December 7, 2011

Eat. Live. Be. The Reboot... Renewed Motivation

When I joined Cate, Joanne and Sarah for our Food Blogger Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago, we decided that we needed to bring back Eat. Live. Be.  If you were reading here back in the early months of 2011, you'll remember that once a week I was sharing different things that motivated me to work toward reaching my goals to a healthier me.

Here we are in the last month of 2011, and where am I now?  Well, the bit of weight I lost earlier in the year is still gone, but I stabilized and didn't lose anymore.  The up-side is that I didn't gain it back, which has always been my "usual" routine.  So, I am choosing to look at that as my win for the year - so far. 

Now that December has arrived and I'm going to be baking, what better time to restart my resolve?  Some would think this is crazy and why not just wait until the traditional January 1st deadline for making resolutions?  Some would also say, why get serious on a Wednesday rather than a Monday?  I think making a commitment to healthy changes is perfect no matter what day of the week it is or what month it is. 

So, what is it I am going to do?  I am going to start by making my goals a priority.  I found this bit of inspiration on Pinterest:

Making my goals a priority and focusing on what I want to attain has got to be a part of every day.  Yes, it's ok to slip up occasionally, and I can forgive myself when that happens.  What I need to remember is to get right back to it once I have recognized the slip up and move on.

So, what are my goals? 
  • Start exercising at least 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes each time.
  • Track what I am eating at My Fitness Pal - fabulous free site where you can track your food, exercise, etc. The food list is pretty extensive and it's very easy to use.
That's just to get started, I have other more long term goals, but small changes do seem to work best in the beginning.

This week, we are all sharing something from magazines that we find interesting or helpful in our journey to healthier lives.  One of my favorite magazines to read for inspiration is Shape.  The first thing I read is the section where people who have lost weight and kept it off share their stories and what worked for them.  I find the stories inspirational and it's easy to relate to everyday people who have struggled with the same issues I have over the years.

Something that struck me in the December issue was a short article discussing whether a food rut is better for losing weight or is variety better.  The story stated that by eating the same thing regularly, that the study found those people began eating less and those who were given a variety of foods had a tendency to eat more servings.

The overall lesson from the story is that when you are trying to lose weight, it might be wise to rotate through a series of balanced meal ideas.  While I think this is actually a good idea for me when it comes to breakfast and lunch, I don't think I buy into it for dinner.  That is the meal that I try to bring in as much variety (vegetables, etc.) so that My Boys get a balanced exposure to different nutrients regularly - even if they don't eat them all. 

My take-away is that I will use that tidbit as a guideline when planning my breakfasts and lunches since those meals are often the lowest on my list of priorities. 

If you would like to join us in the Eat. Live. Be. Reboot, head on over to the Facebook page and share a link to your post or even leave comments here - even if you don't have a blog, you are welcome to join us!  The more the merrier and we could all use a community of support when it comes to something like making ourselves healthier.

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Sarah Caron said...

I'm so glad that ELB is back. I really need this kick in the pants to get going again.

joanna said...

Great initiative, I'll definitely join you! My first post is here:

Joanne said...


I'm really intrigued by that tip. I eat the same thing for breakfast every day but eat dinner leftovers for lunch. It's always different because it's what I'm cooking for the blog. I think because it's only me eating, it's easy for me to restrict myself to one serving per meal and not going back for seconds but I could see myself getting into trouble if I was feeding someone else!

Delishhh said...

Great tips and post - i am having a baby in 9 weeks so my first goal is to have a easy labor :)

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