October 29, 2008

I began my day with "sunny oatmeal"~~~~ (my story 2)

These last few days we had rainy and windy day, I'm craving for a sunny day~ Unfortunately I can't change the weather, but I can change the way to begin my morning. So, I made my own little "sun" in my oatmeal.
  • 1/3 pre-made steel cuts
  • 1/4 almond breeze vanilla
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 poached egg
  • 1 tbsp tomatoes sauce
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan
  • pinch of S+P+basil
  • New Bowl

That bowl of yummy started my day with full of energy!
The only imperfection was that I really wanted the yolk to melt into my oatmeal, but I cooked too long (while checking blogs) and no yolk today.

This morning I want to share with you guys my weigh evolution story inspired by mi who asks about how often do we weight. That reminded me how I struggled with my weight 8 years ago. yeah~~~ I've not been always thin. In my worst days, I weighted 30 pounds more than my current weight.
Well....the story begins
I've been thin since childhood....never thought I would gain weight in my life
age of 9 or so?!

I've gained a little weight in high school, but not a big deal, I guess that was part of the process of being a girl to a woman. Until the age was 16-17 I've maintained around 108 pounds, pretty normal.
oh... btw, I'm 5'4. By then, I didn't care about my diet at all, eat whatever I wanted and had no problem with food/weight. Fortunately I've always liked healthy food in general, didn't like fries but did crave cookies.
The problem began in summer 1998. I went to Uruguay with my high school friend and gained a couple of pounds there.
6 months later, we went to another trip to Uruguay with 4 others girls. We spent a week in a beach house, eating, drinking yummy food all the time, maybe 4-5 a day (not so healthy though) and wearing loose clothes! and of course no workout at ALL!!!!! I've gained 7 pounds in a week!! Look my face in this photo!!!!!
When I went back home (Buenos Aires) I couldn't believe the number in the scale.....130 pounds!!!!!!!!!! Then, the nightmare began. I wanted to loose weight as fast as possible. I tried all kinds of diet, the soup, the 3 days apple and can't even remember thousands of others. I weighted every morning and got upset and then go to the fridge for more food to comfort myself and thinking that tomorrow I will begin seriously my diet. And the process go over and over again during a year or so. Of course, I didn't loose weight and I felt terrible. Finally I got into a detox diet for 5 days which consisted only fruit and yogurt and lost 6 pounds in a week.
this is December 1999.

I gave up trying to loose weight compulsively, I stopped thinking that I could loose all at once. So, I began to exercise regularly and eat more balanced meal. I began my undergrad studies in 2001, attending two universities for two completely different degrees. I had 40 hours of lectures hours and many more for study. You guys can imagine how stressful I was during that period but I managed to continue exercising and eat healthy. My weight shrink during the first two years until I reached my lowest weight of 92 (in 2004-2005), in that period, everyone was concerned about my health. I ate healthy but maybe too few amount and few good source of fat (maybe unconsciously I was afraid going back to be a fat girl again). My skin was dry and itchy. And I looked terribly skinny......
I thought I needed to change something....... I did a lot of research on nutrition and got really interested in the topic..... I learned what is a real balanced diet (before I just knew I had to eat more fruit and veggies), that I need to have more whole grains and good source of fat. Little by little I learned how to prepare healthy, nutritious and yummy food. Btw, I got very interested in cooking. And my health condition changed as well..... I gained few pounds but look much more energetic.

Now, I don't weight myself often, just when I feel loose my pants. The opposite of most people who weight to avoid gaining weight, I weight to avoid loosing weight. I didn't want to say that before because I might cause some angry from readers, but I saw veggiegirl's comment on mi's blog saying that and I guess it is okay. Trying to maintain a healthy weight is the goal for all of us. We all try to exercise and eat healthy to order to get energy, what I learned through these years is that those things can be done with pleasure. The key is to follow our intuition, create joy for our self and enjoy it 100%.



Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing your story with us!! (and the shout-out!) it's such great inspiration to read different outlooks and approaches when it comes to body-image, diet, etc. it seems like you are in very good form right now, such a great achievement.

oh and i LOOVE your bowl!

VeggieGirl said...

The new oatmeal bowl is adorable!! Love the shape.

I'm so glad that you're doing better, and have a much more positive outlook on your body and yourself - kudos!! And I'm glad that my comment on Mi's blog have some perspective as well :0)

Meg said...

Lovely post! I love the healthy attitiude you have now about weight, nutrition, food, and health. You are an inspiration!

Simple and Divine said...

"The key is to follow our intuition, create joy for our self and enjoy it 100%."

Such a BEAUTIFUL life philosophy. You should email your story to SELF magazine. REALLY! I think it's important to see that there are TWO sides to "The Weighting Game" and that it's important not to overestimate how "easy" thin people have it, you know? Anyway, this was AWESOME! I'm in looove with your blog more and more every day, boo! Keep it up, it's SUCH A WINNER :)

Happy Humpday!

Andrea said...

you look so cute in the old pics!!! thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

:] Thanks for sharing sweetie!!! I totally feel you.. I got too skinny the past year so I've been eating more healthy to keep from getting TOO skinny again too :]

You look adorable in ALL the photos tho :] No matter what size.

nicole said...

Your story really is motivating me to eat healthily, exercise normally (I tend to overdo it) and give up those fad diets... I think with my new food blog: http://www.fitneat.blogspot.com, I'm going to make it.
By the way, I hope you don't mind that I added you to my favorite blog list :)

just me said...

thank you so much for sharing your story! it's such an inspiration to see how people have turned to a better light and away from destructive behaviours. you have come so far and have such a beautiful mindset. love the blog; keep it up!

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your story with us. I am glad things are so much better for you, and you are living a balanced lifestyle. Life is full of ups and downs, and I am happy to hear that things are great for you!

And on a side note, I must say, I am digging your new bowl! And cheers to you! Hope you have a wonderful day, dear!

Maria said...

Great post! Having a positive outlook about your body, weight, health, etc. is so important and many girls struggle with this. So sad. Glad you are doing so well!!

HangryPants said...

Hi! Glad you're feeling better.

What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us.

By the way, the cous cous I use is whole wheat. http://www.amazon.com/RiceSelect-Organic-Whole-Couscous-31-7-Ounce/dp/B000EGZ98S?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1196218730&sr=8-2#nutrition-facts

Toni said...

You look beautiful always... and everyone has different diet struggles. It would be in really poor taste for anyone to judge you for whatever struggle you may have (not to lose vs. not to gain).

(How cute were you as a kid?!? SO CUTE)

Toni said...

p.s. How was the oatmeal w/ banana + tomato sauce + egg? I would think that combo would be reeeeally strange, was it good?

balance, joy and food! said...

toni, thanks for your comments. The egg-oatmeal is fabulous!!!!!!!!! it's the perfect salty oatmeal ever! really, give it a try!

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