The Road to Wellville

I’m not sure where my latest round of inspiration and motivation came from to make real changes in my life. I suppose it started with my friend Heather.

We met each other in group for new moms when our babies were just a few weeks old. In fact, we met quite a few other moms that we all still stay close to. But Heather was a bit like me in some ways. She was an “older” mom who didn’t want to lose herself in the process of mothering. We lamented about the baby weight even after it was last past the point of baby weight. We’ve gone months without seeing each other and then we get together weekly like we’re old friends.

I hadn’t seen Heather for a while when we got together a few months ago. She graciously volunteered to go see the Mat Kearney show with me. And when I picked her up, something was different. She was skinny. But what got me was that she was skinny for all the right reasons. She has been working out like a fiend, watched what she drank, and modified her eating. And she looked good.

Heather is three years older than me and she crushed any excuses I had that middle age sets in and we’re simply stuck with flabby middles. I admired her but just didn’t think I had the willpower to do anything about it. And I guess, to be honest, I didn’t have a strong desire either. I wanted to be thinner but I didn’t want to have to do all the work involved with getting there.

Something changed for me. I’m not sure what or when it was but about mid-December, I wanted to make changes. I wanted to feel healthy. I was having horrible indigestion and I was pretty sure it was from my weight (which always seems to congregate around my middle) and my diet, which was not horrible but certainly not great.

Eating

I broke out a book I had bought after hearing the author on the radio, “The Beauty Detox Solution.” I wasn’t interested in the beauty part and I certainly wasn’t interested in a diet. On the radio, however, I had heard her saying things that spoke to the scientist in me and I wanted to learn more. I made a couple of changes as a result.

1. I drink a green smoothie every morning for breakfast now. It sounds horrible but I’ve come to love it. I’ll write more about it later but essentially I use romaine lettuce, spinach, celery, apple, pear, banana, cilantro, and lemon juice. I blend it with ice and water and I have a huge shot of fruit and veggies to start of my day (which also quickly pass through my system and help get me cleansed for the day).

2. I eat when I’m hungry and not before.

3. I eat carbs and veggies or protein and veggies but try to avoid eating carbs and proteins together. It means I still eat the food I love. I just combine them differently (yes, there is science behind this).

4. I eat at least one salad a day. And I love it. I am totally not a salad lover but I find that when I use good lettuce, ripe tomatoes, half of an avocado, and blue cheese dressing (only about a tablespoon), I can’t get enough. Sure, I should be having some sort of vinaigrette but I don’t really like that all that much. If I have to add a little fat to my salad to make me eat salad, I think it’s a reasonable tradeoff.

5. I eat my biggest meal at dinner.

6. I have a glass of wine most nights.

How’s that for a diet? It’s weird because doing things this way not only makes me feel better but I’ve found that I honestly don’t crave the junk anymore. Trust me, no one is more shocked that I am. In an emergency dinner move last night, I took Evan to the McDonald’s drive-thru. I was starving too. I got him the requisite Cheeseburger Happy Meal (and snagged a few fries for myself) and ordered the Premium Grilled Chicken sandwich for me. I thought about a salad but, honestly, I make a better salad at home. And I just didn’t want a cheeseburger. WHO AM I??

Exercise

I cringe at the word exercise. I don’t like to “work out.” Maybe they should take the word “work” out of it. But at my age (i.e., metabolism), a few smoothies aren’t going to get me in shape. I’ve been sick a lot and not recovering as quickly as I’d like. I feel tired and sluggish and just all around yuck.

So I picked up running. I can’t remember why. Maybe it’s because of all the friends that do it: Brandy, Daune, Dianna, Dave, Gary. I see the pictures on Facebook and I think, why can’t I run too? I was sure it was kind of boring and even painful but as one person put it, they find it gives them “the most bang for their buck.” That’s what I needed.

I plugged in my Striiv.

striiv

Then came the running shoes. I love my New Balance shoes. Seriously. LOVE them.

I bought the Couch to 5k app for my phone and off I went. Week 1 in the hole.

After three running sessions, I decided I was ready to invest in running pants (found for cheap at TJMaxx, thankyouverymuch).

And now? I’m down a pound. ONE POUND. But that’s fine. It’s a pound that came off the scale yesterday. And stayed off the scale today. I feel better. I’m doing things I thought I could never do. It’s a few weeks with the eating and a little over a week with the running. But I can do this. And I can’t wait to show you the results.

  • http://www.mommysnest.com MommyLisa

    Go Fadra!  I love this –

  • http://chroniclesofpookahsmom.com Rose’s Daughter

    This is so inspiring! I have the shoes,  I have the app :-) I just need to come up with the motivation for changing the diet. And get rid of this cold so I actually feel like working out!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m telling you, I’ve never been able to overcome my cravings. But adding the smoothie was step one and it has helped so much. I don’t even want junk food anymore!

