Friday, September 21, 2012
Day 21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
When I was a pre-teen and teen and controlled my weight by extreme calorie restriction. I don't know how no one caught on. I don't know how I managed to stop before it got dangerous. I don't know WHY I did it. Looking back it was so unhealthy and made me skinny fat. I snapped out if it my first week at college when I almost fainted at the HUGE library on a HUGE campus where I knew no one. I was terrified I'd pass out and no one would help me.
In the years after my children were born - when I was a SAHM - I binged. A lot. Whole bags of goldfish crackers, boxes of wheat thins, dozens of cookies, goodness knows what else but it was not uncommon for me to finish a whole box, bag, package of whatever. I am still dealing with that, even in maintenance. I just binge on different things now. Baby carrots. Carrot chips. Popcorn. Peanuts in a shell. Berries. Grapes. I'm much more aware of it now. I know it is more common when I am stressed. One of my Sparkfriends pointed out that it may be happening when I am especially tired. That fits the pattern as well. I think I need to manage the stress and sleep more than I need to focus on stopping the behavior. I don't really even try to stop the binges now. Instead I try to figure out why I did it.
I have not been tempted to go back to extreme calorie restriction even though it is easy (no time needed to work out! cheap!) because of how unhealthy it is and how closely my daughter watches what I do. I definitely do NOT want her to follow in my footsteps there. She is strong and healthy. God forbid she starve herself, lose her muscle mass, stress her immune system. So, with her eyes on me constantly, I just do.not.go.there.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Day 20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
I love a lot of healthy foods. Ones that appear in my diet over and over and over again are greek yogurt, frozen berries, fresh berries, cinnamon, wheat germ, egg whites, salsa, baby spinach (and more baby spinach and more baby spinach), tomatoes, low-carb or whole wheat breads, avocados, low fat cheese, tuna fish, salmon, chicken breast, pork tenderloin, grass-fed beef, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, winter squash, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spring mix, arugula, CLIF builder bars, whey powder.
I'm guessing that over 75% of the food I eat is on that list. I might prepare things in different ways but my grocery list is very repetitive!
Things that I eat now that I didn't eat before I started eating healthy: CLIF builder bars, whey powder, arugula (I could eat it by the box full), kale (homemade into chips), greek yogurt (we even use it instead of sour cream), egg white omelets, quinoa, we even eat some tofu every once in a while.
There are also a lot of healthy foods that I was eating before I started losing weight that I still eat but not in nearly the amounts I ate them before: whole wheat pasta, barilla plus pasta, brown rice, olive oil..... things that are either too carby for me to eat too often or add too many fat calories to consume in the amounts I used to consume.
Running for 2012:
107.25 miles + 3.25 miles = 110.5 miles
3 days until my next 5K.
Beat my PR of 29:12 by 1 second today so basically I'm at 29 1/4 minutes for 5K on the treadmill. I'm really hoping to finish the race in less time than that on Sunday. I finished my first 5K in less time than that but it was a different course. I hear this one is hilly. I'd love to come in around 27:30. That would be about 30 seconds a mile faster than my first 5K. I just don't know what is reasonable to shave off a 5K, especially since the courses are totally different.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Day 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
I STILL ENJOY:
-Coffee with real half and half and splenda - every day.
-Ice cream - I have a Skinny Cow almost every day. I have premium ice cream a handful of times a year.
-Chips, like for 'chips and salsa' - I have baked scoops about once a week with guacamole or nachos (healthy toppings)
-Beer, wine, and spirits - I definitely drink a LOT less than I did when I was heavy. Partially because these are empty calorie foods, partially because I eat more when I drink, and partially because alcohol and exercise don't mix so well for me.
-Pizza - We have takeout pizza a few times a month.
-Burritos - I have a burrito bowl at Chipotle a few times a month (or more).
GONE, GONE, GONE:
-Fried foods. They repulse me at this point. I will have a tiny amount of fried calamari very rarely when we split an appetizer at a restaurant. No more fries, fish and chips, potato chips, chicken strips, onion rings, yada yada yada. They bother my stomach too much.
-All but the best candy. I can't remember the last snickers bar, for example. I had a wunderbar on vacation in August. I think that was my first run-of-the-mill candy bar in almost 2 years. I occasionally have some dark chocolate but I really have very little. This is surprise to me. I'd have expected this to be on the 'never gonna let you go list'.
-Cold cereal. This was a danger food for me. I could eat it by the box. I now only use it (and only very healthy options) as a topping for yogurt.
-Soda, juice, juice cocktails - Unless they are used as part of a cocktail, I just don't consume these.
-A large variety of processed foods. I don't think I could even make a list. I don't miss them enough for them to even register.
And one so new I probably shouldn't include it.... but as of last weekend no more pre-popped 'light popcorn'. It was one of my 2 binge foods (the other is peanuts in a shell) and I've noticed that I've woken up feeling sick after eating it over the last few months. DH told me he can't stand the smell of it (I knew he never ate it). Those 2 together and I just don't have any desire to buy it again. I'll make popcorn if I want some.
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