Senin, 18 Juli 2011

Trying new things

This week (this week as in yesterday and today;), I've been trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my lifestyle. The fruits aren't so bad, although I've never really been a fruit lover. The veggies on the other hand... UHG. I'd rather eat a... well a cupcake.

There are so many health benefits from eating your daily serving of fruits and veggies. I'm starting to feel like I'm robbing myself if I don't eat the healthy goodness that nature has to offer.

Here are just a few of those benefits:
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Helps your digestion system
  • Helps your body to burn more calories
  • Lowers the risk of several types of cancer
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and better control of blood glucose
I know it's worth it. I just have to re-train my little taste buds. And my taste buds are snobs, so it might take a little while.

Since I don't want to eat my vegetables in the first place, it's hard for me to find the motivation to actually prepare them. These steamfresh bags have been a lifesaver. You just pop it in the microwave for 5 min. and you have perfectly steamed veggies. They're also the perfect size for the hubs and I to share. But since I love the guy, I give him the majority of the bag. There's no "I" in marriage. Oh wait, there is!

Another little thing I tried this week were brown eggs.
I always thought there was something "special" about brown eggs. They're more expensive, and they're that has to mean something, right? Apparently not. The only difference between a white egg and a brown egg, is that the white egg comes from a white hen, and the brown comes from a brown/red feathered hen. And that's it. But it was a fun little adventure ;)

THIS is a great article by Paula, that explains the difference between healthy eggs, and not so healthy eggs.

P.S. It's my dream in life to own chickens, and a cute little chicken coop.
Chickens are the new dog. So naturally I have to get some.

What new healthy things have you been trying?
Do you love your fruits and veggies?

Kamis, 14 Juli 2011

This doesn't really have much to do with weight loss- A beauty post

Lately I've been obsessed with watching makeup and hair tutorials on youtube. It's so much fun to watch tips and tricks, and to learn the right way to do things. I've enjoyed experimenting with new techniques, and stepping away from my normal (boring) look.

Here are a few of my favorite videos:

I LOVE this video that shows you how to get the Kim Kardashian hair. I learned so much from watching it. Basically that I've been doing it all wrong.

I've already tried these 2 makeup techniques (using a few different products). Love!

I'm scared, but determined to rock this smokey eye:

And yes, if you haven't noticed, I've developed a bit of a girl crush on this girl. She has the best tutorials in my opinion.

Here's 3 ways I can actually tie this into weight loss:

1. I find that feeling pretty on the outside, helps me to stick to my diet. It puts an extra spring in my step, and I want to feel as good as I look. Eating healthy, and slowly getting to my goal weight, definitely helps to do just that.
2. It is so much fun buying new beauty supplies. You can use it as a reward/motivation for you to reach a goal. For me- If I can go two weeks without any big cheats (ex. A Hershey kiss is okay, a big mac is not), then I get to go buy a MAC eyeshadow kit! I'm so there.
3. When I am bored, I eat. Plain and simple. So it's important to keep myself busy. Lately I've been spending a lot of time in the mirror, trying these new techniques. It's been fun, and it has kept my mind off of cupcakes. Which is huge. Cause I'm always thinking about cupcakes.

So there. I guess this did have something to do with weight loss after all. I can pretty much tie anything into weight loss now. I'm like a pro ;)

Do you experiment with your beauty routine?
What's your favorite beauty product?
My new found love is HD green makeup primer (I got it at Sephora). Not only does it help my makeup last all day, but the green combats my red skin that I've been blessed with.

Senin, 11 Juli 2011

Fertility update, and being happy with me :)

In THIS post, I talked about my battle with trying to lose weight, while trying to get pregnant. In THIS post I talked about my solution to the problem. I had decided to finish up my Clomid, which would go through to the end of July. If I wasn't pregnant by July, we would take 3 months off so I could lose weight, and so we could save money for future fertility treatments.

But... My Clomid hasn't worked for the past two months. Meaning it didn't get me to ovulate. In the 4 months that I have been on Clomid, it's actually only worked once.

So... there's a new plan:
My doctor is upping my Clomid dosage, and is going to do regular ultra sounds to see what my ovaries are up to, while on the clomid. I've decided to give the Clomid one more fighting chance. I'm crossing my fingers that the clomid will work 3 months in a row, and that I will get pregnant one of those 3 months. If the clomid doesn't work in those 3 months, we will go right into the next step.

There's no longer a battle going on in my head.
My focus is on becoming a mother. If I had to choose between losing more weight, or starting our family, I would choose my family. Why the sudden change of heart? Somewhere in the past couple weeks,
I became happy with myself
I've become filled with gratitude for losing 45 pounds, and not being 206 pounds anymore.

Before:After: Why was that huge accomplishment not enough for me? I don't know. All I know is, I want to be a mother, and so far, I've lost 45 pounds to help make that happen.

I will of course continue with my :Deliciously Healthy lifestyle, and keep trying to lose weight until I get pregnant. And when I do become pregnant, I will have one :Deliciously Healthy pregnancy.

Thanks for listening to all of my fertility talk :)

Selasa, 05 Juli 2011

Life happens

Lately, it seems like there's always something going on. Always some excuse as to why I can go off my diet "just for this one day." Whether it's a BBQ coming up, or a Birthday party, I find a reason to give myself a free pass to indulge, just this once. There are days when I'm not feeling well, or when I have a million things to do, so I tell myself I can take advantage of the convenience of fast-food... "just this once".

Today, we got the inside of our house painted.
This is the craziness that was my house today:I felt that I had a legitimate excuse to go off my diet "just for this one day", since I couldn't really use my kitchen. Half way through my burger and milk shake, commonsense hit me straight over the head...

Life happens. There's rarely ever going to be a perfect day for your healthy habits and routines. I'm always going to have busy days, sick days, parties to attend, vacations, visitors, and houses being painted. But I can't use these as an excuse to go off my diet "just for today". I have to learn to adapt. How to stay focused and to adjust to the curve balls life throws at you. I have to be aware of when I'm using an excuse as a crutch. Otherwise, I'm never going to get to where I'm going.

And that is what I learned today, while eating a cheeseburger.