What is it with me and vegetarian?
One thing I have learned, though, is that whole wheat pasta is INCREDIBLE. Not only do I love the way it tastes when cooked to al dente, I can only eat about half as much as I would regular pasta because my "I've had enough meter" comes on more quickly with the whole wheat.
In other news, today marks the one month anniversary since I began this odyssey into weight loss, exercise, and healthier living and I am still going strong.
To be honest, I'm wondering if all of my dieting and exercise efforts of the past are making a difference this time around because, this time around is different.
I also have a theory that food blogging is contributing somewhat to this difference.
Being able to channel my love of food and cooking into learning how to create meals that are still delicious has, as Robert Frost so eloquently put it, made all the difference.
I've also discovered that I am no longer an emotional eater. Food, though a source of ongoing fascination with me, is not a drug per se.
What I am is an "indulgent eater" - meaning I've been living in denial that I can scarf back whatever I want - butter, potatoes, white bread, fast food, and junk with absolutely no repercussions despite my age and slowing metabolism.
I also come up with excuses.
"I'm too tired to exercise."
"One bag of chips isn't going to hurt me."
"Yadda Yadda, pass the butter."
As "foodie" I somehow came to believe that healthy food couldn't be tasty, and that life changes such as these had to painful.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As is the idea that I can burn the candle at both ends with no repercussions.
Late nights are the roads that lead back to excess for me because I am a person who needs at least 8 hours of sleep a night. 9 hours are best.
When I get into the habit of staying up past 10 pm, watching TV or fooling around on the computer, it throws off my balance. I begin snacking at night, and am tired during the day - causing false hunger, feelings of melancholy or depression and, you guessed it, more eating. To make matters worse, the whole thing makes me feel too tired to exercise.
I've actually tracked this back over the last couple of years and can see the pattern - as soon as my nights get later (as they often do when the days grow longer ) my good habits slowly begin to go out the window - and this year, at the one month point I am on guard for that!
So here are more goals for month two:
- Continue with the same eating plan
- Add three days of strength training to my weekly routine
- Take the time for a full stretching session at least once a day every day
- Continue on running plan (I want to be in good enough shape to sign up for a boot camp in July while I'm on holidays)
- Continue getting to bed by 9 pm weekdays, 11 pm weekends.
I remain committed to my life :-)
How about you?