Sunday, March 13, 2011

Raddichio and Skype

Hello my friends! Behold, below, the last of my Taco Bell habit for a long, long time. I'll give you a moment...




*sigh*

My wonderful wife is in Malibu, California as of this afternoon. She is beginning a 4 week (!!) stay at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge. It's a weight-loss resort (she calls it fat camp) that's just like the tv show only without being on tv.

It was terribly hard to say goodbye to her at the airport and is still a surreal concept that she won't be back for 28 days. I am excited for her, though. Freakishly excited. This is going to be such an awesome opportunity. As she said, "I won't come back all skinny," but she will come back a changed woman...who walked, like, 6+ miles every morning and did crazy cardio and strength training. Which brings me to me...

I can't have my wife coming home to me layin' on the couch stuffin' Snickers in my face-hole while she's ready to head out and conquer the world of clean-eating and regular exercise. So I gots to get my own show going here at home. This brings me to several goals that I have in her absence:

1. Walk 6 miles every morning, 6 days a week.

I have new shoes for this. Brooks (had never heard of them but, oooh-la-la!) at that. Today is Sunday the 13th of March and starting tomorrow morning, I walk. I know what you're thinking--that's an overly ambitious goal. Yes, it is. But did you read the part about what my wife is doing!!?? I gotta keep up with her!

2. Clean-eating.

This is no fad diet or passing craze. It's simple, reasonable deduction of certain facts. Processed foot is shit for your body. If you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't eat it (except raddichio). A clean eating diet means eating lots of colorful foods, whole grains, proteins and good fats. I could tell you more about it but first...

3. Study nutrition.

I got a nutrition textbook that's kind of for simple folks. It has the science behind nutrition but the basics as well. Which I need, direly. I'm not food smart and want to be. When Amanda comes home I want to have a better understanding of what I need to cook--and why--for us to stay healthy.

4. Strength training, yoga and cardio workouts.

Pretty simple. I'ma start doing those things.

Tonight I will clean out our entire kitchen. Gone are the hidden chocolate morsels and bacon. In are the greens, reds, yellows and chicken colors. It's an awesomely exciting time here!

I will be visiting my grandparents this coming week. This will be a test of will and strength because, well, because grandparents can be hard to hang with sometimes, but more so because it's so much easier to say, "Well, I should be spending time with them instead of out walking," or "we'll just eat whatever they want." And that last one would not be good. My grandparents are awesome but good eaters are none of them.

The drive will also be hard. Do you know how many Dairy Queens there are between here and West Texas? Ah, chicken finger baskets no more. I will be packing a cooler for the drive and the stay overnight between here and there and will only pack goodness with no allowance for any "outside" food.

Lastly, I love Skype. It's an awesome way to talk to my wife AND see her beautiful face.

Peace out, french fries.
Emily

1 comment:

Marie said...

That is great - it is so much easier to commit to a lifestyle change as a couple! I'm trying to get my post-baby body back into shape and I'm trying the Couch-to-5K program. (It alternates between running and walking until you get acclimated to running.) I found a podcast someone made for the program especially that tells you when to run or walk and that, combined with the music in the background, really helps with the boredom for me. (I only stick to my subdivision, so it gets old, fast.) That, combined with the advice here (http://doctormama.blogspot.com/2006/05/listen-up-maggots.html) has me actually able to run a little without getting a stitch in my side since high school. Or at least it was until I came down with the flu, but I hope to get back to it this week. So we can all encourage each other to keep with it!