Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eating

Ok, so with my big birthday I managed to let myself celebrate without being conscious of my eating. Meaning? I pretty much didn't watch a thing. Ah...this is hard, but really....what has to happen to make changes? I don't want to have a heart attack like my grandfather and pass away in my fourties (that date is getting closer and closer), or a silent heart attack like my grandmother, or a mini stroke like my mom before she passed. Or to be on several meds to avoid these.

Why do we celebrate our lives with bad food...stuff that could significantly shorten our lives? I know life is too short to eat yucky food, but I don't want it to be shorter because I want to eat the bad foods either. Ok, so I think I need to stock my fridge with better food. Fruit that I like (yummy mango, or blue berries, or tomatos...mmmm, mouth is watering just thinking of it). And, I need plans of action BEFORE going to restaurants so that I don't buckle. Not just "don't eat french fries"....something more.

I just realized that, in the beginning, I will need to plan out every meal and every day. At least until I get this a little more under control. Plan of action: when I go out for lunch today, I will chose a salad with vinegarette dressing, grilled chicken and veggies. Tonight? I will have a salad, pan seared talapia and some corn. maybe an orange for desert. No chips and salsa, no ice cream, etc. And I will take the dog for 3 tours around the apartment complex when I get home. Because I want to live to retirement age. I want to fight for my future. I want to torture my husband for as long as I can :)

9 comments:

Irish Mom said...

Awesome eating plan!! Happy (Belated?) Birthday!! Welcome to the HYC!! Sorry to overuse exclamation points, sometimes I can't help it!!!!! lol

betsy said...

You know I wonder why we celebrate with unhealthy food (or too much food) also. It's especially bad when we teach it to our kids...

that's been on my mind lately...

welcome to HYC!

dadivastreet said...

Welcome to HYC & Happy Belated Birthday!I realized that there are foods I'm not going to completely give up. I will watch how much of it I have & when.

amma15 said...

Happy Birthday, that's definitely a good excuse to eat!

Sunny said...

Welcome to the HYC and Happy Birthday! Yes, being prepared and planning things out really helps a lot. Sounds like you are on the right track.

Slenderella said...

Torturing your husband for as long as you can - I'm with you on that one, ha.

I've been trying to journal what I eat, even if it's high calorie foods. It's good to be aware of what and how much we're intaking. I don't deny myself sweets like cookies/candies/cake, I try to use portion control.

Best wishes and welcome to HYC!

Cammy said...

I don't see anything "wrong" with celebrations that include food. The problem, I think, comes in when we celebrate like that too often. If we eat healthy during the "regular" times, a birthday, anniversary, or holiday splurge will barely cause a ripple. It's those "regular" times I always had a problem with! LOL

Welcome to the HYC!

Ready Maid said...

Welcome to HYC! I'm with you on the why-food-to-celebrate, except that I live in the South, where food is right up there with religion. What we're doing is revising the KINDS of food with which we celebrate! (Hey, there's an idea for a new cookbook!)

I'm a BestLifer since January 15. One of the things I like most is the Meal Guide, which not only has all the nutrition info plugged in, but also the grocery list you can print out by the meal, by the week, whatever. Additionally, if you "do your own thing" for meals, the Food Log has an intuitive nutrition calculator that makes it super simple to keep up with what you've eaten.

Food logging, as boring as it sounds, ahs been a foundational leg toward balance in my eating.

Good luck!

FAT BRIDESMAID said...

Happy belated birthday! And that pan seared talapia sounds awfully good.

Do you have a weekly step total for the pedometer challenge? Let me know! :)