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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?


Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that! Don't let it get you down - some things you just need to do for your health. I'd be glad to help you break out of it! You're not still having to take the steroids, are you?

One thing that I've noticed is that after I switched to shopping for healthier foods (organics & non-preservatives, low fat butters & oils, whole grain breads/tortillas/crackers/pasta, etc...) was that I have *a lot* more energy now! (Frankly, I think that's one reason why I'm actually back on the FLY-wagon, lol). I'm also trying to drink more water, which helps both with energy & with melting pounds off. I notice that I personally drink more sodas in summer-time, so I'm trying to watch that.

When I'm feeling really bad about myself, I make it a point to do some spiritual replenishing. I've done a wonderful meditation where I went to my 'sacred spot' and met my Higher Self. It was very illuminating. She was everything I *could* be, and once I consciously contacted her, she said she would be able to help me more to reach that Higher Self attitude when I'm struggling. Maybe something like that might be helpful for you.

So I'm still not sure how far away you are from Asheville. Is it too very far? Maybe we could meet at a park in the middle for a play-date with the kids & a healthy picnic lunch!
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Asheville is three hours away from Elkin. Meeting for lunch would be very nice!

No, I am not still on the steroids, thank goodness. The poison ickies have all cleared up.

I would love to buy healthier foods. Elkin is so small though, there is only a Food Lion here and their fair is none too healthy. There may be a health food store in Mt. Airy. I am not sure. I need a "Buying Healthy Food for Dummies" book.

I checked out the Fly Lady!! That sounds awesome. I signed up for the yahoo group.

I would love a copy of that meditation you did.

Any help is appreciated.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE your icon!

And I'm glad to hear that you're not on the steroids anymore. I'm sure that will help! And I'm glad you've signed up for FLYlady! Do you want to be my FLY-buddy? I could use someone to do it with and help me stay on track.

I don't have a write-up of that meditation, since it was just one I did on my own. I think I got the idea from the SDD Lightworkers group. They send out A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT of emails, so I get the digest and mostly skim through them until one calls to me. There's a LOT of good gems in there, and it helps me keep my spiritual growth at the forefront. I'll try to remember to write up the meditation sometime.

Maybe we could meet up somewhere in Hickory sometime!

And check out Earth Fare - I know they're our local health food store & they've opened several locations throughout the state.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Sure I will be your fly buddy! :D

Earth Fare looks awesome. The Boone and Greensboro stores are both about an hour away. I think I would prefer to go to Boone. It is such a neat little hippie town. Not as awesome as Asheville but still.

I will check out Lightworkers.

Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Cool! After seeing the improvement in both my energy levels AND the kids' eating habits, I know I think it's totally worth the drive to find more wholesome foods. Too bad you guys don't have an Amazing Savings out there - it's like an organic GO grocery.

And thanks for being my FLYbuddy! Just give me a nudge if you don't hear from me. I'll be logging my progress. And if you decide to join up at Lightworkers, tell them that you found out about them from Amanda/Yajolimyr. :D I got in through berryhappy.