No, not the movie!
The traffic I encountered on my way home from work tonight. What usually takes me a half hour took me over an hour tonight! It was really frustrating. I tried to take deep breaths, but I will admit I didn’t do a very good job of keeping my cool. :
What do you do to beat the stress when you are stuck in traffic?
Normally, I try to find some good music and blare it, but there was none today. Everything just seemed annoying! lol.
It didn’t help that I wanted to chew my own arm off on the way home. I came home and inhaled an english cucumber, piece of Eziekel bread and hummus, and then I made a HUGE salad and inhaled that too. I am finally feeling a bit back to my old self. Yikes. Like Eric always says, don’t mess with Ange when she is hungry! haha. :D
This is what I found in my lunch today:
How sweet! Eric cut up an ‘X’ and an ‘O’ when he made my lunch last night. :D
He made my lunch the past couple of nights to give me a break since I have been so busy. Yesterday’s apple was a heart shape! Oh god, if I was you I’d probably be rolling my eyes too! haha…we are geeks.
My Road To Health: Part II
First installment: My Road to Health: Part I
Ok, so where did we leave off? Oh yes, I was desperately trying to put the past 25 years into words for you all! haha…ok so maybe not that far back (I will spare you all!).
In tonight’s and future installments, I will talk about one specific strategy that has helped me in my quest for health and fitness. Each one takes a while to talk about, so I will do one per installment and then I hope that we can have a nice discussion going after each! Almost like a virtual classroom of sorts.
1) All Calories Are Not Equal
Several years ago, I was in the mindset that as long as I kept within my desired calorie range, it didn’t really matter what I ate. Sure, I obviously knew about nutrition and vitamins and what my body required, but it is funny how all good intentions can go out the window when you are trying to lose weight. I used to eat many nutritionally void foods as staples in my diet, and looking back on it now I was doing myself a huge injustice. I would live off of microwave popcorn, tuna, granola bars, iceburg lettuce, etc. when I was an undergrad in university. I shudder when I think of this because if I had been eating nutritionally complete foods, I would have felt better and felt fuller for longer! Not to mention that many of those pre-packaged foods (e.g., Special K bars, Microwave popcorn) are overpriced for what you get (a tiny serving of food that doesn’t satiate hunger for long).
I discovered if you eat natural foods (think whole grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts) in their natural form (unprocessed), you will not only feel full for longer, thus able to sustain energy needs, but you will feel happier and healthier. Because I now eat wholesome, nutritious foods I can eat alot of it. I can have huge plates of stir-frys, bowls of oats, seeds and beans, etc. It is volume eating at its’ best!
Would you rather this:
Of course, I fully believe that you can have your cake and eat it too. I am a baker and I certainly consume my fair share of treats! I believe that any food can fit into a health diet. Even now, after years of pursuring nutrition and healthier eating, I still have slip-ups. There are still days when I have a ‘goof’ and end up eating half a dozen cookies or a few slices of cake or too much icing. I still have those days. I think it would be a lie to myself if I thought that I could ever be able to eliminate those ‘slip-ups’. I am human. I make mistakes. And sometimes, I just want to eat what I want when I want it. Who doesn’t? The point is, even despite not being perfect, I have been able to maintain my weight loss for several years now.
I think a big reason why people get discouraged is that they have this false illusion of what it is to be a healthy individual. Then when they go out for pizza after a night of drinking, they think they are a failure. That isn’t the case! We are all human. Any step in the right direction is worthwhile, no matter how long it takes you to figure out what works for you.
Repeat after me:
I am human.
I make mistakes.
Just like everyone else.
Every step in the right direction is a step worth taken and will not be undone because I feel imperfect.
I am WORTHY of the effort it takes to find my path to good health!
What are your thoughts? I am interested in hearing your opinions!
Tonight’s mini-meditation: Don’t forget to breath deeply!
