Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Beautiful Life

I just got home from the Farmer's Market, with:

strawberries
6 ears of sweet corn
organic peaches (2 varieties)
organic plums (2 varieties)
a large seedless watermelon
seedless red grapes
fresh basil
okra
organic Honeycrisp apples
beets with greens
2 sweet onions
4 zucchinis
a bag of baby sweet potatoes
and the biggest cantaloupe I've ever seen!

I also have fresh tomatoes and peppers out of our garden. So for lunch I had caprese stacks, a protein shake, and fresh corn with butter & salt. Now THAT's a *real* Happy Meal!

My foot seems much improved but still gets sore if I am on it too much, so I am babying it but I think it'll heal up on its own, whatever the issue is. I got a new video today, The Biggest Loser Workout: Power Sculpt: 6 Week Program for Maximum Weight Loss, and will try it this afternoon. I'm excited to see what it's like. It has great reviews, and I am hoping to use it to mix up my strength training routine (which I am bored with right now). I won't be able to do any crazy knee moves like squats or lunges, so I hope there's not a ton of that. I'm a big Jillian fan so I hope it will help me stay excited about exercise. I'll let you guys know if I like it!

I wanted to say something to all you folks who come and read my blog. I really want to thank you all for caring what I have to say, and especially for those who take a moment and leave a comment... whether it be once in a blue moon or very regularly. I don't get to respond to every comment, or get around to all your blogs all the time, but I want you to know how much I appreciate the community we have here. I hope that you do find value in some of the things I say, as I find such great support in your comments. My wish for each of you is a beautiful life... a life full of hope, and comfort, and joy. We all have trials, sure, but I wish for you to overcome them and come out the other side a better person. I hope you will see from what I've written here... from the things I've suffered in my life due to my eating over the past decade... that no food is worth destroying yourself with. No moment of pleasure is worth a lifetime of pain. Every moment *does* count. Every choice, from deciding whether or not to eat an entire cheesecake to taking one bite of a candy bar, adds up and can have lifelong consequences. Don't ever think there's a free bite. There's not. So choose wisely. Enjoy your life, *including* your food. But don't make your food your life.

Be well. Have a wonderful day! :)

39 comments:

*~* Jenni *~* said...

I started Jillian's "30 Day Shred" yesterday. Praying I make it through the 30 days, because she is hard core!

Good luck on your Biggest Loser workout. I have those on my Netflix queue to see what they are all about. I think they one I am getting next is the 'Boot Camp' one.

kelly said...

Excellent post, as usual. You nailied it! Keep up the great work...

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

That is a Happy Meal, and the prize is the good feeling your body will have for you treating it right.

Nice going.

spunkysuzi said...

I have to admit i love having a variety of fruits and veggies in the house!
I totally agree with you on the blogging community :)

♥ Dee ♥ said...

I'm one that doesn't comment often, but I read every one of your posts.

Theophilus Academy said...

The think I like most about the Biggest Loser Power Sculpt is that she doesn't have a bunch of "skinny minnys" doing the exercises. :-) They are really contestants who have been overweight..they know what we feel! When I started that one, I only did level one and I modified some of the moves. It is a good workout!

I LOVE what you said at the end. NO food is worth destroying your body.

Keep up the good work!!!

Wendy

HD@Losing Weight-Healthy Heart said...

"No food is worth destroying yourself with" is so, so powerful and true.

jumping off the binge wagon said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us on here. It is such a relief to know that others are going through the same struggles. You are doing so well and it offers truth that I can do it too!

Shelley said...

Amen, Lyn!

Jennifer said...

I wish we had a Farmers Market. I LOVE honeycrisp apples.

Graze With Me said...

Thank you for that last paragraph. My grandma died yesterday and I was contemplating "soothing" myself with a giant pan of cake and some alcohol. I don't think I will because you are right, every choice counts!

Thanks

~Oct said...

Very good closing sentiment.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I love the farmer's market! Keep up the good work!

Roy and Hazel said...

Hi Lyn,

I follow your high and lows and am fully behind you. You are making great progress and are an inspiration.
Keep it up!!

Lisa said...

I find LOTS of value in what you say and I am very proud of you!

screwdestiny said...

Once again I'm jealous you have a Farmer's Market. :-P Good luck with your new video!

Sonya said...

Really, really, great last paragraph of the post. That's the thing with food, though. It's hard to step back and put it in perspective when the cravings are calling. But it's all about taking things one step at a time until we eventually reform.:-) Thanks for being so thought-provoking and inspiring.

