Weight and Image = Hard Work and Health?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Why are we so focused on weight and image? We're spoon fed photos, videos, and ads with women and men slim and toned, so we think we need to look like that to be accepted. What we don't see if the methods some models use to get that way. It's not healthy, folks. Let's focus on eating a healthy diet, finding an exercise regimen we enjoy and can stick with, getting out in the sun daily, and drinking enough water. Slim and toned are on the other side of hard work and health.

Breakfast:
  • 7-banana smoothie (finally with coconut water!) = 800 calories
Snack:
  • 5.5 smallish bananas = 450 calories
Lunch:
  • A huge portion of spaghetti squash with homemade marinara = 400 calories
Snack:
  • 3 bananas = 275 calories
Dinner:
  • 2 lentil burgers and 2 baked potatoes with ketchup = 625 calories
Calories: 2450 (finally!!)
Colors: Yellow, red, brown, green
Water: 140 oz
Exercise: C25K - W2D3 (again), light swim
Sunshine: 20 minutes
Sleep: 7.5 hours

Days are just better when I eat bananas! NOM. I always feel the energy from eating bananas. Plus I was wearing my banana necklace today, so that could have helped. ;o)


I asked on Facebook if you guys would like to see my grocery bills. I have no problem sharing that info with you guys, but I only want to put forth the energy if you think it will help show you that this lifestyle isn't as expensive as you think. It generally seems more expensive because you're buying more fruits and veggies on top of what you're already buying - meat, dairy, frozen dinners, cookies and chips, etc. I'll illustrate today's purchases to start:

  • Walmart - $37.73
    • Bought: 1 bunch curly kale, 16 oz mushrooms, On The Border tortilla chips, 8 mangoes, 2 5.5 oz spring mix/baby spinach mixes, 5.8 lbs Granny Smith apples, 6 avocados, 5.46 lbs roma tomatoes, 4.83 lbs tomatoes, 2.12 lbs green seedless grapes, 4 cantaloupes, 18 lbs bananas
  • Sprouts - $30.66
    • Bought: 1.63 lb green lentils, GF soy sauce, 2.14 lbs black plums, 3.7 lbs broccoli crowns, 3 celery stalks, 1 bunch cilantro, 1 bunch curly parsley, 2.46 nectarines, 1 bunch lacinato kale, 2.38 lbs red plums, 2 watermelons (11.87 lbs and 12.42 lbs)
  • Total for the day - $68.39
    • Some will last weeks, some will last days. I bought things that were on sale or could be price matched at Walmart with local sales. Tomorrow we're going to Market on the Move, so that'll be another $10 for this week.
Eat more fruits and veggies, kids.
(They're not that expensive.)

2 comments:

NerdyGirlT said...

Thanks for showing your grocery bill! That helps a lot. We eat more fruits and veggies than ever before (we started making a really conscious decision in November; but the whole hospital almost dieing thing made it take a backseat until I was better. We're back on track now I'm happy to report) and I can really notice a difference already. It helps to see the cost and note that even if it is more costly (for those of us still buying meat, meat replacements etc) it's really important to remember that the cost now prevents the cost later. Take care of ourselves now, or pay the medical bills later.

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Absolutely, girl! That definitely is the case, right? The worse we eat, the more complications we'll have with health later on down the road. It's best to take care of it now and spend a few extra bucks each week. I'm so glad you're better now, and I'm happy to hear that you're eating more fruit and veg!! Keep it up!

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