For the past three plus years, I have been "dieting", trying to lose the baby weight brought on by Sprite and the accompanying need to devour every pastry (except muffins) in sight.
I lost 80 lbs in about 9 months. Then I stalled.
I'm still stalled.
I still watch what I do during the week, choosing to indulge on the weekends, but the weight has fluctuated in a 10 pound range, right now, I'm about 5 up, which I'll blame on the events of the last six days which have weighed heavily on us emotionally, more about that later when my snark returns, it's not quite there yet, but even when I lose that five, I'll be back to that same stagnant number that's been staring up at me for over 2 years now.
John, however, is on a mission. In March, he decided to take control of the food demon and started a strict, doctor supervised plan which has helped him shed over 50 lbs. SINCE MARCH. The man looks amazing. And sexy? This is a family blog, but well, that is how our family started, so excuse me while I throw a wolf whistle out to him. From my office. They won't get it, but you will.
Anyway, during this phase, which will hopefully become a permanent change, he has been paying a lot more attention to the foods and snacks which come into our home, citing works by experts, watching documentaries like "Food, Inc" and "Fat Head" and our favorite inspirational, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead".
Ezekiel bread and live sprouted grains have been introduced, soda has been banished as a whole since I was the only one actually drinking it on a regular basis. (2 weeks and I haven't killed anyone. Yet.) Cliff Bars have replaced the store brand nutrition bars as an occasional snack of choice since we finally looked hard at the labels and realized just how much sugar was in those so called "nutrition bars".
The biggest change overall is introducing more organic fare into our laire. Grass fed beef, while more expensive, has been proven by several taste tests (the things we suffer through) to be infinitely more delicious than grain fed beef. (And more expensive, hence our rising food budget.)
I've even introduced John to my dear blogging friend Jan who has inspired me more than anything else in my quest to eat healthier. While we can't give up cow's milk, and while John likes almond milk (um, not quite on board with it myself), we have found that our Costco carries organic 1% milk which we will start Sprite on this weekend. Yes, still more expensive, but hormone and RBST free, so I'm willing to give up one more meal out a month for that.
All of this is helping John stay on track to lose the rest of his excess, however I can't seem to drop anything.
Of course, now that I've written this, I am so yearning for a Dairy Queen small sundae. Irony packs a paunch, doesn't it?
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Next Weeks's Spin Assignment: Kids and Technology
Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids these days! (Suddenly, I have a hankering to watch Bye Bye Birdie.)
This topic brought to us by the lovely and just had a birthday Kate over at Recommended Daily Dose!
I really like this topic because it is a growing epidemic in childhood right now. I can't tell you how many of Sprite's friends already have their own iPods. (John even gifted Sprite with his old one to play games and kid friendly movies during long road trips.)
Vtech, Wii, Leapfrog, Playstation, DS, PC games, children have a lot at their disposal these days. Is it a blessing? A curse?
What's your take on all the gadgets geared towards kids these days?
Spin it up and send it in!
And stop playing with the hi tech toys. You'll never beat Junior's score, you know..