Eating healthier and losing some pounds.

I’m not an expert when it comes to exercise of eating right but I’ve been trying to eat healthier. After my little girl was born and I stopped pumping, I tried the diet that has food that you don’t have to refrigerate. Gag.

I also tried the one with very low carbs and I only made it one day. That diet plan made me feel absolutely horrible and I couldn’t keep up with the little hummingbird.

So, I thought I’ll try eating real food, GASP!, but just less of it and it was easier than I thought it would be. It’s not to say that I didn’t think about eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or some brownies and I’ve noticed they use a lot of food commercials at night….the bastards.

I’ve never added up the calories to what I eat but it’s in moderation. It doesn’t leave me starving and it helps me drop some of the baby weight I still have.

So here we go….

Hide your scale – I don’t have a scale in my bathroom because when I’ve been eating healthy all week and check my weight, if I see I only lost 0.5 pounds, it makes me crazy.

My hubby has a scale in his bathroom so there are times when I cheat and weigh myself anyway but I always regret it just as much as I regret that guy I dated when I was 18. It’s the “what in the hell was I thinking” regret.

Great cereal – I saw the Ezekiel cereal in Whole Foods and thought I would give it a try. I’ll be honest, chewing on a cardboard box would probably be tastier but it did start to taste a little better once it soaked in the milk for a bit. If I could compare it, the cereal would be closest to Grape-Nuts.

Then something happened.

I wasn’t starving an hour or two later like I would with my fruity pebbles regular cereal. So, I tried it the next day and I felt good. It seems to have the perfect balance of calories, fat, and protein for me.

Healthier food – Once my breakfast got healthier, so did my lunch, then my dinner. For lunch I usually have a sandwich that has regular cheese, just not as much as I would normally have. I also have some carrot sticks or grape tomatoes dipped in a little Ranch dressing

If I want chips then I have them but I go by the serving size. For dinner since my husband normally cooks and it can be fattening, I just have a small portion of what he makes along with a salad. When it comes to dressing for the salad, I LOVE blue cheese dressing but it’s full of fat. I take a bit of dressing and mix it with some fat-free milk which thins it out so I can have my favorite salad dressing, just not with so much fat.

I also like using the salad spritzer dressings. For snacks I’ll have greek yogurt, an orange, string cheese (not low-fat) and crackers, apple slices, and protein bars. I even have a small piece or two of chocolate when the craving hits. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches also help to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Greek yogurt – I love yogurt but I’m lactose intolerant so if I eat it, I’m miserable. Greek yogurt doesn’t to that to me and I read somewhere that it’s because of the way it’s made although I don’t know if that’s a fact. It’s full of protein and so good. It’s also great to eat frozen, especially when you have a craving for ice cream.

Water – I can get sick of water pretty easily so I put lemon, lime, or orange slices in my water to keep it from getting boring. An easy way to know just how much water you need is to cut your weight in half and you’ll get how many ounces you should be drinking. So, if you weigh 130 pounds, you’d drink 65 ounces of water a day.

I also love drinking sparkling cranberry and blood orange drinks so to reduce the calories I fill half a glass with sparkling water and the rest with the cranberry or orange fizzy drink. Give it a stir and voila.

If I didn’t have caffeine, I’d probably die but I also make sure to drink more water. Usually I add about 4 ounces of water to my daily intake.

Yesterday after I dropped my daughter off at preschool I was really wanting an iced coffee but I know the calories are that of a meal so I went home and made my own. No, it doesn’t have the same deliciousness as the coffee-house ones but it still helps my craving.

I’ve been trying to keep some chilled coffee on hand so all I have to do is add that to ice, add some Splenda, then I mix some fat-free milk with chocolate syrup and stir that into the glass. I add a tad of whipped cream to the top. You could also put it in the blender. Just think of all the calories you’d be saving.

Exercise – Since my hubby hasn’t put together our new elliptical machine and if I try to put something together, it ends up looking like a Dr. Seuss project, I use my exercise dvd’s like the 30 Day Shred. I alternate from high impact exercise to Pilates or ballet dvd’s. A couple of times a week I also use my hand and ankle weights for about 15 minutes and do some really basic arm and leg lifts.

