Tuesday, April 7, 2009


A Journey of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step...

Baby steps are good, baby steps are necessary. Nothing happens overnight, as we all know very well. My family went to the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee on Sunday and it may sound weird but it helped inspire me further on this "journey". Harley Davidson was founded by 4 guys back in 1903 in a 8'x10' shack. You got to see their progression, how they supplied motorcycles for WWII, and even when they were bought by AMF because they couldn't do it on their own anymore. They eventually bought the company back but it was basically buy the company back or go bankrupt and it reminded me of any weight loss journey. You start small with itty bitty baby steps, maybe first cutting out soda, then commiting yourself to exercising 3x a week. Once you get comfortable with managing that you up the exercise, throw in some healthy eating that you've got a recipe for success; however, there will always be a point, no matter who you are, when you run the risk of going "bankrupt". You have to sit down and go over what's working and what's not and sometimes be "bought" just to keep your head above water. Whether you'r'e bought by food and decide to allow yourself an extra snack here and there or by cutting down your exercise so that you're making "cut backs" in order to keep yourself from quitting all together. Then, you get to a point where quitting seems so easy, it seems within reach beacuse you've started to limit yourself and you have forgotten how capable you are of doing great things. It comes down to a decision: go bankrupt or "buy" your life back. If you can look back and reflect on what worked and what didn't it's always possible to buy your life back, it's all about baby steps, about having support and about wanting to change for you. I think we all need to almost be "bankrupt" in order to get that kick in the butt we all need. You need to be ready to quit in order to realize how badly you want this. Hmm so enough of pretending I'm a philosopher. Ha. Well I never realized how cheap it can be to make meals for the week. Last night I made potato gnocchi with cut up zucchini and cherry tomatoes in a creamy pesto sauce. It made 3 servings and each serving comes out to be about 310 calories. Yummy I can't wait to try it. The best part was that all of that together cost me about $10.00 total. I was shocked, I've wanted to make healthy meals to bring to work for lunch but I was always procrastinating because I figured it would be expensive but it wasn't. Also, this may sound like a stupid no brainer question but is pasta considered processed food? I'm trying to eat as "clean" as I can and I know that pasta isn't the healthiest with all the carbs but is it processed? Hmm I'm not sure. I've also decided that I am going to start walking to/from work. It's about a 2 mile walk and I think that would be great for me to walk at least 4 miles a day. I'm actually quite excited about starting I just have to figure out how long it will take me so I don't end up being late lol. I think about 40-45 minutes. Hmm. Anyways, toodles and hope you all are doing wonderfully today. :-)

1 comment:

  1. hey girl! i buy whatever brand of egg whites is on sale. they are usually 2.75-3.50 per small container..so they can get pricey. Just make sure the ingredients are 100% egg whites and nothing else!! good luck!