Here I am. It's been a very long time, a couple of years, in fact.
So, I thought it was time to catch up.
I went to the doctor on Monday and had a rude awakening. I knew I had gained a lot of weight and really struggled with getting it off. I have been on quite a few food rollercoasters over the last 2 years. I am permanently off gluten and my Ulcerative Colitis has been really benefiting from that. Discouragement and Depression have been teaming up with Exhaustion and winning a lot of food battles that way. When I'm in the car with DH and we don't have time to eat breakfast before leaving the house, don't have the energy to prepare food ahead of time and don't have much money, fast food tends to be the go-to solution. Due to all this, I am at my heaviest at just under 270. My knees hurt all the time, my back hurts almost every day, the rest of my arthritic joints are close behind and I am TIRED alllllll the time!
I NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!!!
I need support, I need encouragement, and most of all, I need HEALTHY FOOD!!!
So, how to do this on a tight budget?????? I came up with a few ideas. My first tactic is portion control. I have cut back on my portion sizes. For example, I made healthy and nutritious fajitas the other night and instead of 3 or 4 corn tortillas, I only had 2, but heaped on the veggies. When I fixed my salad at Kroger's salad bar, I made it smaller than I would in the past to both save on calories/fat AND money. When I really thought about it, it dawned on me that eating healthy would not cost any more if we are eating the proper amounts.
So this afternoon after we finished our merchandising work and I said I was hungry, DH asked about going to a Chinese restaurant. I thought about the cost and mentioned that a small but filling salad from Kroger would not cost any more and be WAY healthier, so that's what we did. AND, in the process of walking through Kroger (we ALWAYS check the markdowns), I found about a dozen orange bell peppers that I am going to stuff for dinner!
So, now that I am back on the right track, I realized I needed the support and encouragement that Sparkers offer, so I am making a comeback!