5 06 2010

I just made the best guacamole…I would post a picture, but I taste tested it in the kitchen and now its gone lol.

I mashed up half an avocado, added about half a tablespoon of chopped garlic, 1/3 of a medium sized tomato-chopped, cilantro, black pepper and sriacha hot sauce (to taste…I like it spicy, and the avocado cools really well).

Mix and enjoy. I had it with some pita chips and some carrot chips. I love avocados 🙂

I promise to post pictures next time.



20 05 2010

Yesterday was kind of a dark day for me, very depressing and my post reflected that.  My boyfriend and I were fighting all day and I was stressed out about his lack of concern for his own health and I let it get the best of me.  The thing about fighting with someone you love and have known for awhile is that they know EXACTLY what to say to get a rise out of you.  Or in this case, exactly what to say to break the dam that had been holding back all my psychological and emotional stress and cause a breakdown.  I cried harder yesterday than I have cried in a long time.  Probably since my grandma died.  It was one of those loud, wailing, snot filled cries that uses up and entire box of Kleenex kind of cries.  I was so embarrassed, I was certain that one of my neighbors was going to knock on the door of my apartment to see what was going on.

I think my boyfriend felt bad that he had pushed so hard and he let me cry it out while he tidied up our apartment, before picking me up and making me take a hot shower to relax and clean myself up.  It was a sweet gesture, but honestly I would have rather he just held me and apologized (which he never did).  He then ordered pizza and cracked open a bottle of red wine while we played board games.  And I’m ashamed to say that I probably consumed WAAAAAYYYYY too many calories via pizza and wine than I should have.

We never talked about the fight, even though I tried.

Anyways…back to your regularly scheduled health and fitness blog…

The Challenge

21 04 2010

Hi and welcome to my blog 🙂

My name is Sara and I am using this blog as a tool to document my 365 day health challenge.  Who am I?  Well I’m a 27 year old college student/retail employee living in a northern suburb of Chicago.  Life has been full of ups and downs, most recently I had to have spinal fusion surgery for my L4-L5, and while I start physical therapy next week I wanted to take things one step further and make more lifestyle changes to improve my overall health.  I’ve had back problems for the last six years, I’ve had physical therapy before, tried epidural cortisone injections and pretty much all the pain killer prescriptions my doctor could think of.  I had back surgery before too, July of last year (yes I’ve had spinal surgery twice in less than a year, its no fun) and it worked for about six months, but it started acting up again in December and I’ve been out of commission ever since…

With all the free time I’ve had I’ve developed quite a passion for searching out healthy recipes (I’ve always loved to cook) and looking for ways to improve my overall health.  The biggest obstacle I’m going to have to overcome is that my fusion surgery has severely limited my range of motion (I can’t even bend at the waist) and my doctor doesn’t want me doing any “twisting” motions for quite awhile (which made me sad as I used to be quite an avid golfer).

Another obstacle to overcome is my PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), which is responsible for 10-20% of weight problems in younger women.  It makes it difficult to lose weight (it has something to do with how my body processes carbohydrates and sugars) so my doctor has recommended a glycemic index diet (low carb, low sugar) as well as birth control to correct this problem.

But I’m not going to let either of these obstacles get in my way anymore.  I’m taking a stand starting now and committing to eating healthier, being more active and living a happy and healthier life.

I’m not going to set an end goal, not yet anyways.  Instead I’m going to set smaller, short-term goals and celebrate those, and when this challenge comes to an end we’ll see where we are.

Well, just like on Biggest Loser its time to start off with the embarrassment of a public weigh-in:

Starting Stats:  4/21/2010

Height:  5ft 6.5in

Weight:  206.2lbs

BMI:  33

I cannot wait to be under 200lbs! That’s my first short term goal 🙂