Hello Dear Readers,
I hope you had a great long weekend. Yesterday The Boy and I started a new routine that we’re very excited about. We’re cutting the processed food and other junk out of our diets during the week. During the weekend, we can be a little more lax, but still nothing like the free-for-alls we used to have when we were following Body for Life.
We’ve also committed to exercising three times a week. I’d like to make time for running and kickboxing five times a week, but I know three times is a realistic place for me to start right now. One of the biggest challenges for me will be drinking a lot more water and other healthy drinks and scaling way back on the Diet Pepsi. I’m not a big fan of water, but I tried an experiment yesterday that actually worked out really well. I boiled a big pot of water with loose-leaf herbal tea (David’s Tea Cocomint Creme), fresh pineapple sage and chocolate mint from the garden, and a sliced lemon. Absolutely no sugar or sweeteners added. The result, as The Boy described, is like lemonade without all the sugar. It’s actually really good!
We haven’t skimped on meals, either. I broke out the ol’ hickory chips and grilled vegetables in a smoky haze, then put them in a whole-wheat pita half with low-fat feta cheese and real balsamic vinegar. Viola, dinner!
So far, I’m not craving anything, but it’s only been a day and a half. I missed my Diet Pepsi this morning but had a rooibos tea instead. They say it takes at least 21 days, if not longer, to form new habits.
What I really feel great about is that this is not a fad diet. We’re not counting calories or limiting ourselves to tiny portions, or completely eliminating an entire food group. I am going to limit grains and make sure the grains I have are as unprocessed as possible, but I know it’s completely unrealistic to think I’ll never have a plate of pasta again. This is all about being reasonable and basically avoiding the crap. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no excuse not to succeed at this.
After over a year of hardcore training, I really fell off the wagon. I left my somewhat stressful job for an extremely stressful one. Suddenly gravy seemed to be a food group. Almost every lunch came from a restaurant. Dinner was often cheese and crackers or popcorn. After a year and a half of eating like this and rarely finding the time to exercise, I’m in the worst shape of my life. It was time to take control over my health and fitness again and make them a top priority. I’m so excited that I’m doing this with my partner and best friend.
Wish me luck! I’m sure I will need it.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to eating healthy? How do you get around it?