Improving My Self Esteem One Carrot At A Time?

October 6, 2015


Every week, my BFF and I have a lovely ritual we like to call our “Monday Epic”. We drop the kids, drive to one of the local mountains and prepare ourselves for a good 3-4 hour pedal.

On beautiful sunny fall days like today, we gear up for a mega epic – usually involving a climb to the 8th switchback, which at our leisurely pace takes us about 1hr 20 mins or so (but maybe only 45 at a normal pace?!)

On these climbs we talk a little about everything. Kids. Relationships. Food. Skincare. Manicures. Meal planning. Work. Lack of Work. Nannies. Hangovers. Money. You name it.

We also talk a lot about body image, self esteem and nutrition. Three things I struggle a LOT with.

Today we talked about how I am struggling with the fact that despite all the hard work I have doing with my trainer for the past 6 months is being offset by the fact that I still can’t see myself any differently than I did before I started. I see the numbers on paper going in the right direction, well, maybe all but one – the dreaded scale.

I’ll admit it – I do exercise a LOT. But I don’t eat well at all. And to really reach my goals, I need to put down the wunderbars and bottles of vino and get more serious about what I am putting into my bod.

<insert mini tantrum> BUT. I. DON’T. WANT. TO!

Yes, yes, it’s hard to break old habits so, I need to make little changes when it comes to my eating. My BFF told me that every day before she eats a meal she has a big plate of veggies. This way she fills up on good, fibre rich foods, gets rid of the immediate gnawing hunger which then helps with portion control. Sounds like an all around win to me non? She also brings fruit and veg with her while out and about, and of course to our Monday epics so that by the time we get back to the car (and are RAVENOUS) she has something healthy to nosh on.

I on the other hand usually hit the Starbucks at the bottom of the hill and ingest just about every calorie expended on said Monday epic. Le sigh.

So, I am starting my #30DaysOfVeggies challenge where I am going to eat a plate of veggies before each meal. And, I will also try to pack more fruit and veg with me on the road, so when hunger hits, I don’t give into the first drive thru I see.

I don’t know if I will ever get over my body issues completelely, but I do know I need to take better care of myself so if this can be a good first wee little step then so be it. Who’s joining me?!


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  • Reply Sarah @ Sarah on Purpose October 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

    This sounds like a really good idea! I am starting the eating better part of my attitude adjustment series next week and I just might incorporate eating a big plate of veggies before supper into that!

    • Reply Christine October 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Let me know how it goes girl! Solidarity!

  • Reply Jessica @ Just a Mum? October 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    That sounds like such a good idea. I’ve been trying to do that with my kids too – put out a plate of veggies while they’re waiting for dinner – so that they fill up on good stuff and top it off with everything else. But I forget to do it for me. Funny how that happens. 😛

    • Reply Christine October 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      We can do it! Buy the pre-chopped to make life even easier! SO far so good for me!

  • Reply Alison October 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

    30 days of veggies sounds good!

  • Reply LizzieLau October 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Good for you! I did Whole30 over the summer and it morphed into WholeSummer! My body started to change without a crazy amount of exercise, which at 45 is nothing short of miraculous. It helps when the garden is overflowing with veggie goodness.

    • Reply Christine October 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Awesome! I need to take baby eat the veggies before a bowl of chocolate almonds etc 🙂

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