Friday, February 10, 2012
I'm so glad the weekend is finally here. I will be spending mine visiting my family and catching up with my sister! That's always fun :) I'm going to eat right, work out, relax, spend time with my family and just take it very easy while I'm here. I'm trying to learn to be less stressed about things I cannot change (that's one of my bad habits that I want to get rid of!).
I hope all of you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Get some rest - and some exercise - and just enjoy the two days off! You deserve it :)
Monday, February 06, 2012
Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a year since the last time I updated my SparkPage. I feel like I should maybe give a short recap on what's been going on, but honestly, I don't know where to start. On the surface, not much has changed, but I feel as though I've gone through a lot mentally over the past year and learned so much about myself along the way.
Weight loss wise, I'm right where I was when I wrote my last blog entry almost a year ago. I'm about 85 kilos (187 lbs) so I haven't gained or lost any weight over the last year. I'm grateful for that because I know things could easily be a lot worse considering my eating and exercise habits (or lack thereof). Ironically, even though this is about the heaviest I have ever been, I now love and appreciate my body more than ever before. That doesn't mean I don't want or need to lose weight - because I do - but I no longer hate my body or the way it looks just because it's not "perfect" (ughh, I hate that word). I can't believe there was a time in my life when all I could see when I looked in the mirror were flaws. I used to feel like everything about me was wrong. Well, not anymore.
I know I need to be fitter, healthier and stronger to be able to enjoy my life the way I want to, but these days when I look in the mirror I see so much more than flaws or imperfections. Instead, I see a beautiful, amazing, attractive young woman with so much potential and a whole life ahead of her. I know I will never feel 100 % confident about myself at this weight but at the same time I know I have the power to do something about it and make a change.
Every day is a new beginning. Every day we can get up and choose to make a change in our lives. We can choose to be more positive and not let anything get us down. I know I have it in me to start making those small but important changes in my life that will eventually lead into a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.
I'm so happy to be back. I've missed you all :)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
This March, I'm going meatless! I have been wanting to cut back on meat for a while now, and this just feels like the right time to do it. I'm so excited! I'm going to try all kinds of delicious, light, and nutritious vegetarian foods and I'm sure I won't even miss eating meat! (and by meat I mean all kinds of meat; poultry, pork, seafood, beef... etc.).
Over the past few months I've come to realize that I eat meat way too often (almost at every meal). Because I have high cholesterol and I'm trying to cut back on calories, giving up meat seems like a smart thing to do! I'll make sure I get enough protein from dairy, eggs, beans, lentils and other protein rich foods so I'll be fine.
My reasons for doing this are obviously health and weight loss related, but I'm also doing this for ethical reasons. The meat industry today is just so disgusting and I hate that the animals are tortured and force-fed and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics and whatnot. It's just so wrong and so unethical, and frankly, I want nothing to do with all that.
This month my goal is to read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm pretty sure that after I read it, my Meatless March will turn into many meatless months to follow...
How often do you guys eat meat? Have you ever thought about cutting back?
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