Changing Things Up, Again, Ergo Trying to Eat a Little Healthier
Friday, July 05, 2013
So, I've been wanting to change things up, mostly because I'm slipping into some not so healthy habits again like sneaking soda, a half a cup here and there. What's worked is eating organic food and cutting way, way down on red meats. I also cut back on processed wheat flour and cheese and milk quite a bit. But, I think my body needs to be nudged a bit.
I was reading this article, and although I don't buy into fad diets, I thought, "I could do my own version of that! And like it." So, this dude, whose name I can't remember eats vegan until 6p.m. and then eats whatever (within reason) after 6p.m. I'm not going back to eating vegan or fully vegetarian because I've re-discovered, I have a soft spot for eggs and salmon. Plus, I like cheese on very special occasions. But, I was thinking, what if I ate whole, non-processed foods until 6p.m. and then ate something that was processed within moderation? I think that would necessarily force me to eat more fresh fruit and a little more protein (though today, I could only stomach brown rice).
What happens after 6p.m. anyway, even during the school year is that I cook food from scratch. It sounds good to me, and that way, I won't be eating whole foods all the time, which is not always easy to do. And I will meet a goal that's been on the back of my mind and try to incorporate more whole foods and less processed foods. My whole foods will also include canned beans and yogurt and cottage cheese. I don't consider the last two so bad or at least my body doesn't react to them.
It's not a huge leap from where I am right now, but I want to see if that will help me eat more balanced. My husband, God bless him, brought fruit today, and I was so grateful.
My son and I came home from our 4th of July escapade with nasty colds. We were both running fevers, and we slept or rested in bed most of the day. I gotta say, even though we were both not feeling well, it was nice to rest together. Now, my husband is home, and I can shower and get some real sleep.
On the gym front, this week has been so-so for gym minutes, but I have been walking quite a bit. Tomorrow, if I'm not wheezing, I'm going for a bike ride out in nature. We are going to rural Illinois where there are fewer cars, and I'm up to the challenge (provided I'm not hacking up a lung). I never found my exercise passion, and there just enough weeks in the summer that I might make this my thing on weekends or at parks.
Finally, it turns out, I'm almost a medium. I got some things in medium and am a size 12 in a lot sizes. Did I do a major victory dance? No, because that further reinforces the idea that number goals are bull sh*t. That is to say, I have a lot of toning up to do, and I'm far from a normal BMI, about 20 pounds to be exact. But, I'm not going to stress out about it because what's the point if I'm still making healthy changes and tracking regularly? I also loosened up the purse strings and have been resizing my old clothes, especially the items I really like. I officially have no skinny anything to fit into, just some big clothes I need to resize or donate. And, my husband found the used clothes I misplaced. Woo hoo! It's like treasure hunting in your own house (yes, I clean my house regularly).