Monday, January 14, 2008

It's Hard to be Healthy

I just have to say - I have been on this healthy living challenge for a whopping one week (11 weeks to go), and it is HARD!! I've realized that before this week, I was eating a lot of junk along with the healthy stuff. Last week I had many pangs for something sweet, but then feel happy when I was able to resist the urge.

Tonight we ate at our favorite bbq place (Merle's) and in the past, I would always get their tasty fries along with the bbq pork sandwich. It was ROUGH watching Ben enjoy the basket of fries while I chowed on bbq pork and a salad. I almost gave in and used one of my three free points for the week, but that seems dangerous when it's only day one of the second week of the challenge.

The good news is I did lose some weight last week, and I feel better from exercising each day and eating just healthy foods. It's amazing how not-so-great you can feel after snacking on the sweet/salty stuff. But it's also amazing how STARVING I feel by the time I go to bed (since I don't eat anything after 8:30). My body is still adapting to these better habits... :)


The Yost Family said...

I'm going to try this challenge - I stepped on the scale again today and after two months of solid working out- no drops. It's totally what I'm eating. Time for a change. Thanks for posting the challenge :)

Mrs. Dub said...

Uggh ... I should be doing something like this, but instead I seem to seeing how much weight I can gain with this pregnancy. And we all know I did a great job of that last time!

Good for you!

The Millers said...

At my post-Reagan six week check, I still had 10 pounds to lose to get to my pre-Reagan weight, 15 pounds to lose to get to my pre-Bennett weight, and 20 pounds to lose to get to my pre-Ellery weight. I may not be a genius, but it was pretty easy for me to figure out that I was gaining a permanent 5-10 pounds with each of my kids, and at that rate, by kid number 8 I would weigh 300 pounds! It was time to do something. I picked up the Weight Watchers materials from my friend Sharla, read up on it, and decided that I would give the Points system a try. Keep in mind I was nursing, which earned me an extra 10 points a day, which made the program seem doable. And it was doable. I lost 15 pounds in 2 months, and look a ton better than I have in years. The point of all of this is I laugh at myself everytime I hear myself say, "I worked really hard to lose weight after I had Reagan." Because really, all the hard work was eating good foods, like whole wheat bread and pasta and tortillas and brown rice, things I never ate before that, and lots of fruits and veggies, and drinking water instead of juice and pop. And not eating candy and cookies and cake and brownies and Holly Dolly squares on a daily basis, which I always ate before that. And honestly, I guess that was hard for me. Embarassingly hard for me. But I don't think eating like I should have been eating all along really qualifies as hard work. Do you? Good luck on your challenge!

Ben, Sarah & Eli said...

OH Rachel I am totally laughing reading your comment. What are Holly Dolly bars? They sound tasty (but unhealthy) :) I am so impressed that you lost 15 pounds in 2 months!! That is a huge accomplishment, and I believe you did work hard. It is way too easy not to eat the healthy foods and indulge in the junky sweet things.

Ben's friend from Holland just came back from another visit to his home... and brought back 8 bars of Dutch chocolate for us!! I pass it every day in our kitchen and salivate, but walk away. Like I said, this is HARD!!! But it is making a difference, so I'll keep at it.

Good luck Stephanie! You'll have to tell me how it goes.