Stay tuned tomorrow for OSG‘s first official ‘Love It or Hate It’ celebrity fashion post as well as our first official READER Journey to Health story! :D I am so excited!!
Cat funny of the day:
hahaha….what the hell is he doing!?
Aww, that’s so cute that he’s doing that to your fruit for lunch!! You’ve got a keeper :)
LOL.. I love that cat picture, it just makes me laugh so much for some reason. He looks like my cat Bruin :)
Aww and I love the XO apple. Sweet hubby!
This summer my commuter to work went from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, due to road construction. The only way I can handle it is to talk on the phone. I got so much done in the car!
Blah, I ran into traffic today too :-(
LOVE THE HEART-SHAPED APPLE!!! Too cute :-D
Wow. Just discovered your blog, and I so love this post. When I began to cut out the “fake” food – that is when I started to really see some good new changes in my weight. I’m working on some of the last fake crap in my diet now. (ugh splenda!!)
Love your blog, I’ll be here often!
Hey there! I found your amazing blog through Kelly Olexa’s blog. Great site – I too will be back!
How cute was the XO in your lunch….too sweet!
It’s scary how close our attitudes are towards food these days! I feel like I could have written that myself!
Hi there, my name is Lauren and I’m from Austin, TX. I just came across your blog and I love it! I keep a box of triscuits in my car for those emergency traffic situations. hate traffic!
love your blog.
yay for Canada ;)
although i live in South Africa.
have a wonderful weekend.
( mypassion/blog is fashion!!!)
I think that the X & O apples are absolutely adorable…I would love to find a man who would do that for me. : D
Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
Aw your husband is so sweet! Love the XO apple. :)
i love the apple! it is so cute! I dont really get stuck in traffic- i live about 5 miles away from my office.. nice and easy! i should ride my bike there but i dont have a bike and i have a huge work bag to take.. (laptop, etc..) so i’m not sure about that!
Adorable apple! When I’m in traffic and feel myself start to get frustrated I try to just turn up the music, sing along and stop worrying about when I’m going to get where I’m going. If that doesn’t work I do breathing exercises… I’m a big fan of this yoga breathing called “elevator breathing” to calm myself down – google it!
What a great post. I think this is the number one thing that people need to realize! I feel like with all this 100 calorie pack crap and everything people are losing sight of the point of food – the purpose is about eating what is fulfilling and nourishing to your body, not trying to have as much junk food as possible for as little calories as possible! I really feel if this concept was taught and advertised as opposed to the “quick fixes” and “eat junk food only and lose weight” type things, many people would really be on their way to turning their diets around, AND still enjoying and being fulfilled by food!
This is so great. I can’t wait to read your other installments :)
I had a slip up day yesterday. Thank you for reminding me that: we, are, human, and that those days happen.
Thanks for this post; I needed to read these affirmations this morning. Progress requires patience.
I am in TOTAL agreement with the point that you have to give yourself some slack when you make a mistake. Realizing this has been a HUGE turning point in my journey towards living a healthier lifestyle. For the first time ever…I have leg muscles on the inside of my legs and I can run for 80min! You are an inspiration.
Hi my name is Margie and just recently happen to come across your website. I really do like it.
Are you still active on your website? I’m asking because I have noticed some of the blogs are
from like 2008 and 2009. I am a healthy eater. i just don’t know when to stop. And very interested in your information. Which i think is very helpful. And can you still purchase healthy snacks that you make?
Thank you for your time.
I’m playing catch up on your blog – great recipes! I just read this post and have to say it’s great to read about you learning to have a healthy relationship with your body. My advice? Stop thinking of days where you have one too many cookies or too much icing as “mistakes”! After saying that you’re human and make mistakes, you then say that people who eat pizza after drinking aren’t a failure. But you’ve basically just said that any time you eat too many cookies you’ve failed by using the language of “mistake”. Contradicting messages. Could it be that sometimes, in the midst of a healthy, balanced approach to food, you just need an extra cookie or four? Perhaps this could even be part of a healthy approach to food?