The Pursuit of Healthfulness – Week One

I have a love-hate relationship with the scale.  Actually, I haven’t owned a scale in years so the only time I know my weight is when I visit the doctor’s office.  And you know those scales are off by like 10 pounds right?  So this week I went out and purchased a scale, its digital and has BIG numbers so I can read them.

Since I didn’t purchase the scale until this week, I am going to start with the weight I had at the doctor’s office and track my progress from there.  As of this morning, I have lost 6 pounds since last Tuesday (10 days).  It hasn’t been too difficult to give up bread or the sugar.  I put Agave in my tea and even though its probably got as many calories as sugar, I put much less in (about a tsp will do).

Some other changes I’ve made to my eating:

  • I have veggies and hummus, instead of chips or crackers
  • I eat pistachios or almonds for a snack but limit the numbers instead of munching on endless amounts of trail mix
  • If I eat a protein bar for breakfast, I don’t eat anything until lunch, those bars fill me up
  • I haven’t eaten out in over a week which may be the biggest change of all.

One of the biggest challenges I have encountered is coming up with healthy creative meals.  My go-to meals are quinoa with just about anything, black beans, chicken, veggies, more quinoa or egg whites with spinach or black beans and rice.  I try to spice things up with a little salsa, avocado but it gets boring.  If you have any great recipes you want to share with as few ingredients as possible (the longer the recipe the less likely I’ll make it), please do so.

Karen and I have had a lot of comments from you wanting to join us on this pursuit.  If you want to share on your blog, we will be including a place for you to link to your blog posts on our sites.  Also, if you need any support, please leave a comment here or send an email to  I will be happy to give you any support or tips that I can.

Don’t forget to visit Karen at Journey Back to Self to see what she’s been up to this week.

And please feel free to link to your blog posts about your pursuit below.

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7 Responses to The Pursuit of Healthfulness – Week One

  1. karendino says:

    love quinoa and I always forget about it, it is such a great grain and easy to make. My go to is scrambled eggs, with veggies and brown rice. So happy we are doing this together, you;ve already given some great ideas. I really can’t recommend Ellie Krieger;s cookbooks enough, they are pretty simple to make and not only healthy but tasty!
    I think a BIG problem I have is sugar/white flour. Next week I am going to try to limit that a bit and see what happens.


  2. Barb says:

    I just came across a “recipe” on Pinterest that might interest you. They put a package or dry ranch dressing into a container of plain Greek yogurt and used as veggie dip. I think the packaged dressing mixes have too much salt so I am going to come up with a spice mix of my own. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. Patty Cunniff says:

    One of the meals I make for the diabetics in the house (yeah… the one with the York peppermint patty wrappers beside her chair) is 1 can organic or all natural diced tomatoes one can black beans and brown rice

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love that you and karen are doing this. you are inspiring me to get my foot on the right track. thank you!

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