What Will I Gain When I Lose The Gummis? – Dealing with The Ds: Diet!

What Will I Gain When I Lose The Gummis? – Dealing with The Ds: Diet!

It’s Day 255 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and for the last week I’ve been asking myself, What will I gain when I lose the Gummi Bears? In Kindergarten I got accepted into a bilingual magnet school. But that wasn’t all I got. From the moment my 1st grade German teacher passed out authentic Haribo Gummi Bears as a reward, I got hooked! Forty-two years later, gummi bears are still my go-to candy. Given a choice between gummy candy and chocolate, the former will win with me every time. Sure, I enjoy other gummy candies, like Good and Plenty and am especially fond of sour gummy candies such as  Sour Patch Kids and Sour Worms. In fact, the only thing I like more than than Gummi Bears is sour Gummi Bears! Though I consumed more than my share of Gummi Bears in my twenties and thirties (many of them intended as treats for my students when I was a teacher), I only discovered sour Gummi Bears in my forties. Coated in sugar, they contain 20 more calories and more grams of sugar per bag than their regular counterparts. They’ve become a D (a barrier – diet)! Add that to the weight I naturally put on following a complete hysterectomy four years ago, and something’s gotta give: My Gummi Bears! It’s a true sacrifice, but I have so much to gain if I lose them…

Plump & Thin Woman - Before & After
Though I’m not the woman on the left, I’m not the one on the right either. I’m in the middle and would like to move a little to the lighter side. Please know, I don’t feel one is better or more attractive,   I just want to feel healthier and fit all around.

In case you’re a regular reader and you’ve seen pictures of me that make you question why I think I need to lose weight, I’m gonna be real and tell you clothes hide a lot! I’m only 5’1″ and very small boned. That being the case, any extra weight has very little surface on which to spread, so it settles on my bust, tummy and thighs. Because of the early menopause hormonal changes, including my metabolism grinding to a screeching halt, sugar just seems to turn to fat. So, as much as it may look like I’m fairy trim (then again, maybe I don’t), I’m not at my healthiest weight (I don’t weigh myself, but go by how my clothes fit). If it weren’t for eating as healthy as I can – apart from the gummy candy! – and dancing seven – that’s right – seven days a week, I’d blow up like a balloon! I don’t say that in jest – obesity runs in my family…Besides, I can’t afford, nor do I want, a whole new wardrobe! In short, I love Gummi Bears but they’re not my friend!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, fitness instructor and lifestyle blogger, I want to model a healthy lifestyle! That’s why I’m excited that when I ran out of Gummi Bears this week, I didn’t buy more but replaced them with low fat yogurt. Positive a step as that was, I’m not gonna lie, it’s been hard! Working throughout the day without my go-to snack, watching the Olympics, reading a book in bed – I wanted to cave. But I kept asking myself, What will you gain when you lose the Gummis? Then I answered, I get to keep my clothes. I get to save money not buying new clothes. I get to look and feel my best. I get to model healthy practices for my coaching clients and Zumba participants. I get to lose the guilt from overindulging. I get to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose…I could go on and on, so I’m soldiering on!

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about losing one thing in your diet? What will you gain by doing so?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

It’s Day 177 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and seeing as I spent Day 176 in the ER again, today I had to make some savvy & chic food choices. As many of you know, I’ve been going through it with my health for going on a month now. After several misdiagnoses, I was in such excruciating abdominal pain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that my labor contractions paled in comparison. I’ve never cried during childbirth but this pain had me bawling like a baby! After receiving morphine and undergoing more tests, I have a few more answers about what’s going on with me, but am in for more early next week. Hopefully I’ll receive a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan so I can get back to living my life. In the meantime, though I tend to eat a balanced diet – equal parts healthy and junk – I’m trying to be smarter about my food choices to avoid more pain.

After I got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I slept until 8pm, hence no blog post last night. I was only up a few hours, then thanks to the right medications, got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. Today, I dosed on and off while watching HGTV. This evening, after having a good catch up phone chat with my friend Kibby (I haven’t done our Saturday Zumba in a month!), I felt energized enough to actually shower (yay!) and to run some errands. While out picking up a new novel to tide me over until I’m back to full functioning, I decided I’d treat myself to dinner since I haven’t had real food in days.

As I pulled out of Barnes and Noble and saw the neon sign for Red Robin, I heard a burger calling my name. I seldom eat them but sometimes feel as if my body is craving a little red meat. Tuckered out from being out and about, I pulled around the lot to the non-existent drive thru. Shucks! Foiled again! So I pulled back out and turned right into the drive thru Panera where I made a smarter selection: the new Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad. The grains, which include barely, quinoa, faro, and freekah, provided the fiber my body needs and they are supposed to make you feel fuller longer. The salad delivered on that as I could only eat half. And boy did it hit the spot! All the pleasure. None of the guilt or pain from a burger. I guess it was actually the grains the were calling my name!

Woman Choosing Between Salad and Burger

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who needs to be more intentional about what I put into my body, I’m thankful that my illness is a wake up call to take better care of myself. Because I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies and exercise several times a week, I felt like eating sweets (mostly Gummy Bears, a weakness since childhood when I attended a German bilingual school), was justified. A month of being out of commission has reminded me that I need to apply my holistic coaching approach to myself. All that to say, I hope I can blog about my journey toward holistic health and have some accountability with you. Diet is a new D (challenge)! Who knows, maybe you’ll join me as I try to make more savvy & chic smart food choices.

If you want to be more savvy & chic about your food choices, I’d love to hear from you. We can be holistically healthy together!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach