Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Kind Life

I am sooo in love with the book I am currently reading. It is opening my eyes up to a whole new world! I cannot say enough good things about this book and it's contents. You have to read it to experience all that it has to offer. No matter what your eating preference is, it's helps.

Don't click like the sign says too. I just copied it off of the Amazon website. Hehehe... Her website is just as good as the book too. I find that whenever I have a spare moment I am logging in to the website, The Kind Life, and reading everything it has to offer me. I just think that she is doing some amazing things and opening my eyes to greatness. I am not vegan, yet, lol but I can see all of the benefits to it and I want to be the best that I can be! I have cut way back on meat and dairy these days. I eat a lot more veggies and I am discovering many new things to try too. At least check out the website or read the book. I truly believe that you will get at least one thing out of each. Thx for the suggestion Jen!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Farmer's Market

Saturday started out with me checking out a new class. Step aerobics. I used to do this class years ago and loved it so much but I had not seen anything about this in a long time. I was reading over the class schedule for my gym this past week and guess what? They have a step class in the morning at 8AM. Now, I am not thrilled about the idea of getting up so early in the morning on the weekend but I am so glad I did. It was a fun, energetic class. Everyone was friendly and in high spirits. The teacher was a spit fire. I adored her and she made me excited to kick it up a notch and try really hard. Talk about fun! I enjoyed myself so much that I think I will make this a weekly thing. I have knee issues and they were sore afterwards but not to the point that I cannot do it once a week. So, I am in!

After the class, I went home and showered then met my friend who I have know for many years now. She took me to a farmer's market downtown in Houston. It was so amazing! It is so overwhelming because there is just so much to look at. I wanted to buy one of everything but of course my apartment fridge won't hold 1/4 of it and my stomach could not hold the rest... it is just too much. I think I will be visiting this spot once a week or at least once every other week. The picture below was just one small corner of the place. It was sooo neat and inviting.

For dinner I made a lot of food using the fresh items I bought at the market. The only thing I bought at HEB (one of my two favorite grocery stores) was the tortillas, cheese, and sour cream. Nice. I can save so much money each week by driving to the farmer's market. It is worth the gas. David loved the dinner and took the leftovers to work for his lunch. MMM...

Monday, April 19, 2010

So Simple!

I am still reading and trying to drown myself in health but I know that this is all a work-in-progress. I seem to take one step forward and two steps back. It is so true that we are our own worst enemy, sigh... I am determined to make this life change though and stick with it.

Tonight I put canola oil, onion, garlic, arugula and spinach in a pan and cooked it down. It was sooo yummy! I could eat this all the time. I will cut back on the oil though because it was a little too shiny and I know that I would enjoy it just as much with less. I will be making this a couple times a week. Sooo good...

After reading the book Skinny Bitch I am not a big fan of meat anymore. I will still eat it but I will definitely cut down on it and look for the organic brands. So many things are in what we eat and drink. It is scary when you sit down and focus on that. I was sick after reading Chapter 6 and had to put the book down for a bit so that I could calm down. It was bad and should stop me from eating meat and dairy completely but unfortunately I don't think that is realistic for me. I do like my meat and dairy. Like I said though, I will definitely cut down and look for better choices. David and I love Almond Breeze and Mootopia a lot so we will focus on that for our milk. The cheese is just whole, real cheese - not low fat or 2%. We are going all real. Less additives and preservatives and better tasting overall. The food items are more points in Weight Watchers because of that but worth it in the end. I just have to be a better planner and get creative in my menus. I truly believe these are good choices.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Breakfast Success!

Ok, I tried something new. I made organic pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup this morning and they were soooo good. I did not even use butter on top and they were still amazing! I am in love with this recipe. It is 7 points total for you Weight Watcher people and that includes the syrup and two of the six pancakes that it makes. I also added flaxseed.

If you would like me to show each step of the recipes I would be more than happy to, just let me know. Thank you Ms. Bitch Cakes for the ideas and your wonderful blog. I love them! Your blog is truly an inspiration and keeps me going on this rough road to health. I am looking forward to the adventure and the results!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Skinny Bitch

OMG! I have found a book that I am totally in love with. Skinny Bitch. They totally tell you like it is and that is so refreshing. No sugar coating, just all out what to do and why... One of the best reads yet...

I am really interested in learning as much as I can about healthy, clean eating because this is a change that I want to be a natural part of my daily living. Not a diet but a way of life. I also got The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and I am looking forward to diving into that one next. Any other choices I should check out?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Food Rules

Well, my journey begins. I have read things here and there about eating, exercise and health so I know what I should do on certain levels but I want to live it, breathe it, be it!!! I want it to be my new pasttime (hobby) because I want to be the best that I can be finally. I have spent too many years overweight and not caring. My goal is to calmly learn and explore my options and find something I can live with for the rest of my life.

I started reading, Food Rules by Michael Pollan today and I am enjoying it so far. It is an easy read and makes perfect sense. It is just a lot to remember so I am sure that I will be revisiting this book again and again throughout my days. He writes about 64 rules that we should follow. I know that this sounds overwhelming but it isn't. Many of them are just a one or so line common sense statement. I am enjoying it!

I signed up for Weight Watchers also because I need something to help keep me accountable throughout my journey. I know their program is good and I can make changes or adapt what I am doing with it fairly easily. My weigh-ins are every Thursday evening at 6:30PM (central time). I am sure it will be up and down but my goal is more down than up. I need to lose 100 - 120 pounds total. (I have already lost 120 pounds by having gastric by-pass surgery two years ago and now it is all up to me for the next 120 pounds).

I am open to any blogs you want to recommend or tips you would like to share. My goal is to be as natural and clean-eating as possible without being vegetarian (many dishes are fine and I do enjoy them) or vegan. Unfortunately, I do love my meat. Thanks for listening to me and I hope that if you are wanting the same things, we can do this together.  ;D