Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 7

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

YAY!  This challenge is over.  I mean, ahem… cough cough…

Ok, let’s be real.  The challenge wasn’t that bad.  And I feel good.  And my insides seem pretty happy (after the first 36 hours or so)

However, I kind of felt bored.  I got tired of eating the same things every day (with the exception of dinner).  I also missed my soup.  If you read my blog, you know that I have a small soup problem.  I love soup. 

So, I think that I will focus on trying to incorporate more of these foods into my daily diet, but I can definitely say that there’s no way that I could maintain this meal plan long term.  It would work great for someone who doesn’t need a lot of variety though. 

What do you think?  Could you follow this?

Also – do you find that it’s sooooo much harder to follow your diet on a weekend?  I certainly do. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

spaghetti squash

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 7.

Day 7 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin (recipe to come)
*note: I also made a roast for my husband but I did not partake as I’m not much of a beef eater
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 6

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

Gotta say, I love spaghetti squash and once this challenge is complete I’ll have had two different spaghetti squash recipes this week but I was super excited to get to eat actual pasta.  It was whole wheat but still… it’s pasta.  🙂  I also had amazing success with my last Olive Garden copy cat recipe so I was super excited to try this one out.  You’ll have to come back in a few days to hear how it went!  (I’ll be providing every recipe that I used this week over the next few days). 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

carrots

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 6.

Day 6 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea

Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup
)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange – I even ate TWO today!
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
The Olive Garden’s Capellini Primavera (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 5

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

For the first time in a long time I’ve found myself craving fruit.  I’m not really much of a sweets person unless it’s ice cream.  If you gave me a choice between a salad or a brownie, I’d choose the salad 9.9 times out of 10.  Sweets just aren’t my thing.  So, I don’t eat much fruit.  However, being on this challenge and eating either an orange or an apple every day, I find that I’m enjoying them more than I thought I would.  It’s not that I don’t like fruit, I’d just rather have carrot sticks. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

broccoli

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 5.

Day 5 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Creamy Chicken and Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 4

Well I’m baaaaaaaaaack! 

Sorry for the delay but as I previously mentioned I went down for the count with bronchitis as well as pink eye in BOTH eyes.  It’s not been just a barrel of laughs around here unfortunately. 

However, I’m on the mend!  Yippee!

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

As I mentioned on day 3, I was starting to get cravings for things like cheese.  In a way, I’m glad that I got sick because I got to take a break from the challenge!  Kind of sad I know.  I have definitely realized that if I’m going to eat healthier I have to make gradual changes… not try to change the world in 24 hours. 

black-beans-just-cooked

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on day 4.

Day 4 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 3

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here

I mentioned yesterday that on Day 1 of this challenge my tummy wasn’t really agreeing with me very much.  That seems to have completely passed at this point and now I’m feeling pretty darn good!  I also mentioned yesterday that I had a friend coming over for dinner last night and I am happy to admit that she LOVED what I made for dinner.  Yippee!  I should confess, however, that I snuck in some additional items with dinner that weren’t on my original mean plan for the night.  I’m blaming that on entertaining a guest.  Lol. 

I’m still finding out that my original meal plan was just waaaay too much food.  As you’ll see below, there’s a lot that’s not getting eaten every day. 

I am starting to get cravings for things at this point – mostly cheese.  I love cheese.  Even though my dinners have cheese in them there’s no cheese in my lunches and I’m missing it. 

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Wednesday.

Quinoa

Quinoa

Day 3 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or

Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea

Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Simple Baked Chicken (chicken breast marinated in Italian dressing and baked)
Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad (recipe to come)
One piece frozen Texas Toast garlic bread
Approximately a half cup of chocolate ice cream
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 2

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here.   

Well in the spirit of full confession I have to tell you that after Day 1 of the challenge I felt so bloated I was literally uncomfortable.  In addition, I had the worst flatulence I’ve had in years.  I’m sure that’s TMI (too much info) (sorry mom) but it’s honest. 

