I really should have titled this “I have a LONG road ahead of me.” In trying to stay true to my 2015 Bucket List, I am trying to make some lifestyle changes with the ultimate goal of losing five pounds. Holy hell, is it challenging.
Admittedly, I was feeling very optimistic when I made this list. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but life is already extremely busy right now, and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit overwhelmed when I think about this list. That being said, I am eager and excited to make some positive changes, especially where my health is concerned. So i’m taking it a day at a time and doing it gradually.
Part of the changes involve my eating habits. While I’m a firm believer in moderation and not denying one’s self the delicious “naughty” things once in a while, I’ve been eating a bit more of the naughty things than the good things. For most of my pregnancy, I really went out of my way to put good things into my body. It helped that I craved a lot of fruit and lighter foods (though, I did enjoy my fair share of treats as well). At the very end, when everything was swollen, and I was huge and exhausted and miserable, it was like all bets were off and moderation went out the window. Unfortunately, I’ve continued to make poor decisions but now I’m almost 7 months postpartum, and definitely NOT growing a baby inside of me any longer.
As previously mentioned, I am participating in The Real Food Experience 2015. Each week there is a different challenge to create new, healthier habits. The first week was eating more fruits and vegetables. Was it difficult in some ways? Yes. Because who doesn’t want a cookie All. The. Time. But it was also great in many ways. My strategy was to go heavy on the fruit (berries and bananas primarily) in the morning along with my hard boiled eggs. I made Cabbage Soup to enjoy for my lunches, which was delicious. I have a bad habit of snacking throughout the day (I’m desk bound answering phones and helping clients) so I tried to focus on enjoying the baby carrots and sugar snap peas with cilantro jalapeno hummus and dried mango, but to do less snacking in general. I also purchased nacho cheese kale chips as well, but they were kind of gross (you’d think I’d have used my brain when I read vegan and nacho cheese on the same package. One of these things is not like the other). Then I ate a normal balanced dinner and tried to have larger helpings of veggies. I also had a bit of dark chocolate here and there.
This week’s challenge was to eat more whole grains. Thus far, I’ve found this to be more challenging than the previous week because I don’t like the flavor of whole grains vs. items made with white flour (for some reason whole grains taste very sweet to me, but not in a good way). So I continued with my previous weeks eating and for my lunch this week I made chicken salad which I’ve been eating on Wegmans Coco Lite Pops (which have the texture of rice cakes). I’m still practicing moderation. I did slip up and have a buffalo chicken quesadilla with a flour tortilla last night for dinner, but I’ve done ok otherwise, at least for the first couple of days. I can feel myself beginning to get sick right now (post nasal drip and sinus headaches) so it’ll be interesting to see if I fail at eating healthy when I feel too icky to put in as much effort. It’s 9pm and J definitely just through me a popsicle. So there’s that. The weekends are harder and I don’t do as well, but I’m doing what I can.
I’m also very lazy. I’m kind of ashamed to admit it, but I hate working out if it involves cardio. That’s the draw for yoga, I get to stay in one position and breathe. Unfortunately, the classes at the local studio fall during times that I get to see A, which is very limited during the week. I actually don’t mind spinning but I no longer belong to a gym, so that’s out. So when my friend and neighbor, Erica returned from a trip to Ireland and England a week ago and mentioned that our community’s continuing education classes included Piyo, I agreed to sign up with her. It’s on Monday and Wednesday nights and starts at a time after A goes down for the night.
Piyo is a combination of Pilates (ie. torture) and Yoga (ie. happiness), so I figured it would only be half bad. We had our first class on Monday. While I didn’t completely hate it, I didn’t exactly like it. I appreciate the yoga side of things but some of the core stuff was rough. It was also an excellent reminder that I have literally zero upper body strength. Every time I attempted a push up, I pretty much collapsed. At the end of the class the instructor as if I liked it and I answered that I honestly didn’t, but that is good because it means that this is something I should be doing.
I plan to stick it out because it really is something I need to be doing. Maybe I’ll learn to like it. I can definitely feel the soreness in my abs and in my thighs, so that it a good thing. Overall, I’d say I’m beginning to make progress. It’s not as much as I’d like to ultimately make, but at least I’m on the right track.
What are you doing to live a healthier lifestyle?