So I may or may not have mentioned this to you before but…I’m on a diet. I have been on a diet for over a month (again). This time, I’m doing better with it. I’m doing better with it because I’m concentrating more on making healthier choices and eating smaller portions than I am on forcing myself to eat these ‘healthy choice’ recipes that make me sick. That’s right, a lot of healthy foods actually make me S-I-C-K. No, I am not lying. Yes, this is real life.
You see, things like tomatoes make my acid reflux go through the roof. I get terrible stomach aches, the acid makes my throat hurt, and I get headaches. Bell peppers do much the same thing, although since I dislike their texture and flavor I start feeling sick a lot more quickly. The same happens with celery, asparagus, most squash, all but one eggplant recipe, etc etc and so forth. On top of that, I am literally allergic to strawberries. Yes, strawberries. Yes, it does suck. (guess what my daughter’s favorite food is?? YUP! Strawberries…which mom has to cut up for her. It’s a process and a show for anyone watching me).
My friends laugh because I am a sober person with the palate of a stoner (except for pizza honestly). So finding dishes that are HEALTHY and FILLING and YUMMY without half (sometimes over half) of the readily available vegetables can be a trial. It’s really no wonder that I’m failing every few days. But I keep working. I keep finding new recipes. I keep pinning pins to pinterest. I will keep this diet going. Even if I do sneak some beef jerky and mustard every once in a while.
Some healthy foods make me sick…but that doesn’t mean I can’t be healthy anyway.
Today is day two of my new exercise and diet life style change…or it will be if I ever get to the exercise part. A little over a week ago, I found out that the diet I was on was actually causing me more problems and not helping me lose weight. I’ve spent the intervening time researching what I need to do for a full on lifestyle change. So now I’m back on carbs and sadly off of fats. Do you know how hard it is to find a fat free juicy steak?? Good thing I love sea food!
Anyway, I’m trying to start some circuit training and three days a week I will be doing the Couch25K program. I am actually looking forward to being able to run…I’ve never actually been able to run more than a block at a time (probably less if I’m telling the truth), but I really want to add some kettle bell in as well. Are the soft exercise balls the same as the kettle bells?
As you can see, I’m a little scattered. The only routine I’ve ever stuck to for exercise (not counting when I worked as a carhop) was the two weeks that I kept up with Hip Hop Abs. But I am determined and I have a new mantra: I WILL learn to RUN! I WILL BE FIT!! I WILL BE HEALTHY!! But…I don’t have to do it all today! So maybe this time will be different…no, this time WILL be different.
Anyone else out there working on this? If you have any suggestions, hints, recipes, etc. I would love to hear them!
It is that time again ladies and gentlemen, the day when many people look around, weigh the pros and cons of their past year, and make decisions on what they will do differently in the next few days…I mean, over the next year. Several of my friends have become disenchanted with this process and have resolved to no longer make a resolution…which in itself is a resolution, if you think about it.
However, others have declared their intentions to lose weight, exercise, write every day (!), etc etc and so forth. My question to us all is this: Does making a resolution just for the sake of making one actually give you the gumption to keep it up?? I think not. For myself, I know that unless I have already pondered, played with, and pontificated for a while over my resolution, I will never get past the first few hours, let alone the entire 365 days that I am supposed to be working towards!
So here is my idea…do not make a New Years’ Resolution just because it is a new year. Make a resolution, the same resolution, each and every day. That way you know that today you are not going to drink two gallons of a caramel colored, carbonated, sweet slice of goodness BECAUSE you decided to watch your sugar today…and tomorrow when you wake up feeling better than you have in months, you will decide all over again that you want to watch your sugar. After a few days (or a few weeks if you are me…) it will become a habit, and habits are more difficult to break than meaningless resolutions made in the heat of the peer pressured moment.
Whether or not you have decided to make a resolution this year, I wish you every happiness and blessing throughout 2014.