Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ask the expert

Pin It Something occurred to me today.  I'm always looking online and in books for new recipes and ideas.  I tend to get bored of eating the same thing day in and day out (except my breakfast...I kinda love that).  Today I realized something though..if you want an idea on healthy things to eat or do...why not ask someone you know who eats in a healthy way or works out what they do?  There really is nothing like a give and take conversation with someone you know to get advice like this. 

I recently asked a friend that I know is a really healthy eater about her intake of carbohydrates because I was curious - do healthy people eat a starch (like sweet potatoes, etc.) on a daily basis?  Or do I just do it because we were raised that way (as I'm sure my entire generation and the ones before were)?  Turns out that she doesn't eat many carbs at all!  These past (almost) two weeks I've been making a conscious effort to reduce my "bad carbs" as I call them - potatoes, rice (not a big deal for me), cracker-ish things and what I would typically call "snacky" foods.  So far it's going well and I don't really miss the potatoes, other than I am finding it harder to get my minimum points (calories) in each day...which is odd to me as I usually have my minimum points PLUS some of my weekly on a daily basis... hmmm, do carbs create carb cravings?  Maybe.... I'm sure I'm not the first person to discover this! 

I guess all this to say that we don't necessarily need books and the Internet to get ideas - they could be as close as your best friend, a co-worker or a neighbour.  When I really think about it, I know a tonne of people who are fit/healthy living people and they are all a fountain of useful information!

Three and a half days left to reach my goal.  I did strength plus running/walking on the treadmill on Sunday and am doing my second strength workout tomorrow night with my friend Amanda.  We've set a standing date for Wednesday nights to workout together, so if any of y'all have any pair exercise suggestions that can be done in the fitness centre, let me know!  Tomorrow is our first go of it :)  Step class last night was brutal and Zumba tonight was a real workout too...I feel like I'm working my BUTT off...I just hope it's literally coming off (or abs...whatever...don't care, so long as it's worth 2.3lbs!!).  Two more workouts before weigh-in, so fingers crossed (and lips zipped!!!).

PS - I just want to add something about exercise here that's not really related to today's post.  Twice this week I've come home in a crabby mood/not feeling great and BOTH times I've gone to class at the gym and come home feeling chipper(er) and happier...endorphins???

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