Sweat It Out:
50 Minute hilly walk
foam rolling and lots of stretching!
If it is one thing I can attest to from my weight loss journey thus far is this: Tastes change. The first time I ate oatmeal I didn’t chew it, but more let it slide down my throat. When I started eating meatless meals they always felt like they were lacking something. When I started putting spinach and kale in my smoothies they looked, well, green and gross.
Now I crave oatmeal in the morning (had it for breakfast today!), I love preparing meatless meals and the unlimited options it feels like it brings, and I make it a game to see just how GREEN I can get my daily smoothie.
As far as Hanna is concerned she LOVES green smoothies. So much in fact, lately she has been guzzling down an entire 16 oz. all by herself! The daily smoothie is great for her because she is teeny tiny, and every time I take her to the pediatrician she is in the 5th percentile for weight. Her weight hasn’t changed in her last 4 appointments. She is a busy kid and she hates to stop to eat so a smoothie is a great on the go way for her to gain some weight. I get to make her the smoothies I wish I could make for myself with nut butters and chocolate almond milk. The one thing that makes the fat difference is that I add Dr. Udo’s Flax oil. It gives her 14 grams of fat and another 120 calories. I can’t wait to see if she has gained at her next appointment.
But I digress.
I have been fighting a battle this week. I’m on the motivation train right now since I am trying to get back on track after what seemed like a LONG 3 weeks OFF track. Someone else has actually showed interest in coming along for the ride. Who has two thumbs and HATES green smoothies?
(this is actually one of his annual birthday photo’s that he sends to the first person in my family who texts him happy birthday)
Dustin’s “nervous weight”, as he puts it, is 227 pounds. This week, he got there. He now has a little motivation to get down to a more acceptable weight and he would like me to help him. The only problem is that Dustin’s way of “being healthy” is to only eat one meal a day. I’m trying to get him to eat breakfast before he leaves for work and I’m also trying to get him to eat more fruits and vegetables.
What is the easiest way for me to make these changes for him? Kill two birds with one stone and introduce the green smoothie. I have made him this drink the last two days and here is the reaction I have gotten:
Him: “does it have to be so thick?”
Me: “I made it with banana’s so it would be smooth.”
Him: ” Why do you have to add kale?”
Me: “For calcium, iron, and cancer fighting nutrients. You work in the Gas and Oil industry and around chemicals it’s almost certain that you will get cancer at some point. This will help your chances”
Him: “I have to drink ALL of this?!” (while his daughter is BEGGING him for a taste)
Me: “You can sit down and eat well over 2000 calories in one sitting and you are turning your nose up at something that is actually healthy for you?”
Him:”Why is it so frothy?”
Me: “Use a straw.”
Him: “A straw won’t change it.” (I hand him a straw, he laughs as drinking through the straw, once again realizing I am almost always right)
I could go on and on (because that is just what he did), but instead I choose to relish in the fact that some F&V’s made it into his system 2 days in row. Besides that, in the end all it took was a simple phrase:
“DRINK THE DAMN SMOOTHIE!”