I think the reason for both of these conditions was just the enormous increase in vegetables and fiber that entered my body yesterday.  I definitely am not nearly as bloated or as gassy today.  So, my recommendation at this point would be that if you’re planning on attempting this food challenge, you should conquer one meal a day each week.  For example, change your breakfast on week 1, and then your breakfast and lunch on week two… and so on and so forth.  It should be less of a shock to your body that way. 

Oh – and I meant to show you this photo yesterday.  This is what my cart looked like at the grocery store this weekend after going through just the produce section.  No wonder my body is freaking out. 

produce-edited

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Tuesday.

Day 2 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs: Easy Bake Strata (recipe to come) (note: quiche/strata is about the only way I’ll eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Bell Peppers With Quinoa (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

Yet again we ended up eating a really late dinner last night.  I’ve gotten out of the habit of truly cooking on a weeknight (I don’t consider opening a can of green beans ‘cooking’). 

Tonight should be really interesting since I’m having a friend over for dinner and she’ll be eating the same thing that we are which is a recipe I’ve never tried before.  I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

Foods You Should Eat Everyday Challenge – Day 1

I’m suspending this weeks Window Shopping Wednesday so that I can share with you the start of my Foods You Should Eat Every Day Challenge.  Let’s get started!

If you didn’t catch my initial post with the list of the foods you should eat every day you can click here.

Almost right off the bat it became clear that the meal plan I’d worked up (as per my original post) was going to be waaaaay more food than I could possibly eat.  So, I cut out a snack group.  Instead, I’m going to eat Snack 1 on one day, and then Snack 2 the following day.  In addition, my portion sizes are pretty darn small!

Below is my original meal plan.  I’ve scratched through some things so that I can show you what I didn’t eat on Monday.

Day 1 Meal Plan:

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs (most likely some form of quiche since that’s the only way I’ll ever really eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple (one very small jazz apple)
Green tea
Carrots (about 10 baby carrots)
Handful of nuts (about ¼ cup)

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions (recipe to come)
Salmon croquette (recipe to come)
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms (I added a few green and black olives as well as some parmesan Italian dressing)

my spinach salad - don't you just love my 'welcome to the 70s' tv tray?  lol

my spinach salad – don’t you just love my ‘welcome to the 70s’ tv tray? lol

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Oven baked fish filets (not homemade)
Gluten-Free Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake (recipe to come)
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

All in all, I was very satisfied all day.  I did find myself craving some chocolate but by the time dessert came around I just wasn’t hungry.  We did end up eating kind of a late dinner so we’ll see if the same thing happens tonight.

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Alderberry Hill
Beyond the Picket Fence
Bloom
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Craftionary
Crafty Confessions
DIY Home Sweet Home
DIY Showoff
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
Homemaker on a Dime
Homework
House of Hepworths
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
It’s Overflowing
JAQS Studio
Kammy’s Korner
Lil Luna
Live.Laugh.Rowe
Made in a Day
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
Not Just a Housewife
One Artsy Mama
Primp
Skip to My Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

Foods You Should Eat Every Day…

So it’s the beginning of a new year and although I said over here that losing weight wasn’t something I was actively focusing on this year, I sort of lied.  Well, I didn’t really lie.  I mean, it’s not something that I’m actively focusing on.  I want to lose weight, but I’m taking it suuuuuper slow.  That being said, it can’t hurt to get into some good eating habits right?

oranges

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a picky eater and on top of that, I’m not much of a meat eater.  I love my veggies though (thanks mom!).  Still, I feel like I’m not getting the nutrition that I really should be.

Oats

I remember reading an article years ago having to do with the foods that you should eat every day.  I can’t remember off hand what the complete list was but I went ahead and Googled ‘foods you should eat every day.’  I’m sure you can imagine, there were a zillion results to this search.  Naturally, not every source is going to agree on what these foods should be.  Here are the answers from some of the top search results.

beans

Foods you should eat every day:

This article says berries, eggs, beans, nuts, oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tea, spinach, and yogurt.

