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Daily Menu: Friday July 21, 2012

In Daily Menu on July 20, 2012 at 3:49 am

Here’s tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast:

Greek yogurt, banana and blueberries, flax seeds and oil, oatmeal and cinnamon

Lunch:

Toast, Baked Beans, carrots, an orange

Teatime: (optional)

Almonds & Apricots

Dinner:

Turkey burger, Toast, Salad

What are you eating tomorrow?  Are you setting yourself up tonight for success tomorrow?  When we’re overly hungry and unprepared, will power breaks down!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Wrap-Up: Friday July 19, 2012

In Daily Wrap-Up on July 20, 2012 at 3:32 am

Here’s how I think I did today on the traditional grading scale of A-F:

Sleep: B: Going to bed early.  Choose to do housework instead of napping when baby was napping.

Water: A:  Drank at least 8 glasses.

Food: A:  100% stuck to the menu.  Skipped teatime snack.  Really feel like stress eating right now but chewing gum instead 🙂

Exercise: C:   Walked dogs despite hurt foot.  Skipped stretches this morning and situps and pushups tonight.  Broke into a sweat several times with intensive cleaning.

Vitamins: A:  Will take them shortly

Journaling: A: Did this morning and will do this evening.

Final Thought of the Day:  I can see how much I eat to soothe myself.  If I don’t feel good I “need” OJ, saltines and chicken noodle soup.  If I am relaxing watching TV after a hard day I “deserve” an ice cream treat.  If I am nervous about something I want to “graze” through leftovers as I clean up the kitchen.  I am working to find other ways to self-soothe and reward myself other than food.  Being a stay at home Mom to an infant makes it harder I think because I don’t have much time alone and when she is sleeping there is so much to do chore-wise.  Let me know if you have any tips!

How did you do today with your healthy living?  I hope you are kind to yourself, no matter what.  Life is too precious to spend it living in regret and self-loathing.

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Menu: Thursday July 19, 2012

In Daily Menu on July 19, 2012 at 4:10 am

Here’s tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast:

Greek yogurt, banana and blueberries, flax seeds and oil, oatmeal and cinnamon

Lunch:

Toast, Baked Beans, Broccoli, an orange

Teatime: (optional)

Almonds & Apricots

Dinner:

Chicken, A Veggie that I need to buy at the store, Barley, Salad

What are you eating tomorrow?  Are you setting yourself up tonight for success tomorrow?  When we’re overly hungry and unprepared, will power breaks down!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Wrap-Up: Wednesday July 18, 2012

In Daily Wrap-Up on July 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

Here’s how I think I did today on the traditional grading scale of A-F:

Sleep: A+: Tried to nap when baby was napping (unsuccessful but did lay down).  Going to bed early!

Water: A:  Drank at least 8 glasses.

Food: A+:  Did not eat compulsively and had great portion size control!

Exercise: B:   15 min stretch program on tv.  Walked dogs despite hurt foot.  Skipped situps and pushups.

Vitamins: A:  Took them

Journaling: F: Didn’t do this morning or evening.

Final Thought of the Day:  It’s been a great day and I am so thankful to be relieved of the obsession around dieting and food and my weight, today.  I did read an article in “Vogue” that was upsetting.  It was about how much what you ate while pregnant affects your child’s lifelong health.  There was a time during pregnancy that I felt so crappy that I only wanted white foods like white rice, white pasta, white cheese, etc.  I couldn’t stand salads, brown rice and veggies which had been my usual mainstays.  My NP said that this was because my body wanted foods that are easy to break down and white foods are usually easy to digest, especially if they are processed foods.  After reading that article in “Vogue” (which of course always fosters healthy self and body images for its’ female readers…), I went into a near panic.  Have I doomed my child to countless colds, to cancer and/or a life of obesity?  And then I realized, after a few deep breaths, that my daughter is incredibly healthy.  I can’t stop cancer but I can give her a chance to fight colds and obesity by showing her how to live a healthy, balanced, reasonable lifestyle.  That is why this journey to find a program that works for me is so important.  It is for me, but it is also because I don’t want her to have me modeling unhealthy behaviors.  I want to spare her the pain of being overweight, like I have been for the majority of my life.  I am going to try to look past the pages of “Vogue” for validation that I was a good mother when pregnant.  I know I was.  I took my vitamins, I rested, I stayed away from fumes, I sang to her, we read to her, I did everything the NP said to do, I stayed hydrated, I read books and attended numerous pregnancy and parenting classes, etc.  I think that part of being a parent is that nagging feeling that no matter how hard you try you aren’t quite a good enough parent.   You feel lacking, even when you are a wonderful parent because you are doing the very best you can and you are approaching parenthood with extreme love and with honesty.  I am so thankful that today I approached food sanely and healthily.  That is what I want to model for my daughter.  Every day of healthy living counts!

