Thursday, September 13, 2012
Fruits & Veggies: A Question
The other day I weighed myself. I do this a lot. Not as much as I have in the past, but still, you know, regularly. I like to know where I'm at. And where I'm at is a comfortable, cozy 155. It must be comfortable because that is exactly where my body likes to be. Sometimes it'll take a little vacation up to 157 or down to 152 (hooray!), but home is 155.
Since about July I have been trying to move away from home. As in, away from 155. Down from 155. A couple years ago when I got really serious about losing weight after Olivia was born, counting calories and giving up desserts for a few months and exercising regularly really worked for me. It was hard work, but I was consistently losing weight, which was just encouraging enough to keep me going strong.
My goal was 125. I got all the way down to 128 by Thanksgiving of that year and then something in my head switched off. I felt like I would never ever meet my goal. I gorged on holiday goodies and gave up. It's really sad when I think about it now, to realize I was only 3 pounds away from my goal (I was basically at my goal!) when I gave up all of my good habits. But it really was hard work and I guess I just needed a break.
I've fluctuated up and down (mostly up) since then and then in July I decided I was tired of feeling pudgy and it was time to get serious again. A huge part of the reason I bought my iPod was so I could use MyFitnessPal on it. So for a good while I was religious about counting calories and eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. There were days that I was running in the morning, going on walks in the middle of the day, riding the exercise bike for an hour at night, coming in under on my calories (not way under, but, you know, not over) and still nothing on the scale would budge. For weeks. So not what used to be normal for me. So frustrating.
So, after a couple months of that, I gave up the calorie counting. It was exhausting and to be doing it without any encouragement from my body was too much from me. It just didn't feel like it was working like it had before. Boo.
Luckily, I've still been able to keep going running with friends a few mornings a week. And I do try not to gorge myself and eat little bits of things throughout the day like I used to. But I haven't really been all that careful about what I eat. And having Olivia start preschool has meant more morning doughnuts at the swanky grocery store and less morning walks with our friends.
Then, the other day when I weighed myself, this funny thing happened. I got on the scale, waved at the familiar 155, and realized that I don't care if I continue to weigh 155 for the rest of my life. I honestly don't! What really bothers me is not my weight, it's my belly flab. If I could choose between weighing 125 and having a flat tummy, I'd choose a flat tummy. Hands down. Because my clothes fit fine at my shoulders and really everywhere except around my tummy. Grrr. I am so, so tired of looking like I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy when I am not.
So I've been trying to shift my goals a little. I'm still looking at the scale because I think it's a good prediction of whether or not things are working. But I'm trying to focus more on toning my core instead of shedding pounds. (Though, let's be honest, hopefully they'll both happen simultaneously.) I've been pinning things on my Healthy Living Pinterest board to help me work on my abs. I tried this one the other day and I'm pretty convinced that it must be legit, because after trying like 5 (not five sets, just five) of one of the exercises, I, uhh, kind of gave up and decided to try it again later.
Do you have favorite ab/core strengthening exercises? I'm especially interested in a good, short-and-to-the-point ab/core exercise video. Extra points if it's free and online. In many ways I'd much rather go out running for 30 minutes with my friends than do a 10 minute exercise video at home, but the running just isn't giving my body what it needs. So I've gotta supplement with a little something.
Also, I've been thinking a lot today about trying to eat only fruits and veggies (preferably fresh) for a week. Well, not only fruits and veggies. We're in a dinner group, so I'd still eat whatever's on the menu for dinner. And I'd still take my vitamin and drink a lot of water, of course. So I guess what I really mean is that I want to try eating only fruits and veggies for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We always get a lot of carbs and grains and protein at dinner, so I think I'd be okay on those things. Have any of you tried this before?
I kind of want to try it for two reasons. First, I'm hoping it would kind of work as a cleanse or detox sort of thing. (I know there are a ton of detox things out there, but this just seems simpler and more my style.) Second, I'm hoping it would help me make some good habits regarding fruits and veggies after the week is over. I'm also hoping that if I did this while working on my core, I would actually see results a little more obviously. Don't know if it'll work that way though.
Anyway, I am nowhere near being a health expert. So please don't go out and do all the things I said I want to try. I have no idea how good it really is for you. But, ya know, I feel like strengthening your core and eating lots of fruits and veggies is usually a pretty good thing. Right?
Posted by Katie Lewis at 11:41 PM