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Healthy Stuff!
cap, captain miss america
My weight yesterday morning was exactly ten pounds less than my weight on April 15, when I started tracking my weight/exercise/diet/etc.

I've been walking once a week with intrepia for six months now, and we're both really excited about that. Last week, we made a commitment to raise the difficulty setting on our walks by wearing wrist weights. We'll see how that goes!

I have also been trying to walk at least one other lunch hour by myself, but I don't always get around to it. Gardening season helps a lot, I do a lot of hard work in the sun.

I am not so great at exercising in other ways. Fail!

Some of the things I've done in an attempt to become healthier:
--Eat a small breakfast (usually a granola bar). This keeps me from feeling insanely hungry at lunch time, and means that I am less likely to pig out.
--No soda! I have never been a regular soda drinker, but I've cut it out almost completely, apart from drinking it out at restaurants maybe once a week or two.
--Smaller portions! I'm not trying to keep myself from eating anything I really want, but I am trying to take, say, fewer scoops of mac and cheese and keeping to the rule of thumb that a portion of any given dish should be no larger than the size of my hand.
--Beer on the weekends! Okay, this might sound wacky. But I've discovered that if I drink a beer or two in the late afternoon, I am more fully satiated and less likely to pig out at dinner.
--Vitamins! I started taking a multivitamin and some other supplements at breakfast. This is part of the push for breakfast, too, because if I take the vitamins and don't eat, I get nauseated.
--Veggies! If I stuff myself full with green vegetables then I still eat other things with important nutrients at meals, but I'm less likely to, oh, eat a whole bag of potato chips.

My weight is about a pound heavier this morning than it was yesterday, but that is normal fluctuation. It doesn't feel like I've lost a ton of weight because my weight fluctuates about three pounds from day to day over the course of a week, but the high end of the fluctuation has been getting progressively lower-- from 159 to 156 and now to about 153. Once I am consistently under 150 lbs for a full week, I have promised myself that I will buy a nice new dress and possibly some new underwear. I think that is a fair deal.

I am pretty pleased; I am feeling more like I fit into my clothes than I have in a while, which is nice. And my thighs are definitely rubbing together less. Also good. Bras still are a nightmare, but I'll deal with that. It's just that last Wednesday and Thursday, I was so, so envious of anyone who could wear a backless dress. I have never done that since I was about nine.

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Congrats!! As someone trying to get back on the exercise train, this is super helpful to read. Do you have favorite veggies to recommend? What about non-green veggies.

Bras are always going to be stupid, I think. Dumb bras.

Yeah, I've been eating a ton of carrots and cucumbers, because I can cut them up into sticks and eat them like snacks! Munching on those is pretty much the same as munching on chips or cookies but with a lot less unhealthy stuff in them. I haven't given up junk food completely, I'm just making sure that I eat enough vegetables that I don't have enough room for a lot of junk food. It works better for me than completely denying myself anything.

Just replying to this to say ISRAELI/HEALTH SALAD. Cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, parsley, anything else you want with lemon juice and olive oil. you can make a big batch and eat it over the week. You can add feta cheese right before you eat.

Tomato salad! You just cut up different tomatoes. Balsamic vinegar. Pepper.

Those all sound like awesome signs! I have also lost some weight in the past month, largely due to exercising daily (I'm walking because my hips won't let me do anything else right now) and watching what/how much I eat (focusing on taking in more unprocessed foods and lots of fruits and vegetables). It's slow-going, but like you I find that it's nice to have my clothes fitting better.

Gah I need to work on that soda thing too. But it is so delicious and I've never found any water flavors I like. >_> I think it's fabulous you're working on yourself and stepping up your walking!

One thing I found that was like a come to jesus snack was freezing 10-20 grapes in little bags and eating one of those a night. So good. So very good.

Yay, 10 pounds is heaps! Well done, you. And changing your eating habits right while there are a lot of fresh green veggies around is a super idea (especially if they come from your own garden)!

I was about to tweet you with "WRIST WEIGHTS, DON'T FORGET!" but I guess that's unnecessary, yeah? See you tomorrow! :)

Your entries keep not showing on my friendspage. :(

Six months of walking is impressive! And I love that your list of healthy habits includes beer.

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