Heather said...

Let us know how the dvd is - I am looking for something new and have seen it but didnt know if it was any good. I will be curious to hear about it.

Angie said...

This was inspiring, thank you! I read your blog every day and it helps me stay on track. It also has helped me to recognize my improper thought processes and patterns regarding food. I have so many of the same thoughts--and used to think I was all alone in it.

You are great! I can't imagine how many followers you must have.

Julie said...

have only found your blog recently and have to say you are an inspiration to me. i am working out my own "issues" and can relate.

Melissa Venable said...

I just found your blog & am thrilled. I weigh 276 & look just like the pic on your page. Your smaller self is so inspiring to me. you look awesome. I can't seem to lose 10 pounds but now i think i CAN. :) THANKS!

Lisa said...

Well said Lyn, well said.
Drooling over your farmer's market purchases! :)

Laura said...

Just found your blog today and I've found what I've read so far to be inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story, I look forward to reading more.

bbubblyb said...

I enjoy your blog Lyn, you always have a lot of good insight. I also love our little blogging community, it really has helped me. I too wish good things for you and your family *hugs*.

Deniz said...

Great post again. When you say "I find such great support in your comments" I second that all the way. Keep up the fantastic work and hope that foot behaves itself really soon.

Sue said...

The last paragraph was wonderfully and beautifully said.

Have a wonderful day!!

Hilly said...

Thank YOU for writing and always being so honest and inspiring.

Emma-Jayne said...

I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I read your blog nearly every day and it has encouraged me to finally start losing some of those extra pounds that I have been carrying around for years. I love the way you write about your struggles and achievements. Keep it up Lyn. I hope your foot is feeling better.

Leslie said...

Every choice DOES count. Thank you so much for reminding me of that. Your blog is my #1 read each day. It's great to hear you sounding so positive.

Lonely said...

Sounds like you got a great haul from the farmers market.
I'll be interested to know how you get on with the dvd, I love the biggest loser.

Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) said...

I want to come by and help you eat some of that fabulous produce. I love the Farmer's Market and all of the wonderful flavors I find there.

We tried to plant tomatoes this year but, being garden newbies, ended up feeding the critters. Next spring I'm going to try again. :)

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

Aw, I agree about the blogging community. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog. Your writing is beautiful and always touches me and I love how you share both your struggles and successes. You are Amazing!

Tammy said...

Wow Lyn...I just read this post right as my Mom was bringing me an egg roll. I just moved next door to her. She told me she was picking up Chinese for dinner and did I want any? I told her that I was weighing in tomorrow so I better not eat that many calories. I knew I had 300 calories left after dinner tonight, so I told her to go ahead and bring me an eggroll. I knew I could eat it and still stay within my 1500 calorie limit for the day.

Then I read this post...the part about even one bite of a candy bar...every bite counts. Don't let food destroy your life...wow. You really made a difference in my life today and I want to say thank you. Just a couple of minutes later Mom showed up at my door with that eggroll. I told her I didn't want it. I told her I just read a blog that said "every bite counts"...and I sent her away with the eggroll. I made the better choice for today and I have you to thank for it. :)

Jeni said...

And thank you for having such a wonderful space! I love reading here.

Human in Progress said...

Lyn, I'm another person that reads daily but comments rarely. I want to thank you for sharing the things you share on your blog. So much of it has been, at different times, thought-provoking or reassuring or motivating to me! But your little line from this post is probably the one gem I will carry with me day to day, choice to choice:

"Don't ever think there's a free bite."

So thanks for all that you've done and continue to do, but thanks above all for that one hard-hitting sentence!

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your blog. You are truly amazing. Keep up the good work!

Steelers6 said...

Anxious to hear your thoughts on the DVD. Is that your first Jillian DVD? I'm pretty sure you will like it. (eventually? sort of? haha)

I also have the Shred DVD. I think the PowerSculpt should be first. I think you will like how you progress and add level 2, and finally level 3. They seem a bit daunting at first, but soon enough you will be good at all the moves! It is so rewarding, too, to reflect on how this part or that level that you have now mastered was hard initially. Lookin fwd to hearing....

Chrissy

NutriAngel said...

Your doing so well. Keep it up, you will triumph.

Anonymous said...

I was given "30 Day Shred" for my birthday last week. Monday,I will start it... its sitting right there in my living room with my hand and leg weights (also a gift). Lyn, you've inspired me to start my own weight loss blog. It is so therapeutic... Have a great weekend.