I have been crazy busy at work and at home since the moment I returned from Costa Rica!
I just wanted to let you know that things are seriously fantastic on my end regarding the health and wellness front.
Steve and I have been doing Yoga together on Tuesday nights, plus we have been hiking on Sunday mornings, and using Saturday morning to go to our local farmer's market, produce market and natural food store to obtain our weekly supplies!
As a family we have decided to adopt a primarily plant based diet. My oldest step daughter and myself are at about 98% (I say that because since we are not doing this for animal rights reasons, I am not concerned if my soup is made with chicken stock or whatever, and I do not care of my Thai food has fish sauce or whatever.) Steve and my youngest step daughter are at about 90%. They still eat a bit of meat, but FAR less than before.
I have successfully quit smoking. I feel very confident that I will never smoke again, and I have quit before, but I have never said those words, because I have never set a resolve the way I have this time.
I am playing tennis with my bff Saturday mornings, which I love.
We are cooking different types of foods, and really working on savoring and enjoying everything that we eat or prepare.
I am loving every minute of all of this. I feel great physically and emotionally. My relationship has never been stronger, because we are spending so much time together, in a common endevor that we both feel passionately about.
I am still almost 4 pounds over the top of my range, and ideally would like to lose 7-10 pounds over the next few months, but only so that my pants fit well, not because I feel fat. I feel gorgeous and sexy! And my husband keeps affirming that daily.
Costa Rica in general was paradise. It is gorgeous, and my trip was the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. I zip lined, surfed for the first time, and hiked up the side of a mountain. But there was plenty of time to lie on a raft in the infinity pool and to lie in a deck chair in the shade and read a book.
But what I wanted to report here, is that although I just got back on Tuesday evening, I feel as though my time at this resort, absorbing their lifestyle philosophies has changed my life, forever, for the good.
Part of our package was daily Yoga. I have done yoga in the past, but this was life altering, meditative, restorative yoga. In 5 short days it not only made me feel physically flexible and strong. It gave me an emotional and mental balance that i have never experienced before.
The trip included food, and the the chef was outstanding. Everything was vegetarian based and of course local, farm fresh ingredients were used. They were fairly simple meals, but so delicious that I was inspired to consider a vegetarian lifestyle. Ultimately, after much thought I decided that I still want some animal protein and fish in my diet, so I am going to take an "all things in moderation" approach.
After eating so clean and healthy for all of the days of my trip, I did not want to come home and "blow it", so my first errand upon my return was to go to the market and make sure that I have the ingredients to make sure that my diet is rich in fruits, veggies primarily, and dairy, lean protein and grains in moderation.
I feel fantastic. My skin and hair are healthier, and I am practicing mindful eating and focusing on food to nourish my body. It feels amazing.
Steel cut oats sweetened with some honey and topped with fresh, organic almond butter
coffee with cream and sugar
whole wheat tortilla filled with black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, onions, herbs, avocado, and some fresh pico de gallo and pineapple and berries topped with greek yogurt and granola *
*almost all of the veggies in my wrap were grown in my own garden so are fresh and organic, as we use no pesticides.
coffee with cream and sugar
grilled chicken breast over a green salad and corn on the cob
Pi, you might notice that I no longer use Equal in my coffee. I have decided to eliminate all articificial ingredients in food and drink. I am going to choose to use more natural products.
Finally, I have not lost any weight, as a matter of fact I finally quit smoking for good a month ago and gained about 3 pounds, weighing in at 143.4 today, but I don't care. I am madly in love with my body. I don't care if it is a bit flabby or has cellulite or my chest is too small or my thighs are too big. At this particular moment in time, I love my body because of all it has done for me, and to prove that affection, I am going to commit to feed my body nourishing food, and move a little bit everyday.
I hope to find a yoga studio that reflects that philosphy of the yoga instructor in Costa Rica. I want the meditative, reflective piece along with the moving my body piece.
