Thursday, June 16, 2011

A big ol' Texas HOWDY!

Hello!!! I cannot believe it's almost been 2 months since I wrote on here. There was just a ridiculous amount of stress involved with our cross country move and wrapping things up at our old place, driving cross country, and setting up our new place in Texas! I wish I could say I was all settled in and totally on track with food, but it is quite the opposite.

Believe it or not, I have continued to lose. I got to a point where I had lost another 9 pounds since I reached lifetime! I'll say that this is the first time in my life when stress has helped me lose--I usually get stressed and gained 20 pounds! I kid, I kid...kind of. :)

I have definitely not been where I want to be as far as eating is concerned. We were trying to eat through everything we had on hand before we moved, and now that we're here, we need to figure out our food staples again--it's just been a weird few months.

I DO want to say, however, that despite losing while eating badly, I RECOGNIZE how much better I felt when I was eating healthier....adding in more fruits and vegetables, watching portion sizes, cutting back on high fat cheese and desserts. I recognize how much better my KIDS were when they ate that way too. And I am SO ANXIOUS to get back to that place.

At this point it's not about LOSING the weight, but continuing the lifestyle I had to with the changes I made. I've attended a meeting here, and hope to find a good time to keep going. Love that about being a Lifetime member--and going for FREE now! Meetings really motivate me--it's never been about accountability. It was more about making a time for ME, and putting myself first. That's what meetings did for me. And I wouldn't give them up after coming so far! :)

I am loving this Texas sun and heat--we've walked to and played at the pool every day. I bought myself a swimsuit for the first time in...well, a LOOOOONG time. And I actually wore it without a t-shirt covering me...something I didn't even do as a kid. Yes, my body is imperfect. And at no time EVER will you see me in a bikini. But to shed the extra layer I used to protect my sensitive self and wear a swimsuit as it was intended, is TRULY a breakthrough for me.

I love going for a walk every day to get our mail (which oddly is at the end of our street) and pushing myself to find new ways to be active. I don't have a good schedule yet--we're flying by the seat of our pants still--but I am trying to be better than I was before...the little changes that make a difference You know?

Just wanted the handful of you who may still read this to know, I am here! All is working on getting well. :) And I have a MAJOR grocery shopping trip coming up that will hopefully allow me to get back on a healthy track.

I would love to know though--what are your FAVORITE healthy summer staples?! It seems that most of my healthy meals and changes were made over the winter time, and I can't bring myself to eat a yummy vegetable soup in 100 degree heat! Would love to hear so I can add 'em to my list!


Amy P. said...

I love pepper salad. Just chop up some green peppers, yellow peppers, red peppers, and orange peppers. Mix with light Italian dressing and some of your favorite cheese crumbles. I use feta!

C Smith said...

I just love to grill different meats and add fresh veggie and melon for sides. I also love the caprese salad. Check out the recipe on my blog. Glad you are back and writing on this blog! Congrats on your swim suit.

BusyMom said...

There is nothing better than a tomato sandwich - think BLT, minus the B and L. I still use a bit of lite mayo on my toast, which is made with a whole grain bread.

Once the garden becomes fruitful, I take these for lunch almost daily.

Grilled fish is another good and healthy dinner option. Make a fresh mango or apple salsa to serve with it.

Spinach salad is another favorite. I serve it with a little bit of Feta cheese and some homemade vinaigrette (recipes posted on my blog if you are interested).

We also will do chicken caesar salads, with freshly grilled chicken, yum!

A fresh veggies are also a favorite. Cucumbers in vinegar.

You can grill eggplant, zuchini, onions, and peppers. Serve in a pita shell or eat plain.

Of course, all of the yummy fruits of summer. Watermelon and blueberries and strawberries and raspberries and cantaloupe, oh my!

I'm getting hungry!

BusyMom said...

Oh and I make Tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes and tri-color peppers that I love. Can eat it warm or cold - depending on the weather and your mood. Recipe is on my blog too.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are back to posting. Sarah