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Monday, February 21, 2011


Okay, let's be honest here. I'm a bit of a chubbo . I'll totally admit it. I can't blame my kids, but they totally helped me along.

This isn't actually me, for the record.

I've been taking the necessary steps to start getting back in shape. I'm going to tell you what I've been doing, because... well, you're reading my frickin' blog, so I can write about whatever the hell I choose, okay?!

No more white bread - This was really hard for me, at first. I LOVE white bread. It's sooo soft, and makes a damn good PB&J. Unfortunately, white bread isn't good for you, which brings me to my next -very much related- point...

Whole wheat/grains only - Bread, pasta, crackers... I don't believe in totally cutting things out of your diet. I think that moderation is key. If you're going to have pasta, make it whole wheat pasta! AND it fills you up more, so you don't over-eat!
More fruit and veggies* - This is not just for losing weight, obviously, but for just being healthy in general. There are very few vegetables and fruits that I don't like... but I never seem to buy them. I always have bananas and apples on hand for my kids, but nothing for myself. Of course I don't want to eat the kids food, so I don't have any. Poo! I'm proud to say that after I put away my groceries from my last shopping trip, I had tomatoes, apples, bananas, celery, carrots and an avocado! Yay!

Avocado and cream cheese sandwich - TRY IT!

Low-fat/sodium/non-hydrogenated alternatives - Now, be warned, I am not a scientist. I am not a nutritionist, nor am I really all that smart in general. I understand that some things will say "Low fat" but are still not very good for you. These are the 'alternatives' that I buy. "Calorie Wise" Miracle Whip, non-hydrogenated margarine & low fat sour cream. Am I totally right? Maybe not. I don't know.
Alternatives in general - Ice cream? Sooo not great for you. Ever had sorbet? AMAZING! You can have similar 'treats', just make them a healthier choice! Craving popcorn? Get light rather than buttery (It's hard... trust me!). If I really want chocolate, I have a stash of chocolate covered raisins, so at least I'm getting something healthy in there! Or go for super dark chocolate! If I want something sweet, I'll stock up on dried cranberries! YUM. 
Exercise! - I can't afford/don't have time to go to the gym, really. I think people confuse doing rigorous work outs with simple exercise. Walking/jogging is very effective in weight loss, and it doesn't require you to either a) pay a gym to get your fat ass on the treadmill or b) become a big, huge sweaty mess. A simple 30 minute walk almost every day is not only really healthy, but it feels great! I've been trying to walk more (It's super icy in my city right now, but I have braved it a couple of times!), and I'm so excited for spring!

hahahahaha, I just really wanted to use this.

Please don't read this and think that you can follow this and lose weight. It doesn't work like that. I'm still a chubbo. I still cheat, eat pizza, laze around and gain weight. I'm just trying to give examples of small things that I do to try to keep myself a little healthier! Also, if you have any input, PLEASE leave a comment! (Unless it's a rude comment - Don't do that!)

*Sorry, Kathryn!!!


  1. kay well this is just my 2 cents, and it's completely non=polictical so I think we're in the clear ;)

    The first bit is about the food marketed as low fat... because I too once bought these without losing weight.

    Beware of aspartame!!! Not only is it ecoli feces (GOOGLE IT. I'm being completely serious. E-coli excrement)
    Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, found in aspartame, stimulate the release of insulin. Rapid, strong spikes in insulin remove all glucose from the blood-stream and store it as fat. This can result in hypoglycemia and sugar cravings. Additionally, it has been demonstrated to inhibit carbohydrate induced synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which signals that the body is satiated. Inhibition of serotonin leads to food cravings, increased carbohydrate consumption and, ultimately, weight gain. In a recent study, a control group switching to an aspartame-free diet resulted in an average weight loss of 19 pounds.
    (I've read about this before, but check it out yourself)

  2. Yep, I try to avoid artificial sweeteners whenever possible. I *hate* white bread and think it's disgusting, but that's all John and Jamie will eat, so I trick them into eating healthy by buying Wonder Bread's "Smart White" it actually has 5 grams of fibre per slice. ;) Hahaha. Quinoa is a great substitute for rice! If you have potatoes, have sweet potatoes. :) Fill up on your greens! Swiss chard, collards, turnip greens, KALE, spinach. Your body will thank you. <3 Don't forget the broccoli!! Mmmmm I agree, don't eat "low fat" or "low carb" just eat balanced! 15 grams of carbs to 7-8 grams of protein is a good ratio. Carbs are not the enemy when consumed with appropriate amounts of protein!

    PS.I love your blog!!! I want you to post pics of your daily foods!!! (I just wanna see dem succulent Canadian milk bags o' yours!)

  3. "Anon" (Why you decided to use that baffles me), I was QUITE clear that just because it says 'low fat' doesn't mean it is. I even used quotations because I was simply stating what was on the label.

    I appreciate the info on aspartame, though.

  4. Great post kiddo! (that should reveal who this anon is) Great alternative to micromave popcorn is a paper bag with popcorn kernels in the microwave.. no chemicals or preservatives and then instead of using butter or margarine use coconut oil melt it in the mic just like butter it's pretty amazing!!