Didn’t see the bump in the road

A few months ago I started my journey to healthy eating with the idea of losing these extra pounds that don’t belong here. I made a plan and went ahead – with no sugars, including eliminating cookies and ice cream, doing exercise and with no problem these pounds will be gone. Well, life happens and here I am 10 pounds lighter. That is not even close to my goal. I did mention in the previous post this challenge of  losing the weight was going to take time, but oh boy it feels like forever simply because I am not dieting like before, with crazy diets to lose it all in one month. I used to starve myself to lose weight and then again it all over again. This time I wanted to do it differently.

I’m now 158 lbs. not bad, but it has taken me a few months to lose those 10 pounds. Let me tell you why… I didn’t see the bump in the road. I made a plan and planned to stick to it which I think I’ve been doing ok…. after all, I did lose 10 pounds. You know, life happens, we plan but things don’t always go our way. I’ve suffered from monthly severe sinus infections that required me take excessive amounts of medications. On top of that my sciatic nerve has been acting up and I’ve been in a lot of pain. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick I don’t always eat my best. Even though I did continue to eat as healthy as possible, not all three meals were there (not really hungry when taking medication). These two things combined haven’t allowed me to exercise and how frustrating has it been.

To help my immune system, reduce the inflammation in my body and prevent sinus infections, I’ve increased the consumption of antioxidants. Antioxidants help our bodies fight infections and can also manage some medical conditions. Some of the antioxidants I’ve added to my diet include:

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • peaches
  • blackberries
In this case I added some grapes

I make a variety of smoothies – this is the way I usually consume my antioxidants. I might have a bowl of fruit here and there but smoothies, for me are more filling. I do not substitute a meal with a smoothie, I try to take it as a snack or part of my meal. I do not add sugar and try to make it with just water. Sometimes I add 2% milk or 50% water and 50% milk. This is a healthy snack and keeps me full for a couple of hours until my next meal.

Strawberries, blueberries and almonds
Crunchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

My favorite smoothie is strawberries and blueberries with almonds…. Mmm yummy! I love the crunchy almonds so I add them to all of my smoothies.

I like to freeze the berries during the fall and winter. Fruit prices go up during those seasons, so I save some money by buying in bulks and freezing them.

Some other antioxidants are cantaloupe, apricots, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, kale, broccoli, nectarines, mango, tomatoes, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, sweet potato, squash, spinach, orange and watermelon. These I add on occasion to my smoothies or salads.

I also added to my diet a supplement that helps with colds and reduces inflammation. A sinus infection is caused when the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. The natural supplement Turmeric Curcumin was recommended to me and so far so good. Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant. It is commonly used in medicines and Asian food. I believe this supplement is complementing the new additions to my diet very well and has reduced the inflammation in my body.

At home rice must be on the table a few times a week and so many carbs are definitely not so wonderful when trying to lose weight. I do eat rice once or twice a week, but I’ve reduced the amount I eat. I keep it to about a cup every time and I add meat to fill me. The rest of the week I work around what I have in the fridge and that it’s usually meats and soup. Chicken soup is my favorite. Very easy to make – chicken breasts sometimes in small pieces or carved, lots of vegetables and a meal is done. Specially now that it is cold, soup makes for a perfect dinner.

For the sciatica pain there’s not much I can do, just stretch every day and try to be as comfortable as I can when I sit or lay down. The pain prevents me from walking long distances, use the bicycle and even the elliptical. I do everything I can to exercise and  what I can’t do because I can’t control it I leave it to the Lord.  He knows I need to lose the weight and I know He is in control. I have to make the best of this.

I’ve had moments when I’ve been discouraged, yes, because I wanted to see bigger and faster results, but again, I make plans but they sometimes hit bumps in the road. It is so hard when there are elements that I can’t control,  those little things that get me upset, and really for nothing, because even when upset I can’t change them. The important thing is that I keep my focus to where I’m going and I will get there even though is not when I wanted to – I’ll get there.

If you have started a weight loss plan – journey to healthy and maybe it’s not working as good or as fast as you would like, just try again, stay focused, you will get there – you can do it!

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Leave your comments I would love to hear your experience when trying to eat healthy and lose weight.

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