Monthly Archives: January 2012

Busy..Busy..Busy

Hello there folks! I promise I have not disappeared off the face of the earth! I will write out a nice long post either later today or tomorrow and update y’all on how my weekend went. And, I’ve been super busy with work. We have this big summit conference here so a bunch of corporate people are here….yikes. So, I probably shouldn’t be on here too long. But, I will let you know about the successes and failures of my weekend and I finally got my new cool pedometer toy in yesterday! I’m going to try to set it tonight and put it on tomorrow to count my steps starting in the morning. Ok, well, I’ll talk at y’all later. Hope y’all are having a great day and making healthy choices! 🙂

~Charity

No Self-Sabotaging Allowed!

Ok, let me just say that today I have been in a horribly foul mood and just plain mad at the world right now. I’m tired of feeling like I’m always on the crap end of the stick! And let me just whine and say, “IT’S NOT FAIR!!!” Now that I have gotten my whining out of my system I shall move on.

It seems like every Friday I cave into my old fatty cravings for the weekend and any weight I had lost through the week I seem to gain back over the weekend! I’m tired of self-sabotaging the weekends away!

I love spending time with my mom whose one of my best friends. We usually have some kind of errands to run or a project going on and we usually eat out once or twice throughout the weekend. My usual favorites were Mexican where I would have chips, salsa, cheese dip or guacamole or both, enchiladas or quesadillas, and a margarita (ok, I’ll be honest more like 2-3 margaritas)..do you know that came up to over 1300 calories?!!! That’s crazy!

My problem is my mom is not a fan of trying new things. But, tonight I have decided she’s coming with me to Ghengis Grill which is a “build your own bowl” type of place. I’ve already gone on My Fitness Pal and added up the ingredients and it will be about 600-700 calories for a bowl with shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, squash, onion, sweet n sour sauce, on udon noodles. Oh yes, be jealous! You know that sounds amazing right now!!!Hopefully my mom will be open to this place and enjoy it..we shall see. I will probably take some pictures and post them later.

Let me be honest with myself when I get into a bad mood or when Friday rolls around, I use any excuse in the typical fat person’s book as to why I can “cheat” and have foods I know are over my calorie limit and not healthy at all. And, if I had a dime for every excuse I’m making for not exercising I would be a millionaire!

I’m not letting myself do this to me anymore! I can’t! If I want to see progress at all, I have to stop making excuses. Afterall, this isn’t a diet; this is my lifestyle now. I have to learn to always make healthier choices than the old habit me. Because, even though I’m not in the greatest mood today…the old way of eating me was seriously unhappy all the time. The old way of eating me was bordering on depressed. I don’t want to go back there. I feel so much better when I eat “clean”-no fried or processed foods. And, I don’t want to go back to that crappy feeling and have to start all over Monday morning.

There will be no regrets this next Monday morning! I am determined to  eat healthy! As the hubby says, “I have my resolved face on-this is the resolved face”. 🙂 Prepare and plan ahead is what I shall be doing from now on. I still want to enjoy my mom and me time, but it will be eating healthier foods.

Wish me luck on trying to convince my mom to eat healthier with me and try new places… 🙂

Wishing everyone else a fabulous weekend!!! Make healthy choices! ~Charity

Yes…It’s Cabbage Again

I’m sure this is what I will be saying when the hubby sees me cooking cabbage again tonight. This will be the third time this week. Umm…well.. I don’t know why, but I’m a little in love with my “fried” (sautéed) cabbage. Yes it’s totally cliché that a person from the south would fry cabbage…but this is actually healthy and not deep-fried, just sautéed in a little butter…don’t worry. 🙂 And, yes I know it’s totally weird…

Well, let me explain. You know how sometimes when you smell something it reminds you of a memory or a happy place? I had forgotten about how my great-grandmother loved to make “fried” cabbage almost every Sunday after church.

I cooked some sautéed cabbage Monday night and immediately thought of those great memories. And, when I tasted that wonderful taste when it was nice and cooked down soft and browned…well it took me to a happy place.

 Cabbage on the right cooking it down…yum..with some carrots and asparagus! That’s how we do it here in the south!

I know I sound crazy, and that’s ok. I’m just happy to have an obsession with a healthy food. If I’m not going to eat very much meat any more, this is one veggie dish I think I could eat every night. No, thankfully for my husband I won’t cook it every night…but the cabbage was on sale at our local grocery store for .38 cents! So, it might be every other night until next month…hehehe. 🙂

And it must be doing something good for me because when I weighed this morning I was down another pound. Bam! Heck Yes! Is there something in cabbage that promotes weight loss? I know I’ve heard of a cabbage soup diet for weight loss. I might have to make up a “fried” cabbage diet…uh no…don’t worry folks I won’t do that. But, seriously, it’s amazing, cheap, easy to fix, and tastes so good! I would take my “fried” cabbage over any french fry! (And I used to have a super obsession with french fries!!!) Yet again, so glad this obsession is with something that’s actually good for me.

