Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yesterday, and a Challenge Update

Yesterday was another good day for me. I had leftover turkey breast, low fat cheesy cauliflower, and green beans for my dinner and it was delish. Today I will be making a family favorite: turkey soup and beer bread (not for me, but for the family). I am debating whether to make myself a smaller pot of turkey soup with the same homemade stock, chunks of turkey, extra veggies and no noodles, or (since I am slightly tired of turkey) perhaps I will just make a batch of low fat deviled eggs and have that for my protein and some roasted broccoli for my veggies.

I am planning the challenge that I talked about earlier; I think I will post it on January 1 or 2 and then anyone who wants to join me can! I am going to center the challenge around healthy eating and exercise. Start thinking now about what your goals are, and what would feel like "success" to you. Here is a loose version of MY goals for success in these departments:

Exercise: I have been sorely lacking in this for the past 2+ years. Remember how I always go hiking up a 2 mile, steep path on the coast in the summer? And how at 214 pounds it was so much easier, but then last year it was HARDER even though I weighed around 180? That's the decline in my fitness level since I switched from biking and lifting to just walking (and not everyday). I want to rebuild my fitness so that hiking is much easier and daily life is also easier physically. I am working on a scheduled exercise plan, written in a calendar planner and gradually working my way up to a good activity level. I will start small because I have a history of injuring myself if I push too hard. My plan will include walking, biking, PT exercises, and lifting.

Eating: I have fallen into a bit of a rut with the veggies lately, eating loads of cauliflower, spinach, and green beans. Not a whole lot else. Those veggies *are* healthy, but I need more variety. My first goal will be just that: seeking out a variety of fresh vegetables from the produce department, and later, the Farmer's Market. Later, when I add fruits, I will also be sure to have a variety of those. Of course, there will be other healthy eating goals to focus on, and one of mine is to increase my intake of Superfoods (I will post more on this later, including a list). Hmmm, a Superfoods Challenge might be a good way to share this!

I challenge you NOW to think about your goals and make a plan to implement them. You can sign up and report your progress in my 2012 Challenge starting next week.

13 comments:

SG said...

its so hard to try new things.... if i had a chef who just whipped up different things now and then and threw them on my plate for me i'd be all for it... but having to learn how to make different things and then not even being sure if you will like it... but its a great way to not get bored!

Maren said...

I agree with SG, it is hard trying new things.. But I have some suggestions: swede, parsnip and carrots.. in sticks, baked in the oven! Lovely :)

Kelly said...

Question for you Lyn, I am considering trying Medifast but have been reading about women who have lots of problems with hair loss on this program. What are your thoughts? I went through a major stress ordeal with my son last year and at the time my thick hair began to fall out in clumps. It is still thin. After researching the program this is the only thing I see I am concerned about.

Lyn said...

Kelly~

You're right, major stress or changes in our bodies, including significant weight loss, can cause hair loss. I have heard that concern from a lot of people on Medifast, and also from others who lose a lot of weight. I had some hair loss both when I dropped weight from calorie counting and when I lost it on Medifast. The thing I found that helps the most is taking a Super Biotin supplement, which is a B vitamin that helps with hair and nail growth. It is very cheap at Walmart.

I wrote a whole post about hair loss here: http://escapefromobesity.blogspot.com/2010/11/losing-weight-hair-loss.html

I hope this helps!

A journey to LIFE said...

i have a very thin hair, and i am trying to eat healthy in order not to lose so much hair, or i will end up bold girl wearing extensions!!!

regards the challenge i am waiting for it, and i am in the mood for trying new things.

Jenn said...

I want to join the challenge!

Angel said...

I've been reading your blog a while now, but I don't think I've ever commented! I'd love to join your challenge and am intrigued by the "superfoods" idea.

Kat said...

I'm excited!

Also, way to go on your Christmas! I sounds like you had a great time focusing on family instead of food, but still being mindful enough to keep yourself healthy and happy. I'm a true believer that a healthy diet is all about balance and you did that marvelously! Way to go!!

❀❀ Dawn (Lay Down My Idols) ❀❀ said...

A challenge sounds great! 2012 is on it's way!
Dawn

donner said...

I'm SO GLAD to hear that you've spoken with a counselor. Your overall demeanour in these posts suggest you have a happy outlook on life now. I hope you have more opportunities to speak with a counselor and wish you all the best!!

merry christmas...

Gwen said...

I'm baaaaack! Looking forward to your 2012 Challenge! Good luck in 2012! :)

Sam said...

Thanks for never giving up! I know the last while has been tough for you, but it's really nice to know I'm not the only who goes through it. And your determination not to quit has really helped me want to continue too. Thanks!

Lyn said...

donner~

while the counselor was helpful, I think my happiness level has more to do with not eating junk :)

It feels good to feel good!