This article says oats, berries, nuts, milk, sweet potatoes, apples, spinach or kale, dark chocolate, edamame, green tea, garlic and onions, and yogurt.

This article says spinach, eggs, blueberries, apples, and winter squash.

This article and this article say spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, black beans, walnuts and oats.

This article says yogurt, red tomatoes, walnuts, spinach, oats, carrots, and blueberries.

This article says blueberries, garlic, olive oil, broccoli, yogurt, oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon, tea, and beans.

This article says nuts, eggs, spinach, quinoa, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower), salmon, beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and blueberries.

blueberries

As you can see, several goods make all or most of these lists.  In all, here are all the foods that are listed:

apples
beans (esp black beans)
berries
blueberries
broccoli
carrots
cinnamon
dark chocolate
edamame
eggs
flaxseeds
garlic
green tea
milk
nuts
oats
olive oil
onions
oranges
quinoa
salmon
spinach or kale
sweet potatoes
tea
tomatoes
walnuts
winter squash
yogurt

broccoli & sweet potato

Let’s face it – that’s a lot of food to eat every day.  However, I’d be SUPER skinny and my insides would be healthy and I probably would never get sick due to the amount of antioxidants.  Yippee!

nuts

So, here’s the million dollar question… how in Hades am I supposed to incorporate all or most of those items EVERY day?

Here’s what I’ve come up with…

BREAKFAST:
Smoothie with 1c frozen blueberries, 1 T milled flax seeds, half of a banana and 1 carton of greek yogurt.
or
Eggs (most likely some form of quiche since that’s the only way I’ll ever really eat eggs)

SNACK 1:
Apple
Green tea
Carrots
Handful of nuts

LUNCH:
Sweet potatoes sautéed in olive oil with garlic and onions
Salmon croquette
Spinach salad w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms

SNACK 2:
Orange
Edamame
Green tea
Nature valley oat bar

DINNER:
Some form of protein with a side that contains either black beans, broccoli, winter squash or quinoa
Large glass milk

DESSERT:
Cinnamon dark hot chocolate

I’m sure this seems like an inordinately large amount of food to you.  It does to me too.  In fact, I’m reading that thinking CRAP! that’s a lot of food!  That being said, a lot of these things don’t have what I’d call ‘sticking power.’  Let’s face it… spinach isn’t going to keep me full for long ya know?

So, how am I going to incorporate all this into my life you ask?  Well, for starters I’m going to eat this exact menu for a week and I’m going to blog about it for a week and let you know how it’s going.  Estimated start date?  January 21st.  I’ll follow this program from Monday, January 21st through Sunday, January 27th.

Let’s do this thing!

note:  Remember, today is the 14th so it’s your day to practice a Random Act of Kindness in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary.  I’d love to hear what you do!  Please feel free to leave comments!  I will be posting my RAOK on the 16th.  See you then!

raok sandy hook

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Alderberry Hill
Beyond the Picket Fence
Bloom
Chef in Training
Chic on a Shoestring
Classy Clutter
Craftionary
Crafty Confessions
Delightful Order
DIY Home Sweet Home
DIY Showoff
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Ginger Snap Crafts
Handy Man, Crafty Woman
Happy Hour Projects
Home Stories A to Z
Homemaker on a Dime
Homework
House of Hepworths
I Gotta Create
I Heart Naptime
It’s Overflowing
Ivy and Elephants
JAQS Studio
Lil Luna
Live.Laugh.Rowe
Kammy’s Korner
Made In a Day
Making the World Cuter
Mod Vintage Life
My Girlish Whims
Not Just a Housewife
One Artsy Mama
Primp
Skip to My Lou
Uncommon Designs
Under the Table and Dreaming

140.6

So this morning was the first day that I got up an hour early to do the Couch to 5k program.  Really – I’m not even doing the program yet.  I’m just tying to ‘find my groove.’  What I mean by this is that I’m just trying to get in the habit of getting up an hour earlier on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday to walk for 30 minutes to an hour.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I loooove my sleep.  We’re very good friends and losing what amounts to a half nights sleep over the course of a week does not appeal to me very much but I’m trying. 

