For last five years, I have mostly sat on my butt staring at my computer for endless hours penning Green Talk. As my readership continued to increase so did the inches on my stomach, hips, and butt. Now, I can’t completely blame my weight on my blog. My 10 pound weight gain was caused by my sedentary lifestyle coupled with aging. Nothing fits in my closet.
But instead of whimpering, being in denial, or being angry, I decided to join the Go Green Fit Challenge with my fellow green moms that runs from today for a total of 12 weeks. Being healthy is the best way to save the Planet. It all starts with you.
Here’s why I joined, and what I plan to do to kick my flabby butt to the curb.
Does this Sound Like You?
Although I write a blog, my “work” lifestyle isn’t much different than those who sit at a desk all day. Despite my obsession with gardening and exercising regularly, the pounds just keep creeping on.
I won’t even look at the mirror anymore because it is depressing. Now, if you see me in person, you won’t think I am heavy. Believe me, my closet knows when I try and squeeze into my jeans. The poor clothes just wince when I zip up the pants. Then I do the stretching game hoping that fabric will stretch out a little so I can breath.
Sure, I was exercising three times a week with weights and aerobics. Obviously, I was eating more than what I was burning. As I mentioned above, as you get older, your metabolism starts to hate you. And it really hates you after you go through menopause.
Gaining Weight as a Vegetarian.
To add another log on the fire, I was hungry. Many of you know that I became a vegetarian almost two years ago. I bet I am the only vegetarian that gained weight. After, looking at my diet, I realized I was eating too much “good for you” fats. Whenever I was starving, I would eat a teaspoon of peanut butter or grab a handful of nuts since fat always makes me full. My vegan friends told me to stop eating so much fat since even good fat makes you fat.
What else was I eating? I eat mostly carbohydrates in the form of bean, vegetables, and fruits. I don’t eat much bread, pasta, grains, eggs, dairy, or tofu. (Anna, now we understand why you are hungry.)
Plus, I stay up late to write Green Talk or do other types of household work. Sometimes, I stay up later than I should and my stomach starts to growl and screams “feed me.” Again, I reach for cottage cheese, an apple, and even an energy bar when I am completely starving. A double no-no. Eating late is just a pound waiting to happen.
Little Tough Love
After refusing to look in the mirror, but catching a short glimpse of myself naked, I said enough is enough. I took a hard look at my exercise program and what I was eating. Plus, I recently went to the doctor for my annual check-up which I have put off for three years. My doctor and I discussed my issue with my weight gain, exhaustion after eating, and a host of hypochondriac issues that I have. He ran a bunch of tests, which I will reveal in another post. In fact, today, I will be receiving my results. (*Cringe*)
What Did I discover?
- I have to cut off my “fourth meal,” and start going to bed earlier. My blog will wait.
- My exercise program has been like a comfortable but unfulfilled relationship that you are afraid to let go of. I use the elliptical three times a week at the same speed. (*Yawn*) My weight lifting hasn’t increased in two years. Maybe three? So who is kidding who?
- When I get hungry I want to eat everything in sight.
- I need to get off my butt and stop being a perfectionist about my work.
- Increase my exercise activity to at least five days a week. I also need to change my routine.
- Increase my weight intensity.
- Eating five small meals to decrease hunger.
- Turn off the computer! (I haven’t worked at the “when” yet.)
- Start working smarter and not being so “ADD’ish.”
- Spend more time in the garden. Over the last three weeks I have been doing a lot of hauling. (Again, another post.)
- Cooking more raw dishes.
- Of course, drop those 10 pounds and keep it off.
Join the Conversation:
- What goals do you have for the summer?
- Have you started a weight loss program? If so, let me know about it.
- Instituted an exercise program? If so, let’s hear about it.
- Words of advice?