An average Jane on health and nutrition

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Known Factors and Previous Changes

I said I’ve been paying more attention to my health and wellness over the last few years. So there are some things I know already, and changes that have already been made.

I almost never drink soda, or coffee.

But this works for me because I don’t particularly like coffee and soda is a take it or leave it. “Giving up” soda wasn’t a challenge, but giving up, say, chocolate would be. We all have those things we can pass over a million times without a second thought. Soda is one of mine.

However, it’s rare that I’ll ever completely outlaw/forbid anything, because frankly, in my world, it’s probably not practical. I was at a Red Sox game with my older brother, and he bought hot dogs and Cokes for us. Awesome, thanks! Enjoy the hot dog and Coke. It’s not going to kill you.

I drink a lot of water.

Credit retail for this one.. working in a dry, dusty environment was the start.

Moderation, except for veggies.

I credit increased consumption of vegetables as the single biggest factor in the weight loss I’ve already experienced. For some meals, I’ll halve what previously would have been the main part, and replace with more veggies. Lots more veggies. Today at work I have half of a¬†turkey and provolone sandwich on a bagel and a whole pile of vegetables. Carrots, cucumbers, and spinach, namely.

I think there are others. I’ll add them as I think of it.

– Julia


So it begins..

My friend Steph has been suggesting I start a blog for ages. It’s all about the personal brand, she tells me. Not totally sure I know what that means, but it’s been years since I graduated, and maybe it’s time to put those writing skills to use.

I’m 27, and I currently work in an administrative-assistant type role for a relatively small company. We wear lots of hats.

One day, I will write an essay about how my English degree actually has proven to be useful in the business world. I’ll call it ‘Foreshadowing in Business, Or, What I’m Doing with That.’ It will explore all the ways that English classes prepare you for the business world.

But, on the whole, despite the ways my degree is helpful, I don’t do that much writing anymore. So! Here’s to fixing that.

Apparently blogs have to be about something.

This one is about me, of course. Most blogs are, in some way or other. It’s about me and food, and me and exercise. Probably me and other things, but I’ll try to keep it to those.

For a few years, I’ve had an increasing interest in health and nutrition, coupled with a desire to be in better shape and lose weight. And it’s kind of a maze. The sheer volume of information available is enough to make anyone crazy. Hopefully, this will be stories of sanity.

Food is not an enemy, exercise doesn’t have to suck.

etc. etc.

I believe those things, but they’ve also been said. I don’t promise to say anything new, groundbreaking, or maybe even particularly interesting. It’s more of an experiment, a continued test to see what works and doesn’t for me. Maybe for you. I dunno. But it’s often suggested that writing down thoughts..and food..and everything else.. while getting in shape will help you. So let’s see!

Essentially, I would like to lose 30lbs over the remainder of this year.

I also bake a lot.

I like cooking, and baking. It’s part of the challenge! Plain and simple I’m not willing to completely give up on the things in life that are yummy, although I’ve certainly found ways to make some of them healthier, and to incorporate them in better ways.

So. A contradictory blog, perhaps. But not really. They work together, food and exercise. It’s not a cancellation.

Was this enough introduction?

I also like dogs, thunder storms, and reading the reasoning behind movie ratings.

– Julia