Well folks, it's that time. The numbers have reached their maximum limit. Clothing labels are scared. My age is just weeks away from the description "in my 30s" and that cute little waist from 2010? It's not making an appearance on the beach anytime soon. Ugh. I can't fight it anymore, we are officially
dieting watching what we eat in this house.
I did not put "watching what we eat" as a resolution for 2015 because I want this to be a lifestyle change. It should be something we do every year, all the time. To help with this change, I need accountability. Maybe an accountability partner who will keep us in check and on a healthy path? I decided the best watchful eyes are those from the readers of Mainly Maren!
That's where "Wellness Wednesday" comes into play. This will be my place I share each Wednesday how Husband and I are doing towards our goal. The "Wellness Wednesday" edition will not only be about us "watching what we eat", but also how we are striving to live a healthy lifestyle.
We are viewing this as an educational process and learning as we go. Some of the things we are dealing with are common sense and others require reading, researching, with "ah-ha" moments.
My first order of business in achieving a healthier lifestyle was to eliminate sodas from my diet.
If you know me, you know I loooooove an ice cold Diet Coke. I have always known in the back of my mind that I eventually wanted to quit drinking soda. A quick Google search for aspartame and it's effects on the human body tells you why I wanted to quit. Several times I have tried to stop drinking Diet Coke and was able to go several weeks successfully but always fell back into the habit. On some days, I may have actually put down nearly a liter of soda while working around the house. And then there were the times on those lazy don't-wanna-leave-the-house Sundays that I made Husband go out and buy more Diet Coke. Yikes.
During Christmas break, I enjoyed Diet Coke while back home in The States but I knew my last drink of Diet Coke would be on the airplane back to Germany. And so far it was. I have been soda free for 10 days now. It hasn't been as hard as I thought...but I did suffer from an extreme (20 hours in bed) migraine on Day 2 and a minor one on Day 6. Yuck. I used to treat migraines with Diet Coke but I'm hoping by eliminating soda from my diet, the headaches will not be as frequent. (Along with some other health benefits like not craving carbs or more sweets!)
So there ya have it. Wellness Wednesday will be bit more personal than I normally like to share on the world wide web but maybe we should be talking about our health more often?
As the Germans say...
"Happy Bergfest Day",