Eat. Live. Be. – February Update and Must-Reads

Eat. Live. Be.’s topic this week is required reading. As in the reading material that most speaks to each of us in our ELB journey. I have a few magazines and books that I just adore, so I can’t wait to share them. But first, the monthly update. Deep breath.

This is hard. And it’s hard because I know I could have done better in February if I simply put my best effort forth. But I didn’t … because I didn’t work out much in February. And by that I mean, I barely worked out at all. I can’t give you any specific reason why. I just didn’t. And the few times that I did, it wasn’t at the intensity of January.

That said, I did watch what I ate in February. Every morsel was a conscious decision, one that I calculated and thought about. So, that’s good at least. I could have certainly eaten more fruits and veggies, but overall I did pretty well with my portions and eating choices.

Here’s the starting photo versus today comparison shot:


And in the end, I did lose, and it’s noticeable. Yesterday, I wore jeans that I haven’t worn since before I was pregnant with Paige. Last week, I wore a button-up nightshirt that I bought years ago … for the first time. And I tried on a bunch of clothes yesterday that I either haven’t worn in awhile or have never worn. And guess what? Everything fit.

In the photo, I see a streamlined torso. But my legs aren’t as toned as they were last month. Had I exercised, that would be surely different.

So, here’s the official month-end run down (see January here):

February 2011 weight loss – 2.6 lbs

Total 2011 ELB weight loss – 6 lbs

This month? More exercise. Thankfully, the weather is warming and the snow is melting, so I have a lot of yard work to keep me busy moving. And I want to get back to using our basement gym regularly — a couple times a week, at least. As for eating, I will keep working on making smart choices and eating more fruits and veggies.

Required Reading:

Here are a few of my favorite reads.

What’s on your required reading list for healthy living?

Be sure to check out the other ELB bloggers too.

P.S. If you haven’t already, please take my Family Meals Survey 2011.  I am nearly to my goal of 100 responses. Please help me get there!

Also, if you have a second, would you pop over to Babble and give Sarah’s Cucina Bella a thumbs up? I didn’t make the cut for their top 100 bloggers list, but would love to be on the first page of the Who Do You Like? list. As of right now, I am about half-way down on the second page.


  1. says

    You look great! Such a good idea to do the starting photo and to take another to get a visual of your progress. Keep at it, slow and steady will get you there and it will be easier to maintain.

  2. says

    I think legs are harder because as women we have so much more down there than upper body. It’s biology’s fault, not yours. Keep up the great work.

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