Monthly Archives: October 2011

Creating a Healthy Body: Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesday is one of the weekly features I set up on the other page. I would like to continue doing it here because it goes with the theme of making everything around me healthy.

Basically, I do not have a strong history when it comes to keeping up with my fitness goals. My usual routine is that I come home, play with the dog, then I sit on my butt and do homework, or type out a paper, or edit somebody’s blog entry (by the way, I’m a blog editor as well). However, I know that I need to lose somewhere on the order of about 80+ overall pounds, and I know that in order to make that happen I have to put down the fork and stand up. Then I need to do something active once I stand up.

I need to take it in small increments and set small goals that all lead up to the bigger overall goal. I’m perfectly aware of the fact that I’m headed straight to a pre-diabetic situation, heart disease, and generally not being able to sustain a healthy pregnancy like this at all. I would like this to change fairly quickly.

Plus, it doesn’t help that I’m in a friend’s wedding in March, and when I went to try the dress on the other day… yeah. It was NOT good. Basically, if I show up at her wedding like this I will definitely be *that* bridesmaid. You know the one I’m talking about. The one where everybody whispers “wow, [bride] did an awesome job picking out the dresses, but that poor girl.” Let’s face it, sometimes the threat of public humiliation is exactly what a person needs sometimes to get their butts into gear.

One of the weight loss strategies I read was that if a person makes their intentions public, they will be more likely to stick to their goals. I want to do this properly, not utilizing diet pills or anything like that. I would like to prove that with hard work, dedication, and eating in moderation (come on, it’s not like I’m not going to never eat a cookie or brownie again) that a person can actually fulfill their weight loss goals.

As I go I will post update pictures, techniques I’m trying, and overall things I’m doing to make this happen, along with being perfectly honest and posting my roadblocks along the way. Wish me luck!

Starting weight: I will post this once I get to my main goal

Pounds lost to date: 0

Starting measurements: I will post this once I get to my main goal

If anybody has any tips, tricks, weight loss gadgets, or even healthy recipes they would like me to try, please email them to me at letscallitcrispy at yahoo dot com or leave a comment below.

Hello! Welcome to Let’s Call It Crispy.

Hello everyone and welcome to Let’s Call It Crispy! Please, allow me to introduce myself.

I’m Andrea, a newlywed twenty-something from the great state of Texas. My husband and I got married this past December (2010) just shy of 5 years of dating, just bought a house, and are working on the baby thing.

Somewhere over the course of baby research (you know, the pre-conception appointment with the doctor, charting and figuring all that out, pre-natal vitamins and when to start taking them, etc.), I learned about cloth diapers. I believe it was one of the mamas on a message board that brought the topic up. Intrigued, I started researching this concept of modern cloth diapering. In the midst of all of that it occurred to me that the choices I am making now will not only impact my body, but it will also likely impact my child and our planet.

This new way of thinking, I decided, is not limited to what sort of product we place on our child’s bum. This is more than that- the food we eat and how we eat it, the cleaning products we use and how we use them, even the things that we put on our skin and how long we leave it there all matter in our daily lives and influence the overall quality of our immediate environment. We started thinking about the values we want our children to grow up with, and one thing that is super important to the both of us is that the kids have a profound respect and understanding of how the choices they make impact the Earth. We want them to make informed decisions, eat local foods that are in season as much as feasibly possible, and make responsible choices themselves. Then we realized that we weren’t going to be able to teach them these things if we didn’t fully understand and participate ourselves.

A project that started with our desire to cloth diaper our child has lead to this entire lifestyle change- to a more “crunchy” way of life. The thing is, I personally cannot STAND the word crunchy. Crunchy conjures up an image to  of a person that hasn’t showered in weeks and probably smells like B.O. and has super nasty hair. Think hasn’t showered in days hippie from the 1960s/1970s. Therefore, I’m choosing to look at it as more a crispy way of living. (Note: this does not mean that I look at people who view themselves crunchy that way, I just cannot stand the word.)

Follow along as my husband and I share our brutally honest attempt to make ourselves healthy (by losing weight, eating the right food, etc.), our home healthy by using eco- and person- friendly products, and a healthy baby. I mean let’s face it, Kermit was right- it’s not always easy being green.

Just do me a favor… let’s call it crispy (not crunchy) OK?