January 01, 2011
Happy New Year everyone! I know many of you have decided now is the time to get moving...to get working out...to lose those pounds. I'm here to tell you that I'm in the same boat. I feel your pain - and your determination. I too am set to lose the weight, but more importantly I'm determined to feel really good. I have two little girls and I always want their perception of their body image to be healthy. I always tell them that skinny does not mean healthy. It can. But, if you don't eat a healthy diet even if you look thin you could still be fat (unhealthy) on the inside. Sure, I may not be rail thin but I could be absolutely healthy for my height and the amount of muscle I have on my frame. I am not interested in losing my weight fast and furiously. I want to do it slowly and pragmatically. I want to make the right food and drink choices meal by meal and at the end of three months see a difference. I've been working out regularly with a trainer twice a week for about a year now and I've seen significant changes. I feel better in my clothes, my arms are more muscular and I am more energetic. What I have not seen is a change on the scale. I've been about 135 pounds from the start - though I'm most comfortable in my 120s. Now, before you judge and say that 135 is not that bad - I'm here to tell you on my 5 foot 2-3 frame it feels like a lot. I just hate the feeling of it all in my gut. I don't feel bad - I feel uncomfortable. And I don't like that feeling - I want to feel right for my frame. Some of the things I've been doing wrong? Eating well during the week and then splurging on Friday with pizza. Sure, a slice isn't bad. But at times I will eat 5 slices. Now, that's just plain gross. So, what I'm setting out to do is for the next 14 days cut out the takeout and instead healthy homemade (Indian) food. I will also cut out the alcohol. I don't drink too much but that beer on the weekend has been setting me back as well. I will also drink twice as much water. I don't drink sugary drinks anyway (we don't bring them into the house) but at times I'll go hours without water. These are just a few things that I am going to do..what will you do? Write and let me know.
Don't worry, this is still a blog about Indian food. But, homemade Indian is a way I'll be reaching my weightloss goals...so I see the tie in. You all helped me finish my first book, so I'm hoping you'll also help me with this.
Here's how my second week into this project is coming along:
Day 1 (January 1, 2011): Woke up determined I would jump out of bed ready for a new year, but just wanted to sleep more. I actually slept 9 hours (what is wrong with me?) but still didn't want to head to the gym and workout. BUT...I did. Three miles and 50 pushups later I feel great and very proud of the fact that I pushed past my initial resistance. Although I felt good, I was struggling after the initial 8 laps around the track. But, I thought of all of you reading this post and I determined to finish the next 4. What's your goal today. Did you meet it? If not, when do you plan to start? Get going, folks. If I can do this, so can you!
Day 2 (01/02/11): Woke up with a plan to swim and then just couldn't stick to it. That's fine - I think making a resolution is about taking it a day at a time, sometimes even minute-by-minute and dealing with things as best you can as they're thrown at you. Today ended up being devoted to the kids and running errands. But, I've got to say. I feel really healthy. Just a tiny bit more in control and leaner. Today's win was saying no to a muffin with my coffee (that's our usual Sunday splurge). I was also pretty good with portion control through out the day: small bowl of oatmeal with flax and berries, 1/2 veggie bagel sandwich, bowl of soup with side of rice chips, and homemade pizza. I did OD on the pizza. But at least it was all healthy ingredients. Tomorrow will be an even better day. I'm determined. Oh, and I did go for the water bottle consistently. How are you all doing?
Day 3 (01/03/11): Why is it that I always start the day on a good note but end it a failure? A friend heard this sentiment on Oprah's network this week and I couldn't agree with it more. So, today, I determined I would not feel like a failure. No late-night binges or splurges. I am determined to stay strong all day...and I did. The started strong with a 45-minute workout with Will and ended with a cup of warm, ginger-infused chai and a small piece of dark chocolate. Along the way? A banana with peanut butter, a bowl of kitchari (dal and rice), 2 small slices of homemade pizza, and a homemade burrito with my kids' famous guac. Lots of water and not cheating with the pizza and onion rings the kids had for lunch. Now off to drink some water...
OKAY. I ADMIT IT. I FELL OFF THE WAGON A BIT. I got majorly sick (the last 2 times I've actually gotten the flu have been right after doing yoga at the gym...hmmmm). No working out for the last seven days for me. But tomorrow I'm back to it..and back to writing. Habits take at least 3 weeks to really cement, right folks?