I hope you are all well. Pi, I miss you. I am sorry I have been MIA. Life was hectic trying to get ready for the trip. But I am back now, and plan to be better about keeping in touch here.View Thread
Thanks for starting a new thread. I was getting intimidated by the other one.
I feel like I am in a really good place right now. My scale is still broken, so I have not weighed in over a week, but it is strangely liberating to me. We have a nurses station here at work with a doctors scale that I could weigh on if I needed a fix, and I do plan to buy a scale this weekend, but for now this is ok.
I finally made it to the grocery store last weekend and spent well over $300 b/c I had not been in weeks and we were out of EVERYTHING! I made a committment to myself to prepare super healthy dinner meals, and to take really healthy lunches to work with me, and having the supplies to do this has made it painless!
I purchased a rice steamer last week and I am really enjoying it! It has a setting for brown rice specifically, which is what I use, and it has a timer feature on it. I also have used it to prepare my steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. It is also a meat/veggie steamer. I have not used it for that yet though.
Last week we had a health fair here at work. They had a station where you stood on this machine and it read your height, weight, bmi and % of body fat. All of mine were in the normal range! I was so pleased.
My exercise has been sorely lacking, and I need to get that piece back in place, because I leave for Costa Rica in less than a month! AAHH!!
Breakfast: Steel cut oatmeal sweetened w/ honey and peanut butter and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips.
Lunch: whole grain tortilla filled with hummus, lettuce, tomato, cukes, yellow peppers and radishes, and mixed berries.
Snack: greek yogurt with some granola mixed in.
Dinner: pulled chicken sandwiches and steamed asparagus for us, the kids will probably have chips and salsa with their sandwiches.
All in all, I feel great. I feel like my habits are actually habits. I don't stress eat. I don't mindless snack and munch. I eat really good, high quality food most of the time without even thinking about it, and I don't sweat it when I decide to have something that isn't "diet" friendly. I am not obsessing. I am just living. Hurray!View Thread
I have been MIA b/c I have been feeling very similiar to your post last week Pi.
Our scale is broken, but I can tell I am not on a good track. I feel obese...even though in reality I am probably in the neighborhood that I have been for months.
I need to go grocery shopping, as I have not been in weeks. We have been going to the neighborhood store and getting enough stuff for a couple of days, but I have not had my staples for weeks.
That is on the itinerary for this weekend for sure. Then I will feel a little better.
I just feel Blah on the weight loss front. Not that I am giving up by any means, I am just not obsessing, and sometimes I think that you HAVE to obsess constantly to keep the momentum going for loss. Kwim?
I am however obsessed with shopping and buying baby clothes for my Grandson. He isn't even due until October, and already I cannot stay out of baby stores!View Thread
I can't remember if I mentioned to you that part of my weekend plan was to visit my friend that I am going to Costa Rica with.
She is in great physical shape, but is using Costa Rica as motivation/inspiration to get even more fit.
I went up (she lives in the Chicago suburbs 2 hours from me.) on Sunday and got there at 11, I stayed until Monday at 4. So that is like 36 hours right? In the course of that time we did a 5 mile hike AND 2 P90X workouts. I am so sore today! But in a good way.
We also managed to get in some shopping and lots of trip planning!
I spent a freaking fortune this weekend, but it was all necessary.
If you have access to P90X, I recommend it. It is the best workout I have ever had! It worked muscles I didn't even know I had!
I hope you had a superb weekend as well! Check in soon!View Thread
I know tomorrow is our official weigh day, but I had not checked in for so long that I had a moment, so I thought I would check in now.
The past 4-5 weeks have been full of personal crisis for my family. ( I wont go into detail here, but will update on Couples Coping since the subject matter is more appropriate for that board.)
But what I will say that is relevent here, is that I am extremely proud of myself in maintaining my healthy lifestyle under such pressure.
