Thursday, July 8, 2010

Losing Weight and Gaining Gratitude





In the last six months I have been working extremely hard at losing weight, gaining strength, and becoming more active. The last couple of years have been extremely hard on my emotional life, spirit, and body. Right after Tony and I were married, I became pregnant and miscarried. Then came Tony's heart attack (and second angioplasty), and a few months later the final blow...I shattered my ankle. Throughout these trials I watched my body change...in a BIG way.

In January I made a commitment to get back in shape!! With the help of LiveStrong.com, I began tracking my calories and my fitness level. After a trip to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Boston, I decided to eat less processed food and focus my daily calories on natural food that has been eaten for centuries. My sister gave me a book (which I have talked about in this blog) called "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan, and this book gave me great suggestions for the way I should eat. I.e. "only eat food that will eventually rot." "If it came from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't." It is extremely hard to avoid all processed food, but I try to be conscious of how much I eat.

I have lost 50 pounds in six months...and I absolutely NEVER thought that I could do it. I am 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got married, and I'm 10 pounds away from my weight in high school. I would like to lose another 20 pounds, but the most important thing to me is to be able to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level.

Working out is a huge part of my success. One of the best things that has come from my ankle injury is the absolute sense of gratitude that I have for my body's abilities. I am so blessed to be able to be active, and it would be an absolute SIN to not push my body to its full potential. I work out (on average) 5 times a week, and try to mix it up each day. I go on long walks, swim laps, and do bikram yoga. I have also been known to go running, although my orthopedic surgeon has advised me not to run on my bad ankle (so I only run if I have to).

What I am trying to work on is a continued feeling of contentment for where my body is at this minute. It is important to look towards the future but more importantly, I need to feel grateful for the progress I have made and enjoy my body as it is in this instant. Below I have listed two different examples of my daily diet and fitness!!

Day One
Morning:
1 cup of Go Lean cereal with 1/2 cup of blueberries
2 cups of coffee with splenda and two table spoons of skim milk

Afternoon:
1 medium banana
Caprese Salad:
1 tomato
2 ounces of fresh mozzarella
spinach
1 teaspoon of
pepper to taste

Afternoon snack:
6-8 medium strawberries

Dinner:
2 pieces of Turkey Loaf (my recipe)
5 stalks of asparagus with pepper

Day Two
Morning:
Okios Blueberry Greek yogurt mixed with:
Pumpkin flaxplus granola (Nature's Path)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon of acai fruit powder (found at whole foods)
2 cups of coffee with skim milk and splenda

Afternoon:
1 medium banana
Chocolate brownie Clif Bar

Afternoon snack:
1 ounce cut Parmesan cheese

Dinner:
5 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast with rosemary and pepper
brussel sprouts and shallots
1/2 of a medium avocado

1 comment:

The Lincolns said...

You are an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many others, Rebecca. It is SO hard and you are so determined. You have always been beautiful, but you are even more so now that you're proud and accomplished. Congratulations on such a major achievement!

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