(photo I took at the Dallas Arboretum last week while my step-son was here)
I thought it was time for a “wellness” update since it’s been a while…
I wrote about starting foam rolling using Taller, Slimmer, Younger by Lauren Roxburgh in late January, and I have been rolling consistently since then. I’ve missed less than a handful of days total since I started (I bought small rollers to keep at my mother’s house and my father’s house…that’s how addicted I am!) and don’t plan on stopping my daily practice any time soon. I took my measurements again recently, and although my hips/saddlebags haven’t shrunk in inches, I perceive that I stand taller, and look a little slimmer overall. And I have more flexibility in my hips, which have plagued me for a couple of years.
I recommend a high-density foam roller, not the lighter, softer rollers that you often find at Target by Gaiam, and here’s a great travel roller if you travel frequently. As I mentioned, I just bought rollers to keep at both my parents’ houses, but I plan on purchasing that small one for other trips. I don’t want to miss a day 🙂 Have you tried it yet?
I haven’t meditated in a very long time. I miss it, and endeavor to start back up again, but honestly, I’m having a hard time meditating when I could be watching Better Call Saul. I mean..
Anyway, I use the OMG I can meditate app on my phone, which I love (and pay for!), and find very effective, so I’m going to make it a priority to start back again.
My cholesterol was high a few years ago, then it dropped to below 200 and now it’s back up to 230 again. High cholesterol runs on my mother’s side of the family, so I know I have a predisposition to it, but I was shocked at the increase this last year. I’m trying not to spend a whole lot of time analyzing what I did “wrong,” instead I’ve made a six-month plan to try and bring it down through weight-loss, eating more fiber, and becoming largely vegan again (I know there’s a TON of debate out there on vegan vs. paleo, etc. etc., but I’ve been both, and at this point in my life, eating mostly vegan aligns more with my ethics and research*), then see what the results are.
I’ve maintained my recent weight-loss for a few years, but always knew I should lose more to be my “healthiest,” and now is that time, given my recent cholesterol spike. I feel good, and I’m happy with the way I look, mostly, but for my height, I’m still “overweight” by about 30 pounds, and I’d really like to see how I feel/look 30 pounds smaller. So, off it goes**.
It’s going to be very hard. It’s been relatively easy to maintain my weight, thanks to Pure Barre 5 days a week, but losing it is another thing altogether. I’m not very good at keeping track, or writing things down, but I’m going to use My Fitness Pal again to measure my calories and progress, as well as track my nutritional intake. And we’re getting the platform, a new cardio workout, at Pure Barre, so that should take care of adding cardio back in to my exercise routine, something I know will jump start weight loss.
Also, food. Honestly, I’m shocked at how well I eat generally, now, with a few hiccups. I never would have thought… if you’ve been reading a while, you know I have/had a weakness for candy. Sour jelly belly jelly beans in particular. I successfully knocked my sugar habit quite some time ago, and don’t miss it. I try not to eat any added sugar at all (aside from Purely Elizabeth Granola because it uses coconut sugar as a mild sweetener) but the last six months or so (winter doldrums…) I latched on to Nada Moo coconut milk ice cream and would eat one or two pints of that a week. Whoa. And too many lentil curls from Trader Joe’s for when I need something crunchy in the afternoon.
So, I’m going back to a majority whole foods plant-based diet for at least six months and see how my numbers change, then I’ll re-evaluate things based on the results. I’ll write more about what I eat daily if you’re interested in that, but I love the Purely Elizabeth cookbook for great whole-food recipes.
*I have read SO MUCH on nutrition over the years, and have “tried” everything. I keep coming back to plant-based though, and believe the science generally supports plant-based (also to a certain extent calorie-restricted) diets for longer, disease-free lives. I love NutritionFacts.org for it’s science-based nutrition evidence, and appreciated the great detail Dr. Michael Gregor (creator of NutritionFacts) goes into in his new book How Not to Die. I have lots more reading/book recommendations if you’re interested, or if you do as well, I’d love to hear them!!
**I have long considered my “set point” 140 pounds, which is 10 pounds less than what I weigh now. When I lost weight in graduate school as a vegan I got down to 130 but my body felt like it wanted to be more like 140. That was quite some time ago, so I want to try again, and see if I can’t keep my weight down to 120 or so, and what my cholesterol does as a result of that. And frankly, I’d love to see what happens to my hips/legs/saddlebags with an additional 30 pound weight loss.