I'm not the only one in the house that has been making changes, either. The little divas have been making better food choices as well and we eat a LOT less greasy, fried and fast food than we did but when we do indulge we opt for smarter eating.
Exercise is something else we're working on- we have a lazy gene (or that's what we call it) and with my illness it became super easy for me to fall back on the I have no energy, it bothers my stomach, it *insert random excuse of choice here* line and while they are all true, it's not true that there is NOTHING I could have been doing but sitting on my ever widening backside.
We're getting in more walking, more dancing again, more movement in general. Even getting outside and gardening (well, moving the rocks around, anyways). And feeling better. It's a sorry trap, I feel blah, I can't exercise - I can't exercise so I feel even more blah. Force yourself. It gets easier and you do feel better. What's even more pitiful about me letting myself decline to this state is that I KNOW BETTER, I studied fitness and nutrition for crying out loud.
Portion control is what I have my biggest food issues with - I am (or have been) a mindless muncher, and added to that, I love carbs. Not only the good for you kind, either. I would take spaghetti and make a sandwich of that (embarrassed the heck out of my former Italian stepfather). Dev takes after me- she'll grab a bag of Goldfish crackers or a box of cheddar bunnies or Cheez-Its and sit down and start texting or reading or whatever and next thing you know, it's empty.
We're buying a much larger variety of fresh fruits and veggies, and keeping them handy. Just last night got some containers ready of cantaloupe, blueberries and strawberries- all cut and ready to eat (I will squeeze some lime on mine- I love lime on anything) and we have snow peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and whatnot all cleaned and ready to eat. Big bowls of fruit. Tons of leafy greens for salads and add ins handy, with several varieties of light or fat free dressings. A shelf full of lowfat Greek and regular yogurt and smoothies. We also have a bunch of the yogurt frozen so they can get their frozen treat that way instead of with an ice cream fix. Having teas made up instead of reaching for a soda. Little things that really add up.
Oh, another really yum thing to do- freeze watermelon cubes and grapes (washed, dried the lay out on a baking sheet to freeze separately before putting in a Ziploc bag) for a really refreshing warm weather treat.
It's way more likely we will grab that instead of a full of bad stuff snack when it is handy- if we have to do all the work before we eat, nine times out of ten we don't bother and just grab whatever is easiest.
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