Weigh-In Results for Sunday May 27, 2012
Heather: -3.4 lbs
Paul: +2.2 lbs
Total Weight Loss to Date
Heather: -40.2 lbs
Paul: -26.0 lbs
I really tried hard this week to exercise alot and watch my portions, despite having a heavy load at school and at home. I have a goal of losing 50 pounds by the July 1st weigh-in, so I need to step up my efforts to reach that. Paul admitted that he didn't have as much time for exercise this week, but was surprised that he gained weight.
This is our scale and it kept reading Lo, so we are really not sure if our weights were accurate this week, because of a low battery. We will buy a new battery this week & see what it tells us next Sunday.
Tonight I was going through my old clothes. I have kept almost everything from a size 6 on up. As I am losing weight, I am pulling out my old clothes to wear. I was looking through the sizes 6-12 today & remembering where I wore some of them & how good I felt. I had some clothes still with tags on them. I was sad when I thought of how much weight I have gained and how much it has limited me. I have avoided places, people and activities because of my body. It is sad I let myself go like this.
At least I am now on the losing path and can get back in to life and hopefully those clothes. And then I will be less embarrassed of myself. Another plus is that I am reusing resources, which is one of the best ways to reduce waste and overconsumption of the earth's resources.
My clothes from years past that I never could let go of, because to do so, was to give up hope that I would ever fit in to them again.
I went to the dentist today, determined not to produce a lot of trash. Here I am, in the washable and reusable bib made for me years ago for eating spaghetti. The first time I wore this to the dentist, the dentist took a second take. The hygienist told me she has seen me a few times with it, and that I am the only one who brings my own bib. The bibs provided are paper lined with plastic, which would sit in the landfill not able to degrade, leaving our children and grandchildren with a legacy of a pile of non-degradable trash.
Weigh-In Results for Monday May 21, 2012
Heather: -1.4 lbs
Paul: -2.2 lbs
Total Weight Loss to Date:
Heather: -36.8 lbs
Paul: -28.2 lbs
We weighed ourselves today because we met at a restaurant after I got off work last night and felt our weights would be higher than our typical weigh-ins, which we do on Sundays before dinner. This was an average week. We weren't perfect, but did try to keep to our program for the most part.
My guilty indulgence this long weekend (goes great with a patio in the sun). I know - not greener or leaner. I have had these since before we started this challenge in January and did not drink them until now!
By far, the hardest challenge we are doing is reducing our food related trash. Often we find that we think we have bought compostable packaging, but it actually isn't, because it is lined with plastic. This week, I ordered a share of primarily local organic produce from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The produce delivered was great, but several things were in plastic bags, a container or shrink wrapped in plastic. I did not think they would come with plastic, and now this plastic goes in to my Trash Bin of Shame. It is really hard to do it all - organic, local and waste free.
Paul and I watched the film Forks Over Knives last night (I know, I should have been studying instead). It spoke of how studies have shown a direct correlation between eating animal products, including meat, fish and dairy products and the development of cancer, heart disease and stroke. People who have switched from a primarily plant based, unprocessed diet to a diet high in animal protein, got "fat and sick" and developed these diseases. I thought about a patient I had once in the emergency department, who had just had a stroke that paralyzed his left side and he still was insistent on having cream in his coffee, even after being advised not to. As human beings, we value personal choice, regardless of how it may affect us. There was hope in this film, however, that people who switched to a plant-based diet had reversal of some of their disease.
This film was very convincing as to personal reasons for eliminating animal products from our diets. I find I don't miss the beef we cut out of our diets and am open to cutting out other meats as well. The real challenge for us is to cut out dairy, cheese and eggs, due to flavour and baking. I ordered two vegan recipe books today to try some new recipes, that hopefully will taste good as well as actually be good for us.
Logan turns 3 this weekend and he is already showing an interest in cooking. On May 19th he will be participating in a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day Event and participating in a Hands on Cooking class at the Petits Chefs Academy in Vaughan. We will be filming the class and will post photos after the event is done.
Food Revolution Day - http://www.foodrevolutionday.com
Petits Chefs Academy - http://www.petitschefsacademy.com
Weigh-In Results for Sunday May 13, 2012
Heather: -2.0 lbs
Paul: -1.4 lbs
Total Weight Loss to Date:
Heather: -35.4 lbs
Paul: -26.0 lbs
Overall, we did well this week, trying to squeeze in exercise and watching our portions. However, we indulged
a bit with birthday cake yesterday and I found myself eating Logan's food for some meals this week that
he didn't finish. We are proud to still be losing weight over 4 months after starting our weight loss challenge!
Logan & Paul out for a walk, enjoying the nice weather and getting some exercise.
Today we had Logan's 3rd birthday party and completed one of our challenges for May, to plan and hold an eco- friendly party. We had the party at a kids indoor playground and brought our own organic juice, tap water in a jug (no bottled water), organic chocolate & vanilla cake, organic fruits & vegetables that I chopped myself, compostable paper plates and cups and steel forks that we took home to wash. When I visited the landfill last month, I was told it was best to use paper cups and paper plates if choosing disposable, as they will break down in the green bin facilities, whereas plastic like compostable cups and utensils do not break down in those conditions, as they need adequate sunlight, heat, soil and time. I know I have used corn resin utensils and cups in the past, thinking they were acceptable in the green bin, but now I know differently.
Do you have any other eco friendly birthday party ideas that you would like to share here?
Some of the Green Toys race cars we gave out in the birthday loot bags. They are made from recycled plastic and are BPA and phlate free and come in a recycled and recyclable package.
The used forks we brought home to wash. The camera flash made them look tarnished, but they are new and still quite silver. We brought them home and popped them in the dishwasher, which wasn't a huge inconvenience.
We put a large compostable bag in the garbage can in the party room, which was easy for people to put the garbage in to, which was all compostable. We brought the bag home & put it in our green bin.
The only trash we produced from the party. Paul washed the tray and I am going to keep it for future gatherings in which I need to bring food, so it will not end up in the garbage. Part of the foil covered cardboard will end up in the garbage because the foil is glued to the carboard, making it non-recyclable. I know
I could have less waste by making it myself, but with my baking skills, there would not be a guarantee that it would be edible. I probably would have wasted the cake if it did not turn out :) I think I will ask at the bakery in the future what kind of container the cake comes in, because I assumed it would come in a compostable cardboard box.