For today's weigh in post, I will tell you I'm still at about 160lbs. I'm an ass, waiting to exercise, the day is done... not doing it. I've asked hubs last night to wake me early when he leaves for work and not let me go back to sleep. I told him he was allowed to use whatever nasty words were necessary to get me on the elliptical before he's out of the house. For being a retired Command Sergeant Major in the Army, he is unable to do this.
Well, let me clarify. He can't do it to me, his wife. I love he respects me so much he doesn't want to try to, um, motivate me like he might have some soldiers but I need someone to motivate me like that! lol
So, do me a favor, if you leave a comment, will you please remind me as nicely or as harshly as your hormones will allow (I can take it) that I have to get my rear up and exercising int he morning because this procrastination crap just ain't cutting it?! Thank you in advance. I can take it, I promise. :-)
On another note, I've spoke a bit about it before, natural foods vs. processed foods. Everyone talks about how fast food is bad, junk food is bad, etc. It's only recently that you've started hearing about why (or at least, I've started hearing about why) but I've caught myself wondering why I, who I think is averagely smart (okay maybe not if I create a word "averagely" but you understood what I was trying to say so I think it works), didn't connect the dots in the first place.
Processed food = chemicals. Natural food = no chemicals.
right? You knew that but have you yet put 2 and 2 together and realized your body is natural. Nature created us and nature created how we process energy and waste.
What do chemicals do in your body? They change the way it works or trick it's natural process into working inefficiently or differently.
I came across this video the other day, linked from one of the blogs I read, and I sat down and listened. It's a bit lengthy and wordy but it echoed how I've been thinking and feeling about food for quite some time. I do not (and likely won't) subscribe to the program and I'm not saying I endorse what they do or don't do. I'm just linking the video because it's easier than typing out my thoughts. lol
That said, I want to challenge you this week.
First, sit down for few minutes and think about what your typical dinners look like at home. Is it meatloaf, instant potatoes and canned green beans? Is it frozen shrimp, pasta and jarred alfredo sauce? Is it salad, steak and baked potato? Is it carry out, order in, or fast food? All of the above?
Second, ask yourself what you can change to make it healthier. Chances are, you will see a lot if you are thinking processed vs. natural. Get rid of instant potatoes and mash fresh potatoes, for example. Get rid of carry out, order in and fast food due to the high salt and fat contents, for example. Make your own alfredo instead of using a jarred one.
Third, now that you've taken a look at you typical diet and the areas you are sabatouging yourself without realizing it. Take a deep breath and ask this next question, is it realistic for me to make these changes all at once?
I'm betting that answer is "no". It was for me, at least. I can't cut out the order in AND get rid of my convenience meals in the same week, b/c I haven't gotten into the groove for cooking every night.
Figure out what you can change THIS week and keep doing next week. Then what can you add as a change next week?
For instance, can you get frozen veggies instead of canned if fresh veggies are not available? If you have a farmer's market, make it a family outing and get some fresh veggies. Roast them or steam them or use them in a casserole, whatever.
Do you see where I'm going with this? Even the labels of low fat, natural, organic... you have to be careful. Read the ingredient list. How natural is it, really?
In today's society, not everyone has access to or the ability to eat a 100% natural diet without a lot of effort but there are things you and I can do to put us in the land of our diets being a majority natural. Eventually. It's a slow process and you will need to have patience with it, you will FEEL better, you will TEACH your tastes to change. Start putting flavorful herbs in your foods (I bought lemon thyme and am growing it, surprisingly, and add it to my seafood dishes now to help cut on the need for salt, etc.)
I come back again to saying, if you don't have handy access to growing herbs, veggies, etc. Plan your menu for the week and head out to market. Get only those foods/ingredients. The staples you keep in your home should not be Twinkies for snacks. It should be dried banana chips. lol Is that realistic? Maybe for me, but hubs hates it. We compromise with Sun Chips for him and the kids. I don't like them so I'm less likely to steal them and munch.
That reminds me tell the family what you are doing, enlist their help! How to enlist? tell them they can help and have say about what the menu is or you choose and they just have to deal. You'd be surprised at how willing they are to help and you will be teaching them and yourself about natural vs processed, how bad is it, etc. when looking at whether it's the right message to send your child in purchasing the Pop-Tarts for breakfast.
Okay, I know it's starting to sound a little preachy, I don't mean that. I'm just throwing out the thoughts that have rattled in my head a lot lately and what I've done with my family. My teens now just eat whatever (the benefit of being a teenager, hungry means eat, period) so they don't get involved unless they have a craving for something. My husband was harder to bring around until I told him I found it discouraging to try to make a healthy and like-able family meal and his first comments were negative without even trying it. I also pointed out it didn't matter that when he did try it he liked it, it just made it hard to stay encouraged to do the right thing. :) That worked! Now he just comes home and tries it. Mostly likes it but even if he doesn't, he just eats it. He's started putting in requests now. steak, chicken, tilapia and I've added mine to him... wild boar, elk, bass. I tell him to go get the truly organic stuff! lol
And that, my friends, is what I'll leave you with today. Have a great hump day!
Now, if you've read this far, the new Burger King commercials with David Beckham and the smoothies just make me laugh. Here's a couple to view that will hopefully make you laugh,t oo:
http://youtu.be/phF5MEP6k-g (This one is my favorite.)