Before I had kids, I was about twenty pounds lighter. I have been consistently the same weight ever since. I cannot seem to drop any weight. Technically speaking, my weight is healthy. I have this bad habit of keeping clothes around that are very close (well, like ten pounds) to fitting. Does anyone else do this?
Last year I was not very steady with exercising - with the kids back to school, I seem to have found some inspiration. Here's the problem: my clothes are getting tighter. I realize that I'm probably building muscle or something annoying like that, but I don't want to bulk up. My current regimen (well, okay, for the last 40 days or so) includes about an hour of exercise at least 5 times a week. I combine running with yoga or pilates.
I also have tried to reduce my caloric intake and keep my meals intentional. I am trying to eat foods that have nutritional value - and eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Breakfast is pretty easy - I usually do fruit and either yogurt or cereal - but lunch is a little more challenging. My mom is very disciplined - she has a little routine that includes: a piece of cheese, two hard pretzels, some fruit and tuna salad or yogurt alternately.
So, my question is: what do you eat for lunch?
This was one of my recent lunches
Heirloom tomatoes, lettuce, feta, cukes, and sun-dried tomato pesto topped with olive oil and lemon juice - it was delicious - but I was still starving.
This was a little better
Black bean and cheddar quesadilla with sour cream
Sometimes I eat soup, simply to increase my veggie intake. I am just feeling a little frustrated - my husband thinks it might take a year or more of running before my muscle starts "eating" my fat or something like that. Of course, like all Americans, I want instant results. My doctor does think I could lose about ten pounds to lower my cholesterol and have a lower BMI - but, how should I do it? After watching the Biggest Loser last night, I feel a little guilty complaining about only ten pounds, but I do feel like I'm doing the right things and not finding any success.