healthy |ˈhelθē|adjective ( healthier , healthiest )in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.• (of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.• indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.• (of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.• figurative in a good condition• desirable; beneficial• A conscious choice; A life-long commitment.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Choice to go Veg.

So this week I made the decision that I am going to become a vegetarian. It is more or less a transition of my current lifestyle and I think it will be great in boosting my energy and cutting out unwanted fat. Typically, the only meat I ever really cook for myself is chicken breasts, and that only happens once, maybe twice a week. Other sources of meat that I consume occasionally include lunch meat on sandwiches, and turkey at holidays. I don't like red meat, or fish, so I eat them once in a blue moon. The other sources of meat that I eat come in extremely unhealthy forms (hello Ham and Pineapple pizza and McDonald's Big Mac's and Cheeseburgers). I figure that by making the choice to cut meat out entirely, I will be able to make a conscious decision to eat healthy(er) when going out to restaurants, or eating fast food.

So far it has been easy, I like fruits and vegetables and when going to lunch on the weekend I was able to have a pizza with cheese and red peppers and a salad.

I will continue to eat dairy because I love milk and yogurt and cheese, and I will also eat eggs as they are a good source of protein and they are used in almost all grain-based products such as bread and noodles.

I am not doing it for animal rights reasons or environmental reasons, just health reasons.

Weighed myself today instead of tomorrow because I knew I was going to be facing some high sodium, high fat foods at my Safeway Christmas Party tonight. Needless to say I did, and one dipped ice cream cone later I am SO gassy and bloated. Not worth it. I would much rather have had fruit. Next time I will know.

I was 147lb again today. No change. That's ok. I had a high stress week, and I tried to focus on getting through the days. This week will be different.

Here is a picture taken of me before the Christmas Party tonight. 7lbs till goal!

Meal Plan for Tomorrow:
- Yogurt with blueberries and strawberries
- Banana with peanut butter, Carrots and dip, Christmas Orange
- Mixed Veggies with Sauce
- 100 Cal. Fiber Plus Granola Bar
- 1 cup Strawberries

MMmmmm. I love a good meal plan :) Makes me focused.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Healthy BMI

This week was one of my trials on my success. It included the emotional roller-coaster I call school, a McDonald's Binge, a screwed up scrub order that cannot be fixed, ext.. ext..

Needless to say, I wasn't hoping for a loss this week because my stress levels have been through the roof. I tried to watch what I ate, but I knew that I was a little more excessive this week with the Starbucks and the Chocolate to help me get through the day. Not the best coping mechanism, but I will take what I can get.

I also self-diagnosed (Uh-Oh!) myself with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, what is this special gem you ask? BDD is a type of chronic mental illness in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined (Thank You MayoClinic). Yeah.. I totally have this.. I have had it for years.. I remember the time it started. So now I am going to try to work on identifying my negative perceptions so that I can stop them before they start and try to stay positive.

On a happy note, I had a 1lb loss this morning. That brings me to 147lb, a number which puts me within the Healthy BMI range. YAY! This is so so so huge. I never thought I could get to this place, but I have. 7lb's till goal! Lets do this. =)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

McDonalds Meltdown.

I caved.

It was an emotional semi-meltdown and the McDonalds was right there to make it better.

A Big Mac, Cheesburger, and Medium fries later and I felt like Shit. Who knew I could even fit all that food away still? Not I.

I recognized the emotions immediately after I was done. I had gotten down on myself and I felt out of control and I gave in to temptation.

3 hours and a huge bloat-y feeling later I jumped on the elliptical for 35 minutes, and finished it off with my crunches routine.

Do I feel 100%? No. I still feel like shit for giving in. But I worked on some positive self-talk when I was on the elliptical and I definitely feel better.

This journey needs some set backs right? And I have had my fair share that is for sure, but that is how you learn and how you make a forever-kind-of-change.

How do you overcome adversity when faced with emotional eating?

Skinny vibes to you all.

Monday, November 15, 2010

8lbs till Goal

2lbs lost this week.

1lb away from a healthy BMI.

8lbs from goal.

So motivated.

Healthy eating + exercise 4x week.

That's the plan, lets hope for no plateaus.

Monday, November 8, 2010

30lbs down!


I am down to 150lbs! A mere 10lb from goal, and THREE pounds from a healthy BMI.

When I first started this journey, to be completely honest with you all, I had no belief in myself that I could get here. I was timid, scared, alone, self-conscious, unhappy, un-confident, every negative word, that is what I was. I didn't think that I had it in me to get to where I am.

What changed?

As the weight slowly came off (and trust me, it was a slow process), I started realizing, hey I can do this, I can say no when someone offers me food, I can recognize when I am hungry or just emotional, I can listen to m negative self talk and stop to re-evaluate what I am thinking.

I can do this.

So here I am, 30lbs later, and I know that I will lose the last ten. I have no doubt in myself anymore. I can put my mind to something, and I can achieve it. And you know what? You can too.

Start small, set 5 or 10 pound mini goals, Go for a walk, take the stairs. Every small thing you do will eventually amount to something big.

Don't ever doubt your power. You are in control, not your stomach, not the part of your brain that is addicted to feeling full. The beautiful, healthy person inside you is what is in control.

I am so motivated!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wow What A Weekend!

Hi Everyone,

So this past weekend I went to a nursing student conference in Saskatoon and it was an absolute blast! I learned so much about myself, my values, beliefs, and my leadership abilities. I was able to go to this conference with 13 other awesome girls and we had a blast!

That blast included eating breakfast out twice, pizza, pizza, breadsticks, and more pizza, all downed with delicious beer and vodka.

Bloated much?

I felt gross coming home, and I knew I should expect a gain. I am not too upset with the fact that I gained this week (154) because I knew it was coming and I am well aware my poor choices are the result of it.

Live and learn, and boy did I ever Live and Learn this weekend! :)

Such a good time, I wouldn't change it for anything!

I am happy to announce that I am very back on track though, and this weekend of bad eating has only further motivated me to keep going.

I did 40 minutes on the elliptical yesterday, and I have Hip Hop tonight and I plan on hitting the gym tomorrow! Bye Bye Beer Bloat :)