Taking a “step” in the right direction with Lean Cuisine
I need to get real with you all and ask for your kindness and support. I need to put all of this out there and hope that it empowers me to make some changes. Please be kind. I have always struggled with my weight and with finding the right program or way of life to change myself and be healthier. If you are new to my blog, you may not have seen me struggle in the past with my Fatty Friday series. I started and restarted and I’ve talked about my weight a lot.
The Real Deal
For over 30 years I struggled with weight, but it was my own body and only me to worry about whether I was healthy or not. Five years ago that changed and now I have a son and a husband – a family to raise. My boy is getting older and I find it harder and harder to keep up with him.
My husband and I started an eating plan in May 2010 and I lost 90 pounds (he lost 170) and we felt great. We were active and fun and we were walking every day as a family. Our boy’s favorite activity was to go to the football field and run the track. At the beginning of 2011, we started to slip back into our old ways and now we are back to our original weights (if not larger). We feel terrible. We eat terrible.
Hubby and I come home in the evenings and sit and do nothing. It’s embarassing to admit, but sometimes our son will beg us to just go sit with him in his play room or in the living room and play with him and we will find excuses not to go. We have gotten angry at one another because we didn’t want to be “the one” to “have” to go play with him. This is terrible and I feel like a failure of a mom for saying all of this. I mean, you’ve seen my boy, right?! He’s the most fun ever!!
Excuses, Excuses – Blame it on…
I have used the excuse too many times that I cannot get healthy again because my husband prepares all of our food and when he is tired then we just get junk food or fast food. The truth is there are times when he wants to cook and I suggest pizza instead. The truth is that I need to be responsible for my own actions and getting myself healthy and being a role model for my son, and my husband if need be.
Taking a “step” in the Right Direction with Lean Cuisine #FrozenFavorites
This week I was out of town for work and living in a hotel. Spending a week without my husband’s cooking could really wreak havoc on my budget and my health so I decided this was a great time to take a step toward eating healthy. I have some plans to get us healthier and this week is my kickstart to something I hope is really amazing!
The first step in getting healthy, for me, is to start eating healthy. I have tried Lean Cuisine a few times in the past so I was happy to hear that I could find a 6 pack of Asian flavored Lean Cuisine meals in the Sam’s Club Frozen Favorites Showcase. I’m addicted to my Android and it didn’t disappoint when I had to look up the closest Sam’s Club and then use the GPS to get there.
I picked up two packs of the Lean Cuisine Asian dinners, some water, snacks, and coffee drinks. The coffee drinks are not exactly “healthy” but I’m crossing one bridge at a time – cutting out one vice at a time. My plan is to replace at least one meal every day with a Lean Cuisine meal in hopes that this will help me start to feel better. Ideally, for this week at least, I could replace lunch and dinner with a Lean Cuisine meal and save on my budget as well! Check out more of my shopping trip by visiting my Lean Cuisine #FrozenFavorites Google Album.
The hotel I’m staying in all week had two paper plates wrapped in plastic as well as plastic utensils. Along with the fridge and microwave, I was set for the week. After working all day and then shopping, I was hungry by the time I made it to the hotel for the evening. I decided to try the Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry first.
The meal was so easy to cook in the microwave, just 4 minutes and it was ready. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The rice was filling and the snap peas tasted fresh and actually snapped! That is unheard of in a microwave dinner. I love teriyaki and this meal didn’t disappoint.
I have to be honest and say that I did not expect these meals to be enough to fill me up. I like to eat and I didn’t get to be a big girl by eating small meals. I found that the Lean Cuisine dinners were quite hearty. While I was in the hotel, I did not have a way to make sides so I did eat two of the meals at a time, but I will not do that at home. The second night I tried the Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken. I love how bright and fresh it all looks. There is something more satisfying about the snap of the peas and the crunch of the carrots. I even enjoyed the red peppers and I am a huge fan of broccoli. I loved this flavor, but my absolute favorite was the Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken. The chicken tasted like fresh chicken strips. I just cannot get over how fresh these meals taste!!
The Next “Step”: The Couch-to-5K ® Plan
One of the things that Hubby and I have always had in common is that we love to watch the show The Biggest Loser. We watched it while eating cartons of ice cream. We watched it while drinking water and eating fresh fruit. This past season, we watched it mostly while eating pizza and feeling terrible. The most inspiring part of The Biggest Loser, for me, is not the pounds lost, but the marathon the contestants run at the end. I want to do that someday. My first “step” is going to be working The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan.
I downloaded The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan app and I’m kicking it off this week. I will be chronicling my journey of Lean Cuisine meals and running plan on my Google Page. I’ll also update here on the blog on October 5 and let you know how it went. Won’t you follow along?!!
Don’t do it alone – I have a PARTNER!!
I’m hoping to have Hubby along for this journey, but I also want to introduce you to my partner! Wendy from Around My Family Table is also choosing to go healthy by replacing one meal a day with Lean Cuisine meals AND she is working The Couch-to-5K ® Running Plan as well! Check out her introduction post where she is setting a new healthy goal as well!!
What are your tips for kick-starting a new healthy lifestyle?!!
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