Anyway – I was feel pretty good on my way in to work this morning and doing a fairly good job of patting myself on my back for getting up early and walking.  I came to a stop at a light and noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me.

It said ‘140.6.’ Have you ever seen those bumper stickers that say ’26.2’ or ’13.1?’  Well those are for people who have completed a marathon (26.2mi) or a half marathon (13.1mi).  I thought to myself ‘there’s NO WAY that someone ran 140.6 miles.’  So, I did what any normal person would do… I Googled it. 

Here’s what Urban Dictionary has to say: Popping up like weeds recently on little white bumperstickers belonging to egotistical masochists, this number represents the number of miles triathletes traverse in their feat of insanity. (For the mathematically challenged, that’s swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2).

For those who are wondering 140.6 is what constitutes an ‘Iron Man’ distance.  It’s not necessarily an Iron Man race (or sanctioned by them) but it follows the same distances. 

Talk about taking a giant needle to my self-congratulatory balloon.  140.6 MILES?!?!?  Are these people insane?  Scratch that.  Of course they are!  Now I realize that I’m just getting started.  As in literally – day one for crying out loud.  But still, good grief.  140.6 miles.  I just can’t get that out of my head.  I keep repeating it over and over and over again.  I’d be happy to run 140.6 feet without wanting to fall over and cry.  Please don’t misunderstand – I have absolutely no desire to be a triathelete and I totally realize that this journey that I’m starting is going to take a long, long time.  Perhaps you’re wondering what my goal is and if you are, I hate to burst your bubble but the truth is that I don’t really have one.  The only goal I have right now is just to do it.  To make it a habit.  To not hate every single minute of it (I didn’t hate it this morning honestly).  To be strong enough not to give up again for the zillionth time.  That’s my present goal.  Once I’ve gotten there, then I’ll work on something more specific and measurable.  But not 140.6 miles – that’s definitely specific and measurable but I’m not an ‘egotistical masochist [in search of a] feat of insanity.’

What are your fitness goals right now?  I’d love to know.

Anything above zero is progress

Sometimes it’s really hard for me to take my own advice. The other day, I wrote a post entitled ‘get moving’ and although at the time I wasn’t writing about anything health related this post keeps coming back to me.  The quote “no matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch” keeps reverberating in my brain. 

You see – I’m fat.  I know it.  I’ve written about it before.  I even wrote a post entitled “if you’re stick of starting over, you have to stop quitting.”  Well the truth is that I am so incredibly sick of starting over – but yet again I find myself in that position.  I quit.  AGAIN.  And if I’m honest I’m pretty disgusted with myself. 

I’ve never been a skinny-mini as I call it.  Even in high school I was about a size 9.  That’s not “skinny” by the world’s parameters.  I was ‘healthy’ though.  Like most teenagers I ate a lot of junk food but I was getting at least an hour of aerobic exercise 5 days a week thanks to competitive swimming.  Then, after my accident in college I became rather sedentary due to chronic back & knee pain.  Unfortunately – that led to weight gain (as a sedentary life is prone to do).  Now the pain in my back and knee is compounded by lots of excess weight.  It’s a vicious circle.  I can’t tell you how many diet plans and exercise plans I’ve tried.  I’ve done Weight Watchers – it worked, I lost about 25 pounds… and then I got sick and freaking tired of tracking my points all the damn time (I hate to eat the same things repetitively so every day I would have to figure out the points for something).  I started jogging in college when I got a dog and that worked great until it got cold – and then I quit and never got started again.  Since college I’ve joined three different gyms and eventually cancelled all of my memberships.  I’ve lost a few pounds here and there but in the end, I’m still at the heaviest I’ve ever been.

It kinda makes me want to cry.

In truth – I’ve been overweight so long that I can’t imagine ever not being this way.  The possibility doesn’t really seem real.  It’s sort of a fantasy.  Like unicorns. 

