Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Ok, I'll admit - although I clearly understand our optimal weight loss speed is 1-2 lbs per week, it sure is exciting to get on the scale and see a BIG loss (I think it was 3.5 lbs this week, even with our weekend out of town!)
I was soooo shocked when I looked at the scale, I weighed myself several times. My jaw almost hit the floor!
Now, I know that it's probably a water thing. I've been eating lots more fruits and veggies than previously, so I'm sure that is the direct behavior that contributed to this result. It doesn't change the fact that I'm soooo happy. I'm wearing some old clothes that are a tad tight (and a size smaller) just cause I can! I feel like people should be noticing now, but really they haven't too much. But, that's ok cause it feels great to me and finally I feel like I've got some momentum.
We're taking another trip this weekend to a theme park for kids. They don't allow outside food (big bummer) so I'm hoping for the best. I refuse to freak out about it though because that would take away all the fun of our trip and seeing my son enjoy all the rides. It could kill my weigh in for next week though, cause I weigh on Wednesday and the park trip is Sunday-Monday.
So, the journey continues. I'm trying to focus on more fruits and veggies and more raw choices. Today I'm trying a raw salad dressing from Alissa Cohen's book.
I love all my spark buddies!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
So, our weekend was a huge success! Yeah us!! And although it killed me to miss our son, once I got into the groove we really had a nice time. We didn't spend the whole weekend obsessing about where to eat and what to eat (which was great).
I even managed to talk my hubby OUT of going for dessert at the Melting Pot. Did I just say that??!!?? Did that really happen??!! YES! I talked my husband out of going to the Melting Pot for dessert (which is probably my favorite restaurant, at least my old favorite anyway). I told him we would just go their to plan on stuffing ourselves and sadly, that couldn't be more true. We tried the hotel hot tub instead.
We found a nice tappas restaurant for lunch and that was an awesome treat. I've been choosing more vegetarian entrées and they had lots to choose from.
My weakness and poor eating marathon occurred when we got home Sunday evening. We were having a family dinner for Father's day and I did some serious eating for sport. There were healthy choices for snacks which I truly applaud my aunt for, but the bad stuff kept calling my name and sadly, I kept answering! I need to examine why I choose poorly and also figure out how I can take more 'legal' foods for myself and to share. Being out of town all weekend always makes being prepared much more difficult.
I've been doing lots of reading on eating raw and the benefits of the live enzymes and I'm kind of into it. I don't know much, but I like the thought of focusing on raw fruits and veggies, so my strategy is going to be to fit more into my daily eating but not freak out if I eat meat or make less good choices, convenience is a huge issue. We're taking our son to a theme park this weekend and it's likely I won't have much to choose from there. They also don't allow outside food, so I will do my best. I don't want to ruin the experience and quality family time by worrying about what I will eat.
I feel a little weird, I don't want my talk of raw eating to scare anyone off, I haven't changed a bit, I just think this way of eating makes sense in my brain, so I'm going to give it a shot.
I also secretly gave up diet coke without telling anyone. I guess the secrets out now though, huh? I just realized I don't need it. It's like a thing in my family though, so please don't tell them or they'll make fun of me, ok?
Thanks for reading!!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So my Husband and I are going to a wedding this weekend on the west side of Michigan. The west side is beautiful and where I went to college, so I think of it fondly. I was hoping to get out of the wedding though - because my husband hadn't made a single plan or arrangement for the weekend, including arranging a babysitter for our 2 year old!
Well, he managed to get the Grandma's help and I found a hotel, so we're suddenly having a 'romantic' weekend/wedding of his friend, this weekend.
I mentioned that I wished we could take our bikes, we NEVER ride them anymore, we don't have any way to safely take our son along - so, they haven't seen the light of day in 2 years. My husband actually bit on the idea! So, now were getting a new bike rack (to fit our new car) and figuring out how we can take them along.
I've also been researching trails in the area we're going to find places to ride. I think it would be fun to ride around the downtown area as well.
So, just like that - we flipped the switch. Previously, any sort of vacation really just meant more sleep, shopping - but mostly, what kind of awesome food could we find and eat. Now, were more worried about the 'doing' than the eating. HOW AWESOME! I can't even stand it I'm SO excited!!
Just had to share!!!!!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
So I shared a moment in time with an amazing woman at Whole Foods the other day. I stopped in to do some healthy food shopping, but what I left with might have been an enlightening and life changing new perspective.
I've never been a huge fan of eating meat, but I've never been a vegetarian either. My family favors meat and I usually cave, just to go with the flow. I have been eating vegetarian means for lunches since I started SP and really enjoying it.
That being said...I have never considered if my food was alive.
Back to the woman at whole foods - I have no idea who she was, but her wealth of knowledge was amazing. We got to talking about a few things, including how golden raisins are simply more processed than 'regular' raisins and also how drinking too much plain water can make your kidneys work too hard. On the water tip, she suggested just a little bit of lemon in my water - I innocently asked, "Could I use bottled lemon juice?" and as she cringed, she began educating me on the philosophy of eating raw living foods. A very foreign thought to me, even though it is ultimately simple.
I was so intrigued I couldn't sleep that night - in fact, I've been consumed with thoughts of transitioning to a raw food diet and googling raw food information every chance I get. I'm taking a class on Wednesday night and I can't wait to learn more about this lifestyle. I don't plan to be 100% raw, but I'm thinking maybe lunch and dinner would be great. I also want to start playing around with some green smoothies.
Any thoughts or comments are ALWAYS welcome!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I am SO geeked!! I LOVE spark people SO much!! Probably spend way to much time here - I just get SO sucked it. But I have NEVER been so successful before, I just get so excited to track my water that I am actually drinking it, novel concept.
The support is amazing, the people are amazing and I'm hoping I can become a 'success' story of SP someday. I'm hoping to attend the convention in OH too...
The nerves are just about real life and making this change for real. I still worry that this weekend I might blow it. I'm off work tomorrow to celebrate my birthday and I just don't want to fall off the wagon. I think I get it - I think it's clicked - I just don't know when I will be sure that I'm not the weak person I used to be that always went for the nachos instead of choosing something good and a walk afterwards.
When can you be sure that it 'took'?
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