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The End of Eating Badly…?

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Marco and I are still on the journey toward health!  To help him control his carb intake, I decided to eat all the carbs in the house.  He wasn’t so sure this was a good idea…he came into the office and found me with my snacks.

But really, we have been trying to limit the carbs and fat, and we actually ran the stairs at a local football field!  I am so proud of us!

We’ve also cut out almost all alcohol and caffeine, so we are feeling a little healthier.  I bought a lot of items at Trader Joe’s, but I was shocked to find that the beef and broccoli was loaded with carbs, while the orange chicken was healthier.  Who would have guessed?

After our exercise tonight, we indulged in bean and cheese burritos with jalapenos added, from Miguel’s Jr.  It was marvelous, and at least it’s real food…handmade tortillas, yummy beans, and enough jalapenos to give us heartburn later.

We went to the doctor together recently, and we were both warned about our health.  The doctor told me I have a BMI of 29!! Normal is 19 to 25 for women.  She said we just call that “fluffy.”  If I was taller, I would be perfect.  Maybe I’ll wear platform heels next time they measure my height.

But I do need to get serious about getting back to a healthy BMI.  Although I love Christina Hendricks, my frame is not big enough to carry extra weight.

Is it just me, or does she seem a bit airbrushed here? http://www.accesshollywood.com/christina-hendricks

I hope to post some progress in my weight loss over the next few months.  Since I finished all the ice cream, there’s not much left in the house to tempt me to overeat!

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California Adventure!

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Marco and I have passes to Disneyland and California Adventure, so sometimes we walk around the parks for exercise.  Last night, we decided to visit California Adventure.  I had my new camera with me, and Marco (photographer that he is) encouraged me to take many pics of our “workout.”

Here we are in front of a waterfall (I promise this is inside the park):

Us in front of a rock.

Okay, so technically he took this picture, but it was with my camera…

As we wandered the park, I wore my Shape Ups and Marco wore his new Gel Kahana Asics, which he says are the most comfortable tennis shoes he’s ever had.  I can definitely feel the effects this morning.  My legs are still tired from the 2 to 3 hours we spent walking last night.  Never discount the impact of walking!  We often think we need to go to the gym and lift weights for two hours to get in a good workout, but last night was EXHAUSTING!  We went home and slept for eight hours straight.

Not that we walked the entire time; here we are on Goofy’s Sky School.  It’s a roller coaster that is very jerky and jarring, as if you’re on a propellor plane.  It’s really scary!

Smiling through our fear!

But the rides were short, and the walking was long, so a few times, we stopped for breaks.  We discovered the Bug’s Life show in 3D, and it was so much better than we had anticipated!  It’s a little scary for young kids, though.  Black widow spiders come out of the ceiling to attack the audience, wasps “sting” the audience, and bugs crawl under the seat cushion.  Here we are in our 3D glasses.

Marco bugging out.

Me in my silly bug glasses.

We also discovered some exciting new attractions that will be opening this summer.  One section will be called “Buena Vista Street,”  which will have old Spanish style buildings and Mexican influences.  They are also adding a “Cars” area; it’s a real-life Radiator Springs.  We could see a little of it over a fence.  It looks perfect!

A peek over the fence at Radiator Springs.

I hope the walking will pay off when I step on the scale, but the beauty of the park is definitely better than a gym!

California Adventure at night.

On a journey toward health

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Marco and I are on a slow transition toward a healthy lifestyle.  My parents always told me how hard it would be to lose weight as an adult, and now I realize how correct they were.  I was a cheerleader in high school, and I worried about my weight, but I had toned arms, toned legs, and an abundance of energy.  College taught me to give in to my cravings and to appreciate beer.  After college, I developed a love for things like brie sandwiches, white cheddar popcorn, and Heath bar ice cream.  Here are some pictures of me after college, with three of my dearest friends.  You can see the progression; not a terrible change, but I definitely became top-heavy by my 23rd birthday:

On a road trip.

Hula hooping in our apartment!

My 23rd birthday.

 

In the past few years, Marco has begun battling diabetes.  His mother is diabetic, so it was not a surprise to him.  We have had to give up some of our favorite recipes, like chile relleno casserole and tater tot casserole.  One recipe we have both enjoyed is strawberry salad.  I bought a book about reversing diabetes, which had a recipe for Indian lentil soup.  I love it, but Marco is not a fan.
After a few days of lentil soup, we both lost about five pounds.  I will keep you posted on new recipes and exercise ideas.

Chile Relleno Casserole: slice up poblano or pasilla chiles and put them in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Brown 1 pound of ground beef and spread half of it over the chile slices.  Pour half a bottle of Herdez salsa over all of it, and top it off with shredded cheese.  Repeat with another layer of the same.  Cook until golden and bubbly in the oven at 350 degrees.  Serve with sour cream and avocados.

Tater tot casserole with bratwurst

Strawberry salad: salad greens with sliced strawberries, radishes, celery, red onion, pears or apples, and anything else you like that’s crunchy (carrots, watercress, etc.).  I use raspberry vinaigrette on this, and it’s like dessert before the meal!

Indian lentil soup: this is from a book called The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle

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