Friday, February 29, 2008

My thoughts on food and eating

Something dawned on me recently: I eat healthy.

I don’t know when I finally realized this since I’ve been “dieting” on and off for years. Trust me folks, I have tried almost every diet out there. Some with excellent results, others, not so much.

However, just recently, it hit me: I. Eat. Healthy.

Sure, I would love to be naturally “skinny” and slender. But I’m comfortable in my skin these days. I’m by no means over weight yet I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been.

I guess a lot of me being comfortable has to do with where I am in life. I’m happy. I’m confident. I have a good level of self-esteem. I know who I am. I’m proud of myself for where I am in life. And yes, I enjoy food.

Ya, my stomach isn’t flat – if I’m not wearing the right jeans, you can expect to see a muffin top under my shirt. But you know what? I like bagels. I like wine. I like beer. I like brie. I like cake on special occasions. I don’t eat these things every day by any means – which is actually a shame.

When I go grocery shopping I buy:
Fat free yogurt, broccoli, apples, bananas, granola, chicken breast, lettuce, cream for coffee, honey, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, low fat cheese.

I never buy cookies, cakes, sweets, junk, chips, or deli meat.

I eat healthy and if my body isn’t “perfect” then I guess that’s just how I’m made.

I realize that I need to make more of an effort to exercise, but this is for my health, and not to look a certain way. I need to run to stay healthy, to keep my energy levels up, to keep my bones strong and to retain my muscle. I don’t need to run to lose my occasional muffin top although I suspect that eventually that will take care of itself too.

I have surprised myself with this recent acceptance of my body. I honestly thought that I would have been killing myself trying to look a certain way for the wedding. I’m not, and I’m not going to. I’m happy and I know that I’m eating right with the occasional treat, and I’m enjoying life this way. With a muffin top.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Best post of the year so far

Read this

Exactly what i was going to say...(minus the mat leave part)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ah jeah Laken!


so you all know how we're not supposed to be using our nalgene's anymore. Or anything made from polycarbonate because it leaches bisphenol-A. Crap. the one thing that gets me to drink any sort of water is my non-breakable, completely portable, leak-proof even for a klutz, good looking nalgene.

Now what?

Well, there are alternatives - you can use other types of bottles such as glass and other plastics that are non polycarbonate (for now, until something comes up about those), stainless steel or aluminum.

There's been some buzz about this product line of aluminum bottles called Sigg. As soon as i saw them, i wanted them. They are so chic! slender, great colours and cool designs. If i can't use my nalgene, i must have a sigg!

So off i went to find one for myself. First, of course, i googled them. I found several places in Ottawa that carried them. My first stop was the Papier/Papery. They had 2 kinds - a short blue one, and a big camoflauge one. No thanks. they wouldn't be getting any more until next week. Of course, i can't wait that long, so off i went to the next store on my list - Trailhead in westboro.

I didn't even want to waste time looking around the store for them so i immediately asked the kid behind the counter where the Sigg bottles are. She informed me that they are currently carrying a brand called Laken which is the equivlent to Sigg. She pointed me in the direction of bottles and off i went looking for the perfect one for me.

I was immeidately drawn to the vibrant colours - fuschias, indigos, royal blues, exotic hand reached out to touch the sleek and slender cylinders that hung from their display. There were irresistable. But THEN - my eye caught the most glittery, shiny, sparkly and above all - important - element of the bottles - the PRICE.

I knew these types of bottles were expensive compared to their nalgene counterparts. I had heard of people in the area spending upwards of $30 PER bottle. I was prepared to spend the same if only for the sake of fashion. But i was THRILLED when i saw the beautiful price on the BEAUTIFUL Laken bottles....................$17.99!!!!!

Can i get a W00T W00T???!!!???!

That's nearly half the price of a Sigg bottle and they are the exact same thing and equally gorgeous!

I asked the girl at Trailhead why the price was so crazily different and she shrugged and said that they are the exact same product made with the exact same materials. It's just that Sigg has been seen in a lot of hiking and outdoors magazines lately and people are asking for them (as i did).

I was so happy that i was about to spend almost half of what i thought, that i bought 2 - one for myself and one for Mat. I bought myself a fuschia bottle and i bought Mat a granite bottle.

I cannot wait to use my cool new Laken bottle at work. Heck, at this price, i might even buy one for the treadmill at home :)

Behold, my beautiful Laken: