Health Check In

So I promised to check in with a little accountability on my quest for better health.

Our scale broke during our move, so I can’t comment about any weight loss (but if I had to put money on it, I’d say there isn’t any loss to comment on anyway). I confess my eating habits have been pretty awful. I’m still juggling too many activities, especially too many that happen around dinner time, so I’m frequently not home to cook real food. That should be changing in the coming weeks, but I know if could put more effort into being more prepared too. It’s just exhausting. That’s my only excuse.

On the exercising front, things are in better shape (pun intended.) My oldest daughter and I have begun the couch to 5 k program. We just ran day 4 today. This is the second time into the program for me, and I’m excited to be doing it again. I have never been an athletic person, so running 3 miles straight was such a huge accomplishment for me. I am SO looking forward to that feeling again. We may go slower in the program than I did before. My kiddo is still little, and I want this to be fun for her, and I don’t want to push too fast. My youngest even ran the first day with us, but I knew she couldn’t keep going beyond that. As tough as she is, that’s a ton of work for those tiny little legs. But thanks to the wonders of Craigslist, I got a used running stroller for super cheap. It was only partly for her. Mainly it was a way to keep me from having excuse to skip a running day. No need wait around until someone else is free to stay home with her.

So the goals for the coming month are to keep on schedule with our runs, and to fit in more home cooking. Wish me luck!


It’s That Time Again

I’m starting a diet tomorrow.


I decided this last night, and not on New Years day, or late in December like I normally do. But it’s time.

I haven’t decided what diet I’m going to start, though. I’ve used several with happy results over the years. Richard Simmons, Sperkpeople.com, Trim Advantage (one sold by Amway and if my understanding is right, it’s kinda South Beach-ish). Then there was the plan from the nutritionist from when I was pregnant. Although that wasn’t for weight loss, I did stop gaining for the rest of my pregnancy, so my tummy got bigger, and the rest of me got smaller.

I’ve thought about asking to see that nutritionist again actually. But I feel like after 2 visits with her, and becoming a dieting expert over the years, I shouldn’t need help again. But none of the plans out there are designed for vegetarians, so I have to change them all. The plans she gave me were for pregnancy, so they aren’t right for me now.

And, honestly, even after all these years, and after all I’ve learned, I do still feel like I need some help. And that makes me sad.

I don’t know if I’ve put it off because it makes me sad, or because, having been here before, I know the work I’m getting myself in for. To stick to a diet is to spend an awful lot of time thinking about food. You’d think I’d like that, but I don’t. Planning, and measuring, and planning some more. Then heaven forbid, plans change and I’m stuck having to improvise something to eat away from home. Oh the horror.

But it can’t be helped.

And it’s never as bad as it seems like it will be. That’s the part I need to remind myself about. I’m always happy I did the work. Everything worthwhile is like that, isn’t it?