Am I doing this whole healthy thing right?
March 15, 2011 1:07 PM Subscribe
My lifestyle has gone through some major flux in the last couple of months and I need some advice/guidance/reassurance from others who are trying to be their healthiest every day.
posted by stormygrey to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of months ago, I reintroduced cardio into my life. Then I quit smoking. Then I started cooking and eating primarily vegan and now I am lifting weights a couple of times a week. Great, right?
The thing is, it feels weird like a temporary fascination or daliance, but I really want to live like this. I don't want it to be a diet or a plan to get "beach ready!" or any of that bs. I want to be healthy. Years and years of doing the yo-yo have conditioned me to check the scale constantly, like there will be an end point! There is something in me that is unsatisfied, but I think that's the smoking part of the equation. I want something to make me feel better the way a cup of coffee or a smoke or something sweet used too, but I can't put my finger on what would satisfy me. So, hivemind, reassure me and help me figure out the ins and outs of this.
1. I really have no idea about this whole vegan thing. I've never been much of a meat eater, but I think I feel better without the dairy. What are the nutritional "biggies" I should be aware of? Like how do I make sure I am getting enough calcium or B12 or other things I may have no idea about.
2. I work out a lot and unless I'm eating a lot of prepared soy protein bars, I don't think I get hardly any protein anymore. What are some easy, hopefully not prepared ways to get some protein back? (I am not actually a vegan, so once a week or so, I'm eating Greek yogurt w/ honey for breakfast, but I should probably eat protein a lot more often!)
3. In the long run, how much structured exercise did you find made you feel your best? For me anyway, that means enough to feel happy and fit, but not so much I am exhausted or starving or the amount is defining my life rather than enhancing it.
Any other little bits of anecdata would be great. I just want to do this and do it right. I've lost almost 50 lbs in the last 18 months or so and I want this change to stick and not just fly away when something stresses me out or I hit some arbitrary made up number.