Quick Update

So, I was able to finally get a workout in today! Yay!

I did 30 min of walking-jogging but I am definitely not as in shape as I used to be! I am only able to really run without stopping for 2-3 minutes at a time and then I can walk briskly, but still; not bad. Barely any hip pain. Also, when I got home I did 20 minutes of light strength training: lunges, squats, planks and push-ups, all with small dumbbells of 5 lbs each (as opposed to all the weight I used to pile on before *sigh*).

Small steps, I guess. I definitely feel my mood improve whenever I work out, so my goal is to keep this up and hopefully keep improving, running-wise. I sure do miss doing the Stronglifts workout but I need to wait until I get my hip MRI and all that. So, soon, I hope.

The rest of things have been going well, I keep meaning to write more but I have been drawing a blank kind of, when it comes to topics. But I should have some extra time this week and probably get an entry or two in.

How about you? Have you been improving on your workouts or have you fallen behind like me and have to start over?

 

Self Control Article

Self-control. We all struggle with it (for some of us it is a daily struggle) so I figured I would share this article I found on Lifehacker.  It basically goes over how self-control works and gives you some tips on how to use it effectively. Enjoy!

How Self Control Works and How to Use It

Recipe: Kat’s Veggie Stir-Fry/Stew

So, it is National Vegetarian Week, which  Leslie informed me of and also gave me the idea to post a veggie recipe for you guys. I LOVE this recipe which I put together one night at my old apartment because I was hungry and didn’t want to defrost chicken (LOL). Anyway, here it is:

Kat’s Veggie Stir-Fry/Stew

Serves  2 / Prep Time 10 min / Cook Time 20-25 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped small red potatoes (with skin)
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • ½ cup chopped cubanelle pepper
  • 1 cup of Pomi chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup organic cut green beans
  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a hot non-stick pan, when oil is fragrant add the potatoes. Cook potatoes until lightly browned, then add the onion and peppers. Cook until onions start browning and add the tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes then add the green beans. Cook for another 5-10 min (depends on how crunchy you like your green beans).

Add salt & black pepper to taste, and drizzle the rest of the olive oil on top!

Stats (per serving):

Calories – 241 / Carbs – 27g / Fat – 14g / Protein – 4g

It isn’t the highest in protein for us WLS girls, but it is SO good! An alternative you can try is maybe adding a scoop of the flavor-less whey protein powder to the Pomi sauce and then add the calories accordingly; or you can have some chicken on the side (which I have done) and use this as a side dish.

Either way, ENJOY!

Also check out Leslie’s blog, she will be posting a few recipes to celebrate this week!

“Did You Gain Weight? You Look Kinda Chubby Today.”

Warning: This is kinda ranty.

So, I’ve been going crazy without doing any real workouts for the past three weeks. My hip pain has been a little inconsistent (just when I think it’s gone so I try to walk for more than 15 minutes, then BAM! Pain!), so I haven’t really been working out. This lack of exercise has me feeling kinda down on myself; Mark commented that I’ve been “moping around” the house. I won’t lie, all this sullenness is due to me stressing about the fact that since I’m not working out then I’m not burning calories, which means I won’t lose weight. Even though the scale keeps telling me that I have not gained weight (in fact last weigh-in I had lost 2 lbs), when I look in the mirror I see a bigger belly, the beginnings of a double chin and I just feel big. Then yesterday we went out to have lunch with my family and my brother decides to lean over after we’ve ordered our meals and say “Did you gain weight? You look a little chubby today … Maybe it’s the shirt?” Sigh. I’ve talked before about how my family is not the most supportive when it comes to my weight sometimes; it’s easy for them to focus on how I’m still not “skinny” rather than how far I’ve come. I know this, and I don’t hold it against them; yet still that one comment ruined the rest of my evening and just has me in a funk today.

Could this be hormonal (my period is due very soon)? Maybe, but I’ve been feeling this for the past two weeks. It is something that I’m struggling with a lot and I just wish I could wake up and feel great about myself all over again. Why is my self esteem so tied up to my body image? This is something that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember; as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize this comes from the way I was raised but even realizing that hasn’t helped me completely get over it. I’ve come a long way but I get in these weird funks every once in a while.

My goal for today is to go for a little walk outside (15 – 20 min max), listen to some music and try and keep negative thoughts out by focusing on the good things that have happened today. I’ve done pretty good with counting calories and not going off the deep end with food, so I’ll focus on that as well. Hopefully I’ll be out of this funk soon enough.

How about you? Do you have days where you’re just down on yourself and how you look? How do you get over it?

