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Amy’s Food Revolution (with apologies)

April 19th, 2010 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal

So I’ve made a lot of big plans recently about getting more exercise and cooking at home more and cutting out the crap – basically I’ve been talking big.

As I sit down today I realize that I’ve been doing really well without even really noticing. It seems I’ve suddenly reached a place in my life where I’ve stopped over-thinking things and just started getting them done.

I’ve been complaining that it seems as though there are always dishes in the sink – pots and pans and mixing bowls – and Joe points out that this is because we’ve been cooking at home almost every day. This also means that he’s had leftovers to take for his lunches, which are healthier and cheaper than whatever he had been buying in the neighbourhood around his office.

I have also improved my lunches here, and I’ve been eating smaller meals through the day with healthier snacks. I don’t remember the last time I had fast food. I know that I haven’t had a pop in a week (I even made a point of buying PC brand for the barbecue we had here because I knew other people might be interested, but I won’t drink it). There is currently no candy in this house that I’m aware of, though I had my first dessert in several days on Saturday – I made a S’mores Cookie Bar for Joe’s birthday and didn’t deny myself, but I know that I don’t need it and I’m not racing to try and eat the few remaining pieces before Joe can get to them, which is the way I used to feel.

I’ve been having fruit with breakfast, veggies with lunch and water with everything and it feels good.

As for exercise, the baby and the puppy and I went for walks every day last week, even when it was rainy. Some days we went out for shorter walks, but I got some exercise, and exercised the puppy every single day. Now while I get ready for the day and get the baby ready it’s all about when we’ll take our walk – should we do it first thing, like we did today, or should we wait until it’s time to get the mail, or maybe we’ll just do both.

Last week I also turned the TV off, or left it off, several times so I could hang out with my daughter or read while she was napping, or just get some quiet time. That’s a pretty big step for me because I usually have the TV on for background noise at least. It’s also important because I’ve got a big stack of books I’ve been wanting to read and I don’t even know where to start, but it means a lot to me that my daughter sees her parents reading, sees books around the house, has her parents reading to her (which we both enjoy doing). Books mean a lot to me, and a lot to my family (both my mother and my sister have Masters degrees in English).

Anyway, I’m taking the opportunity to pat myself on the back, because I’m actually really impressed with how easy the changes have been this time. I stopped thinking and started doing and forgot that it was supposed to be hard.

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