Stop. Eat. Continue

Last Sunday night I had an awful upset stomach. On Monday I felt a little better and I decided to go ahead with my supermarket run – you know, visit 3/4 places to get everything I needed. My stomach was still a bit in a knot when I left home but after 2 hours I started to feel the hunger kick in. I wanted to just get everything done and then just sit and have lunch and unload everything.

BIGGEST. MISTAKE. EVER. I literally spent Tuesday in bed with the worst migraine of my life. My husband knew it was awful when I hadn’t even showered. I always say when you feel sick, take a shower, somehow it helps you to feel better. But I was just in fear of fainting in the shower without him home with all of the extreme dizziness that I had. I also had an asthma attack last September and was only allowed to take Tylenol so I only took 1 extra strength hoping it would offer some comfort in the morning. It did, I managed to make breakfast and went back to sleep. Half hour after my husband got home in the evening, the nurse at my doctor’s office finally called back to let me know what to take. It was Ibuprofen, something I shouldn’t take with my asthma, but this was an isolated incident so I should be fine. I took it and it slowly started to go. The next morning I took 2 more and I was ok.

Would you believe I almost did the same thing yesterday? I got so caught up in doing research on something that I totally forgot to eat. I dropped everything and went to Panera as I figured soup would be the best thing to eat. I also followed it up with a cup of tea and prayed that I don’t get a repeat of last week.

All of that to say, sometimes we get so consumed with life that we don’t see how it’s affecting our health. Next month I’ll be officially entering my late twenties and I want to feel better than I ever did. But if I keep this up, I’ll just be on the way to feeling like shit and encouraging disgusting habits and creating health issues that I never had before.

I’m not waiting until next week, or for a Monday to come – today it begins. I’ve progressed in that I was very sketchy with breakfast and now, like it’s supposed to be, it’s the most important meal of my day. I also want to lose at least 3lbs by my birthday which is more of a diet process than exercise process for me and it’s been hard so far but I have to stop thinking I *need* something when I really don’t. Like that raspberry filled, powdered donut is a treat for today. Or the chocolate brioche is ok once I have it with my Babybel light cheese which is a protein so it balances out… But it’s not ok.

It’s still the first month of the year and I haven’t been doing too bad but any bit of motivation helps. I’m going to meet with my dietician as soon as possible to help get me back on track. Lifestyle changes are what we need not resolutions. Life is a work-in-progress, treat it as such and roll with it.


Eating Right

For the new year, I’m trying to use more fresh seasonings in my cooking. I mentioned before that I cook Sunday – Thursday, so in an effort to be healthier and fitter this year I am changing what I cook and how I cook it. Less sodium wherever possible and less flavoring from jars – I bought a little device that crushes garlic cloves by rolling it along a hard surface. Last week, I crushed fresh garlic, chopped chives and a red and green sweet pepper. I also bought thyme, basil, marjoram and rosemary. I’ve been using these as the base for omelettes for breakfast and cooking my meat, of which was a lot of chicken and some fish. This has led to some very colorful and fresh tasty dishes. I used to buy my garlic pre-minced but I’m throwing out that jar and only using fresh garlic from now on. It’s amazing how much sodium is products like soy sauce and hoisin sauce – two of my favorites for stir-fry and chow mein. I intend to keep using them but I won’t be doing those dishes as often.

At my heaviest last year I was around 125/126lbs (I have no problem exposing my weight) and I’m now 118/119lbs. I was very proud of myself for not being a pig and getting out of hand with my eating when I went home as I didn’t gain any extra weight there. I bought a Nutribullet when I came back to do smoothies with as an option for breakfast and another way of getting my daily veg/fruit servings. I’ve used it once but I also have been eating hardboiled eggs and egg white omelettes for breakfast. I don’t intend to get above 120lbs any time soon. I know where I’m comfortable and I want to stay there. I worked out once while I was home and I haven’t since I returned but I once I start I intend to keep going. I’m happy that  even though I haven’t been going, I haven’t been eating terribly either.

Kale, cucumber, ginger, spinach, apple and flax seed smoothie

I don’t subscribe to “new year new you” I believe “new year better you” should be your goal. Let’s face it, there won’t be a new you, people prefer to see that you’ve become a better person than totally changed and have them wondering who you are. Work on the small things and work your way up. Hope I’ve provided you with a little inspiration for getting on with your resolutions/goals for the year.