Friday, April 05, 2013
I've just noticed that most of my blogs I've posted are from when I've reached out for advice or talked out of frustration, so I'm going to try and tie some positivity into them from now on as well.
So...for the frustration portion of our show today:
Some of you may recall my rants about my friend Kate who I had a falling out with and just got back in touch with...and how she lost over 100 pounds while we weren't friends...well, it's been a real struggle for me to try and rekindle our friendship. A part of me first thought that it was competitive nature that was getting in the way of us becoming friends again because it was so easy to compare myself to her...same age, same likes, both married, etc. BUT one big difference--the weight issue.
She's really different since she became a size 6...and not the same considerate person I used to know. I'm glad she's healthier and happy, but she's become obsessed with her weightloss and story; she has made a short autobiography about herself and has submitted it to several places like an online fitness website, The Biggest Loser and local news companies. And this is ALL SHE TALKS ABOUT! I'm not even sure if she does anything but work out and talk about it anymore. She's also considering becoming involved professionally in health and fitness (which is what I went to school for and what I'm also incorporating in my nursing career), which is great...except she constantly tries to give me unwanted advice about losing weight and what to eat--and based on my education, she seriously needs to reevaluate a few things. She may have lost a lot of weight, but she sure isn't 100% healthy.
I'm almost embarrassed to talk about this on my blog, but it's really been eating at me for a while. Do I just stop communicating with her or how do I deal with it? I'd like to stay friends with her, but I'm afraid that if I approach her with how I feel, she'll secretly hate me. Has anyone else gone through something like this or have known someone who's acted this way after a huge weight loss?
On the positive side, I'm using this experience to help me stay motivated; I try and do my own research on health and really visualize the day where I'm so fit and healthy that Kate won't feel the need to give me suggestions when I don't ask for them. That's positive, right?
Haha, but seriously--I really do visualize the day I will be strong enough to play soccer with college guy friends again and wear a bikini. I want to walk without feeling things jiggle and wear nice jeans that fit without creating a muffin top. Visualization has really been helping me stick with working out every day. This is probably going to sound funny, but I also look at my body in a full-length mirror and think about the way it will be changing this year. I try and surround myself with inpiration too like pictures, quotes, good food and I bought clothing articles that I would eventually like to fit into that I've hung up to look at. I WILL get there and I can't wait.
Last thought: I'm so thankful that this site exists and there are so many of you that I can look up to. Thank you all for being there for me and everyone else in one way or another!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Since I became vegetarian (don't worry, this isn't a soapbox blog haha), I've really started to do research and comb through healthy living documentaries, and become more aware of how food can actually heal our bodies.
For those of you (including myself) who have pretty much been on a "diet" since your teens, you have probably also heard of how people become obese; something is wrong in your life, whether its concscious and/or subconscious. It also doesn't help that all of the processed foods that are available for our consumption just make us fatter. And as a species, we no longer know how to feed our bodies what they really need. We are set up for failure even when we're born.
Luckily, there are scientists and researchers out there who don't do what they do for the money--they actually are ethical and care about long-term effects that food, pollutants and pharmaceuticals have on one's health.
I'm posting a link to a documentary I stumbled upon called, "Hungry for Change" which is extraordinary and can really change your life. You don't have to be on a weightloss journey to benefit from this information, in fact...EVERYONE should look at this to improve overall health.
I love what these people uncover, and believe me, after taking more then a few organic chemistry, biochemistry, naturopathic and regular nutrition courses I can tell you that it all makes complete sense. After watching this, I thought back to all of the chemical experiments that I've done with certain compounds, acids, bases, etc...I realized that almost every chemical I've worked with is found in processed or frozen boxed foods that you buy at the grocery store! And I KNOW what those chemicals do and where they come from...NOT GOOD!
Let me know what you think or if any of you want to start a discussion; I'd love to hear your thoughts! You can also watch this on Netflix! www.hungryforchange.tv/
Friday, March 22, 2013
Hey readers :-)
I am so exhausted after the week I've had. I've been studying and taking exams all week, going to choral practice and trying to find a job. I've barely had time to work out (really haven't done much at all), let alone eat well or track nutrition. I gained a pound back since last week and I guess it doesn't surprise me :-/ When I think about it, it's really my own fault, because...yet again...I didn't prepare any meals this week which I think might be crucial for future success.
I'm really having a tough time with the food aspect of my "healthstyle". I'm trying to be a healthy vegetarian, but there isn't as much variety in recipes in this style as there is for a meat-eater. It's SO easy to be on a regular "diet" and eating meals that revolve around meat. I'm not going to lie, I loved fish for dinner, turkey bacon and slices of ham on a sandwich. I miss my mom's chicken noodle soup too. And Thanksgiving isn't really the same without a bird on the table. But I made the choice to be vegetarian to improve my health and also because factory farming has gotten way out of control, especially in the US. Plus, it's more cost efficient and beneficial on an international level to have a plant-based lifestyle.
Unfortunately, I'm a BAD vegetarian and don't really eat my veggies! The truth is, I'm a horrible cook and don't know how to make veggies appealing enough to satiate my hunger. It also frustrates me at the lack of vegetarian recipes on SP and online that are healthy and easy to prepare. As you can see, I'm a "put it in the crockpot" type of girl and don't have a lot of time to develop chef-level cooking abilities. My lunches are also something I really have to think about because I don't have access to an appliance to reheat leftovers; My lunches have to be soup in a thermos or something cold. Salads get old fast and I refuse to buy lunch out. Bad, bad, bad for my budget.
Ohhhhhh, woe is me. I hate complaining, but sometimes it's necessary. I will continue to try it again until I get it right, but I'm open to suggestions! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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