In the past, any crisis, not even a life changing one, would be licence for me to go completely insane with the eating. I would use stress and sadness as justification for sitting down in front of the tv and eating chips and dip for hours. I would say "screw it" and not bring my healthy, home packed lunches to work and opt for fast food or comfort meals for lunch. I would prepare heavy dinner / evening meals and generally just throw the entire healthful living out the window. It is entirely possible that I would and could have gained back at least 8-10 of the 20 pounds that I have lost in this short window of time.
I didn't. Today I weighed in at 138.0. That is not a significant loss in the past few weeks, but I either maintained or showed small losses on a regular basis the entire time. My weight never climbed about 140.8 high that I had set for myself.
This proves that I CAN manage my health and weight in times of extreme stress. And it actually feels better to do so. I can't imagine how much more stressful it would have been to have bounced back up to the 148 weight range, in the middle of all of this turmoil.
Today is my best friends birthday. We went out to lunch (I opt'd for a delish healthy salad) and tonite my husband and I will join she and her husband at our favorite tepanyaki grill for dinner. I plan to have 2 drinks max, and will order the shrimp. I love being able to go out and enjoy an evening or lunch, without thinking about what I should or shouldn't do. It's just life.
Friday I have the day off and myself and my 2 best friends will be going on our annual spring shopping spree. (We do it every year, we pick a different mall every year, and make a day trip for shopping, lunch and just to spend time together.) I have been very focused on being in the best mind frame possible when we shop. Obviously a pound up or down won't make a difference on how the clothes fit me, but will make a difference on my state of mind.
So all in all, everything is good here. Hope it is for all of you girls too!View Thread
People have been bringing food, and staying for dinner almost all week. We have had sub sandwiches, Popeye's Chicken, chips, desserts, you get the picture....
I have eaten for crap since last week. Stress eating, over eating, just poor eating in general. And then yesterday my period starting.
Would you like to know what effect this has had on me? NONE. NADA. Zero....I am EXACTLY what I was last week. 140.8. Not an ounce lost or gained.
WTH?! We have talked about this Pi. Why the heck is it that I can have 6 straight days of stellar eating and exercise, and let me eat one salty snack or have a glass of wine and the scale rockets up 2 pounds and it takes me a solid week to get those stupid phantom pounds off...but 6 days of crappy eating salty, fat laden foods with too much sugar too boot and not 1 ounce of difference?
Dont misintrepret my rant. I wanted to hug that stupid scale this morning, b/c I was picturing being at 143 , so no change was a happy moment for me. I just wish I understood the ebs and flows and fluctuations better.
I am back on the wagon as of yesterday and today, and my focus has been restored to healthy eating and moving my body a little bit more.
This morning I was at 140.2. I am VERY pleased with this, because due to the nature of our family crisis this week, I decided to go with a maintence approach. Easter was a heavy food day for me, as we had my family in for brunch and Steve's dad in for dinner, so 2 big meals that day. On Monday I was at 140.8, which is at the top of my comfort zone.
Given the circumstances, I think still showing a drop from Monday to today is a success.View Thread
I was at 137.8 today. That is only a 0.6 loss from last week, which is sort of disappointing since my eating has been so on point all week. But it is what it is. It's a loss.
This weekend has challenges for me. Friday night my cousin has invited my 10 y/o step daughter over for a birthday sleepover. They live about 45 minutes from us, so with gas $4 a gallon, it is not smart for me to take her over and then pick her up the next day. Long story short, I will stay there too. The problem is that my cousin is an amazing hostess. I guarantee you that she will have a buffet table set up with snacks galore. And on top of that, she is a former bartender, so I anticipate that after the kids are settled, there will be some wonderful cocktail that she has whipped up for the adults.
Easter morning my family is coming to my house for Easter Brunch. I am making waffles, sausage, bacon, egg casserole, hashbrowns, fruit and bisquits and gravy. I will make my waffles with 100% whole wheat flour and no oil. So my hope is that I can just eat a normal sunday morning breakfast of a waffle with pecans and walnuts mixed in and 2 strips of bacon. The rest of that stuff doesnt really tempt me anyway.But who knows. I am not going to get over confident. I may fall right off the wagon that day.View Thread