Some things to remember…

1. Don’t beat yourself up if you give into your cravings and end up eating 5 cookies instead on 1. I used to let that give me license to eat crap for the rest of the day. Just get back on track and don’t be hard on yourself. Change takes time.

2. If you don’t feel like exercising just get moving no matter what it is like taking the kids to the park. Every little bit helps. I have plenty of those days so I’ll take the little hummingbird to the park and pull her in her red wagon. Walking to the park, while low impact, is better than nothing at all.

3. Don’t beat yourself up.

4. It took time to gain weight so it’s going to take time to lose it. I used to hate that saying for some reason but it’s true.

5. Don’t beat yourself up.

6. Love yourself and your body no matter what shape and size.

What are some things that you do to be healthier?

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6 Responses to Eating healthier and losing some pounds.

  1. WeezaFish April 10, 2012 at 00:24 #

    Loving this post! Good luck with it all but I don’t think you’ll need luck I think you’ve cracked it, the way to lose weight without losing your mind. Or your freedom to just eat a friggin’ cookie or five now and again. I think you have exactly the right balance, on your plate and in your head.
    I lost about 40kg four years ago (so far … so good ..) and I also got rid of the scales, stopped counting calories and just wised up and changed the way I was eating. You go girl.
    And excuse me but WHAT?? I can dilute my much loved and much missed Blue Cheese Dressing with milk?!! Why didn’t I think of that? Do you know how much I love you for that tip right now? Excuse me. I need to go by me a couple of litres of BLUE. CHEESE. DRESSING. Yesiree.
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  2. Jen - ConcreteNCoffee April 10, 2012 at 07:09 #

    Way to go! The way you’re going about changing your eating habits is perfect, and what I recommend for a lot of people who ask how to get started with healthier eating. Buying healthy foods has no additional cost, unlike fad diets, and introducing healthier options instead of going the route of complete deprivation makes it easier to stick to those changes.

    The first thing I did when I wanted to lose weight and get healthy was quit soda and drink water. The next thing I did was making sure each meal contained whole grains, fruit and/or veggies, and lean protein. Lastly, I made sure that within meals and snacks I had a full 5 servings of fruits and veggies. That didn’t leave a whole lot of room in my tummy for fattening sugary snacks and actually helped eliminate a lot of my junk food cravings. And I never gave up chocolate! i just exchanged my candy bars for really dark (80%) chocolate and learned to enjoy just a square at a time.
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  3. Monica DeLaCruz April 10, 2012 at 12:25 #

    ah! the lose weight/eat healthier battle. seems i am always fighting this. i workout 6-7 days a week for about one hour. i do not belong to a gym because i have to workout at weird hours. so, i run, do jillian michaels, and do cathe’s drill max. i just started cathe’s ab circuit which is kicking my a$$. i try to eat okay. that’s a challenge for me. i LOVE sweets. and beer! plus i have like NO willpower. so, i just do my best. good luck. sounds like you are on a great path! :o)

  4. LeeAnne Curtis April 11, 2012 at 10:05 #

    Wow – you seem to have your head and your heart right where they belong. The things I have had to do since I turned 50 to keep the weight off was to cut out soda, exercise at least 3 times per week and I agree, don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon. I can’t count the times in the last 13 years that I have fallen off and picked myself up and started all over again. I was up to 12 cans of pepsi a day (13 years ago) and now there are some days, weeks or months that I go without and drop 10-15 pounds. While I look so much better in my clothes, all it takes to be back on that band wagon is a very stressful day and boom, show me where the pepsi’s are hidden and I will immediately be back drinking up to 4 cans by the next day. I wish you lotsa luck and keep it up!!!

  5. Elle's Mom April 11, 2012 at 18:01 #

    Do I get any points for walking in place while eating a choclolate Easter bunny?

    • Elle April 11, 2012 at 19:08 #

      Yes, as long as I get points for shoving a snicker’s egg in my mouth so the hummingbird wouldn’t see while I was in the kitchen. 🙂

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