Friday, February 11, 2011

Update: A Healthy New Year

After the holidays, I reported that E and I had talked about some lifestyle changes.
I wanted to share our progress and hope we can keep making small improvements.

Our original goals were:
  1. no red meat
  2. chicken and/or fish 1-2 times a week
  3. mostly vegetarian
  4. Give up alcohol
  5. Start walking for exercise
We quickly realized how unrealistic it was for our lifestyle to make commitments to skip red meat altogether. We were invited over to a friend's house and served tri-tip, then nothing sounded better than a fast food burger when we were dealing with our house disaster.
What we were able to do is not purchase any red meat from the store, or eat it at home. Success!

We ate fish/chicken 2-3 times a week and I made a few new vegetarian recipes:

food

(clockwise, from top left: Grilled swordfish, taco soup, vegetarian spinach lasagna, spaghetti squash) We also ate stuffed peppers, veg. stir fry, and a lot of salads I didn't photograph.

With alcohol we had the same problem as red meat--we avoided it when it wasn't awkward to refuse (of course, I made exceptions when Kim was visiting). I would say we cut back 75%. We haven't had wine or cocktails at home, maybe just 1 beer (also the weekend of our house disaster).

I also joined Jenna's That Weight Loss Challenge (#TWLC) to motivate myself to better watch what I eat, and how I use my calories. Using the challenge site, Daily Burn, I calculate the nutritional value of all the food I eat. I can see much more clearly the impact of my many empty carbs consumed every day.

On a regular day I eat 1/4 the protein I should and almost 3x the carbs. Some slight adjustments and I'm currently eating about 1/2 the protein I should, and only about 2x the carbs. (baby steps!)

This morning I stepped on the scale and couldn't believe my eyes. I've lost 5 lbs in the last 10 days! It seemed really fast, especially since my total goal is 15 lbs, but I haven't really changed how much eat, just what I eat. Like Jenna says, calories are like money. When you use them responsibly, you can occasionally splurge.

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scale photo day 1 and day 11
*ps. it takes some guts to show the world my actual weight. I realize this is really low for some people, but my weight goals are really realistic for my situation. Please be gentle in your comments about it!

Working out has been the worst part (as expected). I've gone on two walk/runs on my own and about three good hikes (5+ miles on hilly terrain). I've started listening to podcasts or books while walking/running and I'm feeling much more motivated to keep going because I hate to quit before the program or chapter is finished.

So there's my 6-week progress report. I'm going to share a few of my favorite recipes (including an awesome breakfast smoothie) soon.
If you have any current food/weight/fitness goals--how are you doing?

7 comments:

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

that's great news! go you!

I feel like I've been counting calories and working out hard and haven't noticed much of a difference : (

do you mind if I ask how tall you are?

Emily (The Culinary Couple) said...

Good for you! I also find podcasts to be very motivating when I'm working out. And your meals look great!

E. said...

I am doing...badly. I started the new year with a commitment to working out every day again, and trying to also walk a mile every day, since I'm unemployed and much more sedentary than I used to be, and now I'm down to walking a mile approximately 3 days a week, and still getting in at least some kind of daily workout, but the scale hasn't really budged at all. I'm getting really frustrated because usually when I track what I'm eating and exercise, I see at least 1lb a week of movement.

bekapaige said...

Gooooo YOU!

I have a confession: while I don't have a weight goal, I have a fitness goal... ie, get rid of the extra inches on my belly. And yeah, I haven't done a thing about it since Jan1.

:(

hungry-dancer.com said...

That is awesome!! It is also very brave to show your weight and I think it's awesome you have the guts!!!

barbride said...

I am the same as your starting weight and my goal is to lose 15 lbs too! I was 130 at our wedding and I was happy with it, but 125 would be my super ideal weight. Of course, I haven't been 125 lbs since college. Good for you, you are inspiring!

steph c said...

That is an amazing weight loss! Keep up the good work!!!

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