Tuesday, November 14, 2006

New habits

I decided after having the miscarriage that I really need to get healthier. The midwives told me that there didn't appear to have been a specific cause for losing the pregnancy, but still. I'm 35 now, get no regular exercise other than walking a 10-pound dog around our block, and feel no shame about gorging on all the Halloween candy that the girls hauled in a couple of weeks ago. I drink gin with abandon, add heavy cream and butter to most things I'm cooking with great recklessness, and have dessert every night. Sometimes I even have a little sweet something after lunch. I could be a little healthier, dontcha think?

So as of about 2 weeks ago, I've changed a few things. I've stopped having an enormous bowl of ice cream with homemade caramel sauce dripping all over it every night after the kids go to bed. I've stopped having my customary two gin drinkies every night. Now I just have a glass of red wine over the course of a couple of hours and then a cup of herbal tea after the girls go to sleep. (Okay, it's still alcohol and you teetotallers won't approve. But red wine is good for you, and it's just a bad idea to completely deprive a mama.) I do not snack on candy during the day, but have fruit or yogurt or cheese and crackers instead. I am trying to pay attention to when I feel full at dinner rather than snarfing everything on my plate just so I don't waste it. I do not finish Bean's leftovers at lunch or breakfast. And I've begun exercising again.

Not much, mind you. But I got up at 6:00 am this morning to go to the gym before Husband and Bean got up, and I did this last week a couple of times as well. I've been dragging the poor doggie on longer walks of 30-45 minutes in which I walk briskly up hills, working up an actual sweat. I sometimes even do abdominal crunches during naptime (though, ahem...not right now).

Husband says he can already tell it's having an affect, and I do feel different already. I feel great, actually. I've got the beginnings of the muscle tone I used to have a couple of years ago when I went to the gym as part of my regular week. And I find that it's self-perpetuating. Since I went to the gym this morning I denied myself that little sweet snack I craved after lunch because I didn't want all that damn early morning exercise to go to waste.

Now if I can just keep it up during the holidays...

10 comments:

Amber said...

When I go to the gym I tend to allow myself that extra treat because 'I deserve it'. Maybe that's why I'm still fat?

Nikkie said...

The holidays are the worst for doing the healthy thing. All the little get togethers with the little yummy treats, a glass of adult beverage here and there. Its bad.

Mitzi Green said...

nooooooo! come back to the fat ass team! we need you!

when you decide to come back, look me up--i'll be in the corner with my peanut m&m's and southern comfort.

Belle said...

That's great! I wish I had your drive and willpower.

Mama D said...

Red wine is good for you!

I'm glad you're feeling great. I'm feeling kinda lazy this week and you've inspired me.

cubmommy said...

I so glad you are feeling better. I have been worried about you.

Great job with exercising and eating healthy. I wish I could motivate myself to do it. I am just too tired.

beth said...

This sounds really good - I'm feeling motivated. I'm glad it's helping you to feel good.

Beth said...

I am doing the same thing, and it is hard. I have cut out the "bad" carbs, sugar, fat, except for good fats, like olive oil.

I am feeling better tho, hate to admit it, but I miss me some popcorn and chips and salsa!!

Mommygoth said...

Ah, you're killing me. I desperately need to go to the gym, or do something. All of my good intentions evaporated when Miss K started waking at 5 AM again. BUT, I have promised myself I will go back on Weight Watchers after Christmas - that's how I got skinny the last time. But you're going to beat me there!

Manic Mom said...

Good for you Sugarmama! You might need to change your blog name! But you're still sweet, even if you're not eating the sweets!

And think of the headstart you'll have when the holidays are over! Keep it up!