Monday, February 22, 2010
I did it! I walked around the block after dinner! You guys don't know what a big deal that is for me these days. AFter I wrote that last blog entry, I really started racking my brain about what was keeping from getting out the door to an evening walk after dinner. Aside from the general fatigue and lack of motivation that I have by that time of the day. I think I figured it out. I am a person that needs to go for that walk IMMEDIATELY after I finish eating. No down time, no letting my food go down. If I let my butt hit an even mildly comfortable surface like the couch, my bed, or my favorite chair...that's it. I am down for the count. So, as soon as I finished eating tonight, I got up before my husband and kids had even finished eating and headed out the door. It takes 20 minutes for me to walk around the block, and since I am 200 pounds overweight, it always feel like I am scaling the side of a mountain on my face! The unfortunate thing about never being successful at consistent weight loss is that exercise never gets any easier if you are always the same size. It has health benefits in general, but I don't feel like it's getting any less grueling. Sometimes I get a glimpse of my shadow as I am lumbering down the street at the pace of a toddler (which is all I can handle). And there are times when I start to think...what's the point? Why do this to myself? And the answer is always the same. I don't EVER want to be a person who wakes up one day and discovers that they can no longer take care of themselves or of anyone else for that matter. Those people would give any amount of food to be able to walk again, or go to the bathroom by themselves again, or have any resemblance at all of a normal life again. May that never be me.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I spent some time in recent months figuring out what would be the best times for me to go walking in order to keep weight gain at bay. Since weight loss itself has proven to be...elusive...I wanted to at least stop gaining. So, aside from the walk that I take every morning, I experimented with walking before dinner versus walking after dinner. When I walked before dinner, I sometimes still gained weight that day, depending on what I ate for dinner. But on the days when I walked after the evening meal, as long as that was the last thing I ate for the day, I rarely gained weight. The problem is my non existent energy level at that time of the day. I am always ok once I get out of the house and start walking, but forcing myself out the door is something else all together. I suppose it is as much a problem of motivation as it is with energy. Because I just can't seem to give myself that mental push that I so badly need. A while ago, I was doing the after dinner walks most days. I can't think of what happened to change that habit. So, how can I re-start this very necessary healthy habit?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
My daughter called me today after she took my 2 grandsons (ages 2 and 6 mos) to their doctor appointment. She was told that she needs to keep an eye on their weight, because they are on the high end of where they should be. I always tried to tell my daughter that the older one almost came out of the womb looking...husky. Not fat...but kind of like a shrunken football player. The baby, however, whom she has fed WAY too much from birth (even though up until now it has only been formula) is too big. He's adorable, and cute, and I love him dearly. But that child looks like the Michelin man in a diaper! She's about to start feeding him solid foods, so I warned her not to go crazy with it. I don't want the little guy to look like Jabba the Hut before he has his first birthday. I am hoping that as the boys get older and become more active that this won't be an issue. But my daughter is the type that feeds them whenever they act up in order to quiet them. I have tried to caution her against it, but like all young mothers, she doesn't really listen. Maybe she will now that the doctor has expressed concern about her children becoming the toddler equivalent of Sumo wrestlers before they even get into kindergarten.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I am a hot dog on buns lover, but I have always had a hard time finding low calorie ingredients for them. And, I always eat at least 2 or 3 of them. But I recently tried some high fiber whole wheat hot dog buns (80 calories) with 98% fat free hot dogs (40 calories). As long as I go light on the condiments, they come out to about 200 calories each. And they're delicious!
I could also practically live on tacos/burritos. So I started using whole wheat tortillas instead of flour ones. I also cut them in half to make it stretch more. Instead of using ground beef, I use lightly seasoned chicken, light sour cream (measured), lettuce, tomato, white onion, and fresh avocado (none of that store bought guacamole). My whole family loves them, and the kids (who are SUPER picky) don't even know they're eating healthier. It'll be my little secret.
If burgers are your comfort food of choice, which we eat once a week...try using the 4% fat ground beef patties in the freezer section. I tried using turkey patties, but I found them to be a bit dry, and besides, they are the exact same calories as the lean beef patties. I make them with 100 calorie high fiber whole wheat buns. If anyone is interested in the specific brand names of the products I use, I will be happy to share.
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