I’m a day behind, but I think that’s okay. Eat. Live. Be. for a Better 2011 was devised by Cate and Sarah (see blogs below) as a way to lose weight (40 lbs is the given weight challenge). Every Monday there’s a topic related to the challenge. Everyone is doing their own bit – that’s what makes this idea so lovely! There isn’t one plan or one regime that we have to follow. Some are planning to do more meal planning, exercising, portion controlling and the like. In fact, I plan to lose some weight (I should drop 10 pounds), but the end goal isn’t so much weight loss as eating management. The first week’s challenge is to list your goals.
Personally, I plan to do the following:
- Eat less dessert than my husband. We tend to share and share alike in our house. This is all good. In fact, I come from a family where everyone’s portions were the same. This led to a few things like not wanting half a chocolate but the entire piece since hubby was having one, too. You can see where this can take you if followed long enough. Well, not this year! This year, it’s trying to eat less at least half the time.
I’d devote myself to the entire time if my fingers didn’t itch just thinking about it.
- Buy grass-fed beef for my husband. I’m a vegetarian and while I don’t eat meat, my husband does and he loves hamburger. I’m learning very quickly (with the help of Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma) that not all meat is created equal. Even though I don’t insist on my hubby’s conversion to the greener way, I do have control over what he eats.
- Exercise every day. Our stationary bike broke at the end of summer. At that time, I took up running. Now, it’s too cold to run (at least for me). Enter Kathy Smith and friends. I now do aeroboxing, pilates, and “core conditioning” exercises with Kathy in the comfort of my home. Last year I would bike or run at least 3 times a week (but this was always give and take a day and it was not always regular). This year I hope to do some type of exercise every day.
- Continue eating more greens. I discovered turnip greens in soup and stir fry and I hope to keep adding leafy greens to my diet. You’d think this was a given since I’m a vegetarian, but sadly, no.
- Cut down on High Fructose Corn Syrup. Can you believe it’s in your Vanilla Extract? Um, no. Not happening in this house. I’m not going to try to cut it out completely, but I am going to be more aware of where it’s hiding.
- Fall back in love with my body. Or at least begin to. There are bits of me that I love and bits that I hate (with a passion that extends to the fact that we don’t own a scale or a full-length mirror). I want the freedom that comes with loving the whole package.
Feel free to join in! (Hey, I’ve just started blogging and here I am piggy-backing on these wonderful people’s blogs!)
Topic #2 : Where is your support community? – Where do you turn for support/community in your healthy goals? Share online support centers/ real life, etc.
Here is the list of other people joining in with the fun!
Sarah Caron – http://www.sarahscucinabella.com/
Cate O’Malley – http://www.sweetnicks.com/
Maris Callahan – http://www.ingoodtasteblog.net/
Chris Arpante – http://www.melecotte.com/
Faith – http://www.clickblogappetit.com/
Kristen – http://www.dineanddish.net/
Emily – http://andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/
Jenna – FireMom – http://www.stopdropandblog.com/
Joanne – http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/
Casey – http://www.thestarnesfam.com/
Patsy – http://www.friendsfamilyandfood.blogspot.com/
Tri-Fit Mom – http://www.trifitmom.blogspot.com/
Claire from Cooking is Medicine www.cookiedoc.blogspot.com/
Allison from http://www.sweetflours.blogspot.com/