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Roots, Rhymes, and Reasons

Posted Mar 20 2010 12:00am

As much as I loathe micro-managing in all its annoyingly specific forms, the time has come for me to be a little more specific and managed regarding some long-term goals of mine that have fallen by the wayside. One of the root incentives that got me food blogging a mere six months ago (oh, how time flies), was the personal accountability involved in a daily food and fitness journal.

While I’ve certainly learned a lot about my fitness and nutritional habits, made some wonderful friends, broadened my horizons in the culinary and general life sense, and am generally healthier and happier…I’ve totally neglected my main impetus. Having wonderfully supportive comments to read each day has definitely helped prevent me from derailing on the healthy track, however, one goal I’ve simply forgotten about is that I started this blog to lose some poundage and document my journey in doing so. Sure, I lost a quick five pounds when I began snappin’ pics of my daily eats…but somewhere along the line, I relaxed a little too much and those five pounds crept right back.

I think it’s great to be at ease with your body, give into indulgences, and skip a workout if you just aren’t up for it. Though, as I read past entries and feel my pants get increasingly tighter with each day…I realize I’ve been doing an awful lot of that lately.

I’m alright with having 1/2 pint of ice cream, but my old waistline would probably rather have 1/2 cup and some herbal tea.

I’m alright with running 12 miles a week and lackadaisically doing push-ups here and crunches there, but my VO2 Max knows that I can push myself to run 20 and refine my strength training sessions a bit.

I’m alright with the way I look in a bathing suit now, but my own sheer vanity knows I can look way better.

I’m alright with wearing size 8 jeans currently, but I’d rather be able to wear the size 4 ones tucked away in my dresser.

I’m alright with eating two snacks a day, even though most of the time I’m not hungry for them.

So with that all said, I’ve decided to set a more focused goal regarding where I want to be physically. I’m a sucker for gimmicks, so I’ve decided to give my new weight-loss plan a gimmicky title:

20 to 25

The goal is simple. I just want to shed twenty pounds before my 25th birthday this September. At this rate, that would involve a slow, steady loss of one pound per week. Since I know weight can be a tricky, unreliable thing, I’ll also be relying on the fit of my clothing and measuring tape as well to monitor my progress. Basically, if I’m in those size 4 jeans come September 18th, 2010…my goal will be met.

I know that small changes add up, so here are some very basic, not-too-militant guidelines I’m setting for myself in order to shed off the extra poundage:

-Stick to single serving sizes, rather than my current method of rationalizing overeating healthy foods (this may require investing in a food scale).

-Cardio 5x per week. Any form is fine, as long as I get moving for at least 30 min.

-Strength train at least 3x a week, a tried and true way of boosting the metabolism and whittling away at unwanted body girth.

-Go ahead and have a SMALL serving of dessert, but brush teeth afterwards or pop in some gum to keep from scampering back for seconds, thirds, fourths, eventually the whole pint of ice cream/bar of dark chocolate/you get the idea…

-5-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day.

-Skipping snacks if I’m not actually hungry, really tapping into intuitive eating. (I’ve been eating snacks just out of habit, rather than hunger.)

-Keeping my caloric intake roughly between 1,700-2,000 calories a day.

-”Synopsis Sundays”- A special portion of Sunday evening’s posts will be a review and summary of the week’s progress and adherence toward my 20 to 25 goal.

If any of you have some insight to provide that can help me with this goal, I’d love to hear it!

Alright, with all that said and done, onto today’s eats.

This morning, I made big batch of Bob’s Buttermilk Whole Grain Pancakes for my wee house-guests and myself. The kids preferred their pancakes simple with butter and maple syrup, but I dressed my portion up a bit:

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Pancake Toppings:

1/4 Cup of Fage 2% Greek Yogurt

1 TBS Black Cherry Preserves

1 TBS Cashew Butter

Drizzle of Agave Nectar

1 Sliced Banana

Lunch was a junk salad that seemed like a good idea in theory, but wound up tasting kind of blech (I blame the less than fresh mixed greens):

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Junk Salad Fixins’:

Mixed Greens

Beets

Feta Cheese Cubes

Sprouts

Kidney Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Roasted Red Peppers

Cucumbers

Shredded Carrot

Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette

Due to the greens being so sub-par, I only ate about half before I threw in the [paper] towel.

Afternoon snackage was something that was very refreshing for this lil’ fruit fly:

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Strawberries (1 Cup

1 Navel Orange

Teeny Tiny Amount of Blueberries

I enjoyed it with a cup of black coffee. Clearly, I’m making up for lost time now that coffee and I have reunited for good:

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A little later hunger beckoned, so I nibbled on some string cheese:IMG_2548.JPG

Dinner was random and a bit scattered. It all started off with a massive craving for my favorite toast concoction:IMG_2563.JPG

Sliced banana, Cashew Butter, Black Cherry Preserves, Whole Wheat Toast

Clearly, I can’t get enough of this stuff:

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Two bites in, I knew cinnamon needed to be added in order for this carb-packed dinner to truly hit the spot:

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A little later, I had dinner part deux- which was comprised of root veggies:

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Cheetahs

Roasted Parsnip Fries

Ketchup

After pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees, I drizzled 1 TBS Coconut Oil on both the sweet potato rounds and parsnip slices, spread them on a baking sheet for 40 minutes, flipping over once half-way through cooking. The result was delish and the coconut oil added just a touch of delectable sweetness.

Dessert was initially supposed to be just one lone bird’s nest and a scoop of vanilla ice cream…

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However, seeing as I had 2 more bird’s nests, and 3/4 of a pint of ice cream left…I went ahead and inhaled them. Needless to say, as I sit here typing away with a gut so stuffed I feel sick…I came to affirm and map out my weight loss goals shortly after tonight’s dessert binge.

If you already lead a healthy and active lifestyle, what are some additional steps you’ve taken to lose a little extra dough when necessary?

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