My plan? Sustainable living. Green living.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ok. Sustainable living. It makes sense. Green living. That makes sense. So sustainable, green living is my new plan. Part of the challenge of my previous approach was that I felt left out and deprived in social situations. I want to go out with my friends and enjoy a glass of wine or a fabulous dessert when we are together. And so now I do. A weekly weight loss of 2-3 pounds was not sustainable. And it sure as heck was not any fun. And so now rather than 2-3 pounds/week, I shoot for 1 pound/week. And I was exercising too much in that my routine was stressing me out and taking up too much time. So now it is my daily walk through the woods and along the beach with my dog and swimming laps 3days/week. I like to be outside and I like to swim. And green living? I am talking about leafy green vegetables. I make kale chips every night for my son to help boost his platelets. I make sure I get a serving in too. And I go to the store more often now because I want fresh produce and because my moods change from day to day and planning a week's worth of menus does not give me enough flexibility. ( What if I don't feel like eating chicken but feel "obligated" to eat it just because I planned on it?). We went out to dinner a lot because I just didn't feel like eating what I had planned to make and then I would eat too much. So this A plan I can live with.Sustainable, green living. My definition of it!
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    Katrina --

    You took the words right out of my mouth! Over the years I have tried so many different things - many with some measure of (temporary) success. I've done TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) back in the 60s and 70s when they literally tried to "shame" you into weight loss (I understand it has changed a LOT since then), I did Optifast (cousin to Medifast, an all liquid diet to relive the "temptation" to eat), Jenny Craig (which GIVES (read as "SELLS") you nearly all of your food to control portions and balance nutrition, Weight Watchers (probably the most sensible of the lot, but still only a temporary success for me. Most of these helped me lose weight but for me, did not help me shift my own perspective about food and activity into a sustainable life change, so eventually I reverted to my "old ways" and the weight came back.

    I, too, enjoy a glass of wine in the evenings on occasion, the flexibility to change my plans for eating, and a whole foods approach to nutrition. I also prefer to be active OUTDOORS and combine my physical activity with spiritual nurturing.

    So, I think your plan is for me as well. Living sustainably (something that will "stick" with me for life) as well as "green" (eating more plant-based foods for me), and outdoor activity whenever possible (I also like to swim, but have not done it for awhile...hmmmm).

    Thanks for the reminder. I think this is getting me to think enough about this that I am feeling a glimmer of hope...that I have not had for awhile. Your journey is an inspiration. That HAS to count for something!

    Blessings and joy to you!

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    2301 days ago
    Sustainability is the key to it all!

    If we give up feeling sociable with friends, and other important parts of our lives, we only invite problems. We can feel deprived and resentful.

    At what level can I do this for as long as needed -- maybe forever? That's the question I ask myself.

    For me it is a lifestyle change, nothing less.

    (By the way, thanks for commenting on my blog about the tracker.)

    2344 days ago
    Sounds fabulous!
    2351 days ago
    Sounds like a great, much less stress plan!
    2352 days ago
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