  • http://twitter.com/LadyAnne525 Anne Hogan

    Okay, remember when I told you that my boyfriend bought me running shoes?  Well I had no idea what he bought me, but I got them in the mail today and they’re your exact same shoes.  I also have the same Couch to 5K app.  We can be getting healthy twins!  Except, I’m not finished with week 1 yet, and I already want to die.  My calves are *killing* me.  (It probably doesn’t help that I wear heels every day, but I really thought that because I do that, my calves would be in better shape.  Turns out they’re not.)  I think I’m going to have to invest in some running pants.  No one tells you that your butt will be sore from jiggling around so much when you run!

  • http://twitter.com/LadyAnne525 Anne Hogan

    Okay, remember when I told you that my boyfriend bought me running shoes?  Well I had no idea what he bought me, but I got them in the mail today and they’re your exact same shoes.  I also have the same Couch to 5K app.  We can be getting healthy twins!  Except, I’m not finished with week 1 yet, and I already want to die.  My calves are *killing* me.  (It probably doesn’t help that I wear heels every day, but I really thought that because I do that, my calves would be in better shape.  Turns out they’re not.)  I think I’m going to have to invest in some running pants.  No one tells you that your butt will be sore from jiggling around so much when you run!

    • Anonymous

      HEELS were made by the DEVIL!!! Your poor feet. Sounds like you have different aches and pains than me. Mine are mostly my shins and knees. Old woman problems, I guess. But I’m still loving the shoes and today I start WEEK 3!! Wish me luck!

  • Elisabeth Treble

    Woot!  Go girl!  Keep it up!  It gets easier!

    • Anonymous

      If you say so…

  • Mommy2brady

    Fadra, I need to give you a good “After” picture to post so people can see that it works!!!!  

    • Mommy2brady

      Glad that I have inspired and motivated you.  We should work out together!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes please!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeccasCrazyBoys Becca

    A pound s still a pound! Make sure you don’t become a slave to the scale- you’ll build muscle by exercising, and it weighs more. 

    Congrats, girl!! 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. The pound came back but I’m not discouraged. I feel smaller and I feel BETTER which is the best part.

  • Carolina Diez

    Good job!  Your next purchase will be a cute running skirt.  I LOVE my running skirt.  I wear it when I run a race…I am a powerful and strong girls when I wear it!

    • Anonymous

      I WANT A RUNNIG SKIRT!! I’ve already been eyeing them up :)

  • Crystal Johnson

    Good news! 

  • http://www.hinessightblog.com/ Hines-Sight Blog

    Kudos to you.  It’s hard.  Celebrate that one pound.  I think I’ve only lost half a pound, but I’ll keep at it. 

    • Anonymous

      Not focusing on the scale. Good thing, too, because it’s not really my friend.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, you must know, you are adorable as a blonde. 
    Second, good job with the new diet! (And by diet, I mean way of eating, not weight loss fad)
    Third, I am jealous of your new shoes and I hope to start running in the near future, too. Looking forward to seeing your results! 

    • Anonymous

      I’m toying with some hair color changes. TBD. I love these shoes but really it’s about finding the shoes that feel good on your feet.

  • http://www.pennyroach.com/ Andrea @ The Penny-Roach’s

    That’s excellent! Don’t forget though that when you’re losing weight by exercising you’re also gaining muscle, which is leaner than fat, but weighs more, so it won’t show up on the scale. Keep up the good work!

    • Anonymous

      Yep. My scale went back up but that’s okay because I’m feeling smaller. I really don’t care what I weigh. Just as long as I can get rid of my muffin top!

  • Maria Morley

    What an inspiring post.  This makes me want to get off my butt and download that Couch-to-5k app — get to workin’.  I have the running shoes, the running pants, and an iPod.  I can DO this!  Thank you so much.  :-)

    • Anonymous

      Did you do it, Maria? If not, I’m going to keep harassing you. I’m starting week 3 today. I can’t believe I’m sticking with it!!

  • http://twitter.com/librajenn Jenn

    GREAT JOB!!!! :) Keep up the awesome work!

  • Ace1028

    Hey! I wrote a post similar (not exactly) to this yesterday. But not nearly as motivational. ;)

    But my comment is really because I have not seen you in ages and you have short – and RED – hair! Omg! It looks great! I love it! :) You look so happy, too. Yay!

    And I haven’t done a green smoothie yet, but they are on my to-try list for 2012! ;)

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I look great because that picture is from 4+ years ago! See what aging does to you! That was me and my friend Heather the first year our babies were born. She looked at the picture though and told me how good I looked. I said it was because I was young!!

      • Ace1028

        I still think you look great. Not young, just great. ;) It isn’t anything but happy and hair color. Ha! Btw, I am back because I am trying to come up with my own green smoothie recipe so I need your help!

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