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a new beginning. again.

I woke up and just decided I’m starting it.  AGAIN.

What?

Healthier living.

To heck with the bum knee from tripping over the co-worker’s dog in February.

To heck with the UC from the past 2 years.

I’m about 90% healed from the emergency gallbladder removal.

I’m overweight, more than I want to be, because of all of the above.  Exercising came to a standstill.  Dietary needs overtook weight concerns.  (unfortunately, I’m in the minority of UC patients who actually has less inflammation from grains than from produce.) (but I’m in enough remission, I think, to test that theory.)

ANYHOW, I’m tired of excuses.  I’m tired of restrictions that may have only been temporary.

I will have to make allowances for certain circumstances beyond my control.  I can’t do the low carb/high fat diet that I’ve been so successful on in the past.  But I can do a modified low carb diet that is lower in grains than I have been the past year, for sure.  I can cautiously up the fresh produce.  I can certainly start walking again, even if dancing is out for now.

Baby steps are better than no steps at all.

So, I begin.  Today is a new day.  It’s the start of the rest of my life.  That’s the beauty about a new day.  The possibilities are endless!  We have nothing but the future in front of us!  We can carve that future any way we like, even within the framework of whatever restrictions we must abide within.  (poor English; sorry.)

So I am.  I will.  booyah!

No mas

I gave up grains yesterday.  I didn’t lose any weight the week before, and my body is finally back to being able to handle veggies (including raw in salads), so I’m ready to give up grains.  (again.)

I had a lot of luck with this about 5 years ago; lost over 70 lbs. and kept it off over 2 years.  (I was stupid to go off of it.)  With my ulcerative colitis diagnosis last summer, it’s been a struggle to regain the ability to digest veggies, but now that I can, I don’t need the crutch of grains anymore.

I also danced yesterday; almost 30 minutes, so that’s good.

So saying ‘no thanks’ to the donuts in my department this morning was easy.  We also have a department lunch at a restaurant today; I’ve already perused the menu, and will be having the spinach-strawberry salad.  Sounds delish.  Hubby will get the zucchini bread that comes with it; I even brought a zip lock baggy for it. 

I got this!

The Shape of Water

We went and saw The Shape of Water last night.  I LOVED IT.  Much better than Lady Bird (although I did like that one, too.)  This was a nice homage to old classic films, in a sense to Beauty and the Beast, with even a nod to old-time monster movies.  (but in the best way possible.)  Sally Hawkins in the lead role was spectacular!  I highly recommend it!

We also went to dinner, and I had a bun free burger with guac, and a few onion rings instead of french fries.

After the movie, I suggested we go to Baskin Robbins for HIM to get some ice cream.  He didn’t want to put me in a tempting situation, but I assured him I was completely fine sitting there and talking with him while he ate it, and I WAS.  I had absolutely no desire for any, not even a warm brownie that you can also get without ice cream if you want it that way….and in fact, I silently felt a little proud of myself over the whole thing.  No desire for any sugar whatsoever!  I LOVE being back in the groove of healthy eating.  It’s very good not only for the body, but for the ego/psyche as well!  Instead of feeling guilty, feeling proud of how you are respecting your body!  🙂

I’m even making more of an effort to curl my hair better, and wear lipstick with the rest of my make-up; both of which I hadn’t done in a couple of years (i.e., on retrospect, stopped when I stopped eating healthy.)  It’s amazing how when you start to feel a little better about yourself, it spills into other aspects of your life!

Back to healthy eating for me

I need to lose weight.

I need to cut back on sweets and starches.

I’ve been hampered by the fact that starches are the most digestible thing for my body’s version of ulcerative colitis, but I have to push the envelope and get away from it.  The weight just isn’t healthy at my age or with my history of high blood pressure.

The buck stopped yesterday morning.  I ate perfectly yesterday, for the first time in probably over a year.

Here’s what I’m doing to change my diet.  I don’t use the term ‘dieting’ because that suggests short term.  This just can’t be short term anymore.  It has to be long term.  Perhaps as I get closer to my goal weight, I can loosen up once a week or so for a dessert, but not until then.

So, here’s the deal:

I eat lots of meat, first and foremost.  I am going to try and eat more veggies and fruits to a lesser degree.  Raw produce is hard for my UC, but I’m going to try and get at least a couple of salads in a week, and 1 serving of fruit per day, if I can tolerate it.  The rest of my veggies will be well steamed or baked.  1-2 servings of hard cheese a day.  (I can’t handle dairy other than hard cheese and a splash of organic half and half once a day in my decaf coffee.)  A small handful of nuts 1-2 times a day.  (4-6 nuts an afternoon will be one of my few allowed ‘snacks.’)  Back to the good habit of if I eat lunch out at work, I intermittent fast the rest of the day/have no dinner.  Plenty of water.

No chips.  No donuts or pastries.  No chocolate.  No desserts.  No more than 1 serving of starch, up to 4 servings per week.

That should do it.  And slowly starting to introduce exercise again; my favorite forms being dancing and level walking (meaning, if I do incline walking I have feet problems, but don’t seem to when I keep to level ground.)

Working my exercise up to at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week.  But right now still trying to regain my stamina from the jungle rot (still coughing, but not as bad as it has been.)

So that’s the game plan.  I’ve learned not to get much more specific than this on the blog, or it brings out the passionate devil’s advocates that love to put down other people’s plans if they don’t follow their own.  So no specifics on weight, no daily details on foods eaten, etc.  Just general summaries.

So if anyone wants to join me in trying to lose weight and/or eat better, let’s pump each other up!  We can do this!!!