Weekly Weigh In #4

Well – here it is – the first GAIN post! Blech! However, I’m going to start off by saying that I fully know and acknowledge the choices I made to have this 1.2 pound increase. My weekend in Big Bear was filled with good food – steak, creme brulee, cheese burgers, fudge – so it’s only natural I’d puff up a little bit. I can’t expect to eat whatever I want and lose weight.

The good news is, however, that next week’s weigh in should be different, because I came home from my trip and got right back on track – back to the gym and veggies and whole grains and loads of water. This week alone, Matt and I went through 8 romaine hearts! We also made good choices for fun events – Last night, our friends came over for dinner and we did a make your own pizza night. Mine was packed with veggies – onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, kalamata olives. It was delicious, and not that bad on the points scale.

Tonight's Healthy Dinner: Corn, Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Mixed Greens

I was also reminded on Friday of why exercise is so important. I have a pretty busy job, and on Fridays, the last thing I want to do is put on my boa-constrictor sports bra and go bounce around for an hour working up a sweat. I forced myself to go Friday night and had an amazing workout in my “Body Blast” class, with weighted bars and dumbbells. I felt great. You know that point in cardio where you “burst through” and get this sudden exhilarating spurt of energy? I got that, and it felt amazing. I felt strong and relaxed, and that feeling propelled me to go to kickboxing the next morning at 9 AM. Endorphins are a very powerful thing.

So, it was a weight gain week, but it wasn’t a “bad” week because I know what I did, accept responsibility for it, and moved on. If only I could have learned how to do that so much earlier in life – I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog with 48+ pounds to go! 😉

Box full o’ noms

I love getting stuff in the mail – and now, every other week, I receive a box full of organic goodies! I’ve loved the idea of CSA, or community supported agriculture boxes, for a long time, but I never found a company that delivered near me. When I attended the graveyard movie a few weeks ago, a friendly gal was passing out flyers for Farm Fresh to You and I signed up on the spot! Now, every other week we’ll receive a medium sized box of seasonal produce and fruit.

The lettuce is bigger than my head!!!!

This week we got peaches, pluots, corn, lettuce, cauliflower, Nante carrots, beefsteak tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers. Matt got to open the box on his lunch break (I admit, I was jealous I didn’t get to open it!) and when I got home, it was like a veggie Christmas. The price is very reasonable ($25 every other week) and all of the produce is organic and locally grown. This is a great option for our household because I love to cook, I love fruits and veggies, and I’m in full favor of supporting a local farm rather than giving bits of my hard-earned pay check to Monsanto.

Nante Carrots

The first night we got the box, we used the zucchini, carrots and my own garden grown squash to make a delicious vegetable saute in olive oil and fresh garlic. The carrots were so sweet because roasting and caramelizing veggies brings out all of their natural sugars. The corn on the cob was OFF THE HOOK and we finally got to use our cool corn dishes we got as a wedding gift.

Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man in a factory downtown.... NOT THIS PEACH! (5 points for whoever gets that)

I had a peach for breakfast that reminded me of summers spent in Conyers, GA with my aunt and uncle, and the pluot I scarfed down yesterday was divine. I know a lot of people think the ‘organic tastes better’ opinion is hocus pocus, but I can honestly say for many fruits and vegetables, organic just tastes… better. Essentially organic means home grown – and a garden grown with love will produce a way better taste than a garden grown with chemicals and machines.

Feeling corny? Butter me up and we'll see what happens.

I’m super excited for the next box. We can even customize it to leave out things we don’t like (eggplant made that list, and zucchini is going on the list since I grow my own), or request more of the things we do. I think the CSA box will be an awesome thing for Matt and I, and will encourage us to try new recipes, eat more fruits and veggies, and help us continue to be mindful of where our food comes from.  Would you consider a CSA box? If so, you should check out this link for more information and to find a participating farm near you!