Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm Taking A Class

A few years before I had Dylan, Jim and I took a vacation.  Jim convinced me to wear a tiny bikini on that trip, saying I should show off my body because "Who knows how long it will look like this?"  Okay, maybe he didn't say that exactly, but it was implied).  How right he was, because after having Dylan, my bikini days came to a screeching halt.  Jim made me promise not to buy a skirt suit, but tankinis became my good friend.

I was always confused by capri pants.  If it's cold enough for pants, wear pants.  If it's warm enough for shorts, why wouldn't you wear shorts, I reasoned.  Then, last summer, when I noticed a certain cottage cheesiness going on in my legs, I had an A-HA moment.  I quickly went out to purchase some capris, and I didn't wear shorts all summer.

If you remember, back in January, I resolved to be healthier in 2010.  Since I lack focus, I basically forgot about that resolution.  Until last week, that is.  Last week I started taking a nutrition class, called "Eat Well For Life".  It's one night a week, for four weeks, and it's FREE through my insurance.  (If any of you have Highmark, did you know you can meet with a nutritionist seven times a year for FREE?)

So, after just one class, I've made some changes.  First, I'm writing down everything I eat.  I have to say, seeing what you consume written down, and being held accountable for it, are pretty big motivators.

The second change is that I'm only drinking water and one glass of juice for breakfast.  I am addicted to Canada Dry ginger ale, so that is a big change.

The third change is that I'm not snacking while I watch TV at night.  I've done that for as long as I can remember, so it's tough, but when I really want to snack, I grab some fruit, and so far it's working.  I still eat candy and chocolate during the day, but since I am so busy, it's not that much.

The class was on Wednesday, and I'm already noticing my clothes fitting a bit better.  Who knows, maybe this summer I'll dig out my bikini!  Just don't expect to see any pictures!


Brooke G. said...

That is awesome! Maybe that would get my going too. I seem to lack motivation lately :D

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

This is great! Maybe it will encourage me to do the same!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I mean, it will encourage me, darn it!

Burgh Baby said...

Capris are the greatest invention EVER. I hate wearing shorts, in great part because I'm always cold. But, if I wear jeans when it's 90 degrees out, people think I'm nuts. Capris to the rescue!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I know from personal experience that you feel so great when you're eating healthily--and that's the most important thing.

Anonymous said...

What a cool 'benefit' from your insurance! Ours also offers free classes - I am hoping to attend a Women's Pelvic Health class in May (and believe me when I tell you I SO wish I was kidding.) It is amazing what a big effect those little changes can make!

(P.S. If you don't already, try adding a high-fiber cereal to your diet - it does wonders for bloat!)

Anonymous said...

Jeez . . . I should add: Not that bloat is a problem for you - it is just an observation.