Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from New York! The lovely Central Park
As of today this blog is closed because I have accomplished my goal. My goal was to reduce my weight but I got something much better than that. I was able to find complete love and joy for myself. The weight was only a distraction but now it's not. It's time to move on and continue to grow. I want to thank all my blogging friends for your help and support. I wish you all much happiness and love for yourself at all time.
Next year I will start a new blog that will track all my up coming pleasures in life that include the love for myself, my family, my friends and my travels. It's all about moving on wheels and enjoying it.
Carnie Wilson said she don't care that she has gain weight. Oprah is okay with her weight and she is not going to make an issue out of anymore. I can totally relate to these women. Now I'm a little shaky on Carnie because she might go back to worrying later because of pressures of others and the gastric bypass community. But my girl Oprah is in a wonderful place.
What is that place and where is it! I can tell you it is like the imagines of heaven. It's comfortable, silent and wonderful. It's a place that I wish all people could experience. It's a place of true acceptance for self and it is in your soul. I have been in that place for almost a year now and I have never looked back. I feel healthier because I'm happier. I will never go back to that dark place of hating myself and depriving myself because I don't want to have self-control.
Now that I'm at a size that I can maintain with just a little toning in certain areas I can focus on my happy place. I remember weighting less than I am now but not telling myself this is a perfect size so lets maintain it. I was never content with a size. I was more content with being overweight than I was being skinny. It's very confusing but it's real. I wonder if others feel this way. For me being content with a set size has taken so much pressure off. It's owning your size, embracing it and moving on to more important things in life.
The weight did not make me content my soul did. Contentment is in the soul and that is what has given me so much peace and joy about myself. I'm truly in love with every inch of my body. It's a wonderful place to be.
History of meals: I was reading about the history of mealtimes in American and came across a few interesting websites that got me thinking about my past eating habits. I read that many years ago breakfast consisted of a piece of bread and a hot drink. This was not just for the poor but wealthy people ate this way as well. Dinner which is now our lunch was the heaviest meal of the day and was eaten between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Supper which is now our dinner was a very light meal. I also read that people did not snack like we do today. So how did we get here?
Advertising has played a big part in our eating habits today. We are told that we must eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. We have been conditioned to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to push breakfast foods like cereal and eggs. I remember when I was younger that most people did not eat a large breakfast. A big campaigns in the 90's started pushing breakfast by stating "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" Is it really? I have always questioned that and wondered if the cereal industry was behind the campaign ads. I think every meals should be important and nutritional.
It's so important to read about how we got to this place of needing to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. Who is behind these bright ideas. We are told to eat to much food in one day. Just analyze the U.S. food pyramid and visualize all that food in front of you on a table. It makes me sick to my stomach. 6-11 servings of rice, grains, wheat, pasta, 2-4 servings from the fruit group, 3-5 servings from the veggie group, 2-3 servings from the meats, nuts, eggs, dry bean group, 2-3 from the cheese and milk group, and sparingly from the oil sand sweet group. I believe this is to much food for one person to consume in one day. No one needs to eat like this. I think this guideline is used to keep the all the food industries in business. The government is telling us not to forget about the egg industry, the wheat industry, etc. But what is this doing to us? Making us fat and confusing us about what we really need to eat. We need to question our eating habits and make some serious adjustments. It's important to come up with your own food pyramid and meal time lines. It's about taking the control back of our eating habits. Asking self, do I really need to eat this way and is it really a true benefit.
Last week I cut out dinner thinking my life would be turned upside down. My body has adjusted very well and when I wake up now I'm not hungry for food right way. My plan is to drop the mealtime titles and just eat when my body need it. I don't want to be on an eating schedule because the food industry want me to be. My plan is to really learn to listen to my body and give it what it needs. I know my body is not interested in junk food or overeating. If my body is asking for spinach at 7 a.m. than that is what it will get. My body has proven that it is amazing and it will tell me when and what to eat. This week is an experiment.
Sold! I would like to thank the homemade trail mix. No more dinner for me. My mind and body has totally accepted the fact that I do not need dinner at all. I never thought I could give it up and still be walking on this earth. Dinner has always been part of my life. You all know-it's the American way to eat three meals a day or more.
Yesterday was a test. Every Thursday I visit my friend to watch television, eat and talk. Last night she offered me dinner around 6 p.m. and I said "no thank you I'm not hungry." I shocked myself because I was not hungry at all. Before this week we would plan our Thursday dinner and it would always be a big deal. Last night was different because we did not have any problems passing dinner up. My friend is thin already so eating has never been an issue for her. She was very happy eating a bowl of cereal. So last night I passed the test with flying colors.
I also would like to say that my kitchen is much cleaner and less dish washing. I love it. I hate washing dish and I think I hate cook too. Also my digestive system is moving very nice.
Typical breakfast this week:
Bowl of oatmeal Breakfast snack plate Boiled eggs Fruit Cereal Wheat Toast
Typical lunch this week:
Turkey, Ham, Veggie sandwiches Veggie, Beef, Chicken, Split pea soups Salads
Exercise: Spin class and weight lifting
So this will be my last post on the "no dinner" topic. This will be my life so there is no need to continue to write about it. There will be times when I will eat dinner but only on special occasions. I feel free!!!
Every night this week I have gone without dinner. In my last post I talked about eating a hand full of homemade trail mix around 4 p.m. and not being hungry for dinner. This is the best kept secret ever. I have not cooked dinner since Sunday and I have not missed it at all. I love waking up with an empty stomach and feeling lighter. Also not having to wash dishes is wonderful too.
This morning I was not very hungry so I made a breakfast snack plate that included: Multigrain toast with butter, cheese, eggs, 1/2 small apple, strawberries and blueberries.
Two days last week around 4 p.m. I pulled out my homemade bag of trail mix. I ate two hand fulls as an after lunch snack. When I got home I notice that I was not hungry for dinner so I did not eat. Yesterday I tossed downed two hand fulls and notice that last night I was not hungry for dinner so I did not eat. I talked to my friend about my finding and she said nuts have a ton of protein and fiber so that could be the reason why I'm not hungry for dinner. I also notice my system is moving very well so maybe it's the fiber from the mix. So is this my alternative to dinner. Well, I'm not sure but it is nice to come home and not be hungry. I will continue to snack on my nuts and berry mix for the week and give a update.
Depriving myself dinner will not take place. I stop depriving myself months ago because I realized it's about having self-control. I will eat dinner when I want it but it is nice to have a healthier and lighter choice.
My nuts and berry mix:
Walnuts Pecans Sunflower seeds Almonds Dried Cranberries Dried Cherries Dried Blueberries Raisins- golden mix Hand full of chocolate chunks-optional
This week has been all about stretching my body out. I have set my computer to remind me to do my stretches and I have to admit that I feel really good. I hated stretching but now I realize how good it is for my body. Now I stretch in the morning, at lunch and before bed. It's a real good thing!
Question of the day: Do you like doing stretches? What is your favorite stretch? Thanks for your motivation!
Friday I had a soup making party. All for the love of health. I cooked up beef, chicken and orange split pea soups. I love to eat soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was able to freeze two mason jars of each soups for future meals. Today my plan is to make three mason jars of turkey chili. It's been fun and healthy to eat.
This week exercise will include spinning and walking on the treadmill. My weight is holding steady but I would like to drop 5 pounds each month for the next 4 months. I would like to drop 5 pounds from my belly, 5 pounds from each thigh and 5 pounds from my butt. My inner thighs have fat pockets so it is time for me to work them off.
So that is it for now. I will be checking in again before the end of the week.