How did you do today with your healthy living?  I hope you are kind to yourself, no matter what.  Life is too precious to spend it living in regret and self-loathing.

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Menu: Tuesday July 17, 2012

In Daily Menu on July 17, 2012 at 5:21 am

Here’s tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast:

Greek yogurt, strawberries & banana, flax seeds and oil, oatmeal and cinnamon

Lunch:

Meeting up with friend so not sure but healthy portion sizes!

Teatime: (optional)

Almonds & Apricots

Dinner:

Veggie lasagna, Spinach, Salad

What are you eating tomorrow?  Are you setting yourself up tonight for success tomorrow?  When we’re overly hungry and unprepared, will power breaks down!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Wrap-Up: Monday July 16, 2012

In Daily Wrap-Up on July 17, 2012 at 5:17 am

Here’s how I think I did today on the traditional grading scale of A-F:

Sleep: D: Needing to go to sleep now since baby is sleeping but keep wanting to be on the computer.  Bad!

Water: A:  Drank at least 8 glasses.

Food: A:  Did not eat compulsively and had great portion size control!

Exercise: B:   15 min stretch program on tv.  Walked dogs despite hurt foot.  Skipped situps and pushups.

Vitamins: A:  Took them

Journaling: F: Didn’t do this morning or evening.

Final Thought of the Day:  It’s been a few days since I’ve checked in.  Guess what?  I HAVE NOT been over-doing it!   I have been exhausted and/or occupied by the baby during my usual blogging times (late night) and that is why haven’t reported in.  I’m happy that it isn’t because I’ve been eating unhealthily.  🙂

How did you do today with your healthy living?  I hope you are kind to yourself, no matter what.  Life is too precious to spend it living in regret and self-loathing.

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Such a fabulous article about learning to love your body!

Dances With Fat

I hear a lot from people that they are “unable” to like themselves – that they can’t look in the mirror and be happy with the reflection, that they can’t be ok with their bodies, that they can’t accept being fat or be happy in a fat body etc.

I remember really struggling with this in my life and I know that it was a long hard process. And the first thing that I had to realize was that I’m literally the only person in the world who can decide how I feel about myself.  Nobody can crawl into my brain and force me feel any way about my body. The way that I feel about myself is an amalgamation of the opinions and thoughts that I’ve allowed myself to believe either consciously or unconsciously.

I spent a lot of time trying to blame other people for how much I…

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Daily Menu: Saturday July 14, 2012

In Daily Menu on July 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

Here’s tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast:

Greek yogurt, strawberries, flax seeds and oil, oatmeal and cinnamon

Lunch:

Rice, Mixed Veggies, Hamburger

Teatime: (optional)

Almonds & Apricots

Dinner:

Turkey burgers, whole grain bread, Salad

What are you eating tomorrow?  Are you setting yourself up tonight for success tomorrow?  When we’re overly hungry and unprepared, will power breaks down!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Wrap-Up: Friday July 13, 2012

In Daily Wrap-Up on July 14, 2012 at 5:18 am

Here’s how I think I did today on the traditional grading scale of A-F:

Sleep: A: A for effort although the little one is not letting me sleep for more than two hours at a time.  It is awful!

Water: A:  Drank at least 8 glasses.

Food: A+:  An A+ day!  Forgot to write in the menu that I was going to have an 100 calorie fudgsicle which I did, but it was intentional.

Exercise: :   Did the new 15 min stretch program on tv.  Walked dogs despite hurt foot.  Skipped situps and pushups.

Vitamins: A:  Took them

Journaling: C: Skipped morning, will do evening.

Final Thought of the Day:  The sleep deprivation really has accumulated and I’m bonkers!  But, did so well on my food today. No emotional or fatigue-driven eating….

How did you do today with your healthy living?  I hope you are kind to yourself, no matter what.  Life is too precious to spend it living in regret and self-loathing.

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Daily Menu: Thursday July 13, 2012

In Daily Menu on July 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

Here’s tomorrow’s menu:

Breakfast:

Greek yogurt, strawberries, flax seeds and oil, oatmeal and cinnamon

Lunch:

Rice, Mixed Veggies, Hamburger

Teatime: (optional)

Almonds & Apricots

Dinner:

Chicken, Spinach, Rice, Salad

What are you eating tomorrow?  Are you setting yourself up tonight for success tomorrow?  When we’re overly hungry and unprepared, will power breaks down!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!