A Life In Progress

The Bod August 28, 2008

Filed under: Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 9:58 am

Ugh.

Scales lie.

They must.

Why do I weigh less than I have since even before we got married yet have more lovehandles and rolls than I can ever remember having?

I’m sick to death of trying to lose weight.  It doesn’t help that my husband Jordan said he’d rather me eat nachos and ice cream with him every night than have me be thinner than I am now. And so he makes nachos and buys me ice cream and really? Who could resist a gift, especially when it’s sitting right in front of you?

So, I’ve mentioned before that I want to lose 10 more lbs. but really have no interest in dieting.  I like to eat, I like to eat what I want, I like to eat whatever quantity I want and yes, I even like to eat when I’m not hungry. You don’t need to be hungry to enjoy a chocolate bar or potato skins.  You just don’t.

That leaves me with the option of exercising.  And so I have been! Yay me.

Oh, I guess I should preface by saying I quit running.  My knees hated it.  My girls hated it. The end of that tiny little chapter in my life. 

I just finished an 8 week yoga class that I really enjoyed, I’ve been walking with the girls a lot over the summer, I’ve been trying to be more active in general- less sitting on the couch, more playing with the girls- that kind of thing.

Since my yoga class ended I’ve decided to put to use the recumbent exercise bike my grandma gave me a few week ago.  It’s practically new, it’s so quiet and has a lot of features that I’m enjoying.  For example, it’s so quiet that yesterday I watched a rerun of Desperate Housewives while I bike 10 km in 28 minutes burning 150 calories.  I’m a stat person and those numbers keep me going. I plan on doing it 3-4x a week and hope that things like that will help me drop the last of these unwanted desperately clingy pounds.

I am also hoping to sign up for another more challenging yoga class starting in September. It’s Hot Yoga and I think I’m going to love it.  The class I just finished taking helped me grow leaps and bounds in terms of flexiblity. Wow! I’m looking forward to this next class to hopefully improve on that and also gain some strength, something I am sorely missing.

So there’s an update.  Not an exciting one but I thought I’d better post something on this poor neglected blog.

Anyone done Hot Yoga before? Thoughts?

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Eat it June 19, 2008

Filed under: Exercise,Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 2:10 pm

That’s what I want to do.  Eat.  Whatever I want, whenever I want.

But, I still want to lose another 10 lbs.

So, it looks like I will unfortunately have to start exercising.  I’m not inactive. I play with the kids, take long walks pushing the stroller, swimming, yard work, etc.  I can’t remember the last time I broke a sweat though.

I have convinced Jordan to start running with me.  I’m actually excited for it! I read a book that outlines a 13 week program, we invested in a double running stroller and we are set to go as soon as I get myself some proper runners.

I’ve wanted to start running for awhile.  I ran a bit in highschool and I attempted to start up again a few years ago and even went out to buy fancy running shoes.  But now with Jordan doing it with me, I really think we’ll be successful.  My excuse was always lack of time or what do we do with the kids but those problems are solved with the double running stroller we got.

I’m pretty much sick of watching what I eat.  I can focus on eating healthy and in moderation and forget about point tracking, calorie counting and so on.   I know this will likely result in slower weight loss but I’m o.k. with that.  Slow and steady wins the race right?   I look forward to getting active, losing a few pounds, feeling healthy and fit.

Wish us luck.

 

Losing It March 14, 2008

Filed under: Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 10:00 am

I haven’t had much to write lately because after feeling a tad defeated I decided to take a break from it all.  Not stop doing what I’ve been doing, of course.  But just stopping the flow of information in to my head.  I took Ecoholic back to the library and haven’t checked out any new books about any topic other than Vegetarian Cooking for awhile.  It kinda feels good.  Trying to find new meatless recipes and carry on with the things I have been doing is keeping me busy enough for now.  Thanks for all you words of encouragement on that last post!

Here’s an update for you.  Since I started this blog I have lost 13.5 pounds! And (don’t hate me) it’s been effortless.  It’s been coming off really quickly, especially in these past few weeks since we’ve given meat the boot.  Only 8 more pounds to go until I reach my target weight.  From there I will decide if I want to drop a few more or stay where I’m at.

So that’s really all I have to say right now.  Like I said, I’ve kind of been taking it easy and getting used to the changes we’ve already made.

But stay tuned because I’m trying to gather my thoughts and opinions and write up a post about immunizations.  I’ll be looking for your input so be ready to share!

