Those of you who know me know that in the past 8 years I’ve gained and lost and gained and lost and gained again. Weight – it’s something most people end up battling with at some point in their lives. I was the skinny girl who could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound. Then I turned 30 and something in my body switched (actually it started in my late 20’s). I slowly started packing on the pounds. At one point I was 60 pounds overweight! Right now I’m about 45 pounds overweight. That’s approximately two really big bags of cat food (for those of you who measure things in bags of cat food). To put it another way – it’s the equivalent of a small child. Even with smoking I was about 20 pounds overweight (no, I’m not going to start smoking again just to drop the twenty pounds I gained when I quit three years ago).
So here I am, on the threshold of 39-years-old, and like so many others I’m struggling with my weight, food, and exercise. In modern America it’s really easy to see why so many of us are overweight. We eat out all the time. Cheap, fast food is around every corner. Salt and sugar are added to everything we consume (in ridiculous amounts), and eating healthy is not something we’re all taught.
I KNOW how to lose the weight. I have the tools (knowledge)! I’ve lost and gained and lost and gained so many times I’m amazed I don’t have more stretchmarks than I do. The problem isn’t all the fattening or terrible food. It’s the choices we make. I tend to make very bad choices and I tend to eat more than I need (because I eat too fast).
I would like to get back down to 135 (or even 140). I’d be thrilled with that. But I have about 40-45 pounds to go if I hope to do that. It’s me and the healthy food against the food that’s bad for me. I know the second I start eating meat again (in the same proportions I was eating it before the first of this year) I’m screwed. So I’m going lean on the meat – not vegetarian – just lean. In that I mean I’m not eating more than three ounces of lean meat per day. No more than two cups of cooked pasta or grain per day (bread only on special occasions). The rest will be fruits and veggies. Maybe the occasional cookie or brownie.
And I think I’m going to do more cooking because then *I* can 100% control what is going into my stomach. DH and I have already gotten into the habit of sharing entrees at restaurants and choosing healthier veggie filled dishes instead of cheese, cream sauce, and fried dishes. The sad fact remains that in order to reach my target weight I REALLY need to get off my dead ass and exercise. I also need to be more consistent. No more excuses. This writer needs to move out of the writing chair and onto the elliptical (for at least 20 minutes a day).
So any favorite healthy veggie filled recipes you really love? Wanna share?