Are there any foods that y’all have become obsessed with since you started eating healthier? Or am I just crazy…? -a definite possibility… Better question is does anyone else have foods that takes them back to a happy memory or place?

~Charity 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award

I want to thank http://findingmyworth.wordpress.com/ for nominating me!

The Versatile Blogger Award has the following rules:

  1. Post a picture of the award
  2. Thank the award giver
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers about this and tell them so

7 Random facts about me….

  1. I am a Virgo.
  2. I met my husband when I was 13 years old.
  3. I was only 19 when we got married.  
  4. I have my bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, emphasis on community health.
  5. I love, love, love dachshunds-weiner dogs. I have two, Duke and Pixie.
  6. I do sing in the shower when I’m home alone.
  7. I’m on a journey to lose 150 pounds.

The nominees are:

  1. http://afoodaddict.com/
  2. http://poundperpound.wordpress.com/
  3. http://tryingtobeayummymummy.wordpress.com/
  4. http://weight4us.wordpress.com/
  5. http://sarahasec.wordpress.com/

Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!! 🙂 ~Charity

My Ode to Green Smoothies

Most of you may not have ever heard of a green smoothie, and some of you could probably be millionaires if you had a dime for every time I mentioned green smoothies. But, I thought I would share with you why I think they are so important and why I am trying to get back into the habit of having a quart of green smoothie a day.

The “Green Smoothie Revolution” was started by Victoria Boutenko. Here is her family story and why/how she got her family started with eating a raw diet and then began to incorporate green smoothies: The Raw Family Story | Green Smoothies . A summarized version is that her husband was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis as well as thyroid problems. She also had a child with type 1 diabetes. Victoria was having weight issues and knew she needed to find a solution for her family. They started off eating a mostly raw diet and immediately all members of the family began to feel better and her husband did not have to use as much medication. However, after a few months Victoria realized they were lacking certain vitamins and minerals in their raw diet. She soon discovered that they were not getting enough green vegetables in their diet. Victoria studied the diet of chimpanzees and discovered that chimpanzees were not eating just fruit; over half their diet was in greens. Victoria also realized that greens are difficult to break down and unless we chew them repeatedly we will not absorb all their nutritional value. Therefore, one evening in 2004 Victoria had a crazy idea to blend up her greens with water, though after she took the lid off the blender she put it right back on after the horrid stench of just greens and water alone. She then thought to add a couple of bananas, and closed her eyes to take a sip. Amazingly, all she tasted was the banana. She then started experimenting with other fruits and voila the green smoothie was born!

Green smoothies blog has so much information and research on various types of green smoothies. This blog is run by the Boutenko family. Here is a link to frequently asked questions about green smoothies: How to start green smoothies | Green Smoothies .

My personal experience with green smoothies began when I started doing research on how I can improve my health. I know I needed to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I was getting really burned out on salads, and unless I could douse it with ranch or add other stuff to it, let’s face it, lettuce is boring and kind of gross-same thing with raw spinach.

I’m open to trying new things especially if I can get the nutrients I need without having to eat a bowl full of plain greens. I stumbled onto this blog first: Videos Page 1 | Green Smoothie Girl | 12 Steps to Whole Food Eating . Robyn Openshaw has also become very important in the “green smoothie world”. She wrote a book called “The Green Smoothie Diet”. Robyn has an amazing story as well and continues to educate and conduct research on foods and products that support the highest level of health/nutrition possible. The link I included goes directly to her video page which has a lot of information on green smoothies as well as recipes, and even other raw foods that are tasty and extremely healthy.

After doing my research I was hooked. I talked to my husband about it and even to my friends. I saved up and bought a Vitamix 5200 which is a very powerful blender (though you don’t need a Vitamix to make green smoothies-I just wanted one because I hate the seeds in berries and I knew if I was going to be having a smoothie every day, I would need a higher power blender). I was so excited to make my first green smoothie. It was 8oz of water, a fresh banana, a cup of frozen strawberries, and 2 handfuls of raw baby spinach. I did a blog post about this to. Here is the link from that day: Can eating this healthy taste so good?! | What The Heck Are Skinny Jeans? . There is even a picture of my first ever green smoothie.

Robyn explains that in one quart of green smoothie you will get more servings of fruits and vegetables than the average American will get in an entire day and possible an entire week. I know before I started incorporating green smoothies in my diet I maybe, maybe got 1 serving of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables (which were mostly cooked and had butter on them). In my green smoothie this morning, I took in 4 servings of fruit and 6 servings of raw green vegetables. And, it was sooooo yummy! I have now discovered my favorite fruit to put in my smoothies is frozen pitted cherries. I love cherries and they are delicious in smoothies. This morning I had 8 oz of coconut water, 1 ½ bananas (1 whole fresh, half of a frozen banana for creaminess), 1 ½ cups of frozen cherries, and ½ cup of frozen pineapple with 3 big handfuls of raw baby spinach. All you taste is the fruit and you get so much more vitamins, minerals, and protein from adding the spinach!

