- HER health, as I know everything I put into my body enters hers through my breastmilk.
- MY health, as I desire to get back into shape in the fastest and healthiest way possible. With K I just waited around and didn't kick myself into gear until he was around 7 months old. I can't do that this time. With 3 kids who need me this summer, I want to be back to *ME* as fast as possible and possibly be an even better, healthier me.
So, here come my lofty goals. Hopefully by writing them down and sharing them I might be more motivated to actually reach my goals!!! I am going to give myself a couple of weeks with out totally obsessing over health, although I have actually begun many of these things. With family here cooking for us, it is just to hard to be 100% committed.
Before I dive into this, I want to share my goals from January 2007, when I kicked things into gear to finally get in shape after Krash was born. Let me say...IT WORKED. I followed my plan entirely for 30 days and noticed a HUGE change in almost every aspect of my life.
This is copied directly form my personal blog, January 4, 2007...
- EAT breakfast (I am making myself a smoothie with fat-free plain yogurt, OJ, frozen berries, a banana, flax seed, and psyllium seed husks)
- Drink ALL of my water
- NO sugar in my coffee (I am a sugar-aholic so this is a huge change for me)
- Walk 30 minutes every day (I had been doing this at least 3 times a week)
- NO eating after 9:30pm (I am a evening snacker because I wasn't eating during my busy day)
- ALL 100% whole grain products (bread, tortillas, rice, pasta, etc)
- Eliminating almost everything that has high-fructose corn syrup or the equivalent (Bye Bye my favorite honey mustard dressing, I am now using balsamic vinegar and olive oil)
- Eating to stay full throughout the day by adding snacks in BEFORE I even get hungry (things like: avocado, clementines, pumpkin seeds, almonds, whole-grain crackers, apples, cheese, fruit leathers)
- Eating the SAME thing for lunch each day (I have chosen a turkey wrap on a whole grain tortilla with hummus, and spinach or Lean Cuisine if I am in too much of a hurry)
- NO candy or sweets (again a tough one since I am a candy freak!)
- Trying to get enough SLEEP (this is a tough one though)
And now, for my modified version, to begin within the first month...
- 100% Whole Grain products
- As 100% Organic as I can possibly eat, within options and budget
- Avoid GM foods, as MUCH as possible
- Drink tons of water
- Drink Organic Milk
- Veggies: Spinach, Carrot sticks, Celery Sticks...on a daily basis
- Fruits: banana, berries (organic frozen combo, and fresh), kiwi, apples, etc.
- Yogurt: 100% Organic, from the big tub
- Flax Seeds: ground up whole, or flaxseed meal (if I am feeling lazy)
- Protein: Eggs, Organic PB, meat at dinner
- Grains: WW bagel, WW bread, WW pasta
- NO: high fructose, candy, sweets, etc.
- Switch my coffee creamer to an organic kind (gotta find this), try to find a natural sweetener to replace the sugar I use, or learn to do without. Coffee is one thing I am not giving up though :). I gotta make it as healthy as possible and that's it!!
- Begin walking on my treadmill when I recover from the surgery. I will set a walking/exercising goal then.
Things I am still researching to make a decision on:
- Teas for health
- Cheese and other dairy products-how to make the best decision
What will be MOST difficult for me:
- No sweets: I am over candy for the most part, but I love brownies, cookies, etc. This aspect will be hard, but I need to do it.
- Remembering to actually eat. I often get going and forget to eat, then I am starving, and grab something quickly.
- Taking the time: I am often lazy when it comes to prepping healthier foods. I want something fast and if I don't cut up fruits and veggies the night before, I often won't do it the next day. I need to think in advance.
- When I am not home: I really struggle at restaurants, on vacations, etc. I am going to let myself off the hook a bit on these occasions, so I don't feel overwhelmed. I want these goals to carry on longer than a month this time, so I need to be realistic.
Here we go...praying for a healthy me and a healthy baby in the coming months ahead!!!!