Food is something I usually don’t talk about with you all, partly because I’ve never considered myself to be an authority on all things nutrition. And also because, truth be told…I’m a big ole greedy foodie! *smile* I don’t make any excuses about why I eat what I eat, through my attempts at living a better and healthier life I’ve learned that I quite simply enjoy food.
What this has meant for my running and weight loss is that I do have some weeks where the scale doesn’t budge as much, or it may even go up a bit. It’s a hazard of my own approach to food…which is “eat healthy as much as you can, but it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile” Admittedly that “every once in awhile” sometimes becomes several times in a week…especially during this past holiday season.
So, frustrated with the fact that I’m putting all this hard work into my marathon training and yet my scale isn’t moving down enough (or at all in some weigh-ins), I’ve decided to re-evaluate what I’ve been putting into my body.
First up is my water intake…
This has been spotty, at best. There are days when I do ok, maybe close to 6-8 glasses of water, and days where I have no idea how much or how little I’ve taken in. I used to drink Crystal Light, and that was how I got my water intake, but I’ve decided to give that up and switch to plain water. Why? Well because one day I looked in the bottom of a pitcher of crystal light I made and saw this weird filmy stuff. Then I looked at my water bottle and realized this is probably the same stuff that collects at its bottom. I realized then that if it looked gross at the bottom of the container, it must look even grosser when it’s in my body. I did a little more research into Crystal Light, trying to figure out what the heck is in it…and I found a whole lot of info on aspartame. This stuff seems to be pretty nasty when it comes to the possible effects it has on the body. So with Crystal Light out of the picture, that leave me to regular water. I did do a little research into different ways one can flavor water, and I came across some of these articles: Homemade Flavored Water and 32 Natural Ways to Flavor Water
I took a look at what I’d been eating…and I realize that I’d been eating a lot of food that was prepared by other hands. Take out, restaurants, sweets, and all kinds of processed food. Food that I couldn’t properly gauge what the heck I was putting into my system. I think that was the greatest frustration for me…I relied so heavily on prepackaged healthy foods in the beginning of my weight loss journey. Then that got me to thinking…For someone who is really into trying to be healthy, I was not paying nearly enough attention to making sure I was eating the proper things.
So I’ve decided to become more hands on with my food, and I’m cooking more. At least that way I can hold myself accountable for what I’m eating and I’m taking responsibility for what’s going in my body. I’ve been looking at various recipes (using some of these sites: Simply Recipes, A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss, Paleo Plan, and Clean Eating) and trying a few things out this past week. It’s been really fun and quite satisfying emotionally and physically. I feel more empowered when I cook, and I’ve been cooking some pretty awesome meals! I’m impressing myself with my culinary skills, and I’m thinking/hoping that this increased participation on my part will help in my quest to be healthier.
What about you? How are your eating habits helping/hindering your fitness routine?