This has been a long, long journey for me and it isn’t over yet.  In reality, my goal is still a long way off.  That being said, after all these years of struggling, the fog is beginning to lift.  What I mean is that what really works is becoming more and more clear to me.  There are so many components to successfully leading a healthy lifestyle that it can seem overwhelming to figure it out on your own.  I suspect that while some of the ingredients may vary from one person to the next, the key ingredients should work for everyone.

My recipe:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Nutritional Health
  3. Physical Health
  4. It Takes a Village

Those, for me, are the main ingredients.  If one of those is out of balance, it throws my entire journey off course.  I must have a clear mind.  I must be conscious of what I put in my mouth.  I must keep my body active.  I must admit that I cannot do this alone.  Not really.

Over the next several weeks, I will elaborate on each of those four ingredients and the special “spices” that make up each ingredient.  In the meantime, I want you to consider what’s holding you back.  Where is your health off-balance?

Next to raising a child, losing weight is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  One thing I’ve come to realize is that it’s never going to happen if I’m not really ready for it.

Over the last week, it clicked.  Of course, this isn’t the first time.  I actually went through the trouble of rearranging my entire work schedule to make it easier for me to get to the gym.  A friend encouraged me to join MyFitnessPal and I finally did (Angelasue79 if you need a friend on there).  It has been 5 days of tracking.  Not every day has included a workout, but this week was still an improvement.

Starting again isn’t easy.  Admitting that I gained back almost 20 pounds isn’t easy. Calorie counting isn’t very easy, either.  There have been moments of shame… I won’t lie.  How … how did I do all that work before and let it all go down the drain?  Sure, the herniated disc didn’t help, but I quit eating right, too.  Apparently I’m an all or nothing kind of gal but I’m not proud of that either.

My goals right now are consistency, persistence and finding a happy median.  On days I can’t be perfect, it’s still okay to just be okay.

So here I go. I’m off to a great start.  Maybe I’ll get back into blogging on a more regular basis, too. ;)

I’ve got that song from “Finding Nemo” stuck in my head. Remember Dory singing, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming,” and so on. It’s like that except I’m trying to remind myself to keep moving.

Now that I’m over the initial week of EA Sports Active 2, the crazy soreness has subsided and I’m actually able to move the day after my workout. So M, W, F, SA are EA Sports days while TU, TH are YMCA cardio days. I plan to possibly “rest” on Sundays.

After my first week and a half…well…I gained 2 pounds. That’s pretty frustrating. There’s a really good chance that it’s just all muscle gain as I have been noticing more solidity to my body (less squish, more solid means less fat, more muscle). I’m not sure how much “fat” I’ve lost, but I’m pretty sure it’s been replaced two fold with muscle. My muscles tend to rebound fairly quickly after a period of inactivity.

I’ve been afraid to take my measurements. I used to do that every couple of weeks, however when I started gaining weight again I stopped. Now I’m afraid to see how many inches have returned. On the other hand, if I don’t suck it up and do it, I will have a more difficult time tracking my real progress. Argh! I need to get over it.

My next challenge is always the worst for me. Calorie counting. I hate doing it. I hate how time consuming it is. I hate how it makes me feel even more consumed with food. What would be ideal is a chef in my kitchen making me food to eat. “Here, eat this and it’s all you get.” No time, effort, or thought on my part. It doesn’t help that I’m a moderately picky eater with even more picky eaters in my house. While I love myself and my family, I’m not preparing two different dinners for us every day. Our budget is another problem.

Eating healthier is more expensive and January and February are rough months for us since our health insurance company decided that we need to meet deductibles on our prescriptions now! OUCH! All three of us have necessary monthly prescriptions and they are quite expensive. I know if I devote a little a time to it, I can come up with something though. Mostly I’m just whining. Sometimes it feels good to whine and get things off my mind.

I can do this. I am doing this. I am succeeding. I’ve done it before and I am doing it again NOW. Well really it started a week ago. :)

What are your favorite family pleasing healthy meals?