Nearly two months ago, I wrote about the New Year's project
that Cate O’Malley of Sweetnicks
and I devised.Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011
is all about being healthier this year -- whatever that means for each individual.
For Cate and me, it means a race to lose 40 pounds. When we realized we shared the same weight loss goal, the friendly competition naturally sprung up. And then we invited the blogging community at large to join us. It’s been a thrilling experience so far, with many voices contributing to the movement.
So, what’s happened in the past two months?
A lot. The Eat. Live. Be. community
has grown substantially on Facebook, which is really exciting. There is so much support going around. And while I haven’t had the runaway weight loss I initially expected, the slow and steady success has been great. I’ve lost 5.4 lbs. But more important than that, I feel better -- healthier, trimmer, less bogged down and more energetic. I feel stronger. And although I cannot say that exercise is a regular part of my daily life yet, I am enjoying it for the first time, and learning to like it.
Now, don’t tell Cate, but I am not sure I will win our friendly competition after all. I want to, but more than winning, I want to win this battle with my weight -- keeping it off forever. So far, so good. While it’s melting away slowly, I am not finding it again … once it’s gone, it’s really gone and that’s the greatest blessing and win of all. I’m okay with the slow-and-steady loss.
And overall, to still be working hard at my New Year's goals (I cringe at the word resolutions, which never seem to be actuated), is a big win too. Most goals made at the New Year are abandoned by mid-February. I’m still going. Cate is still going. And the crew of fabulous bloggers who joined in with us are still at it as well.
As for my ELB cohorts, I wanted to share their successes too. Here are some of theirs:
- Casey: Portion control!
- Chris: I began working past my fear of Box Jumps. Started with a riser and am now working to add steps. Leg Strength....and some mental stuff I had to get past, too!
- Gwen: Honestly? Not having that glass of wine every night. I thought it was a 'de-stressor' but really it was making me feel blah. I'm only 'splurging once or twice a week now on a single glass.
- Susan: Losing 20 lbs (so far) working out 'n giving up beer.
And now, I promised an easy dinner recipe. For the nights when the kids want something a little indulgent, like last night’s pepperoni pizza, I will typically eat a bit with them, and then make myself a healthy dinner once they are in bed (my husband often works late).
On nights like that, I don’t want anything complicated. Just something fast, easy and delicious. Simple Shrimp Stir-Fry for 1
This shrimp stir fry takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and draws on some simple ingredients:
- Precooked shrimp (I had ‘em in the fridge from a weekend dinner party, but otherwise I usually have frozen ones on hand
- Coleslaw mix (found in the bagged lettuce section -- it’s really just shredded cabbage and carrots and is perfect for stir-fries)
- Bean sprouts
- A little garlic and soy sauce
And since it's a recipe for one that can be made so fast, I am never tempted to mindlessly eat a slice of pizza while I wait.
So, how are your New Year’s goals going? Share your wins in the comments!Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.