don't crave pastries and chocolate like I used to.
I've tried new exercises in new places I never thought I would. I have been doing group yoga and I did some pool running.
I feel more energized.
I actually get upset when I don't go out and move around, even if it's because I'm exhausted from illness.
What hasn't changed?
I'm still the same internal person with the same beliefs about humanity and same love for my family. I still love myself and am simply showing myself that more than I was 35 pounds ago.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Today I get to go to the Como Zoo with the kindergartners. This requires forethought. What to eat for lunch, what to wear so I don't get too hot or too chilly. It's supposed to get into the 80's today, but right now it's chilly. I decided on pants that I can turn into capris at the end of the day. I also choose to try on the smaller pair (size 18) I purchased a little while ago when I bought 2 pairs in different colors in 2 different sizes because it was such a great deal for those pants. Today the smaller pair fit! Sure they're slightly tight, but they're not so tight that circulation is being cut off or that the muffin top is being exaggerated anymore. The darker green goes better with the barefoot shoes I plan on wearing. These pants did not fit 5 pounds ago, they were still too tight. I'm actually surprised that they fit so well this morning, it usually takes 30 pounds for my body to change sizes!
Last night I also had to plan my lunch. I already logged it last night and even decided to log breakfast so I had less to do this morning. It works out better for me to log that stuff the night before so I can see if I can have certain things in my lunch, if I have too much or if I need to add more. I decided to have two different fruits with my peanut butter sandwich. I looked at snack cakes when I was at the store, but I'm not putting that little into my mouth for that many calories, the banana cakes I looked at had 300 something calories in one cake! I love the ability to look at what I want to eat before I put it into my mouth. It makes things much easier and makes it easier to make proper choices.
I'm all prepared to go walking around the zoo with a couple of kids (or 3 if not enough parents show up). It'll be great exercise for me since I haven't been doing much the last couple of weeks after all the sickness that went through the house. I did manage some pool walking yesterday and that was really hard. I wish the trackers had something for that because I swear I burned more calories than the tracker allows when simply tracking for mileage. It takes a lot longer to walk in the pool than I can go on the treadmill. The water force alone makes you have to work harder to get there. Hopefully I will be able to track my zoo walking more accurately today.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
The news has been saying lately that the obesity epidemic is because restaurants serve pop in too big of cups. New York is trying to pass a bill that stops restaurants from serving regular pop in cups bigger than 16 ounces.
I agree with it in only one point. Pop cups have gotten too big. Small pops in a few restaurants are the 21 ounce size. I prefer having the 16 ounce cup. I have to remember where I am so I know what size my "small" is. I remember the days where small was an 8 ounce cup. You'd think that makes me really old, but I'm just a little bit old.
I do not agree with it only limiting the regular pop, diet you will still be able to drink by the gallon. Juice can still come in a huge cup, and you know most sit down places give you a 21 oz or bigger cup of juice when you sit down. It seems like trying to put a bandage on an artery burst.
Pop is not the reason for the obesity epidemic. Just because some people drink a 2-gallon bottle a day does not mean the restaurants are the pop culprit. Gas stations will still be able to sell the "big gulp" size. We fully know that there are empty calories in that pop when we decide to drink it, but it should be our choice which size to drink. I do wish that there was a consistency through the different restaurants, small should be 16 oz at each place instead of labeling the 16 oz "child size" or "value size", I mean, really, what child needs 16 oz of pop?
If the government feels the need to butt their noses into our health, they should be regulating the sizes of the pop (making them consistent throughout) and then looking into small farms to see what really works when it comes to raising food because those corporate farms just don't seem to have gotten it right. Stop giving subsidies to the corn crops and the problem will take care of itself.
Yes, portion sizes are crazy, I had dinner served to me on a serving platter last month. No way could I eat it all. I do agree with putting the calorie counts right on the menus so I can make the better choice, but I still want the choice given to me.
I don't think giving us less control over which size pop we can choose will stop the epidemic. We choose what we want, we choose to not drink it all and we choose whether we want pop that day or not. Let me keep my choice!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
I'm not sure if there needs to be some kind of nutrition guide handed out and explained after giving birth to a child so that parents know how to feed all the vitamins through food to their children. I know that many poor people on food support are given plenty of nutritional help through government sanctioned pamphlets. I've seen many, especially when we were on the WIC program, they even handed out cookbooks one year that helped stretch a budget while still providing nutrition to the family. I wish that every parent was handed the same guides, no matter how rich they were or what area of the country they are from. I do have to admit that the lunch ladies did get some information printed on the back of the hot lunch calendars, but I really doubt many people read them, I know I'm not one to read the back, I glance to see if it's interesting, but I rarely ever read them.
I had lunch with both my kids at school yesterday, they had the Mr. Rib and I had a salad, all through the school program. I'm not a fan of what the school serves, most of the entrees are breaded, but there is always the option of pbj, a small sub or a salad as every day options. My kids take hot lunch every day because it's cheaper for me (we qualify for free lunches and I take advantage of that cost saving program). As much as I'm not a fan of the hot lunch, it could be worse. They always take and eat at least one serving of veggies or fruit, at least my kids do. I noticed that most of the kids took some kind of fruit or veggie, yesterday there were some really yummy pears!
It wasn't the hot lunch I had a problem with though. I was watching some of the cold lunch kids and what parents pack was horrifying! Yes, I admit to the occasional Lunchable when we're out and about, and that's what I see packed for field trips. This is not what I would pack on a daily basis. So many ingredients.... Always a dessert with them...
One small child, who was clearly overweight, was complaining that her Pop Tart had been smushed during transportation. I saw this same little girl (probably a first grader) later, tossing her bag away, holding the pudding she didn't eat. It makes me wonder what else was in her bag that she did eat? I understand the occasional treat, but Pop Tarts for lunch? I could clearly see why this particular child was overweight (not yet obese, but clearly overweight).
There also was a bigger kid (probably 5th grade, not overweight) that had Subway for lunch. I suppose had I looked around the room more, I would have seen more improper lunch choices, although Subway, depending on the sandwich, is better than a Pop Tart.
I'm not sure if it's just that these are the things these kids have been exposed to and are used to eating (I do like the occasional Pop Tart, especially the frosted Raspberry one, but they come to us once in a blue moon), but to see so few veggies and so much processing in a child's lunch bag makes me wonder how people think that that's the healthier way to feed these children? I suppose it's the "it's cheaper" mentality going again rather than the "It's healthy for them" mentality.
My kids have been fighting over the freshly picked off the plant on the balcony pea pods. I've been exposing them to healthy options since they first learned to chew. Yes, they've also been exposed to cupcakes and ice cream, but they understand, to the degree that early elementary schooled kids can understand, that those are treats and they need to eat a variety of things to get everything their body needs. I've been telling them that for years, not just since I started to lose weight.
I'd bet money that the parents, or at least the mother of that little Pop Tart girl are also overweight. As parents, we model to the children what a diet (the noun, not the verb) looks like. We show by example what should be eaten and we provide the items by bringing them into the house that the children have the ability to eat. If we shop for Pop Tarts and pudding, then that is what the child has access to, but if we shop for veggies and fruit, then that is what they will want. Grapes are like candy around kids, they just can't get enough grapes.
I hope that many people will be the example to their children of a healthy diet and not give in to the whining that always occurs when the child does not get their sugary treat every time. There are so many good foods out there that children will cling to when it's provided over the unhealthy things that are basically just flour and sugar.
What kind of example are you to today's youth of the world?
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