Autumn’s Adventures

A healthy beginning
January 8, 2009, 7:31 pm
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As with every new year, I try to do what everyone else does — eat healthier and exercise more.  I joined a new gym and have been buying fresh fruits and vegetables daily for my meals.  I have tried to cut back on the bread, though it is a necessary accessory in my breakfast lineup.  One “sunny-side up” egg cannot be eaten alone — I must have toast to dip into the delicious yellow sunshine yoke.  I have successfully eaten a piece of fruit every morning with my breakfast, and included fresh vegetables into my lunches and dinners, with fruit for dessert if I’m feelin’ it.

So far I like this new way of eating.  Actually, it’s not that new, I just couldn’t afford to eat this way in the US.  Fruits, veggies and meats are so damned expensive that I didn’t want to splurge on them when I could easily live off of spaghetti and lean pockets and have money to go out drinking or to buy more wine for my nightly glass of red.  I’m also not much of a cook.  I can throw a steak on the frying pan no problem but more elaborate meals I always screw up.  Fresh veggies are impossible to screw up.  Lately I have been making salads that contain the following: Really awesome not lame lettuce that tastes delicious, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, green apple, carrots, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. YUM-MY!

I do have my occasional weaknesses — chocolate things or anything with sugar, hot dogs, chorizo, lots of cheese, pizza…etc.  I try to eat healthy for the majority of the day, if not the whole day.  I have to allow myself some foodie treats for the sake of my sanity.  If I tell myself I can’t have that teeny tiny reeses mini peanut butter cup because it will go straight to my hips I will most likely become depressed.  I’m not into self discipline just for the sake of a hot body and a little treat here or there is not going to hurt my health. I much prefer to enjoy the melting chocolate on my tongue and that 30 seconds of bliss that follows than the pain of staring at that reeses cup, salivating.

I have successfully completed a full week of my new workout routine.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday I go to the gym for about 1.5 hours and have my trainer whip my butt into shape.  Wednesday and Friday I go to yoga to stretch out the muscles that the gym has tightened to the point of not being able to straighten my limbs or sit.  So far, so good. I like it except for the fact that Juan Carlos, my trainer, keeps putting me on the bike for cardio and I HATE THE BIKE.  It’s the most awful experience in the gym.

There is a lot of pressure to be skinny here.  I don’t like it.  People will tell you to your face that you need to go to the gym or that you have a belly…etc.  They don’t know the meaning of “being polite”.  Also, if you talk about how hard it is to catch a man, they’ll tell you it’s because you need to start working out to be like “the rest of the girls.”  Well, thanks for that boost of self confidence!  I’m not going to the gym to try and be a skinny stick like the rest of the girls here.  It is literally impossible for me to look like the girls here.  I was graced with an hourglass figure and no matter how much weight I lose or how toned my muscles get, I’ll still have giant knockers and birthing hips to match.  I came to terms with this when I was in high school because you can’t really make your bones or boobs skinnier (boobs yes, surgery, I know…not going there).

I’m going to the gym to up my energy level and have a general feeling of well-being.  I already feel better only after one week.  Before, I was sleeping in really late and always feeling tired. Granted, I was partying a hell of a lot more than I am right now.

I’m happy to have the opportunity to focus on my health right now and fortunate that it is so cheap for me to do it.  Having the time and the money was something I didn’t want to sacrifice back in the states but now I have all the time in the world to focus on me and I love it.


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