Thursday, April 14, 2011

In The Blink Of An Eye…

This week has flown by.  I’ve been all over this great city in the last few days.  It’s funny how time flies when I’m having fun extremely busy.  In other news, I’ve been listening to the advice of my Holistic Health Coach (aka roomie) and making super simple non-overwhelming changes:

1. Lots of walking: leaving myself extra time so I can walk instead of hop on the subway or just taking the longer way home.  This past weekend was the perfect example of how easy it is to get a great walk in; JV and I walked 20 blocks in each direction to and from a movie when we normally would have hopped on the bus/subway. 

2.  Eating more greens:  I was noticing my lack of “glow” in recent weeks.  I looked crappy and felt worse.  I didn’t want to go out because I didn’t think I looked good in anything.  It wasn’t even a weight issues (although more on that later) it was my sallow complexion.  Since Sunday I’ve made a conscious effort to make smarter food choices.  No one needs to get a muffin every single day.  I’ve included raw spinach in one meal every day and I must say I’m looking pretty good.  My skin is brighter and I just feel like myself again. 

3.  Cooking more:  My body and bank account will thank me for this one.  Jamie was describing how great it felt to eat a meal she prepared for herself instead of scarfing down take-out.  I’ve cooked myself dinner almost every night this week and it’s true, I eat slower and since I love to cook it’s been really fun.  I realize that if I had someone to cook for every night I would look forward to it (I really really love to cook) so I should treat myself the same way I’d treat another. 

4.  Think small:  Jamie pointed out something that I’ve always struggled with.  I tend to get carried away when it comes to making changes to my diet/lifestyle.  I go crazy for two weeks, then I give up when I don’t see immediate changes.  It’s ridiculous and not effective.  Now I’m thinking small.  Super small changes.  Nothing overwhelming at all.  In fact, when I woke up this morning and realized I was looking/feeling better I was like wow that wasn’t hard at all.  As Bethany says, you can have it all just not at the same time.  No food is “bad.”  I just can’t have an egg/cheese sandwich, pizza, and Chinese food in the same day.  Trust me, it’s happened before (that’s what I used to call Sunday in college).  So I know I’ve announced major changes on this blog before, but the thing is, this isn’t a major change.  It’s a minor one.  I’m happy about it.  I feel good.  I feel like I can handle it.  I am handling it.  I figured I would share how great I feel today with the hopes that I will inspire myself (and possibly others) to keep taking ultra baby steps. 

In other news, I’m considering trying Weight Watchers again.  I love boundaries.  I like having someone to answer my food questions.  I like getting weighed in a room full of strangers.  Oh wait, I hate that.  So we’ll see how I’m feeling in the next couple of weeks.  As we all know I lost about 20 pounds five years ago on WW and I looked pretty good in cut-off shorts so there’s that.  I also almost drove my parents insane with my counting points.  I’ve heard that their new program focuses on fresh foods instead of packaged stuff (which was a major gripe of mine) so it may be worth just checking into. 

…and just like that, in the blink of an eye I feel like me again…

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Really impressed. Keep up the good work and that positive attitude. Loving it!