Written Monday February 29, 2016
As the sun shines brightly, the temperatures climb out of the 30’s and the beginnings of blossoms peak out excited to greet spring I am reminded all too well that I have let ole man winter lead me down an unhealthy path again this year. With muffin top and double chin I shamefully lurch up to the desk at the gym to get a new membership. I schedule an appointment with the personal trainer to start a well suited program and begin researching clean eating plans.
I am usually all over the place when it comes to a specific diet plan, a dabbler if you will. My feet firmly planted in Mediterranean cuisine, my diet becomes a Frankenstein’s monster of taste and texture, all while trying to maintain a specific calorie count and avoiding the bad carbs, fat sand sugars. I have found that my body at least, responds best to a clean eating diet.
I have battled my weight my entire adult life never getting below 180 pounds. I dare not say what my weight is today. I will say if you ad about 55 to the above number you’ll have your answer. That number is to ugly to me right now to put upon this page. I have bounced up and down above and below 200 with no lasting success but now a very large number is coming my way a number that means to make me take my morality into consideration the big 50 is but a couple of years away and I fear if I do not get my body healthy now I will have a miserable time plagued with pain and suffering, of constant aches and pains stroke or worse. So,This is my affirmation, my talisman to shout upon the pyramid top, Stop wishing and START doing!
Stop sitting on my laptop looking at all the things I want to be doing like swimming and surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Perusing endless online catalogues of dresses shorts bathing suites and tops I cannot wear and searching for the happiness within somewhere it is not.
I am in the process of finding my diet and recipe books after our move, even though we have been in the new home for about 7 months I have just located and hung all of our family photos and notice I have not let a photo of myself be taken in a long time. I am working on a”clean eating” meal plan at the moment that I hope and pray will prove to be a great tool in my success. I plan to share my experiences and recipes here. with you and hope that this affirmation will spur my success in loosing the weight in need to become healthy and fit.
I have had an extremely stressful month with some legal hurdles, taking on a new position at work and stress at home I have not come through February unscathed. My futile attempts to count calories by keeping a food journal were unsuccessful but I did start attending the gym somewhat regularly. I think I have emerged from February 2016 with a renewed sense of self and a fresh take on my diet so we shall see at the end of March if my convictions are true.
As for today, I continue to journal and calorie count because these tools seem to work best for me. My advice, stick with what works for you personally. Remind yourself of where you came from, where you are going and how far you’ve come and most of all never look back. I have decided to start using my blog as a springboard for success and journaling here on my success and failures of loosing the weight. It is my hope to help and inspire others on their quest to success as well. So come join me.
Arriving home today, opening the door I am greeted with a warm and inviting feeling. And a Pomeranian dancing circles and barking excitedly at my arrival. After all the loving afternoon greetings are attending to I head to the kitchen for one of two things. Either a refreshing glass of iced tea, for the Southern in me, or a tantalizing glass of chilled wine to take the edge off. Then, I set out to cooking and for this evenings delicious meal I will start with a Mediterranean shrimp, sautéed spinach over a bed of batsmani rice. The aroma of peppers onion and garlic fill the air and the shrimp, tomatoes and spinach with a dash of Italian seasoning add to the amazing aroma. Although a delicate balance of flavors and aromas this is quite a simple dish to prepare. I am going to sit down to the table for some good food, drink and conversation. Have a wonderful evening.