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Struggling to make healthy choices

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Still trudging toward finding that perfect balance of healthy food and exercise. I find my body crying for fatty foods after a long workout and I didn't even do that much today. Yes I took my boxer dog Roxie for a 2.5 mile walk today but it really didn't feel like that much of a workout I guess b/c my son was riding his bike just ahead of me while Roxie and I walked. I am such an ice cream addict and wish I could find a way to kick the habit. I have already kicked the soda habit but last night we had pizza night and that was a complete disaster. We always have to order 2 pizzas b/c my husband and son love pepperoni and cheese pizza and it's not my thing anymore. So I ordered a pizza with beef and canadian bacon aka ham on it. I figured since I only got thin crust with extra sauce and light cheese I was doing well. WRONG! I got on the scale this morning and I had gained back what I lost and then some. Ugh! It is so hard to find the right balance to lose weight and still feel happy. Hopefully someone who reads this can help me out here I'm really struggling. I love fresh fruits and veggies but with my husband having IBS it makes cooking really difficult b/c he can't eat super healthy as it upsets his system. Walking the tightrope is getting harder and harder. I don't want to drag my BLC team down by not losing consistently but I am really lost at this point as to what I should do. HELP!
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/21/2013 6:03AM

    emoticon If you don't already, join a spark team for people with IBS or family members with IBS.

This is a lifetime journey not a 12 week "diet" or temporary trip and while you are in this with your team and your team is in it with you, YOU have to find a balance that works for you with your team and moreover with your family.

Now, let's talk IBS. No way my tummy could eat pizza. But I CAN eat fruit. So some of that is HIS personal journey and preferences and what works for HIM. And yes, it's an added "bit" of learning and figuring out how to do things that work for you and your family best but you CAN and you WILL because you are in this for YOU and forEVER! You're setting examples and inspiring your son about a lifestyle that he will carry with him into his life in a nation where obesity and poor eating is prevalent. You are doing the best thing you could for your son sweetie. It's not easy and it's time consuming but you and your family are absolutely worth it!

The great thing about Spark and he BLC is that there are people - experts about anything and everything - reach out and search and you are going to find answers and help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
groups_individual.asp?gid=2469 And this is a huge topic so this is just the first one I found.

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ROX5CAR 1/21/2013 5:49AM

    totally agree with Martin......maybe you could google healthy diets for people with IBS???? then you could both be on the same page....somewhat.... emoticon

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SMARTIN77 1/21/2013 5:25AM

    I learned after being on Spark People a couple months that pizza is one of those "red light" or "trigger" foods for me. I always seem to overdo it, no matter how good my intentions. I've avoided it since my last big splurge in December. But I understand how you feel. I could not believe the calories and sodium I ingested on 5 slices of Papa John's pizza.

I think it's awesome that you are recognizing what foods you're addicted to, and just being sensitive to how that's affecting your body and your efforts. You're uncovering the "root issues" in your relationship to food, and that a HUGE accomplishment!

As far as cooking healthy, the best advice I can give is don't be afraid to eat food separately from your husband and family. I know it can be difficult to make that work financially, and it may even feel awkward or selfish to you. But honestly you have to be responsible for what you put in your body. No one else can do that for you. This is from someone who based their food choices on everyone else around them for years instead of listening to their own body. Hang in there.
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