Monday, April 6, 2015

True Confessions

Hello All-

It's been awhile since I've written. Too long, I know. I was enjoying writing this blog but a little daunted by trying to write every day, so when I had some bigger writing projects come up, I ended up letting go of the blog, but I want to get back to it. It helps me personally to hold myself a little accountable for how I'm doing when it comes to taking care of myself through food and exercise, but I also love being part of a community of like-minded people like you who want to take better care of themselves. I benefit and I think others benefit as well. Not sure how often I will post, but I'm thinking about two times a week or so. We'll see how it goes.

So, to start it up again, the obvious question is, "Where am I at with my food and healthy lifestyle choices?" A funny question to ask oneself the day after Easter weekend, which also ended up being one of my children's birthday weekends as well (with the requested favorite meals birthdays involve, of course), but I've asked it and so here's my true confessions:

Overall, I am doing way better than I was in 2014. I continue to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains overall. I've also eaten less sugar. I haven't managed to kick sugar out altogether, but I am a more conscious consumer overall. The good news is that through these dietary changes, I have lowered my cholesterol 30 points, which is fantastic, but I have a ways to go because it was pretty high (LDL has long been the problem).

And so while there is good news, there is also some not so good news and here it is: I have gained back some weight and while I'm frustrated with myself for that, I'm not going to wallow in my frustration over the weight gain. I do want to lose weight and I want to keep it off, but overall, I want my focus to be more on how I am feeling than how I look, and it is super clear to me after several months of more conscious eating, that I usually feel the best on the days I eat the best.

For example, before Easter weekend (when I did overindulge several times), I went for 7 days without any sweets. I had a little sugar in my wheat bread and a little maple syrup in my oatmeal, but other than that, I had no other sugar and while oddly, I didn't lose a pound, I did feel really, really good. I slept better and my moods felt smoother. My energy level was higher throughout the day.

I want more of that. With that said, after a couple of days of crazy eating this weekend, it's going to take a few days to detox from the sugar, but I'm hoping it won't be too bad...that I'll stay motivated because I know how good it feels to feel good from eating good. Stay tuned. I'll report back.

What commitment do you want to make for yourself this week, something that will have you feeling better in the next week than you feel today? I promise to eat at least at least one large green salad a day to boost my fruit and vegetable intake. You do your part and I'll do mine, and we'll both have a great week. Here's to eating good and feeling good!