Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Today someone said something pretty insensitive. To my husband.
Some quick fact about my husband:
He's around 5'11"
He's 43 like me
Around 240, but working on losing weight
He was an ameateur hockey goaltender for around 10 years (goalies are a little nuts)
He bikes to work. Every day. In Michigan. Yes, even in winter. Yes, even in snow.
He also runs and bikes for recreation. He's out biking in the snow right now (again, kinda nuts). He has the tires, bikes and clothes to make this safe and for him, it's time to clear his head and enjoy the journey.
So today, someone said to him:
"With all the biking you do I'm surprised you're not skinnier."
Let's all agree this person is an insensitive jerk. But he's not the only one. Hubby's also heard:
Wow, you don't look like an athlete (when he was playing 2 hockey games a week).
I be you were the chubby kid picked last in school, right?
And he's not alone. Any other ladies ever been asked when the baby is due? I really like that one when you are trying and CAN'T get pregnant!
So, what does "Fit" look like?
Is it flat/six pack abs, tight buns, round lifted boobs and Michelle Obama guns?
My husband and are two people who can grab our mountain bikes and hit the trails for 2-3 hours every day when on vacation. We've run over five 5Ks this year. We eat pretty well, probably too much, but we're working on it.
In my life, fit looks like chubby bellies, sagging breasts (I'm 43 and top heavy--gravity is not my friend) and big butts (but pretty good butts--see biking and running!). It also looks like two people who really love and support one another no matter what we look like and still challenge one another and hold us accountable to our commitments.
I would love--really love--for us both to achieve our weight loss goals. But for US. Not for some other idiot's mental vision of "Fit"
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I have not been exercising as often as I should. That's a fact.
I have been eating more than I should and not tracking my food. Another fact.
My weight is the highest it has been in a year, maybe two. A fact. A very hard fact to accept.
Wanting it not enough. Reading websites and blogs and positive affirmations is not enough. I have to do the work--flip the mental switch from being a fat girl to being an active girl.
I think the most frustrating part of this is I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO. It is really not that hard and at the same time it is so very, very hard.
However, I refuse to wallow. I will not let myself go there. Instead I will get up, get dressed, walk the dog and then make a plan for exercise this week. And then a healthy eating plan.
And ask for help--a lot of it. Because I need it right now so very very much.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
So last Friday I had my gallbladder removed to treat biliary dyskinesia. Basically that means my gallbladder wasn't doing it's job and instead just spasmed trying to empty, causing me a lot of pain and nausea. I did not have gallstones, which is part of why it took so long for my doctors to finally give me a diagnosis.
Surgery was planned and laparoscopic, so recovery has been pretty quick. I was off prescription pain meds in two days and have been pretty much taking it easy all week at home. I do get tired easily, but with five incisions that look like I was in a knife fight I think that's to be expected.
I've been using this time to really accurately track my food on SparkPeople and paying a lot more attention to the fat in my diet, which can be harder for me to digest until my body adjusts to not having a gallbladder. I've been doing a really good job of sticking to the lower end of my calorie range and portion control, and I'm really pleased with that.
I also made three recipes from the SparkPeople Cookbook this week and plan to make another tomorrow:
Paprika Chicken--it was OK. My husband seemed to like it more than me, but I would try it again.
Baked Lemon Rice - really good and really easy. I would make this again and could see a lot of modifications like different spices.
Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken - very good. I let it go too long, and it was still good. I didn't shred it like the recipe suggested, but think it would be good like that as sandwiches too. This will be repeated.
Tomorrow is Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry, which I have made before. I'm looking forward to that and looking forward to a healthier future.
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