Today is the first day of Week Four of my journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
The change in the way I am eating and what types of food I put into my body is becoming a little more automatic.
I have essentially cut out just about all sugar. I haven’t had any processed foods, I have much less dairy than I used to, and I eat carbs, but they are limited.
But I didn’t change my diet by saying I will no longer allow myself to eat this or that.
Instead, I look at it as this is the food I will allow to go into my body.
This desire to change is because none of my clothes fit me anymore, because I have some unhealthy “numbers” (meaning the ones that put me in a prediabetic range and the ones that tell me my blood pressure is not where it should be), because I’m pushing 50 and I want to take better care of myself, and because menopause is approaching and if I keep eating garbage I won’t be able to fit out my front door.
Plus I wanna do an Ironman and if that’s gonna happen I need to make some changes.
I have been really working hard to sit down and eat my meals because this is something I hardly ever did a month ago.
I don’t always accomplish that, but I’d say now close to 75% of my meals I eat on real dishes like a civilized grown up.
I haven’t been hungry, and I really haven’t been craving any of the crap I used to eat.
In fact, now I crave good food.
I’ve heard other people say that when they started eating differently their cravings changed or stopped altogether, but I never really believed them!
Anyway, some people have been asking what I eat, and I’ve been sharing some of my meals with the members of my e -course, so I thought I share a couple things with you.
Here are the kinds of meals I’ve eaten over the past few weeks:
Grilled chicken, romaine and dijon mustard on whole wheat with cold sautéed peppers:
Greek salad and chili
Plain whole milk Greek yogurt with honey and blackberries and baby carrots (this has become my favorite dessert)
Sausage and peppers, whole wheat toast, and salad with tomatoes, eggs and mozzarella
Brown rice with chicken, broccoli and scrambled eggs
Fried eggs, peppers, and whole wheat toast
Roasted chicken, asparagus, and chili
It really has not taken that much time to prepare any of these meals. Many of them are made from leftover stuff or it’s something I’ve made a whole bunch of (like the peppers — I sautée a ton of them at once and then spread them out over the week — I LOVE peppers).
People have also asked if I make completely different meals for myself. I don’t. I just alter them a little.
When the kids have tacos for dinner, I make taco salad for myself. Sometimes the kids will have taco salad, too.
I cut down on cook time by making a whole bunch of taco meat and then freezing it. Then it’s super easy to grab a bag of frozen browned ground turkey and quickly make taco meat from that.
I also throw the taco meat into the chili, so that’s also quick to prepare (and chili freezes really well so I make a whole bunch of that, too).
I grill or bake or broil or whatever a whole bunch of chicken and I use that in several different ways, too.
So this way of eating is becoming a habit.
I feel better emotionally because I have some discipline in the eating department and I’m not totally off the rails like I was a month ago, and I feel better physically because I’m just not eating total garbage.
And it’s starting to become evident.
My clothes are already fitting differently, and by fitting differently I mean I can almost button my jeans comfortably again and my shirts aren’t quite so tight.
In three weeks I’m down 6.5 pounds, I’ve lost two inches off my waist, and last week I was able to run 3.1 miles without stopping.
It wasn’t fast, but I ran a whole 5K!
Now I have a 5K benchmark to work from.
I feel much stronger physically, and I’m also just pretty proud of myself.
It’s been a good three weeks.