 

Foodies February 25, 2008

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 8:13 pm

Welp.

We reconsidered.  And as of today we’ve decided to try out a pescetarian (basically a vegetarian that eats seafood) lifestyle.  We are excited about the changes and I really don’t think it’s going to be that difficult since we already have quite a bit of seafood in our diets.  We are going to try our best to stick to it this month but we may consider eating chicken if we are starving, sick of fish, etc.  😉

 Why?

#1 – The main reason is to improve our health.  Meat contains hormones, antibiotics, toxins, etc.  Plus, and this is a very general statement, you really can’t go too unhealthy with a pescetarian diet.  Of course you can.  But what I’m trying to say is if you go to a restaurant, for example, the vegetarian and seafood dishes are generally healthier/leaner than anything containing meat- burgers, chicken fingers, etc.

#2- I’ve been a little grossed out lately.  Ground beef being the main source of my turning stomach.

#3- Animals that are raised to be eaten are treated pretty cruelly.  Search YouTube for a video called Meet Your Meat and you’ll see what I mean. 

Those reasons are listed in order.  Health.  What I can stomach lately and last, those poor little animals.  Many of you may gasp is disgust at me but I’m not an animal lover.  I can’t imagine that we’ll ever own a pet even.  While I don’t like seeing an animal being mistreated, I am by no means an animal rights activist.

I ran the idea past Abby.  Our conversation was hilarious.  It went like this:

“Abby, starting next week we aren’t going to be eating meat any more.”

Starts whimpering and whining (which is pretty typical these days): “But I LOVE meat.”

“What? I don’t think that you do.  You hardly ever eat your meat at dinner.”

“Well …. I love meatballs.”

“We aren’t going to eat meatballs on our spaghetti anymore.”

In a really loud shrieky voice: “Yes I AM going to eat meatballs.”

I glance in the rearview mirror as I prepare to break the news to her that I’m sure will win her over.

“Abby? Do you know what meatballs are made of?”

“Yes. Meat.”

“Do you know that meatballs are made out of cows?”

A look of pure horror covers her face.

“Are you just kidding?”

“Nope.”

“Meatballs are made of dead cows.”  (Gross, I know.  But it’s true.)

“I don’t want to eat dead animals …. but …. I really love meatballs.”

“What if Mommy makes you meatballs that don’t have cows in them?”

“O.K.! You will make me special meatballs?”

“For sure! We are going to try all sorts of new foods.”

“O.k. I won’t eat meat with you any more.  That’s gross.”

Then I reached into the backseat and we did a high five.  😉

In other food news, we’ve discovered a few yummy food finds that I wanted to share here. Pick them up from the store if you are looking for something new and/or a healthier alternative to what you may be using at home.

HealthyWay Organic Sprouted Grain Bread & Tortillas- YUM! Check out the benefits of sprouted grains here: http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/Benefits_Sprouted_Grains

Steel cut oats for breakfast.  Takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare.  Really tasty with a sprinkle of brown sugar.

We’ve been trying to phase out the peanut butter and bring in the almond butter.  It’s great on the above mentioned sprouted grain bread.

We picked up a jug of organic milk. Truth be told, I don’t really like the taste all that much. Not sure if we’ll continue with that one.  Plus it’s pricey.  A 2L of regular milk costs $1.89 at the store we shop at.  The same size organic milk costed us $4.98.

I’ve got a crying little girl upstairs so I have to run!

 

An All Around Update January 25, 2008

We’ve made quite a bit of progress this month with our goals.  Jordan and I are both feeling pretty proud of ourselves.

The most exciting thing in my opinion was that we got some stuff organized.  It felt wonderful! Isn’t it funny how something like a neatly organized closet can uplift your spirit.  Jordan worked hard tidying up our the closet in our front porch.  We went out and bought a little shelf for in there to help us keep it tidy.  It looks great! We even bought little hooks so Abby can now come in and hang up her own jacket, put her boots away and tuck her mitts and scarf into her little drawer.   I also went through the linen closet and got that all organized.  It’s really our “everything closet”.  Abby’s craft supplies, towels and bedding, household cleaners, candles, etc. Again, we got some baskets and got everything looking spic and span.  I had a huge bag of stuff to take to Salvation Army too.

