Daily Archives: 02.28.2012

Building Blocks

And we’re back into the cycle of Healthy Living Resolutions with #1, Eat More Green Things and #2, Identify and Listen to my Hunger Cues.

The last time I discussed eating green things, I talked about how Marcus and I were trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet.  The last time I talked about my hunger cues, I workshopped planning for hungry and holding-out for what I really want.

Reading over them again, they feel like building blocks.

Backstory

My weight loss was stalling out, so I added another 200 calories to my day.  Because for my situation, that seemed like the most logical choice.

I’ve been at a happy (and healthy) weight for the last year, but I wouldn’t be opposed to losing a few more pounds.

The past month has confirmed that it was the right one.

What you should know is that even though I’m not making a concerted effort to shave off X number of pounds before June 16th, my incentive to lose weight (and at the very least maintain it) for the marathon is extremely high.  They say that for every 10 pounds you lose, you can shave up to 8:00 off of your marathon time.

That is not an insignificant number.

The Main Event

In the spirit of Eat Food.  Not Too Much.  Mostly Plants. I’ve been trying to actively seek out things that most closely resemble their original form (be they plant or animal).

This isn’t exactly a new thing.

But in eating more, I made the conscious decision to choose things that would be the best for my body.  For Day 109.  For getting rid of fat and building stronger bones and muscles.

Because at the end of the day, eating more is a completely pointless act if it only translates into me eating more junk.

I feel like I’ve said this before, but in my book, eating real food doesn’t mean giving up bread or processed dairy.  Those fall into the category of things that other people process for me because I am not practiced at processing them myself.

I’m entering my fifth week of avoiding alcohol on weekdays.  College Kat would be extremely perplexed by this one.  It came about after Napa because taking a little break after spending a long weekend in wine country felt good.  It seemed like the right thing to do.  And then the break just kept on going.

I mean, if I was craving a beer or a glass of wine, yes I would absolutely drink it (and I have on a few occasions).  But 95% of the time, I haven’t been.

Yes, I still eat some tributes to Food Science.  Who doesn’t?

Like Quaker Oat Squares every morning for a snack.  Because I am addicted to their crunch and their vaguely sweet, vaguely flat flavor.  We have Girl Scout Cookies in the house.  Because it’s just That Time Of Year.  Candy Corn will ALWAYS fill a special place in my soul.

This is called being human.

The Truth

These changes haven’t been drastic OR fast.  They’ve been little choices.  Daily choices.  With something to show for them.

The weight is slowly coming off (1.5 pounds since I weighed myself two weeks ago).

I’m running stronger than I ever have.

For me, the key has been avoiding any semblance of over-thinking the situation on a day-to-day basis.  Because I can’t imagine what my body is going to look like in 109 days any more than I can imagine what running Mile 18 will be like.

The fact of the matter is that we just aren’t there yet.

Honesty: What is your favorite tribute to food science?

What foods do you incorporate into your diet because they make you feel good?

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