377th Friday Blog Roundup
Updated with name of app (see below)
I have been putting off going to see my general practitioner for a yearly checkup because I’m afraid of what she’ll say about my eating habits/lack of exercise. I’ve stopped running for the time being while I’m trying to finish a manuscript, and I’ve always eaten like crap. Josh has pointed out that these problems still exist whether or not I see the doctor, so I might as well put on my big girl panties and go for my annual physical. He has also pointed out that her word isn’t G-d; she is there to make suggestions, but it’s up to me to make decisions about my overall health. Through a strange turn of events, I ended up on the phone with her nurse, and while I was talking to her, I made an appointment.
Then I promptly freaked out.
I cannot add exercise back into my life at the moment and keep my sanity because there is nothing else I can give up, timewise. Which left my eating habits. So in one day, with the help of my friend, C, who is doing this with me (and I seriously could never have gotten started if I wasn’t IMing with her non-stop throughout the day every day about every morsel of food passing between our lips), we have overhauled the entire way we eat. I downloaded an app that tracks what I’m consuming and the nutritional value of those items, and I only eat what is in my food budget for the day. I am such a numbers person so this is perfect for me. I see what I have to spend, I see what I need to buy, and I try to ensure that I have some room for savings. I am eating no processed foods with the exception of Kashi granola bars (I did a comparison of all granola and powerbars based on protein, fiber, sugar, and cost, and Kashi came out as the best option).
I am already obsessed with this app: keeping it neat, filling it out, trying out different food combinations to make the best nutritional plan for the day. I am very proud that I have started this on a week when I have a cold and my period. There, I’m going to say it completely immodestly — I am so damn proud of myself for changing the way I’ve eaten for the last 10 years. For not giving in to the siren song of Yogiberry and choosing to reward ourselves with Legos instead of food. That it isn’t even about weight loss (well, yes, it is, but you know what I mean) — I feel healthier. I go through my day feeling better. I feel like I’ve accomplished something huge.
And now I have a question, and I’m sure someone knows the answer: I am going over in the sugar category, but almost all the sugars I’m eating are coming from fruits and vegetables. For instance, I went over 20 grams of sugar yesterday, but the culprits were blueberries and a sweet potato (okay, and a yogurt, but I have to finish these Wallaby yogurts before I switch to the lower sugar Greek yogurt AND I can’t give up the yogurt because it’s my breakfast protein). At the same time, I’m way under my carb limit. And my fat limit. How bad are sugars? Should I be limiting my fruit intake in order to get under that sugar limit? Or should I only be concerned about sugar if we’re talking refined sugars, baked goods, candy?
App: The one I’m using is MyFitnessPal. It operates a lot like the Weight Watchers app, except it’s free. Plus, you can access it online, on your blackberry, your iPhone, iPad, etc. And it has that cool scanner function.
Speaking of food, I was obviously amused by this:
Even though I wish I could edit it (the repetition wasn’t necessary). Plus, people don’t say, “passing on the left” as much as they either say, “stand right!” or stand behind you on the escalator sighing very loudly. But the best part of this is what I finally learned the name mumbo sauce, something I’ve eaten my whole life that I didn’t know (1) was a DC thing though in retrospect, I can only think of one place I’ve seen it outside of the DC area and (2) had a name. I’ve always referred to it as “the red stuff.” When I heard “fries with mumbo sauce,” I Googled it, realized that the sauce had a name, and then said, “I never thought to put that on fries. Damn, that would be good.” I am a Marylander at heart, so my fries are always smothered in Old Bay. Not that I’m eating French fries anymore. Since, you know… the whole change in eating thing. So I’ve learned the name mumbo sauce too late since I won’t be partaking in any of the foods that go with mumbo sauce for a long while. Or the mumbo sauce itself since I’ve always suspected that it can’t be very good for you.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week as well as the week before. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Even Here?” (Mrs. Spit… Still Spouting Off)
- “The First Rule of Mommyblogging…” (Crib Chronicles)
- “Forward” (Crib Chronicles)
- “The IVF 2WW Survival Guide” (My Path to Insanity & Beyond)
Okay, now my choices this week.
I loved From IF to When’s post about politics and your body. Seriously, how can you not stand up and cheer when you read: “There is never shortage of debate about how and what women should do with their bodies. Yet, the argument for equality in women’s healthcare compared to men, or in women’s healthcare compared to other women (e.g. infertility coverage) is minimal. Politicians would rather tell me what I can and cannot do with my own body than give me equal access to medical services.” The post is a great rallying cry, especially with an election coming up.
My Lazy Ovaries has a very honest, powerful post about choosing between donor eggs and living child-free. They are both of two minds about the decision and she admits: “Sometimes I feel like I’m focusing on the crappy parts of parenthood, just so I can convince myself it’s OK not to want it, to make it hurt less to not have it.” But this is the part that really floored me: “But this is what infertility does to you. It makes you question every little thing in much greater detail than you ever have before, in a constantly repeating loop.” The questions she asks can only be answered by Slackie O and her husband, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read the whole post and ask yourself the questions too.
IF Crossroads has a post about the future. I loved the opening of this post because I too spend an inordinate amount of time thinking ahead, planning things, wanting to know “what’s next.” Or maybe I loved it because I am also in a state of organizing and cleaning at the moment because it makes me feel as if I’m being proactive, as if I have control over my world.
Lastly, Bionic Mamas has a confessional post about reading birth stories, and how she feels when she reads about another person’s experience. I’ve read a lot of posts explaining why a person feels emotional reading about someone’s success when they’re still in the trenches, but I feel like I’ve rarely encountered the ones where we admit that it’s hard to read breastfeeding posts if you can’t breastfeed, or read about a full term birth if you have a preemie, or whatever your trigger or longing may happen to be. It’s just an honest post.
The roundup to the Roundup: I have changed the entire way I eat. Please answer my question on sugar, carbs, and fat. I learned the name mumbo sauce. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between January 20th and January 27th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.