Refocusing on the clean green — and my 2012 annual report

In the last couple of months I’ve revisited my “about” page and my eating and exercise goals. I haven’t quite done what I said I would do here. I know a lot of people make fitness goals around the first of the year, and I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution kind of person… but getting my WordPress “Annual Report” yesterday is making me think about refocusing on cleaning up my diet and finding time for regular exercise. (Here’s a link to that if you’re interested.)

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

I’ve been a bit side-tracked on the exercise bit for the last month because I was rear-ended on my way to work on Tuesday, November 27… I have to get a MRI on my neck/back to see if I have whiplash/disc damage. I’m hoping I don’t… but I can’t work out again until I find out. And…I can’t say I have been sticking to eating well most days these last two months.



Here are a couple things I’m doing to try to get back on track with my diet and exercise:

  1. I’m making an appointment with the registered dietitian at my local supermarket. I’m hoping I can come up with a 3-4 week meal plan. I’ve done this before but not recently — I think if I can have a mindset of what my meals are each day, there will be less of a chance that I will say screw it and eat whatever. This does, however, involve planning ahead, something I’ve not been so great with lately!
  2. As soon as I can get back to the gym I’m going to… I have to! I’m going to ask my doctor if there’s any kind of exercise I can do right now…
  3. I’m going to attempt to post at least once a week, probably over the weekend, with a brief eating plan and recipe links. I’ll also give a brief update of my exercise.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my top five commenters. I really appreciate your support and suggestions!

  1. Dangerously Daydreaming
  2. My friend Paula =)
  3. Rant and Roll
  4. In Her Chucks
  5. AgriGirl

~ I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year’s ~

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New study supports low glycemic diet for sustained weight loss

New study supports low glycemic diet for sustained weight loss

I found this via Mark Bittman at the New York Times. Some “food for thought”….but of course an article called “Which Diet Works?” is going to get my attention!

From the article:

  1. Study was performed at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center of Boston Children’s Hospital
  2. looked at people’s ability to maintain weight loss, which is more difficult than just losing weight
  3. their low glycemic diet: 40 percent carbs — minimally processed grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes — 40 percent fat and 20 percent protein
  4. Study participants on the low glycemic diet burned 150 calories more per day.

In addition Bittman talks about how not all calories are created equal:

There’s an increasing body of evidence, however, that calories from highly processed carbohydrates like white flour (and of course sugar) provide calories that the body treats differently, spiking both blood sugar and insulin and causing us to retain fat instead of burning it off.

But I like broccoli!

Sometimes I need reminders like this to stay on track. Hope you’re all having a great day!

Weighting Around

Weighting Around

I’m sitting here thinking: there’s so much I want to post about… and stuff keeps happening! I’ve been so busy. I’m frustrated that I haven’t had the time to sit down and write a few words and post a few photos. Anywho… recently:

  • I participated in the May 5th EIF Revlon Run/Walk in NYC
  • my husband and I have been watching “The Weight of the Nation” on HBO and we’ve both been re-energized to get this weight off
  • I finally “finished” the garden (well… just about)
  • I made a decision about eating meat vs. not — at least for now

EIF Revlon Run/Walk

I’m so glad I participated in an event where so many thousands of people came out to support loved ones with cancer…I really had a great day. But it was no way as physically taxing as I thought it would be! With all the people there, it wasn’t like I could speed walk — besides, I was walking and talking with cousins and my brother along the way. I will say that the walk back to my car (about 30 city blocks) in 35 minutes was much more of a workout.

Before the start of the walk, in Times Square

My team, Deirdre’s Darlings, is wearing the green shirts

Turning onto Central Park South from 7th Avenue

Team photo at the finish line — I’m on the right in the white shirt.

The Weight of the Nation

I have, in the last 15 or so years when my weight has been up and down, really only thought about the health effects of obesity in passing. Diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure… these things have never seemed to be tangible to me. But simply — this series on HBO has made me see things in a different way. I’m only halfway through viewing the 4-part series, but it’s really making me think about healthy food choices vs. unhealthy food choices in a whole new way. It really hit my husband too, and we’ve both resolved to help each other stay on track.