Confessions From A Former Fast Food Junkie

My friend Leslie (check out her awesomely amazing blog here) asked me to write about what exactly changed my attitude towards food and made me start liking/craving healthier things. She specifically asked me “What made it all click in your head?” Sadly, I wish I had a straight-up answer for her, but the truth is I don’t. It was all a very gradual, weird change in my mind (and tastebuds); but I’ll give explaining it a try…

I guess I should start by telling you a little bit about my eating habits pre-op: they were awful. I never ate vegetables, and my diet consisted of over-processed food and TONS of fast food. I’m not exaggerating, it got to the point where the people at my near by Burger King already knew me, ok? I was a very emotional eater (still dealing with that, actually) and I loved to eat and snack on very unhealthy things. Fast food, chips, frozen food, diet coke, pizza, Chinese food, really mostly just restaurant food. Anything that required me to make any effort in cooking it was not an option. It was sad, really, I felt lousy all the time not only physically but emotionally as well, which made me keep eating and it was all just a vicious cycle. Needless to say, this style of eating (and my very sedentary lifestyle) led me to be over 300 lbs. After a lot of consideration I decided to have gastric bypass surgery, thinking that would automatically fix things for me. Well, everything changed but the surgery didn’t “fix” me. I still wanted to eat the same things as before, only now I got super sick from it. The first 4-6 months after surgery was basically a lot of trial and error with food that I used to eat a lot, and then eventually since I got sick of feeling crappy, I decided to start trying other foods and see what happened.

I started slow, some spinach here, a little Cubanelle pepper there and little by little I started adding different, healthier things to my diet and finding out that you know what? They were kind of awesome. It was around that time that I started dating my current boyfriend Mark, who is a total vegetable lover and amazing in the kitchen; so I got to try a LOT of different ways of eating vegetables and found out that they can be so, so delicious. Really, it’s all about how you prepare them. Perhaps growing up my parents didn’t really do vegetables right (my mom mostly overcooked them until they were bland mush) and that’s why I didn’t get into them, and as an adult I fell into the trap of “easy eating” and never gave them a chance (I wouldn’t even have tomato or lettuce in my burger!). Now I’m so glad I did. I also noticed that when you start eating healthier, home-cooked meals you feel a lot better physically. I no longer feel sluggish and heavy and gross all the time, but have a lot more energy to exercise, which I’ve also come to enjoy. It’s still a struggle with my emotional eating, when I’m upset or hormonal I still crave ice cream and pizza, but slowly I’ve been coming to terms with that and I’m doing a lot better. It’s okay to indulge sometimes, it’s just finding a balance that’s right for you. Over-indulging leads to feeling crappy, I just have to remind myself of that and make better choices.

A very important thing I’ve learned to do: read labels. You’d be surprised at all the additives they add to “healthy” or “diet” foods; it is so, so scary! High fructose corn syrup hides everywhere! Seriously, that stuff is pretty bad for you, so I try and stay away as much as possible. I can’t really avoid artificial sweeteners (splenda, equal, nutrasweet) because too much sugar makes me super sick still, so that’s one thing I use frequently (much to Mark’s dismay). I’ve been recommended Stevia which is supposed to be healthier but I’ve been kind of a wuss to try it out (if anyone has tried it, let me know how you like it).

I still have a long way to go, I think, until I’m totally a super-healthy eater; but I have come a long, long way. I won’t sit here and say that it’s easy to completely change your eating habits but I will say that it’s not impossible. It’s a daily battle and sometimes it’s just as simple as picking a banana or apple to snack on instead of a candy bar or chips. And mostly it’s just thinking before putting food in your mouth; ask yourself “Do I really need this right now?”, “Am I actually hungry or just bored?”, “Is this the best thing I can eat?” and so on; it really helps a lot. So, that’s my story; I hope this helped in clarifying how I changed what I eat and how it has totally changed my life.

How about you? Have you always liked healthy food or were you a fast-food junkie like me? What helped you start eating healthier?

ReBlog: Train for a 5k in 9-10 Weeks! (And a Quick Question)

My awesome friend Leslie wrote a post about training for 5ks that I thought needed reposting, since I know a lot of you have included “running a 5k” in your bucket lists.

Read her post and check out her awesome blog here.

This is a real quick and easy way to train yourself, and it makes me sad to read about it because I miss running SO. MUCH.

Soon, hopefully…

Anyway, a quick question for my post-op friends:

Do you snack? What are your favorite snacks? What did your surgeon/NUT tell you about snacking?