When I got home from work last night I spent a little time on SP. I read a Healthy Lifestyle blog about vegetables. The article was about how to make vegetables tolerable for people who don't like them. I love vegetables and don't mind eating them at all, but I decided to read the article. It was great. It suggested oven roasting vegetables that have been diced and seasoned and then broiling them for a few minutes. I went to my crisper and found Spaghetti squash, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and an ear of corn and gave it a try. You should have seen me. I was cutting and dicing and moving around the kitchen like Julia Child. I had a big bowl of chopped vegetables and spiced them, then added Olive Oil - virgin no less. I mixed it up with my hands (as the directions stated). I roasted then broiled and ate a fantastic mix of vegetables with grilled tilapia for a very (Very!) healthful lo cal, lo fat supper....and I had a ball.
In the 2 months I've been on Spark People I've lost 2 pedometers (cheapies) so I decided to find a better pedometer. I went to the local sports store after work and they only had 1 brand so I came home and searched the internet and Walking.com. I found several reviews and comparisons for pedometers and found one I like. So.... I sent away for it. Yipee. It is more expensive and supposedly very accurate. It works for people with round bellies (that would be me) and it has a security strap. It will take 3 to 5 days to get here and I can't wait.
My DH is leaving this am for a week hiking in Utah with his brother. They've been doing this for about 3 years now. I'm really happy that he is healthy and active enough to do this and that he has such a good relationship with his brother. My only concern is that usually I spend this week eating as much of all the foods I want as I can. Usually I sit around watching TV and reading isolating myself. This year will be different. I have 3 goals: 1) stay on track with my eating 2) do 30 min of cardio a day and strength train 3 x week 3) keep in touch with my friends.
Its time to start another week and continue on with my journey. I was disappointed with my picture showing my 20 lb weight loss. I truly didn't "see" my size until I looked at the picture. I guess I feel smaller than I am now that I am losing weight. When I am eating and gaining I feel huge and ugly. When I am losing I actually feel "slim". I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, its just a truth. I didn't know I was as large as I am. I am not going to let that discourage me, I want it to motivate me to look as slim as I feel. I do feel great now that I am healthier and more active. Its just going to take time to let my body catch up with my feelings. I am so glad I have a place like SP to document this journey. I think this realization of how I look could bring me down if I didn't have SP friends to keep me motivated. Onward and downward (with the scale!)
We're back from the cabin. Had a great weekend! Only went over calories x 1 on Friday. We hiked a lot and I will be adding a couple of pictures to my gallery later. I missed my spark. Sure wish we had internet in the mountains!