Regarding my energy, I got some answers this month too! After some blood work I found out that my iron is extremely low, as are my iron stores.  I’m on a good supplement prescribed by my naturopath now so I should be feeling a bit better in a few weeks.  Not only that, but for those of you who don’t know, I have thyroid disease (hypothryoid).  The normal level when blood work is done should be in between .4 and 4.5.  So, since I’m taking my medications I should be in that range.  I came in at an 11.  So my prescription has been increased.  Between the iron, the new prescription and taking some B Vitamins I’m feeling very optimistic that I will be feeling well again soon.

One area that was slightly neglected was our work on spirituality. An important one but an easy one to ignore.  We did make it out to church this month so atleast that’s a step in the right direction.

We got new Energy Star appliances this week and just love them.  Not only that, but I went grocery shopping and did a dandy job of filling the fridge and cupboards with healthy foods.  And Dad’s Cookies.  You know, the goody rings?  Too good of a deal to pass up. 

We slacked in the exercise department too.  It’s my goal to work on that one more in February.  But some how I did manage to lose 4 or 5 pounds this month without really doing anything besides making some healthier choices and avoiding the drive thru.  YAY!  15 pounds to go.

We did a few other small things around the house too, like reorganized Abby’s bedroom, stocked up on everything we’d need to do cloth diapering for the next while and switched to some healthier disposable diapers for when we are out and about, put air filters on all our vents, discovered a really cute organic grocery store and so on.  All the little things add up!

And, miracle of all miracles, it looks like our basement renovations will be done this weekend! This is very exciting as it has been consuming a lot of our time and energy.  When it’s done we can focus on doing nothing for awhile.  How sweet will that be? Very.

So that’s about it for Month One.

 

You Are What You Eat January 7, 2008

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 9:16 am

This is a big one.

 For awhile now I’ve been buying organic foods when they are available and when it’s affordable.  We don’t have that wide of a selection on most things but I’ve been able to buy a lot of organic produce, coffees for Jordan and some snack foods, like my current craze of Organics Stone Wheat Crackers with Anise and Fennel.  Yum!  We try to buy organic to avoid the pesticides, hormones and other unknowns.  We contemplated starting to buy organic dairy products but after some research learned that there are laws in Canada so no cows are fed the hormones that are often fed to cows in the U.S. 

I love to buy locally but in the middle of the prairies there really isn’t much even grown locally.   In the summer I try to make it to the Farmer’s Market as often as I can on Saturday mornings.

Another important step for us this year is to try to eat more whole foods and more raw foods.  More fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts.  So far so good on that front!  I love fruit so it’s never a chore to have to incorporate them into my diet.

I’ve also been working on teaching Abby, 3 years old, about what is healthy for her body and provides her with energy and what should most often be skipped.  She’s starting to get it.  By example, we want to teach her healthy eating habits for life.  Of course, treats are allowed but we definitely want to cut back on how often. 

In a typical week, we usually ate out atleast 1-2 times, usually fast food.  We’ve challenged ourselves to go without fast food for 3 months.  To clarify, fast food does not include pizza or subs, things that can have health benefits when ordered properly.  We are more talking about no McDonalds, Burger King and the like.  We’ve gone 7 days so far which is pretty darn good for us!  Possibly longer, I can’t remember when we last had fast food last year but we’ve been ‘clean’ this year so far.  We’ve also limited our eating out to 3-4 times a month. Should help the waistline and the budget!

Speaking of waistline- I did weigh in this morning and dropped one pound since Wednesday.  I’ve officially started Weight Watchers today so I expect some better progress next week.

 

Day One January 2, 2008

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 7:50 pm
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Today was the first official day of working at the resolutions.

One of the major resolutions for me is Healthy Eating & Weight Loss.   Perhaps today wasn’t the best day to start since we had some leftover pizza in the fridge that we indulged in for lunch.  We did balance it out though with Red River cereal for breakfast and a light supper of grilled vegetable paninis.  Tomorrrow we’ll do even better.

I also weighed myself this morning for the first time since my Christmas ‘I’ll-eat-what-I-want’ binge.  I was pleased to see that I had only gained a pound or so.  I am currently 2.5 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight and would like to lose 19.5 lbs in total.

A big challenge for me will be night time snacking.  Whether I’m hungry or not, a plate of nachos always seems mighty tempting in the evening.  Another area to work on will be portion control.  I find that I just eat what’s on my plate and then realize that I overate.  To avoid this, I will eat off a smaller plate, allowing for smaller serving sizes.  When the plate is done I will then decide if I need seconds or if I am satisfied at that.

 From now on Mondays will be my Weigh In day and I’ll post any losses and/or but hopefully not gains.

 That’s it for today!