I'm going to have to get used to that. I'll probably still write 2010 until like September at least. Today is my last day in Arizona. I'm not so much looking forward to the drive back. That is for certain. I've been soaking up my last lazy day as much as possible. (I didn't shower until 4:00 PM...oops.)
I spent the morning with my mom, sewing in my jammies. I make these sassy hospital gowns for my pregger friends, so they can look darling when birthing their babies. I made this one for my fabulous sister, Lindsey.
I wanted to start 2011 feeling good and clean, so I've paid special attention to my food today. (Clean on on the inside and not the outside apparently, judging by my 4PM shower.) I purposely decreased my carbohydrate intake and increased my protein for the day.
Breakfast: I had my favorite oatmeal. I also made it a point to drink 100 oz of water today to help me feel cleansed. (Yes, I've had to pee like every 10 minutes...)
Lunch: I had a strawberry banana protein shake with some added blueberries and flax.
PB banana protein bar
Dinner: We ate at a yummy place called Liberty Market in Gilbert, AZ. I had a some hummus, a dinner salad, and minestrone soup that may just be better than my beloved Carrabba's minestrone.
Snack: We finished out the evening with some Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt. I had a mini 1/2 cakebatter 1/2 peanut butter cup. Only 100 calories for a mini there. Perfect treat.
While I was sewing today I had TLC on in the background. Some show about "the half-ton man" was on. Have you ever seen it?? It is such a sad special about this guy that is bed-ridden because he is so incredibly overweight. The part that killed me the most was his philosophy of why he got to where he was. He kept saying, "I know I'm not overeating. It is just my genetics." It later mentioned he would eat 30,000 calories in one day. Not overeating? I guess if you're splitting that between a family of 18.
This can be a very controversial topic, and I am only sharing my viewpoint on the matter. I do believe that for some there is a genetic component, but I think that far too many Americans are using, "bad genetics," as a scapegoat for bad behavior.
The way that your fat is deposited on your body is definitely genetic, as is your bone structure, height, and frame. These can all play a part in determining the way you look, but I think far too often people confuse bad or good habits with genetics. A family that deep fries everything, slathers all foods in butter, considers cheese a necessary topping, and considers the 4th meal to be part of a balanced diet shouldn't be attributing their weight gain to "genetics." There are some exceptions to this, I realize, but I just hate to see people short-change themselves because they think they are a lost cause. You aren't. Anyone who wants to lose weight, get in shape, and improve their own lifestyle can do it. Whether your family is heavier set or rail thin, don't let that determine what YOUR healthy outcome is going to be. Change is possible for anyone. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
I hope your first day of 2011 has been great. I feel good about it so far. Do you ever get stuck watching shows on TLC or is that just me? Do you think that weight loss/gain is strictly genetic or something that is within your control??