Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I think one of the old ideas of dieting is that you are supposed to be miserable. Otherwise jokes like "It is die with a T" wouldn't exist and people wouldn't moan relentlessly about it. Yes, I know you are thinking "it isn't a diet it is a lifestyle change" and it is however what you eat is technically by definition your diet. The more that I learn about making the healthy choices the more I am realizing that portions are what they are for a reason. For example, when you put food on your plate it is supposed to be divided into 3 sections. Split it down in the middle and then divide one of the halves again. The large portion should be veggies and the 2 smaller portions should be high quality carbs and the other protein. I have found that when I follow this for meals I am never hungry. As I was laying in bed last night thinking "wow, I am still full this doesn't feel right". I realized I am still living by this idea that healthy food somehow can't be satisfying when it is so much the opposite.
When I eat healthy I feel better all the time.
I am never hungry.
My stomach isn't distended.
My skin looks clearer.
I am not tired all the time.
My moods are more stable.
However, when I eat junk foods and lots of processed sugars and low quality carbs...
I feel jittery
I experience a 3 PM crash
I am always obsessing about sugar
I am never satisfied
I continue to graze all day
I never have energy to go to the gym
My skin breaks out
Aren't all of these reasons enough to keep eating healthy? When my grandmother passed and I was eating just anything to stay alive it was a large wakeup call for me. At first I was upset that I lost 2 months of losing weight but the more I thought about it the more I realized it was a good learning experience for me.
For the first time in my life I didn't quit when I got off track
I didn't see the bad food as returning to normal
I was excited to get back to my healthy ways
I never lost sight of my goals to finish this and lose all the weight and get healthy
It was surprisingly easy to pick right back up where I was and hit my next goal of 80 lbs lost!
This morning I called my mom to chat (I had called her yesterday when I saw I had hit the 80 lbs mark). She told me she had told all of her friends and my uncles and her boyfriend that I had hit my goal and that she was so proud of me and all of them had commented how amazing and inspiring that was. I felt so good. That I made her so proud of me. However what was even better was I realized I AM PROUD OF ME. Yes, it is nice to get good feedback from the people who loved me BUT I realized the person whose approval I needed the most all along was mine. I did it and I am so proud of myself. The rest of this weight is going down.