Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Healthy Living Update

I haven't posted a healthy living update the past couple of months because there really hasn't been much to report. April and May passed with a minimal amount of exercise and limited success with healthier eating. However, I renewed my resolve at the beginning of June and am happy to report that I have been much more successful in my quest to make healthier choices this month.

I exercised or was intentionally active at least 25 days this month by either riding the stationary bike for 30 minutes, completing a 30 minute strength training routine, enjoying time in the hotel pool and walking the mile to downtown on a weekend get-away, painting the walls (10 foot tall!) in my new craft room, or parking at the very end of the parking lot to force some extra walking while completing errands. (Robbie also rode the exercise bike every weekday morning before getting ready for work - I am so proud of him!)

I have done fairly well this month eating less and making healthier food choices. I still need to work on this, however I feel good about my efforts so far. I am currently concentrating on preparing well-balanced suppers by incorporating more non-starchy vegetables and smaller portions of protein and starches.

And I must share this funny little side note about cookbooks. A couple of months ago, I decided it would be a good idea to read through a cookbook to get some ideas and inspiration as we strive to cook more and eat out less. I asked Robbie to pick a book from our collection and he handed me The Two Fat Ladies Full Throttle cookbook. I had never heard of The Two Fat Ladies, so I began reading through. Now I know that many of you have probably watched Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright cook on TV, but I truly had no idea who they were. To my dismay, I discovered that most of the recipes in the book are full of fat - seriously, one recipe starts with a pound of lard and many of them required a stick (or two!) of butter. Robbie enjoys cooking shows and knew that The Two Fat Ladies show was often shown in re-runs, so we watched a show one evening. I have to admit that it was very entertaining, but also confirmed my suspicisions that their recipes were not what I was looking for in my quest for healthier eating. These ladies may have been exceptional cooks, however they were definitely not living the healthy lifestyle I'm striving for - as evidenced by how winded they became walking a very short distance and then resting while one of them smoked a cigarette! While they did often use the freshest ingredients available, these recipes are definitely more suited for the occasional indulgence.

Unfortunately, as I have made better choices and am feeling good this month, the scale has not altered in its numbers. I am basically down 5 pounds from the beginning of the year. However, the good news is that it does appear I have halted the upward trend of the past four years and that fact alone makes me smile!

One of my other goals (in addition to exercising more and eating healthier) is to get outside more and enjoy the sunshine. I did a fairly good job of this early in the month, but as the temperatures have soared over 100 degrees lately, I am much more likely to be found organizing my new craft room. However, I do hope to continue to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature throughout the summer.

On that note, I'll leave you with a layout I completed last month showcasing Robbie's grandmother's azalea bush in the late 1960s.

Anyone else making strides in your healthy living goals for the year? Please share your successes and challenges in the comments.


  1. I did so well last year and now the weight is slowly returning so I'm back to more walks and healthy meals.

  2. I think it really needs to be a lifestyle change. On vacation, I have definitely been eating healthy (well, except for the Guinness), and I've gotten in a surprising amount of exercise. It sounds like you're on the right track!

  3. Had to smile - I had to reread a bit when I saw title of healthy eating and two fat ladies cookbook. They lived life a little too much to the full :0)
    Don't let him get you the Hairy Bikers either as they are just as bad though fun x

  4. It really is a lifestyle change. Over the last ten years, I gained 12 pounds (like the average older woman). It has taken me a year, but I finally have lost those pounds. Now I have to remain vigilant that they don't go back on. We've been working to eat preservative-free foods, local produce when available, and fewer carbs. I've tried lots of new recipes most of which were excellent.

    I had to laugh about the cookbook. When we were in Savannah several years ago, I was lucky enough to get an autographed copy of Lady and Sons Cookbook. I've never made one recipe from it because they call for so much lard and butter. Just can't do it!

  5. Well done for getting back on track Melissa! I have been eating too much chocolate these last few weeks-I always do when stressed. Hopefully when my visitors go, my resolve will come back!
    Alison xx

  6. I bet that although the scales say 5 pounds, you are probably feeling a lot better and your clothes may even be looser. I've been following the Slimming World plan for a while now and I have good weeks and bad weeks but I am getting slimmer and fitter overall and that's the main thing. Good luck!

  7. It's always a struggle, isn't it? I just started recording the Dr Oz show every day and watching it on weekends when I have time. He always give these tips to jumpstart your metabolism or loose 5 pounds in a week or something. It amazes me that I'm ALREADY doing most of the things on his lists. At least it validates that I am doing good things, even if there's little progress on the scale... Good luck this month!


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