******warning: lengthy but I would love your input*****
Did you know that your body frame (small, medium, large) is determined by your wrist size? I totally did not know that! According to the net I have a small frame since my wrist is less than six inches in diameter.
According to the book written by Portia de Rossi the typical sample size that is provided to sitcom/movie sets would be sizes 4-6. Shocking! Why am I shocked? Because I was thinking that number would be 0-2. After all so much emphasis is put on being super model stick figure thin! By the way her book Unbearable Lightness is a great read. She talks about her struggles with eating disorders/weight.
Why am I bringing this up today? Well because I need to lose some extra pounds. Seriously I do! According to my BMI/Weight guidelines I am still within the normal range for height/age; however, I am packing around some extra poundage! I mean we went form Christmas straight into Valentine’s, and let’s face it summer is right around the corner. I am trying to be realistic about my goals, so I did some research online this weekend. That is how I came across the above facts. Some I knew already, some I didn’t.
No matter how much I would love to look like the girl I was at my high school graduation I know that is not realistic. When you birth two babies that body will never be the same. Can I get to the number that use to be on the scale? Probably, since I was pretty close to it a couple of years ago, but it was some hardcore dieting/exercising. When I first jumped on the eat clean band wagon a few years back I immersed myself in that world. I purchased the eat clean diet books, joined forums online, logged all my foods, and set up a rigorous six day weekly exercise routine.
Was I healthy and fit? Fit maybe, healthy I do not believe I was! You see I was looking at it as an all or nothing world. That in itself made it a diet. Which means it was super successful for the several months I followed it closely, but when I started eating other foods, pounds started adding up! As you know this is typical for any diet.
My first thought was to go back to the hard core clean eating diet, but let’s face it it is a freaking diet! It is in the title!! Now I am not knocking the book or the author. I love her concepts and her will power. I think that what she stands for is great – if you want to be a professional body builder model type! I do not, and honestly unless that is your goal in life I feel that this is just another typical diet to help with weight loss. Outside of the body building world I do not know a single person that has made the “diet” in this book their lifestyle. Especially not a girl that lives in Louisiana!
So I had to figure out what is clean eating to me. Of course I know the whole all things natural, avoid the manufactures boxed foods, etc, etc. BUT…..sometimes this girl just wants her darn Velveeta shells and cheese! While I still believe in eating natural foods, healthy cuts of meat, I also believe in old favorites. Comfort foods, desserts, etc.
So here is what “clean eating” is to me: eating foods as close to nature as possible, but keeping in mind that sugar is a natural product and not a taboo food, enjoy what you eat, eat all things in moderation, and just be happy 🙂
Which lead me to my decision to do calorie counting. Some people hate it and think it is an absolute waste of time. Some people live by it. I know that I would like to lose some weight. I have a figure in mind, a healthy one, that I would like to reach by the summer. It is not a drastic weight loss so I feel that maintaining it should be easy enough if I do not deprive myself in order to reach that goal. Which is why the calorie counting comes in. This way if I want a cookie then darn it I can have a cookie without feeling guilty! I can also keep up with calories in/calories out to make sure I am burning enough to reach my goal without drastic measures. I added the calorie counter to my iphone this weekend so it is at my fingertips wherever I go. I can’t promise that I will stick to this since I have never tried the whole calorie count thing before.
all photos are taken from google images
So tell me your thoughts:
1. Do you feel that the Eat Clean Diet (Tosca Reno) is a diet or lifestyle?
2. What is clean eating to you?
3. How do you feel about calorie counting?
Wish me luck 🙂