I’m in no way making excuses but let me give you a snapshot here:  I’m seriously overweight; classified in the ‘morbidly obese’ group.  I have chronic back problems.  My right knee is practically shredded and needs surgery but the surgery honestly wouldn’t do much good with all the weight I’m carrying.  I have thyroid issues (bad enough that the original doctor who treated me told me I could subsist on a diet of celery sticks and work out 8 hours a day and I still wouldn’t lose a pound).  I have a very busy schedule and am usually blowing and going all day long.  My dad’s side of the family (which I’m basically genetically identical to) is all overweight – every single one of ‘em.  Like I said, no excuses, I just want you to have ‘the facts.’

A few weeks ago my husband and I started slowly working on our diet – we started a program called the Raw Food Detox Diet.  I placed a lot of emphasis on starting it s.l.o.w.l.y.  I didn’t want to overdo and I’m also not willing to toss all of the food in our house that’s already paid for.  Sorry Charlie but we’re on a limited budget over here and we’ve gotta work with what we’ve got.  Anyways, the whole concept of the detox is this:  if your body uses or eliminates everything you eat, then you don’t gain weight.  Sounds simple right?  You should read the book.  It’s enlightening to say the least.  I even tried sprouted grain tortillas (not a fan, btw).  For the most part, I agree with the book.  I’m not certain that I’m willing to go to the lengths that some people are (regular colon flushing anyone?) but still, I think the premise is sound.  Both the Hubs and I felt SO MUCH BETTER for the whole whopping three weeks that we did the detox.  Then we had a crazy weekend and I didn’t have time to grocery shop and instead of making shopping a priority or just going off the plan for one day and then going to the store, we ended up blowing off the entire week.  Pretty lame huh?  And let me tell you – my body can tooooottally feel the difference. 

I know what I need to do.  I know that I need to go back on the detox plan (it’s something I honestly feel like we could stick with long-term… it’s a ‘lifestyle’ not a ‘diet’) and I need to start getting regular exercise.  I’m seriously considering taking up the Couch to 5k program again.  In fact, I’ve already set my alarm to wake me up an hour early two days a week.  The idea of me giving up an hour of sleep for anything less than a catastrophic disaster is gut-churning to me but I’m going to try it. 

I feel like I approach health (dieting/exercise) with an ‘all or nothing’ attitude.  The moment I screw up just once and realize that I’m not going to get my ‘all’ then I completely default to a ‘nothing’ mentality.  I’m not really sure how to change that.  I’ve been operating this way for so long that it’s become second nature.  And I’m afraid.  I’m afraid of screwing up, of failing AGAIN, of making a public announcement (ahem) that I’m probably going to back out on (quietly, so as to avoid all the pointing and laughing).  There’s this blog that I read from time to time called 300 Pounds Down – it’s exactly what it sounds like… this overweight lady blogging about her weight loss journey.  Sometimes, if I’m being 100% honest here, I find her stuff a bit depressing.  However, sometimes (like today) she’s totally right on.  Here’s what I read on her blog today:

I immediately think in my mind if I can’t do it perfectly the first time
Then clearly I suck!
When in fact I just had a success
Because I tried
So what if it was 17 seconds?
Tomorrow it might be 18!
Anything above zero is progress
No matter if you’re on day one of this journey or day 365
The concept is the same
Start somewhere
Do it again
Do it some more
Keep doing it
You’ll get better
For some reason, my brain always wants to say
‘You’re not good at this so stop
Go do something else and then come back when you’re better’
But how am I going to come back better
If I quit??
Don’t expect my brain to give you logic
When it’s busy giving lies!!
Because the reality is I can’t get better if I give up
I’m only going to get better
If I’m continuing to try
Because progress is not made in a day
It’s made over time
And the best way to get better at push ups
Is to do more pushups
Just like the way I got to 5 miles
Was by adding 30 seconds every day until I got there
I may have started out at 30 seconds of walking
But now I’m going to Crossfit
And I got there one step at a time
Now that I’m there I can keep going
Keep working harder
Keep progressing

Somehow, someway, I have got to find this same mental fortitude.