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"lifestyle" that word kept me up all night

Friday, April 03, 2009

so last night i was having problems sleeping. one of those nights where you just can't turn off your pesky brain.

i have been struggling with food again. one of my goals lately was not tracking so much as this is all supposed to be a "lifestyle" change. before my great brain storm last night to me lifestyle = unconscious decision making. meaning to me that i don't have to track my calories, that magically i will want to eat a carrot over a piece of cake. i guess i finally came to realize that is NEVER going to happen.

then i thought of other "lifestyles" out there. if someone chose to be a vegetarian or an environmentalist they would be making conscious decisions all day everyday to support their lifestyle. they are not going to hope what they are eating doesn't have animal products in it they are going to make sure it doesn't. an environmentalist is not going to throw their plastic bottle in the garbage can hoping it somehow gets recycled. they are going to make sure it gets recycled.

so if my "lifestyle" is to be fit and fabulous then i need to make conscious decisions to support that everyday. that means i need to keep track of what i put in my mouth and how much i exercise to balance and keep my body healthy. i need to know that the cake tastes better than a carrot but the carrot is better for me in the long run and make decisions.

we now live in a world where honestly a healthy lifestyle is not the norm. we are bombarded with ads for junk and surrounded by things that are making our lives more and more lethargic. i need to make conscious decisions to make the right choice. we grow up with treats being fast food and candy... not with treats being celery and broccoli.

there is no magic.
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    Hi Turfgirl,
    Loved your message and it is so true and logical. Most of the day I am able to reason in my mind all the reason why I want to make conscious, healthy choices that support the lifestyle I want. Then at some point, every once in awhile, a nagging craving rears its ugly voice and seems to drown out the reasonable and responsible choices. So what I really need is someone to quiet the cravings and naggings. I know I will. I am determined. I am pretty sure it has to be some sort of action, exercise, etc. I will get there. Thanks for you blog. Joann
    3211 days ago
  • SMGD64
    This was my exact revelation this morning as I was writing my blog . . . . the conscious decision to make better food choices in this quick, easy, fat, sugar junk filled world. I work at a market where the pastries sit on an open cart, the cases are full of prepared ready to eat sandwiches, entrees, side dishes, fancy desserts,etc. Yet the nutrition values are not shown, which my brain sometimes tries to tell me there are none:( There are plenty of good nutritious things to eat also, but my mind and taste buds also want the carrot cake, not the carrot.

    My mind and my wanting this new lifestyle are having problems coexisting. I hope soon they learn to live . . . happily ever after:)

    It is totally amazing that you have said exactly my thoughts this morning
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    3211 days ago
    Wow! Thank you for this blog. Reading this has blessed me. Hoping one more comment saying thank you let's you realize even though you have reached your goal that being conscious of thinking lifestyle is continuous work and bring that to our attention is appreciated. Your gift is abundant. emoticon
    3212 days ago
    DITTO!! EXCELLENT AND WELL SAID!! It spoke to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3214 days ago
  • HILARY777
    That was a great comparison to environmentalists and vegetarians. I really got that!!!
    3218 days ago
    this is a great way to look at the lifestyle change we are all trying to make....was an eye opener for me...cant thank you enough emoticon
    3219 days ago
  • DANI31608
    Brilliant blog post. Kudos!
    3219 days ago
    Very, VERY true and great words of wisdom for us all. Thanks!
    3221 days ago
    Your last sentence summed it all up. Loved this blog--I had never really thought about what it means to have a certain lifestyle. It does have to be a conscious decision and one that reflects ones value.

    Thanks for the insightful comments.
    3222 days ago
    It's good to hear from people that are already at their goal. It gives us who are still working on it a glimpse of what it might be when we get there. I too thought that when I made goal I would be able to stop, but hearing this just tells me that I might as well get used to it as part of my lifestyle. Now I don't feel quite so much like a freak of society just to know that normal weight people have to do this too.
    3225 days ago
    I LOVE this blog! So insightful. I struggle with this too. I wish that the eating part of a healthy lifestyle was as easy as the exercise part. The food part of the equation is something I am constantly struggling with.
    3239 days ago
    i TOTALLY relate to this blog. Carrot over Cake?

    I would choose carrot cake. Whooopsies...

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    3240 days ago
    Awesome blog entry! It's the same conclusion I've been coming to lately. You just helped me solidify it better.
    3242 days ago
    Oooo, yes. Your little realization is is sooo TRUE!
    3243 days ago
    Great blog entry! I guess sometimes I struggle with what it is that I really want! But, good for you, for being able to work through it all and then make a conscious choice! The word conscious really hits home, because my bad choices often come from the subconscious which squelches my conscious mind!

    Have a great week-end and don't work too hard!
    3244 days ago
    Wow this really hit me reading it. I keep thinking I can do it not tracking and yet I don't do good at all when I don't track. thanks so much for sharing this. I really needed it.
    3244 days ago
    I too tried the no tracking method ,thinking I could just go on lessons learned. The only real lesson I learned is that in order to lose weight and keep it off, I need to keep on trackin'!

    Good luck to everyone on your journey!
    3244 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing this, Jen...I have been hemming and hawing about whether to start tracking again. You provide a very convincing argument to do it! What you've said here is going to stay with me....
    3244 days ago
    Last time I quit tracking, I ate more than I thought and gained weight. No surprise there. Some people are blessed with a balanced metabolism, don't think about what they put in their mouths, and don't gain weight. If we could all eat whatever we wanted without getting fat, would we? Would we continue to make healthy choice about food and fitness? In a way, it is a blessing to be forced to think about fitness and nutrition. I HAVE to track. That does not make me crazy, neurotic, or obsessive-compulsive; although, my friends might disagree ;) I think of it like this: tracking food helps us to be mindful of the lifestyles we choose.
    3244 days ago
    AMEN, GIRL!!! I agree -- I do not foresee a day where I will just not need to track. I might need to track a bit less... but I will still have to use that tool for sure. I accept it as part of my new healthy lifestyle and I'm glad you were able to get that lightbulb moment! :D
    3245 days ago
    I have to track, that's part of my lifestyle now! Thanks Jen!
    3245 days ago
    I've given in myself - I just do better when I track! Like you said, any lifestyle is a conscious decision, and I find it SO much easierto "sneak" foods when I don't have to figure out how to track them (or to see my intake increase). I like how you likened it to being vegetarian or trying to live more green. It takes time and effort, but ANY intentional deviation from our fast food culture is going to take some time and effort.
    3245 days ago
    the timing of this is amazing considering i have come to the same conclusion. i thought i could take off this past week & not track my food....what a disaster! my lifestyle has to include tracking - no matter how tedious or I derail! Makes me realize, I'm not alone there. Thanks!!
    3245 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    Wow. What an epiphany. Your sleepless night led to a FABULOUS realization.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3245 days ago
  • MARLIE13
    What an awesome and well written blog, Jen. Woohoo! Thank you! I'm so so sorry. It took the new friend feed thingy to show me a new blog from you and I got all excited. Come to find out, I've missed a gazillion from ya. Sowwy. emoticon emoticon I am SOOO loving the green and the background too. It feels like I just took a shower after visiting you page. Thanks for the fresh kick in the booty!
    3245 days ago
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