How did I NOT know that March 1st was "Pig Day"? I don't think I could have planned a better comeback to this blog than that...right? Thanks to Denise we all know know about this historic day of celebration! I am looking forward to next years Pig Day!
Speaking of planning...I mentioned that I had a plan, (weight loss plan) or that I was working on one. Well, I did in fact work on this plan over the last three weeks. It is a good one. Nearly fail- safe. Takes into account many of my personal idiosyncrasies (that is definitely a spell check word, either spell check is not working I got got it right)! Anyway, I will share more on that plan soon.
I am now up to walking the dog for a good 30 minutes every night. I usually watch the first half of "Countdown", then take out the mutt.
I have also been doing my best to put a cap on my eating. The hardest time for me remains to be after 8 pm. Not so much because I am hungry, but because my day has deflated, and relaxing usually means eating something "fun" while watching "Family Guy". Stewie rocks! To see what I mean clink the link! Gooo ahhhn click it, you know you want to! Luckily I have noticed this indiscretion on my part and tried to incorporate it into my plan. Gigidy!
I have, I think successfully, been able to achieve several good nutritional changes;
I have cut my coffee consumption in half and substituted it with green and black teas. I try to use leaf tea when I can.
I have cut my ice-cream consumption to zero and now eat a bowl of Grape Nuts or Natures Path with organic milk or soy milk and berries.
I have switched regular pasta for the whole wheat / higher protein kind, or a combination of the two. This is good because I can cut out the need to add chicken or pork if I want to. I also have made my own pesto and sauces for them.
I stopped drinking regular soda a long time ago, but I am now losing my thirst for the diet stuff as well. Drinks with Splenda taste better but they give me a headache, so I have cut down on them considerably, maybe one a day. If I need a carbonated drink I am going to substitute some mineral water or something for awhile.
I still need to get more sleep, but I have increased from 6 to 7 hours a day. I am still working on 8. I still need to drink just plain water, which I rarely do at all.
I switched from eating regular eggs to Egg Beaters. I can't tell the difference as far as scrambled or an omelet goes. Cuts calories in half and all the cholesterol. I cut up a sun dried tomato, sprinkle some fresh spinach on top, add a slice of fat free cheese, and I have a nice omelet for around 150 calories! Damn good too!
I have increasingly been eating more vegetarian products, like breakfast patties or "burgers". It took awhile but I finally found a few good ones that don't try to mimic what a cow tastes like!
I have substituted white bread for a lower calorie, no sugar, high fiber wheat bread.
The bottom line with all of these changes is that I actually enjoy them now. Honestly, I did not at first, but little by little they began to grow on me. I NEED the coffee in the morning, but I actually look FORWARD to the tea in the evening. These changes are small for sure, but they are positive I think, and maybe in the long run of living a healthy lifestyle, they might add up to something significant.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!