Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Leaving my status as Google's #1 Overweight Housewife behind

If you Google the term "overweight housewife," the first result on your screen will be my other blog, Belly Acre Farm. Or, now that I've written this entry, this blog may come up. I have to admit that I haven't been too ashamed that I'm the #1 overweight housewife on the web. I used to think it was funny. But not any more.

You see, I blew it last night. When you read my daily menu from yesterday at the bottom of this post, you'll notice that I had 10 frosted oatmeal cookies which yielded some 95 net carbs all by themselves. Urgh! That's no way to lose the 17 lbs. I want to leave behind. (Or, leave my behind, is more like it.)

Here's my excuse for last night's binge -- I'd been feeling a bit woozy/dizzy all day, and I wondered if some carbs might help. So I made the mistake of choosing cookies as my carbs. Once I started, I couldn't (didn't) stop. Until the remainder of the package was gone. (Note: The cookies didn't make the dizziness go away.)

After viewing MizFit's facetime post on Monday about her motivational boards, I came away wanting to be motivated. And since I've already made a board, now I just need to fill it with images and quotes that will help me focus on what I want to become.

I'm not sure how I'm going to do it, but I've got to get MizFit on there somehow. Watching her facetime posts are motivating. Get a load of those shoulders and biceps! And she's a mom. Way to go MizFit!

I've spent so long as an overweight housewife that I've almost forgotten how to see myself as anything else. It would seem that some deep introspection and mental imaging is in order. To get me started, I'm going to think out loud about who I see myself becoming. Here goes.

First off, I'm going to become Google's #1 Healthy Housewife.

As a Healthy Housewife I take the time to prepare balanced meals -- meals that contain plenty of protein, vegetables, fruit and a carbohydrate side dish for my family that I don't eat until I've reached my weightloss goal and maintained it for 3 months. I also keep my fridge and cupboards stocked with low-carb foods that are easy to grab on the go. They're not just for me. They're for everyone in my home.

What am I going to do about treats/goodies for the kids? I'll try to buy snacks that don't appeal to me. I'll begin discussing with Hubby the challenges of having foods around that are temptations for me, and that aren't healthy for anyone in our household. I can also stop trying to show love by making/giving/buying my kids treats. There are countless other ways for me to show them love. Raising them to have good eating habits is more loving than passing on bad eating habits to yet another generation.

As a healthy housewife I find time for exercise. It's a priority for me. I don't put the needs of my family above my own needs. I realize that by taking care of myself, I'll be better able to take care of my family members. I relish time spent walking my dog. I find joy (and exercise) in taking walks with my husband and children, one-on-one or as a family. I try to find ways to play with my kids, do engage in the activities they're interested in. I go ice skating with Beans. I play golf with Bug. I pass the volleyball with Loula Belle and play catch during softball season.

I'm out of time for today, but I'm going to give the new me a lot of thought and prayer. (I need to do a better job of including the Lord in my weightloss efforts. His power and support is invaluable. Why do I keep forgetting that?)

Daily Menu: October 28, 2008

7:30 AM
peppermint tea
12 pistacios = 1 Tbsp. (1.5)
2 eggs fried in 1 tsp. bacon fat (1)
large tomato, sliced thick (6)
sorbet made with 1 c. frozen triple-berry blend (10.5)
1/2 c. 2% milk (6)
packet Slenda

12:30 PM
1/2 c. low fat cottage cheese (5)
8 oz. non-fat Western Family yogurt sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame (15)

2:00 PM
homemade dill pickle (2)
12 pistacios (1.5)
2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter (4)
2 stalks celery (1.5)

5:40 PM
mozarella/promiscuto/basil roll, 2 1/2 oz. (.5)
salad with 2 bacon slice, diced turkey, ranch dressing (8)
homemade chicken vegetable soup (9)
small Empire apple (15)

7:30 PM
10 stupid, not-very-good, frosted oatmeal cookies (95.5)

Total Net Carbs: 182


Suko said...

LOL! You are too funny!

Christie, you're (presently) #1 for Overweight Housewife on Google, and I'm usually in Google's top three for Victorian Housewife!

MizFit said...

hectic day today and your linklove? SO BRIGHTENED IT.

and yes.

no matter yer deity of choice it is always easier when you can hand some of the burden over huh?

take care,


Flashlight Girl said...

Rewiring the way you view yourself is tricky. I've been stuggling to do it for the past few years. I'm slowly getting there, but when I hang out with skinny people, my image suffers. I've decided to be a "fit" person rather than fat or frumpy or even skinny. Determining what factors will qualify me to be "fit" and happy are harder to decide. Be specific in your goals. I like the weight tracker at the top of your blog. I hope it helps to keep you focused and motivated. I'm going to check out the mizfit motivation board. Maybe it will help me, too.

Suko said...

All kidding aside, I agree with Flashlight Girl that the goal should be to feel healthy and fit--whatever your size and shape. Exercise helps us feel better on many levels, almost instantly. (I, too, love to take long walks with my dog whenever possible.) Who knows? Maybe someday you'll be ranked as #1 for Most Fit Housewife on Google.