Turning Over a New Leaf

I admit it: I’ve become woefully out of shape. Three years ago, I was fit and active and eating right. I was still a bit on the pudgy side, but I felt good and I was healthy. Now? Not so much.

Life happened, as it will, and I got lazy. My first surgery turned me around and got me healthy; ironically, the second one had the opposite effect. I used it as an excuse to stop exercising, which was correct, of course, for the first few weeks, but as the weeks turned into months, I never started again. Then Alex moved in, and I used that as another excuse, because I was embarrassed to work out with him around. That’s a good one, eh? What, did he never, ever leave the house? Of course he did, and so there were plenty of times I could have worked out with no one home. I just didn’t.

I also used that surgery as an excuse to start eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Like the exercise, the eating poorly carried over into months and then years. It was easier to eat crap than to eat healthy. Even worse, whither I go with eating habits, Scott follows. I’m terrified that I’ve turned my husband into a heart attack waiting to happen.

Now it’s time for all that to change. Let me be clear when I say I’m not going on a diet; I’m not going back to Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers was great, and I learned a lot about healthy eating from them, but I’m done with dieting.

Two weeks ago, though, while doing the weekly FreshDirect order, I decided to order a few veggie dippers. They’re just little packages of pre-cut raw broccoli and cauliflower, with baby carrots and celery sticks, and a little cup of ranch dressing. I started eating them when I needed a snack, instead of grabbing cheese and crackers, as I normally would. And hey! Just that one little change made me feel really good. So last week, I ordered more and made sure Scott took one to work with his lunch one day. He loved it, too. So with today’s order, I ordered lots of broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrot, and celery, so I can bag individual serving sizes for the week. A big part of my plan to start eating healthier is to add more vegetables, so this is a great way to do it.

Since I know I need to cook more in order to eat healthier, I started planning out a week’s worth of dinners every Friday. Last Sunday, I set myself a goal of not ordering out at all this week, and so far, I’ve met that goal. For next week’s dinners, I set a planned night to order out next Saturday. Having a plan and knowing what I’m going to cook for dinner makes it easier to a) shop and 2) not make excuses and pick up the phone to order pizza.

So the plan is to eat healthy, with nothing off limits as long as it’s in moderation. And also, to start working out again, which I’m proud to say I started doing last week. It’s still only twice a week at this point, but hey, it’s a start.

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0 Responses to Turning Over a New Leaf

  1. Jaspenelle says:

    Huuzah for healthy living! It is so awesome you have found the motivation to do this.

    I am a strong believer of anything in moderation. Michael and I have the 90/10 rule 90% of the time, healthy and homecooked, but that 10% of the time, that bag of potato chips is fair and guilt free game.