It took me about 4 hours on two previous Sundays and over 4 hours this past Sunday — but I finally have my little garden in the ground. The only thing I have left to do is finish the fence to keep the bunnies and hopefully squirrels away. Why did it take me so long? We had a creeping vine removed from the side of the shed where the garden is, and all throughout the ground where I had pictured my garden was a horrible network of roots. One really wonderful aspect of all that work? It was a great workout.

the (almost) finished garden…from the top: one row of cukes, one row of peppers, then 4 rows of tomatoes

I spent hours and hours pulling this stuff out of the ground

Parsley will stay in a pot… It’s coming along pretty well

Lettuce? maybe!

I was so tired at the end of the day that I decided not to go for planting carrots or peas or lettuce. The garden is smaller than I had envisioned it, but I could not stand the prospect of pulling out one more root. On a whim I decided to put lettuce in this pot. I just threw a bunch of seeds in. I think they’re coming up. If it gets bigger I guess I’ll have to make the plot bigger so I can transplant them! Crap.

my “helper”

To Eat or Not to Eat… Meat

In my quest for recipes and health information and inspiration, I have been trying to figure out if I wanted to stay vegetarian after Lent. I’ve also talked a lot with my trainer about the pluses and minuses of animal-based protein…and, after many hands-on attempts to get a healthy low-carb (or no carb) dinner for myself + something for my daughter (and hubby if he is home) on the table in a half hour… I have decided that, at least for now, I am going to continue eating meat. But not everyday, and not a lot of red meat.

I think part of my problem lately is information overload. I’m certainly going to try to make the best choices I can make for myself and my family…and I’m definitely going to take into consideration some of the things I’ve read lately about the food supply. And I’m going to keep reading. I don’t want to feel like I am giving up on all this… but part of the reason is that I married a “meat & potatoes” kind of guy who basically likes to eat 5 different things, and 4 of them are meat. I can’t make 3 things for dinner every night. It’s maddening. Ahhhh marriage! But that’s just what it is… and I’m not blaming him… that’s who he is (and I picked him!).

Anyway… that’s it for this most recent update on my life and times =) Good night… and hopefully I’ll see you soon(er than 2-3 weeks).

On the eve of the walk…

On the eve of the walk…

In one of my recent posts I’d alluded that I would be participating in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk on May 5 in NYC for my cousin, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

In preparation for the walk, I have done zip. I’ve had another 2 week stretch of not being able to get to the gym (my husband was on a business trip for 10 days), so other than the usual running around like a headless chicken (that’s for you, Ethel), I haven’t been able to stick to the Fork & Beans official “Take a Hike Challenge!”  I’m kind of disappointed in myself. I guess this run/walk (uh, I’ll be walking) is coming at a good time for me. I’m not saying it’s totally going to rev me up and put me back on the road to exercise nirvana, but it’ll be good. It starts in Times Square and we’re walking to Central Park. For those of you who don’t know how far away those things are from each other… uh, it’s kind of effing far… and the route is kind of indirect and roundabout. Here’s a link to a map if you are interested. But I’ll take plenty of pics. I’m looking at the event’s Flicker stream of photos from last year and it looks like a huge todo!

The last time I participated in a walk like this it was well over 20 years ago — I remember doing the MS walk in high school. I don’t remember how far we walked that day, but I remember being really sore and tired afterward. If I was that sore and tired when I was 16 I can just imagine how lovely I will feel tomorrow afternoon. I think I’ll bring some Alleve with me…

I’m not bitching though, not seriously. I am so blessed to be healthy. Today I heard a story from a co-worker that truly hurt my heart. This co-worker is doing an MS walk tomorrow in NYC. She’s participating on a team for a high school classmate of hers who, at the age of 30 and after being married for only a month, was diagnosed with MS. Since then her MS has progressed rapidly, and she is pretty much totally incapacitated at the age of 37. Can’t walk, can’t feed herself… can’t have children or live the life she thought she would with her husband. As I was hearing this story this morning I felt so badly for this woman who I’ve never met… and also felt so lucky to be where I am today.

My life isn’t perfect… but it’s pretty good.