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Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 30th 2014: Checking in...

Since this post about getting back to basics, I've been pretty good. I've been running (or at least walking) almost every day, I've been reading almost every day, and I've been eating good food almost every day.

For example, today...

Running
Went for a 5k morning run/walk with Roselyn, one of my oldest and dearest friends. For the most
 part I like to run alone; she and my husband are the only two exceptions to that rule. I like running with her because she doesn't make me feel bad about being a slow runner, we have great talks, and time flies when we're running. I'm not sure if its because we've been besties for over 20 years or because she's got a Master's in Psychology but I truly feel like I can talk to her about anything and I always feel better after I do.


Eating

The falafel were so good that I forgot to
take a picture. You'll have to settle for this shot
 of a little white bean yogurt sauce with some of the
 veggies I chopped up to go in the pita along with
the falafel.
My father-in-law is away so I invited my mother-in-law over for dinner. She's has a super-plain palate and my kids are the super-opposite to her. Thus I was in a bit of a pickle about what to prepare. I took a chance on falafels and my hunch paid off; they were fantastic! All three generations of Hochbergs loved them so much that there's not one single falafel ball left for my lunch tomorrow.

Tear. Sniff, sniff.

Shout-out to Mark Bittman for this kick-ass falafel recipe and to Melissa d'Arabian for the amazing White Bean Yogurt Sauce I made to go with it.

Reading
I started reading Yoni Friedhoff's box, The Diet Fix. I've been following his blog, Weighty Matters, for years so when this book came out earlier this month, I knew I had to read it. I really like his philosophy about eating: to lead the healthiest and happiest life.

What makes this book different than most other books is that it isn't a diet book. It's more of a companion to whatever diet you're on, whether it's low-carb or simply healthy eating. A big focus of the book is his 10-day plan to get reset your mind so you're mentally ready to eat healthy.

I decided to try this 10-day plan, not because I feel I have a ton of weight to lose, but because I just don't feel healthy right now. To the average Jane on the street, I probably don't look much different than I did in the fall, but I can tell from the way my jeans fit that that just isn't true. As you know, it was a brutal winter and I wasn't able to run -or even walk- outside more than a half-dozen time in the last 4 months. In addition, because of the flood in my basement, my treadmill was out of commission. In addition, because of the cold, dark weather, I was lacking in vitamin D, was suffering from the worst case of Seasonal Affect Disorder, and just didn't have the energy to drag my butt to my usual yoga/Pilates class. In addition, I was sitting on my butt for hours each night with nothing to do but eat crap. The result is that I feel I am in the worst shape I've been  in since I started running almost 10 years ago.

So today I did Day One of Dr. Friedoff's book. I went grocery shopping (with his advice in the back of my mind), I cleaned up my cupboards, I found a food diary app, I bought a kitchen scale, and I got on my bathroom scale for the first time in a year. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Not great...but not bad.

If all goes well, ten days from now, I'll be feeling healthier, more energetic, and (fingers crossed) it won't feel quite as good to take my jeans off at the end of the day...if you know what I mean. I'll let you know how it goes!

Toodle-oo.

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