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Health Buddies Update

It's been a while since we checked in! How is everyone doing?

For those who are new to the f-list (and there's several -- everyone wave and say hi), I started a Health Buddies project among my friends here in this post. We currently have a dozen folks who have signed up to encourage & support each other on our mutual quest to get healthy. Feel free to sign up there if you want to be added, and check out the journals of those who are particpating.

For a while I was holding steady at 150 pounds - 20 pounds away from my weight goal, but 49 pounds lost since having baby Ivy! After coming back from my Florida trip, I seem to be holding steady at 152. I've gained back a couple pounds, but I'm not worried because I'm eating more healthy foods!

My buddy ladysmith and her husband are health-conscious shoppers. Honestly, their pantry put me to shame! I was very inspired by the natural/organic/whole wheat ingredients they used. She even cooked me tofu that I actually enjoyed. So when I came home, I sat down and had a long talk with Josh about my goals and concerns. Getting the kids to eat a variety of foods - let alone healthy foods - has been a challenge. And sometimes when I do cook more healthy foods, Josh snerks and 'finds something for himself'. So of course Eden expects the same thing when she doesn't care for what I've cooked. I explained to him that I was concerned about our kids eating habits and health, and that I felt it was very important that we lead by example. I know how dedicated he is to exercise, but I pointed out that it's not doing much good if we're not using healthy fuel to facilitate that.

So my wonderfully supportive Beloved has agreed to expand our eating horizons. He even tried some of the tofu stirfry I made (which Ivy LOVED and would not stop eating). I've started doing a lot of shopping at Amazing Savings, which is a discount organic store. The health food stores around here are *outrageous*, which is why I never shopped there. I know it's worth it to keep my family healthy, but when you're on a budget, it's tough call between eating organic and eating all month. ~LOL~ Anyway, I heard about this discount store, which is out-of-the-way but totally worth the drive. I've switched to mostly organic & whole grain snacks for the kids and am slowly introducing new foods like tofu & tempeh, vegi chips, etc. and even found a chocolate soy milk that Josh & the kids love (8th Continent).

I don't know a lot about healthy foods, sad to say, or how to cook them. I've always had my 'standard' recipes that get switched up between frozen dinners & pizza. I really want to grow as both a cook and a consumer. I've joined a few new communities that I hope will help out. I'll be checking out the archives of one of my favorites, food_porn, and I joined up at eatingnaturally, naturalfamily, and bodyforlife (I started Body-for-Life before but never committed to it; I'm contemplating trying it out again in the future).

I've also checked out SavingDinner, which I learned about through FlyLady. There are sample menus & grocery lists that you can print out, so I've printed *ALL* of the sample menus and plan to try each one. If I find a good one for us, I may save up and buy a subscription. She has several choices for menus - Regular, Low-Carb, Body Clutter, Frugal, Crock Cooker, Vegetarian, & Heart Healthy. That's six weeks of new recipes to try! (Body Clutter is the same menu as Low-Carb, but with day-time meal & snack suggestions).

We're also getting out more. We went hiking/berry picking over the weekend, which the kids LOVED. Baby-steps, though, since poor Eden isn't used to climbing all over the mountain (and she had new shoes & got a big blister! Bless her heart. I had to carry her back out). We're going to try to get out hiking, walking, or biking at least once a week while the weather holds.

So that's where we are right now. How are you doing?

Comments

ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, glad you're getting some good exercise in, but good job not pushing it. :) You need to start slow. I might try to get some information on the Curves thing. It might be a good way to help me find some lady-friends, too.

I'll defitely try steamed tofu. I couldn't believe how much Ivy was mowing down on that! I cooked it in the stir fry with chicken broth & soy sauce, like you did, and she had two little bowls of her own AND kept begging off me & Josh's plates. I'll definitely have to ask Christina for healthy kid-food suggestions. I want to start making smoothies, too, but I need a blender that works.
glowfaeriejosie
Aug. 21st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
i just a postcard from curves for a free week for new moms! i thought it was really cool, and there's one about a block from my house right now. but it is only for first timers..luckily i've never been there before ^_^

D and i have been talking about getting more exercise soon. He quit smoking almost two weeks ago! and we have been trying to cut down our portions.
ahavah
Aug. 21st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for your husband! Congratulations to all of you! I know how hard quitting can be...

Portion size is definitely one of my weaknesses, but more so when I *know* I'm eating healthy food. Like that excuses me to eat more. Josh is trying to help me out with that, but he's just as bad. ;) We keep reminding ourselves that a portion is only the same as our closed fist - so his is bigger than mine, and I don't have to feel like I'm 'missing out' because of that. :P

Let me know how the Curves thing goes for you!