Friday, June 24, 2016

It's Good to be Green by Felice Stevens

For those of you who listen to me talk (ok whine) on Facebook, you know I've gotten a hold of myself and re-joined the gym and even gotten myself a personal trainer. It took going up a size in my clothes—the first time in years and years—for me to wake up and see what I was doing to myself. I didn't like it.

This has nothing to do with being skinny and everything to do with being healthy-I'm doing it to get my blood pressure down, my cholesterol back in line and to feel better in my own skin. I don't want to be a twig, I want to get back in control of my life. I've always been a pretty healthy eater and have now started drinking green juices and eating much less meat and more fish and dark green vegetables. Fruits in moderation because they're high in sugar.

Want to join me? Great! Let's keep each other accountable! Anyone in? 


  1. I'm already on board, Felice. Recently found out I was pre-diabetic. Have lost two family members to the disease; one was my younger sister. At one point in time I wore a size 20 garment, and after many years made it to a size 12. But I quit smoking 4 yrs ago, and gradually regained 35 lbs. I did a 3 week detox diet, 800 calories a day, and added exercise. (Low impact due to other health issues) As of this morning, I've lost 18 lbs., have more energy, feel more focused and stable, and I'm happier than I have been in a very long time. Sometimes we don't realize the impact our physical health can have on our mental well-being. Somehow I missed out on that particular memo. I was allowed to add 100 calories after a visit to the dietitian yesterday, and have a bit more flexibility for meal planning. Have also removed gluten from my diet completely. My hubbie is doing the diet with me as a gesture of support, and to improve his own health. I don't care about being skinny either; I just want my size 12s to fit again (without having to lie down on the bed to zip my jeans). Put on a pair of capris this morning that I haven't worn in two years--yaay!!! I need to lose 14 lbs. more to hit my target, and would like to give myself a 5-7 pound "pad" beyond that. Congrats on implementing your new healthy-life plan.

  2. Hi Felice, i am so pleased that you are going to work on getting healthier!! My daughter and i have just hit 95 days of using My Fitness Pal - an app on our smart phones that we use to track what we eat and the nutrition of what we eat. We also use a Fit-bit to track our walking. We have lost a combined total of about 40 pounds.. We are learning to eat healthier and to make choices that are sometimes less bad. If i am craving chocolate.. i will now choose a Fiber One chocolate brownie rather than a Hershey's bar... the Fiber One has 90 calories and the Hershey's bar has 210. Each weekend we decide on something we are craving.. like pizza and check out its impact on our daily goals, and we can order 1 small pizza where we each get two slices.. and a bread stick, instead of a large pizza with lots of leftovers. so our two pieces of pizza 520 calories and a bread stick 290 .. and we have a daily goal of like 1200 (different based on what your current weight is and how much you want to lose - and speed). So we are empowered to make choices and think about what we are putting into and how much we are exercising. Here in the south... it is too hot for me to walk.. so we joined the YMCA and go to pool aerobics about 3 times a week. So we are absolutely with you on getting healthier. BTW my son who has always been into being healthy, told us about My Fitness Pal... it is free and he uses it to track his protein since he lifts weights and has to be very aware of how eating correctly.