Hello, women! Sorry I was MIA for so long. So glad to see more people have joined us!
We're now about 1/3 through the new month of this new year. They say it takes 30 days to develop a new habit. I'm not sure this change that we're all moving toward can be called a habit. Maybe a collection of new habits? It feels to me like it will take a lot more than 30 days to get myself to the point where I feel like I'm on top of my meal planning (lunches are a big struggle for me), where I've got a new rhythm to my morning life to accommodate workouts, and I'm not noshing on the yummy food I've been making. But already I find that just the act of focusing on what I'm eating and how I'm moving, instead of focusing only on work and other priorities, gives me a sense that my health is immensely improved. I think the key is taking these goals and breaking them down into daily tasks.
The downside to becoming a more adventurous cook in the last few years is I always have good, high-calorie food in the house! Right now: lemon sorbetto (sugary), real parm cheese (fat), and almond-orange-chocolate-coconut cookies (sugar, but good fat).
So my 7 day trial at the gym is up and I really do want to join, just have to make sure we can afford it for the two of us. I'm hoping that because we're eating out less that we can fit it in. I'm a lot more motivated if I have a place to be at a certain time. Last Thursday I took a boot camp class and OMG I actually had to leave for a few minutes and down some water b/c I was going to pass out. It was HARD. But I really want to go back. It was a lot of spinning and then a circuit of exercises, the kind I'd never make myself do so they'll work muscles I'm not used to working. And there was a lot of balancing and core moves, too, my favorite.
I also got an exercise video for women who have a belly diastases. Not the Mummy Tummy, but the other one...I forget the name. Mine is there, and probably always will be because my muscles actually ripped above my navel (did I say this already?). It was pretty good. It looked really easy, but then I did it and not so much. :)
We did our family hike on Sunday and while that was fun, I can't count it as a workout. :) I dragged two cold, whiney kids through the Arboretum. My heart rate may have been up, and I was doing deep breathing, but that was the stress. :)
I've lost about 2 lbs, it seems, since I started this new way. I say "it seems" because my weight always fluctuates quite a bit. But my jeans that I bought around Thanksgiving are looser and I haven't seen 136 for over a week now. I can live with this kind of progress, especially since I haven't felt deprived.
Laurakathy: I love NYC. The last time I was there I was stuck in midtown and didn't have time to go roaming for good food, though I did find a good Thai place that was GF. I ate there like three times. :) There's a decent local food scene there I'd like to check out some time.
namaste_mom: I hear you about Dh and eating habits. I think mine would be horrified if he tracked his caloric intake. He seems to think he has to be super-full or else he's "hungry." He doesn't eat sweets or soda (or dairy -- he's allergic) but he eats a lot of carbs in the form of burritos at lunch. He's not GF so I know he gets pastries and such on the go, too. Could be worse, sure, but he has a lot of fat dense fat around his belly, the worst kind for your health. But I keep my mouth shut, because I don't want him to feel self-conscious. And I certainly wouldn't want to hear any nagging from him. :)
Hi, kathymuggle! Glad you joined us. Are you actually counting calories? Do you use some kind of calculator? I'm on the hunt for one that's accurate but doesn't make me put things in at the teaspoon level. LOL! This is going to become a joke, that I can never find the right food calculator. ;)
Ok, gotta get back to work everyone. Here are my goals for this week:
1. Keep eating fresh foods at every meal.
2. Keep my sugar intake down.
3. When I go out to work events keep it to one drink and then sip soda water with lime the rest of the time.
4. Do 2.5 hours of exercise by EOD Saturday.
So how are you all going to break down your goals into bite-sized chunks this week?