Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday Weight Check

Posted by Mandy at 10:18 AM
The health kick continues! This past week I took the kids to the grocery store and we nearly cleaned out the produce department. After watching Oprah's episode devoted to Food Inc. and other healthy eating books, I realized that I've really got to be more deliberate about what I feed not just my kids, but myself.

We filled our cart with 100% whole wheat products (bread, crackers, flat bread, etc) along with healthier cereals (no Marshmallow sugar puffs allowed) and, as I said, tons of fruits and veggies.

When I got home from the store I began the dreaded process of putting things away. This time, however, I took Rachel Ray's advice and cleaned, cut, and stored my fruits and veggies so that they would be easy snack options. Like so:

fruit bowl - everything washed and ready to grab

small portion of the fruits and veggies that I washed, cut up into snack sized pieces, and stored in tupperware. (stick a papertowel under everything to keep them fresh and avoid sogginess.)

Lunch for ALL of us - celery sticks, strawberries, healthy trail mix (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cashews, almonds) and the only unhelathy thing - cheese crackers per kids' request.

So, the health kick is going great. I'm really feeling a lot better! The kids have better behavior.. which is an amazing side effect of proper nutrition. (hear that schools?!) My energy is up, which is great because of the exercise routine I'm doing. Running some nights, Zumba with the girls one or two nights a week, power yoga, weight training... just to name a few.

I weighed myself this morning - the last time I weighed I was 135 pounds. That was about 2.5 weeks ago. This morning.... 133! Down two more pounds! Woot!

My biggest struggle has been drinking enough water. I'm really having to be deliberate about it. I'm thinking of sticking several prefilled water bottles (not the disposable bottles.. but the reusable kind) in the fridge and making sure I drink them each before the end of the day. Anyone have any tricks they use to make sure they drink enough water throughout the day?


Reagan on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 said...

Looks great! I love eating healthy (though I do get bummed at how expensive it can be). Snack ready food suggestion is brilliant!

Angie on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 said...

"be more deliberate about what I feed not just my kids, but myself." That is the key isn't it! I still find myself falling into this, saving the good stuff for the kids and not taking care of me.

As for water some people use magnets on the fridge to help keep track. I also try to drink a glass a half hour before ever meal.

Your doing awesome! Keep up the great work!

Allison C on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 said...

I can barely prep food myself, so kudos for getting healthy meals and snacks for the whole family!

I drink tons of water. My key is to have it handy. If there is a big glass of ice-water or my bottle (I carry my bike bottle around a lot) is handy, I will drink it. If I'm at the computer and there's a glass of water in reach, I will down it. BUT, if it had to go get the water once I'm settled at the computer, putting away laundry, weeding the yard, etc., I wouldn't drink any. Having the bottles in the fridge sounds like a good idea, just remember to get them out. Also, if I feel hungry despite regular meals, I'll sometimes go for water first to see if that gets rid of any cravings (and it often does).

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