Monday, March 22, 2010


Last night when I was half asleep, JJ got home and the first thing he told me was the Health Reform Bill passed. I'm not going to get into any political issues here, and I haven't even done much deep research into to. However, I will say that I am so happy that I have taken my health into my own hands. I can't say what the future will be, I've heard horror stories, but then I've heard how so many people, even those with pre-existing conditions, will be covered.
 There are so many illnesses associated with obesity, illnesses that can be cured or prevented with daily exercise and a healthy diet. If you're currently obese, or even over-weight, maybe you eat junk food, smoke, drink too much, or life an unhealthy lifestyle, let the healthcare reform light a spark under your butt to take matters into your own hands before you have to depend on insurance companies! I am so happy I did!

Ok, I'll step off my soapbox!
After my last post, and quite often, I have people comment on the amount of produce I consume. There are a few reasons for this. One is that I love fruit and vegetables! I haven't always, but there are so many things I've really come around to liking (fennel, blueberries, beets, parsnips, yellow squash, pears, to name a few). I have always been a big vegetable eater, and was never picky. Secondly, studies have shown that a plant based diet is the healthiest option. If you eat at least 5 different colors of produce daily, you should be coming close to consuming all of the vitals vitamins and nutrients your body needs. A plant based diet is also better for the earth in producing less greenhouse gases, using less water, and leaving a small overall carbon footprint. Lastly, I physically feel better when I eat a great variety of fruit and vegetables every day. My skin is clearer, my body feels better, I don't get sick as often as I used to, and my GI tract, healthy!
I've seen many people hop on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon, but I basically do the opposite, and have meat only once a week, if that. And when I do, it's organic or grassfed meats from Whole Foods (unless I get meat when I'm eating out). I know it's not for everyone, but I honestly feel great, and I know I'm getting everything my body needs from the earth. Also, it's so fun to try new produce, and new recipes!

Today after work, I went straight to the Y. It was so convienient, and I can tell this is going to be a great decision. I went to spinning class, and loved it! My instructor played great music, and I felt really good. I know it's totally different from running, but I can tell cardio-wise I was really holding my own. I am not arrogant at all, but the instructor was like, oh take it easy, don't push as hard as everyone else, you'll be so sore. I wanted to say "woman, I ran a half marathon, I've got some stamina!" But we'll see how my glutes feel tomorrow :)
I'm thinking I'll either try the Body Pump class tomorrow, or go back to spinning again. I feel like a kid in a candy store, I'm excited to try all of the classes! And I can't wait to use the pool (April 17!) and the cardio and weight room.

Well, that's it for today. I was thinking at work this morning it's going to be the longest week ever... and it just might be...


  1. I've never tried spinning before, but really want to! And I eat a diet pretty similar to yours.. I only eat fish, mostly fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. And you're right, I feel SO much better than when I used to eat a lot of junk!

  2. I L-O-V-E Body Pump! You have to try it! It is an amazing full body strength training workout! I've been doing it for 2 months or so, just once a week, and I have notices a huge difference not only in how I look, but how much weight I can lift and my stamina! =)

    I love produce too! I am so jealous of the mass amounts of it you have. I can't wait to go to the Farmer's Market =)

  3. I completely agree with you!
    It's amazing how many diseases can be preventable, by living a healthy life.

  4. I agree about the health care stuff. I have heard all the horror stories and not many good things. But I am also glad that I am trying to take care of my health by myself. I do go to the doctor when I'm sick and I make sure my son gets there for all his well baby check ups and shots. But this health care "reform" is not the answer. That is enough about that topic. I want to do meatless Monday's but just not sure hubby will go for it. I am excited that spring is here and it will soon be time to plant our garden. Yummy veggies! I love spinning class. I hope you continue to enjoy it. I haven't went much lately because I have been working out during my lunch and there isn't a whole lot of time. Have a great Wednesday!

  5. "woman, I ran a half marathon, I've got some stamina" - love it :-)

  6. Great post! I needed to hear all that about the fruits/veggies to remind me that I need more veggies and more color in my produce choices each day!

  7. I love spinning too!! Those classes are great. I really like veggies but I think I need to look up recipes and get more comfortable cooking with them and then maybe I would eat them more often.

  8. Spinning sounds fun. I can't wait until I work up my stamina to join a class!!

  9. I agree about going for a "Meat on Mondays" (only) diet, rather than only one day a week - ONE - without it! It is so much better for you and for the planet.

  10. Oh, I love all sorts of classes at the Y! It's fun to try different ones. Good for you for taking the spinning! I felt like I was gonna pass out when I first took it ha :)

  11. Great for you for taking your health into your own hands! That is what I am trying to do myself now...I have a long ways to go! But I am doing something :-)
    I hope to like veggies more too, I am not a big fan.

    Melissa H