I have to say I’m a firm believer in the green smoothie and I am enjoying experimenting with different recipes, fruits, and vegetables. I have a goal to continue to have at least one quart of green smoothie a day. I can tell the days I don’t have one, I crave it now. I encourage everyone to give green smoothies a chance. They will definitely change your life!

~Charity 🙂

Baby Steps vs Giant Leaps

When it comes to weight loss, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever been a “yo-yo dieter”. The person who decides to lose weight, overhaul their diet completely; lose the weight, then go right back to eating unhealthy like before and gain all the weight right back. Well, this viscous cycle has to end!

I’ve been researching small things I can change in my diet and exercise routine to make this weight loss a permanent change. This is a life long journey. I found a poster that says it perfectly:

 This is a lifetime revolution, a permanent change.

On the other end of the spectrum, my husband has decided he wants to give up meat and eat a mostly vegetarian diet. That’s a huge leap! This should have thrilled me since I am trying to lose weight and I want to eat healthier. After all, one of my daily goals is to get in at least 3 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables. So, why did I freak out?!

I suddenly thought about all the things I loved that had meat that I would never eat again and I panicked almost. Over food! That’s insane! But, I did. This week my husband is now giving up beef. First thought in my mind, was no more steak or never putting hamburger in the spaghetti again. Really?! Should this be a terrible thing? No! Of course not! Thankfully, I’ve had my “aha” moment today and have come to terms that yes, I to need to eat less meat.

My husband is one who can give something up “cold turkey” as people would say. He can just decide to quit something and that’s it, no turning back.

I don’t work quite like that. I don’t know if I can say I will never eat beef again. But, I am going to try to cut out meat mostly from my diet. If I do this, I’m guaranteed to get in my daily servings of vegetables and fruits. Ideally, I’d like to reduce my meat intake to just 2-3 days a week. But, I digress.

My point is, he may be able to just stop eating or doing something, but I am not that strong willed. And, I want this to be a permanent weight loss. Therefore, I have been reading articles and research on small changes that can add up to weight loss.

Thankfully, I have already made some of these changes. I hope these ideas will inspire you to also make small changes that will lead to a permanent weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. It’s all about the baby steps.

So, here are some links to articles and a video on some small changes that add up big when it comes to weight loss.

http://soc.li/gQgUdiK

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/small-diet-changes-big-rewards

http://th3skinny.tumblr.com/post/4726223667/small-changes-make-weight-loss-easy

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/small-changes-get-healthier

Here’s to a healthier week this week! ~Charity

Chocolate cake you say???

TGIF!!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday! Well, once a month we have a potluck for the month’s birthdays at work. I tried…I TRIED to do a healthy themed potluck. And, this has been the worst turn out for a potluck at work.

I did however try something made with soy for the first time…have to say I am not a fan. But, it was worth a shot. So, what did we have you ask? Well, I’m sure the title gives it away what my one weakness was today: Chocolate cake! Which, I shall harp on that in a little bit. Before I get all the fingers pointed at me, can I at least plead my case on what healthy foods I did eat??!!

Ok, here we go. We had a fruit tray, which I had some pineapple and grapes for breakfast. Someone also brought a raw veggie tray. We had homemade Mexican Chicken casserole, not all that healthy, but very tasty. Someone else brought a veggie goulash thing with zucchini, tomatoes, squash, and onions…it was ok. And, then I also tried Soy sausage wontons..not a fan of this either.

And then there was the chocolate cake! Well, want to know the worst part? No one else signed up to bring a dessert. So, I asked the January birthday folks what kind of cake they wanted. And, they all said chocolate. Therefore, last night I went to the bakery at the local grocery store and bought a chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes. I drove home with that sweet chocolaty goodness in the car. Then drove to work this morning. It smelled wonderful. It has been taunting me and calling me since 9:00pm yesterday. I will admit it…I’m having a piece as I write this. It’s a lot smaller piece then what I would have gotten in the past. Sigh, I did cave and have a piece. Can I whine like a child and say “But, I want a piece really bad”? And it is so yummy, but I notice a lot sweeter than I am used to.

In conclusion, I admit I am not strong enough to resist chocolate cake altogether. Uh-oh. However, I will only have this one piece. I will also be walking on my break this afternoon.

I understand my eating habits won’t change over night and I’m working on it. Hopefully, by next month, I will be able to resist whatever cake they have. 🙂

Anyone else have problems resisting certain foods? It’s ok, you are not alone in this. 🙂

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. ~Charity