Lifestyle Change | Health & Fitness

“You are what you eat.” Most of us have heard this statement. Have you seen the grease from bacon or other meats coagulate as it reaches room temperature? Gross! I’m halfway on the right track to being healthier just feeling this way. I’m to the point where I don’t even care to eat out anymore.

First of all, the portions they serve is enough for three or four meals for me. Even eating half of it is too much. Seriously! When I take home leftovers and then warm them the next day for lunch, it’s still more than I would normally plate for myself. Restaurant plates are huge!

Secondly, fast food… Where do I even start? I try to opt for the “healthiest” item on the menu. Whenever I do cave to the crave and order a burger, I feel terrible later. On the other hand, I never have that “Oh, I ate too much” feeling after feasting on fresh fruits and veggies. So it’s easy for me to change my diet since I love all sorts of fruits and vegetables. The rest of my family will be the challenge – some more than others.

The challenge for me is the fitness half of the equation. I wouldn’t go so far as to invite Jillian Michaels to whip my arse into shape. I’d crumble the first time she yelled at me! I need something or someone to hold me accountable, though. I remember before I had any kids, exercise became an addiction. I want that back, and I want it for my kids as well. This is one addiction I would certainly welcome!

There are some who walk a lot on the job and fall back on that when someone mentions the need for exercise: “I get lots of exercise at work.” That’s your normal lifestyle, though. Your body is used to that much activity. What it needs (especially if you still gain weight despite that level of activity) is a separate workout routine where you can sustain an increased heart rate for a certain amount of time.

We have this Tony Little elliptical contraption that takes up a considerable amount of space. We don’t have a separate space to put it that’s convenient or out of the way. We were going to try to sell it when our community garage sale was going on, but we never got ourselves out there to man a sale of our own. So it’s now in the garage folded up, and I’m considering bringing it inside and putting it in the middle of the living room and creating a challenge chart for the family. Its not exactly ideal decor, but the extra rolls around our middles is not ideal decor either!

I started watching what (and how much) I eat two days ago. Yesterday – Breakfast: half a bagel with PB schmear. Lunch: half a chicken salad sandwich with fresh veggie medley & 1 Tbsp veg dip. Dinner: 3 grilled chicken wings, baked beans, side salad with 1 Tbsp homemade dressing (garlic, onion, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, olive oil). Dessert: Smoothie – low fat vanilla yogurt, frozen mango, 1 whole fresh peach, 1/2 banana, a little ice. I’m also increasing my water consumption. I don’t drink much soda and when I do, it’s sugar free.

The easy part is underway. Now for the hard part: exercise!

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