...I did not struggle with weight growing up, but after getting married and having five kids, I had moved solidly into the "overweight" population. In 2006 I was able to lose the extra pounds (50 of them) and get to goal. But staying there, that is another story. Slow but steady, the weight has crept back on over the years. So here we go again ...
Monday, February 3, 2014
Motivation Monday - It's the Eating
The theme for today's Motivation Monday is "Healthy Treats" ... now admittedly, the "food" portion of this whole "weight loss/be healthy" lifestyle is my challenge. Prior to 2006, both the eating right and the exercise were pretty much non-existent in my life. Then, it happened. I never actually "dieted" but did have some stress-induced non-eating for a couple weeks. I started walking, then added weights and got down to my goal weight quick and easy. And while exercise became an integral part of my life from then on ... the eating? I've never mastered the eating. So even though I stayed active, the weight crept back on over the years.
Ah ... the eating. Part of the problem for me is that I'm just SO picky (Eating Issues). Always have been. So as I look through the magazines and blogs and people tout their "healthy" meals, recipes and snacks ... nothin. So I'll check out all the offerings and bookmark some to try for the hubs and kids, but 99% of them aren't going to work for me.
I just have to try to control the calories at least. MFP has been a big help with keeping track of it all. I'm trying to make "healthier" choices and I am doing better than I was before (at least the 30 pound loss since I started my food diary would seem to reflect that).
It was NOT a good weekend though. TOM was visiting with a vengeance and some cravings kicked in. Superbowl Sunday we had our smorgasbord ...steak, chicken, mashed potatoes and Superbowl sugar cookies for dessert.
NOT a healthy treat! *Ü*
But yummy ... I only make these once a year.
Yes ... weight is UP this morning.
Getting back on track... we'll see how quickly I can reverse the effects.
As far as actual healthy snacks ...
I'm pretty basic. No recipes or anything. I'll usually grab a banana or some grapes. Or these (pictured above) prepared apple slices. Why not just a whole apple? Well, I do keep some of those on hand too, but these "crunch pack" apple slices are just easier to eat, so they get eaten more often. They are a staple in our home. They are great for lunches (they don't brown) and there is less waste (you can just grab a couple slices if that's all you want). Mozzarella cheese is a quick, individually proportioned, easy to grab snack too. I prefer the Babybel, but the kids like the "string" cheese. Many magazines and websites tout the health benefits of chocolate milk after a workout ... I don't indulge in it often, but sometimes it does just hit the spot. My kids are picky, they ONLY like the TruMoo brand (which has less sugar than the other brands, so I guess that's a good thing).
You don't have to stick with the theme "Healthy Snacks" theme to join in here, but if you wanted a "writer's prompt" so to speak, check out the upcoming topics (here). Be thinking of your favorite cardio, favorite resistance training, top tips for weight loss, progress pictures, inspirations ... blog hops are a great way to interact with other bloggers on this same journey! The link-up doesn't close for a few more days, so you still have time to join in the fun! *Ü*