Let’s Talk About Health

Talking about health has become as uncomfortable as talking about sex!

I’ve fallen away from healthy eating.

I feel it. It doesn’t feel great. One day … ONE DAY, I was down to 128 pounds. I was over the moon when that happened because the lowest I’ve been in the past, oh, probably four or five years is 133 pounds.

After hitting that 128 mark, I bounced back up and hovered around 133. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been a couple pounds over that. I’ve eaten too many fatty and sugary foods. Emphasis on sugary. I’ve also been a total sloth lately.

It’s not really about the number.

Of course, I’ve clarified before that the ideal weight range for my height and small frame is 105-118. I would be ecstatic to see 120 on my scale consistently. I would also be fine with 135 … IF it was a toned, strong 135. My body is soft and weak. This is blaringly evident when I try to go anywhere – shopping, exploring, or anything that requires being on my feet for over 20 minutes. (No, I’m not exaggerating!) It’s because I have such a weak core. My back gets sore very fast.

It’s more about the level of fitness.

I must work in some physical activity on work days. Four 10-hour days at a desk job are terrible for my ass and mid-section. I hate … no … I loathe entirely getting hot and sweaty from exercise. I’m also not terribly fond of the exercise-induced headache that comes within 15 minutes after exercising.

However! My new motivation for getting fit and eating right is aging. I’m 50 years old and don’t want to be a weak old lady in 20 years. I want to still be rocking the stairs at Red Rocks when I’m 80! I want strong bones and toned muscles. I want the stamina to hike and be active all day without getting out of breath or feeling like someone ran over me the next day.

It’s also about the utter crap I feed my body.

I also need healthier foods in the house for meals and for snacking to get away from fatty chips and sugary cookies, donuts, brownies, etc. I love all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies (unlike most others in my house). It’s hard to keep a week’s worth fresh when there’s only one person eating them.

Then there’s the issue of coming up with healthy meal ideas and the shopping for the foods to make those healthy meals. I’m okay with portion control. It’s exactly what I’m portioning that I’m not so good with.

Saj Mediterranean GrillI had slightly more than a recommended serving of Lucky Charms cereal for breakfast. I went to Saj Mediterranean Grill for lunch then splurged on a Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Mocha latte (non-fat, no whip, and half the syrup pumps) at Barnes & Noble Café, where I’mStarbucks Salted Caramel Mocha currently writing this post. I was going to skip it, but I got a $2 coupon at the register and thought I’d try something new. Dinner is going to be a Greek salad, light on the dressing. To satiate the sweet tooth later, a ¼ cup of raspberry sorbet with fresh berries.

On that note, I’m off to Sam’s and King Sooper’s.

Does anyone have any ideas for healthy meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less or prepared in advance?

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