Some of you may have noticed a new tab on H&W for the last week; 52 TO FIT. There was a header and not much else; yet there was a whole lot going on in this first week of a 52 week series.
I have been thinking of this new chapter for H&W and myself for a while. How was I going to present it on the blog? What was I going to say? Do I have the courage to say it and more importantly see it through? Lots of earth shattering stuff...not ...but then again ...
I have been struggling with my weight for most of my adult life. Like most, I've tried diets. Unlike most, I've never tried anything crazy or unreasonable. No cabbage soup diet or anything like that. Eating in moderation has always been my motto; it's just the moderation bit I always had trouble with. Three times I managed to lose a good amount of weight; before my marriage, before my first child and after a significant health scare.
I have seen my 20s and my 30s go by without managing to get to where I wanted to be weight-wise. As I slowly inch my way to my mid-40s I refuse to have the same regrets. The difference is, that it's no longer just about the weight...it's about feeling good! Starving myself to get to a certain weight is not going to make me feel good and it'll only be temporary. I want to feel good, to feel healthy and to be happy.
If you're thinking this is going to be a ''how to'' for losing weight, you'll be sorely disappointed. This is a journey to getting healthy and incorporating better choices in my diet as well as incorporating exercise and healthy habits, like going to bed early, in my daily routine. This is also a means for me to stick with my goals; accountability. I am foremost a woman of my word; if I say I am going to do something I do it. So here is my challenge to myself, to keep my word and finally accomplish what I have been yearning for.
As a mom, like most moms, I tend to forget myself, put myself on the backburner. As a working mom, I am mostly in survival mode and ''me'' has completely flown out the window. As an underwriter, my job is SEDENTARY, and I can sit for hours straight, glued to my screen, delaying even the basic needs in order to finish a file. NOT GOOD.
My first mandate this week has been to MOVE. Everyday I have made a concerted effort to move; whether it was a quick walk outdoors or purposely going up an down the stairs several times a day or parking a little further from the school and walking a little faster to pick up the kids.
I've also gone back to tracking my food intake with MyFitnessPal. It is an awesome FREE app that helps you track not only your food but your exercise, as well as your progress over time. It's the tool that helped me lose 50lbs after my health scare.
It goes without saying that there have been more salads and less bread. My salad of choice this week has been a large box of mixed greens ready to dress ...no rocket science here. Slice up an apple into thin slivers, cube some cucumber and throw in some dried cranberries and all you need is a killer salad dressing and you've got a filling lunch salad.
For the dressing I made a balsamic maple dressing that was simply divine...you should try it.
BALSAMIC MAPLE SYRUP SALAD DRESSING
Ina mason jar mix the following ingredients:
- Equal amounts of maple syrup and white balsamic vinegar (1/4 cup each)
- 2 parts olive oil (1/2 cup)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Shake well & enjoy!
After one week of taking care of myself, I weigh 7.6lbs less. This is typical of the first week of ''dieting'' and is mostly water weight. If all goes well, I should be losing at most 2lbs per week going forward.