After weeks of holiday goodies and dinner invitations and a kitchen overflowing with non-figure friendly items my jeans were starting to feel a bit snug. Add to that this last week of all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and the lounge pants are pretty much my only viable wardrobe option.
This eating myself into oblivion over the holidays/vacation was a conscious choice. A temporary approach to not feeling guilty about any consumption choices. A way to embrace the holidays with arms wide open. And, boy howdy, did I ever do that!
But, I failed to account for one huge detail. I'm not 25 anymore, DUH!, and my system got overloaded. Way, overloaded, with carbs and fat and sugar and grease. And, now, I feel kinda yucky. And mostly grateful that tomorrow is my last official day of break. I go back to school on Tuesday for semester #2 and none too soon, frankly.
I'm not a dieter. I'm just not. I don't do them, I don't like them, they make me cranky and I get headaches. Bad ones. But, I do try to maintain a reasonably balanced food intake. Lots of green stuff, not just because it's healthy, but because I really like the green stuff. And, when I say green stuff, I mean veggies that you eat with a fork.
However, it seems everywhere I look these days in the blogosphere people are drinking instead of spearing green stuff. Everyone is on the green smoothie train. Are you seeing this trend too? I keep thinking I'm going to try them, and then I chicken out. In my experience, when the green stuff in your life turns to liquid, it's time to toss it. Not guzzle it down. I know this is a mental block, but I'm still struggling.
My friend Robin has been raving about her smoothies for months. And, she's pretty convincing, because in addition to oozing joy, she also looks phenomenal. And, it's not just the smoothies that have made a difference. She's eating differently all around. And, running, a lot. I hate to run. Truly. I have a gym membership at a gym I haven't visited in, um, years. Yep, years, not a typo.
I've thought now, for awhile, that I'm a bit of an old dog. I mean, I haven't really changed anything about myself in a long time. And, I'm not over the hill, by any means, but I like who I am and where I am and what I am. Mostly, anyway. Or, so I thought.
But, being in grad school has shown me that I am absolutely capable of new tricks. I've made space in my life for all kinds of new tricks and I'm succeeding at most of them. So, maybe now is the time to dust off the gym membership card and blend up some green juice, too? I'm in the new trick zone anyway, so what's a couple more, right?
I'm off to Costco tomorrow to get the ingredients for the Robin's Green Smoothie recipe below, and on Tuesday, after I drop the kids off, I'm hitting the gym. I refuse to run, especially not in this weather, but I can row or cycle or spin or stretch or something. Surely, for the bargain price of $8/month (I've been a member a REALLY LONG time), I can find something that works for me.
Robin's New and Improved Green Smoothies
- 1 cup liquid (I use water unless I suspect that the greens might be too greenish tasting then I use a milk substitute [soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk])
- Spinach - 3-6 cups - whatever tastes good to you
- Greens - work your way up -shoot for 3-5 large leaves of kale, chard, beet greens, or romaine
- Banana - this is a must have item. It provides creaminess and sweetness. Sometimes I add 2 bananas
- Apple- or some other fruit cantaloupe, pineapple, peaches, whatever you have handy.
- Flax seed - about 1 T per serving. just toss in the whole seed and let the blender grind it. This adds creamy texture too.
- Frozen fruit - about 1 cup unless you want it thicker (add more for thickness) I am partial to blueberries. Also try strawberries, and frozen fruit mixes. they should be sugar free
I'm cautiously optimistic about the results of this latest set of new tricks. But if I don't do something, I'll be destined to drawstring waistbands for the rest of my life. That's a bad thing, by the way, right?
Wish me luck!