Tuesday, May 31, 2011

a pretty good start

So day one back at it went pretty well.

It was hard. Spin class was hard, and it hurt. A lot. Not going for a latte (gasp) was hard, but I lived. Skipping the free hors d'oeuvres and wine at an event after work was nearly impossible, but I sipped diet coke and got on with my life.

I chewed gum and drank water all afternoon, when I usually reach for a snack. I made the prescribed healthy dinner of salmon, quinoa and sauteed spinach, and when Gary mentioned going to the store to get ice cream or a snack, I did not cave in. (Neither did he, in the end)

I made it through. And I'll do it again today, and tomorrow, until this becomes second nature.

I'd been avoiding the scale, as I mentioned. I weighed myself yesterday, and I'm at 211, which is 3 lbs up from where I was at the beginning of April. It's not a catastrophe.

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. It's not an original saying, by any means, but I've got it pinned up on my board at work. And I'm trying to remember this, when it gets hard and I want to quit.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A different breakfast

This morning I woke up a little bit early, hopped in the shower and made my breakfast and lunch for the day. It took me a bit longer than I hoped it would, but at least I'm also prepped for tomorrow's lunch.

I took out my measuring cups and spoons and a bunch of tupperware containers, and got to it. I'm thinking that a digital scale might be in my future - does anyone have one they'd recommend?

Breakfast today was something I've never had before - grapes on toast. I toasted two slices of whole wheat bread, spread 1 tbs of reduced fat cream cheese on each, and then topped each slice with 1/4 cup of halved grapes. Then I drizzled a little bit (1/2 tsp) of honey over each slice, and a tiny bit of herbs d'provence (because I didn't have any thyme handy). It was really tasty, and very filling - 3 hours later and I'm not feeling hungry yet. Usually by 10 am I'm starting to feel like a snack.

One downside - it was a bit hard to eat. This isn't a breakfast to eat standing up, or in transit!

This is what I'll be eating this week, if you're interested.

Over lunch, I'm off to spin class because I have a meeting tonight and can't work out at 5pm. Then it's home to make dinner - and hopefully relax a bit before it starts all over again tomorrow!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

It ain't cheap

Eating healthy isn't cheap. Today we bought our groceries for the week, and the bill came to $160 - that's food for the two of us for the week, no cleaning supplies or personal care products included.

And I had three coupons, and was careful to shop for sale items.

But if we went out to eat, dinner rarely would come to less than $40. Fresh produce, fish and whole-grain bread might be more expensive than pizza pops and kraft dinner, but we'll feel more satisfied with what we're eating. Snacks from the vending machine or corner store add up, and are certainly more money than an apple or a dish of carrots and hummus.

We're fortunate enough (at least this week!) to be able to afford to buy healthy food - but it shouldn't have to be a privilege, in my opinion. Fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk, lean meat or canned spaghetti, frozen dinners and boxed macaron. It shouldn't have to be such a hard choice.

Is the price of healthier food a deterrent for you? Do you find yourself planning less healthy, less expensive meals? How do you find a common ground between the two - budget and diet plan?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Preparation - check!

I sat down last week, and with the help of Self Magazine's recent meal plan in their Drop 10 Challenge, I plotted out an entire week of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. I then created a shopping list with every single item we'd need, and no more.

I'm not necessarily following the Self Challenge, but I did like their meal plan. I figured it was worth a shot - a bunch of things I've never tried before, some different breakfast and lunch ideas, and some flexibility. Plus, they're all free, and balanced meals, so check them out if you're short on ideas :)

Tomorrow we're going grocery shopping. I'll pack my lunch for the next day, measure out my breakfast and set it out for the morning, and find my old running shoes so I can hit the gym over lunch.

Here we go again!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Off the wagon

Not only have I fallen off the wagon, friends, the wagon has ran over me. And backed up. And ran over me again, for good measure. And then I lay there, covered in dust, while I watched it pull away from me and travel off into the horizon.

The past month has been a massive backslide. To be honest, the last 6 weeks. I think it officially kicked in when I skipped the gym to go to East Side Mario's for dinner.

Now, it was a really fun night, in honour of my birthday, and I had an amazing time with my other half, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

But then we started packing, and then we moved, and before I knew it over a month of high stress, bad meals (greasy fast food, heavy pasta dinners, and so many sugary treats) and skipping the gym caught up to me.

We went to the gym last night. Gary worked out. I sat on a bench outside because I had been away from the gym for so long that they donated my sneakers to charity.

I wish I was kidding.

Every couple of months, the gym posts a sign giving members two weeks to clear out their stuff from the locker room or it'll be donated. I missed not only the sign, but the two week grace period AND THEN SOME.

So new sneakers it is.

Today I'm starting small. I haven't stepped on the scale in a looong time. I'm drinking my 2 L of water, had a healthy breakfast (oatmeal and banana) and am trying to skip the temptation of the 3pm sugary snack.

I've got no more excuses. We've moved. Things have settled down at work. My future mother-in-law isn't visiting. I've got a long stretch of months ahead where I can focus on weight loss, on diet and exercise.

Starting now.