Well, finally, after weeks of struggling and forcing myself to get up and move, my energy has returned! I feel awesome today. To me, it is just evidence that if you keep doing the right/healthy thing, eventually you reap the rewards. I am really hopeful to get a scale reward this weekend, too.
My eating is finally getting easier and more comfortable. No, I still don't log or measure my food everyday. I do once in awhile, or for meals I am just not sure about. I will probably need to log again daily at some point, but with my 'diet burnout' mindset I've just been focusing on *relaxing* about food rather than obsessing over it, and making sure I eat whole, nutritious things often. Yesterday I made another batch of homemade Crock Pot yogurt from local grass fed cows' milk. I've been using it to make smoothies with frozen berries and a bit of raw local honey; I find this gives me a lot of energy for my workouts. Every morning, I hop on my bike downstairs and pedal away. This week I've been doing 15 minutes at a time. The PT exercises I do afterwards are quickly bringing my lower body strength back and helping to stabilize my knees, so I plan to increase my biking next week as much as I am comfortably able. It is SO encouraging to see results in such a short time! If you are not active and have been thinking about starting, I just want to tell you how much better you will feel once you get moving. You don't have to start with a 30-Day Shred or a 5k run; I started my exercise routine with short, 5 minute walks down the block when I weighed 278 pounds. I know it can be hard and painful and even discouraging when you can only do a little bit before feeling exhausted. You might feel like it is not making a difference and you will *never* get there. But you will! Just start where you are. You can do this. Take that 5 minute walk, and then, after a week you will be surprised how quickly your body adapts and allows you to do more. It IS worth doing a little. That's how you eventually build up to doing a lot!
I've been quite relaxed about *what* I eat for dinner (as long as it is nutritious) and have focused mainly on keeping my portions reasonable and including veggies. For example, last night I made a veggie-rich lentil soup with lean smoked chicken sausage in it. The family really enjoyed it and so did I. Tonight we are having tacos. This is an easy family meal, because the kids can enjoy their tacos while I have a taco salad (no shell) instead. I'm going to throw some canned pinto beans on my salad tonight with the lean beef, tomatoes, peppers, and avocado. Looking forward to it!
Next week is spring break and I am really excited to get a little down time.
Enjoy your weekend!
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