The Joy of Almonds

I’m trying to eat more healthy these days. It’s not easy, given I have such a sweet tooth and also its summer, so bring on the ice cream. But really, I need to watch what I eat for a variety of reasons.

Almonds
Munching on some almonds one fine summer day.

Lately, I have been eating – or rather, indulging in – almonds! I’ve always liked them, but never made them my go-to snack until this past week. I choose Blue Diamond’s Lightly Salted almonds for my fix.

I don’t like too much salt on my almonds, and besides, too much salt on anything is never good. I think this brand’s almonds are just perfect. I’ve tasted the kind you get at Starbucks (I don’t know the brand), but Blue Diamond seems to be on target with its lightly salted nuts.

Now, I have to be careful when I eat almonds – because there is too much of good thing. Since one of the best things about almonds is that they are high in fiber, which is great, too much fiber could lead to problems in the bowels. I am not going to go into a lot of detail here, of course, but yeah, I did at one point eat too much almonds. Let’s just say I now ration my almond intake per day.

So although almonds are the almost perfect snack, there are two things to watch out for: salt/sodium and fiber intake. Remember, there is too much of a good thing.

Happy eating!

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I Finally Did It!

I did it! I finally did it!

Took me 14 days, but I finally did one of my New Years’ resolutions: exercise regularly.

After days of saying I need to exercise more following the holidays, while also stuffing my face with too many snacks, I finally set some time aside today and worked out. I did push-ups, squats and sit-ups. All 25 each, which is the most I can do with my weak body (I’m not really weak, just quite out of shape). Hopefully as time goes on, I bring that number up to 50, 75 and even 100.

I have gained a little weight this past year. Thanks to the meds I am on, my metabolism is slower. I also have been eating the wrong foods lately. This is all deja vu from when I first became overweight, back in 2010. It was then that I topped my heaviest at 210 pounds. I do not want to weight that much ever again, so I am making an effort to slim down, firm up and also get my heart rate going.

In case you are wondering, I joined Weight Watchers and then moved to Brooklyn and did tons of walking. I then slimmed down to about 165 pounds. But I still wasn’t really slim. I have – and always had – heavy thighs and a flat tire. Even though I used to squeeze into a size 6 pair of pants, I still had some flab. Imagine if I lost enough to go into a size 4?

Right now, my scale tilts at 178 pounds, which leaves me in dismay. One of the reasons why I started this blog was to keep tabs on eating healthy and living healthy. The fact that I typed this post up is a way of committing myself to living a healthier life.

Monday is a holiday, so I’ll be off from work then. I’ll exercise that day as well, and possibly Wednesday or Thursday. I want to start by exercising three days a week for a few minutes before moving it up to a half hour.

Maybe if all goes well, I’ll look super amazing this summer.