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Push That Tush -- Feel Good

Friday, January 25, 2013

When it comes to FOOD CHOICES it's a learning process.
When I was young and went on a DIET to lose weight.
It was temporary...It was boring....In my mind it was tasteless.
Those days the answer was steamed veggies with nothing on them ...
Heaven forbid you added a little olive oil...that was forbidden.
So you did it, you lost, and then you went right back to normal habits,
and gained it all back and more.

Over the last few years, I have totally changed my FOOD CHOICES.
My attitude was...I'm going to figure out a way to make this work for me
and I'm going to try to train my tastebuds.
I use very little sugar now ...and now fruits taste very sweet to me.
When cooking, I use a little olive oil, herbs, lemon, broth, and vinegar...
saute it, grill it, stir fry is, stew it,
and there are lots of flavors.
I avoid processed foods and starch carbs
and the cravings have greatly diminished.
Every now and then I have cravings...but it isn't every day...
And I'm conscious of what I'm eating and buying and when I'm cheating.
I don't do the mindless grazing I used to do...especially at night.

But it took a CHANGE of attitude about FOOD CHOICES.

I was determined to learn to like the HEALTHY CHOICES,
because I WANTED to CHANGE....
I didn't like where I was.

Now when I hear someone complain that they don't like DIET FOOD
I know they have a learning processes to go thru...Just like I did.
When I hear someone insist on adding a lot of extra fat or sugar,
I know they aren't serious about changing their lifestyle.
BEFORE, socializing used to always end up like a FOODFEST,
Eat, Drink, and be Merry.
NOW, when I go someplace where people keep offering me food,
I feel like the trained seal at one of the marine parks....I don't like it.

I had to change my MIND .... before ...I could change my BODY.

And as many times as I remind myself that...
I find myself looking and comparing myself to others.
It's a normal reaction...we look at others, or the scale, or the weight charts
{...someone else doing the exercise better...or faster ...}
to get a grasp of ourselves and where we are.
But I know that my PROGRESS is based on
Where I WAS and Where I AM ... NOW.
AND my SUCCESS is feeling good about the lifestyle I lead...
being at peace with my choices, my body, and my attitude.

Sure ... I'm a WORK IN PROGRESS....
But aren't we all......always.
It gives us that little edge to Push ourselves to try a little more,
change a little something, and go a little further.

Life is constantly changing ....
and as long as you can feel you did your best...
or at least made the better choices ...
you can feel good about yourself


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DESERTDREAMERS 1/26/2013 10:40PM

    Right on, Sheryl!

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/26/2013 5:51PM

    You are so right. It is what's in your mind. There is no diet. Just a healthy mindset.

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KANOE10 1/26/2013 10:35AM

    You and I have followed the same path. I had to learn to give up diets and change to a life style of healthy eating. Just like you I had to learn to find foods that I really really liked that were healthy. I stay away from sugar as much as possible..with a few indulgences of things like Korean sauces. I honestly am happy with my eating and do not feel deprived.

You have made some excellent changes in your live. I am so happy your cravings have decreased. Congratulations on finding a healthy lifestyle for you.

Yes, the social situations will not go away and people will attempt to push food.
Stay strong. You are doing so well!

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LEANMEAN2 1/26/2013 7:45AM

    You have such a good way with words. Thanks again.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/26/2013 4:33AM

    love this love and i sometimes still have to struggle to keep my mindset in the new healthy way but will perservere after all that is what this is all about.thanks for sharing as usual emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/26/2013 12:26AM

    And you're doing great!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/26/2013 12:26AM

    And you're doing great!

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ARTJAC 1/26/2013 12:25AM

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MALEXANDER4 1/25/2013 9:23PM

    Thank you. I needed to see this tonight. I was driving home feeling bloated...not from eating too much but eating good stuff....and I just was feeling blah. I was having the moment when you wonder if this is ever going to get easier. I mean I enjoy the healthy foods, it is the bloat, gas, uncomfortable feeling you get when you begin to eat properly again.So i'm sitting here after dinner, feeling much better because i'm in my pj's comfortable, and I know I'm winning this battle I seem to have against myself. yup i'm a work in progress always.

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DALID414 1/25/2013 8:40PM

    Yes, we are all a work in progress, always.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/25/2013 8:18PM

    Yes, we should compare ourselves to only ourselves. However, not our younger selves...

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EDWARDS1411 1/25/2013 7:55PM

    Wonderful blog - thank you!!!

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-LINDA_S 1/25/2013 6:49PM

    Another great one, Sheryl! You're always so inspiring!

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TERMITEMOM 1/25/2013 6:48PM

    You are absolutely right: this is a new way of life!

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LINDAK25 1/25/2013 6:22PM

    Most of the battle is in your mind, isn't it? Thanks for the inspiration.

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DRB13_1 1/25/2013 6:19PM

    Start where we are and make a little progress every day...

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MIATIA1 1/25/2013 5:58PM

    Wonderful blog and one that is going up on my motivation board... emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/25/2013 5:24PM

    So true and well said . Thanks for sharing. We sure do need to work on changing our mind. If we want to change our body.
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BAMAJAM 1/25/2013 5:15PM

  Thanks for all the SUPPORT!!!
( I am constantly fighting my taste buds....they don't like carrots as much as FUDGE)

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/25/2013 4:30PM

    You got it girl!!!! I love to try new ways of cooking and watch food channel to learn helpful hints. also chef meg has some great recipes to renew old foods.
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LINDAKAY228 1/25/2013 3:53PM

    Great blog! I had to change my way of thinking also, to a healthy lifestyle of eating. The word "diet" immediately sets me up to fail. I've tried and failed so many diets in my life that when I think of that word I immediately want to eat eveything in sight because my mind rebels. Healthy eating works so much better for me.

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    Going on a diet was a good thing for me as I've tried a lot of new foods and liked almost all of them. I'm a lot less bored now with my food choices with more variety.

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LALMEIDA 1/25/2013 3:08PM

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NEW-CAZ 1/25/2013 3:01PM

    well said! emoticon blog

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BACKYARDER1 1/25/2013 2:56PM


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BOOTYLICIOUS83 1/25/2013 2:55PM

    well said!!

I NEED to change my attitide mind AND eating habits..

any tips would be appreciated!!!

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QUAIL75 1/25/2013 2:55PM

    Another awesome blog! emoticon

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TAGSUIT2 1/25/2013 2:35PM

    Well said!! I need that for today, i feel drain. emoticon

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    you are so good at saying "it ". The thing that we are all sayin and thinking but unable to put into phrases and words. ! You really should be a speaker or teacher or some sort of motivator because you DO motivate me !!


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WORLDSERIES11 1/25/2013 2:12PM

    Always so inspirational!! And you always have the BEST pictures!!!
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1CRAZYDOG 1/25/2013 1:27PM

    LOVE the posters, and of course, the blog! HUGS

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NASFKAB 1/25/2013 1:27PM

  great as usual

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WALLAHALLA 1/25/2013 1:25PM

    Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you
to inspire, motivate, and encourage me

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BELTONWALKER67 1/25/2013 1:24PM

    So True! You hit the nail on the head with this one! emoticon As your blogs. emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 1/25/2013 1:18PM

    As Indiegirl said, It's not all or nothing, it's something or nothing. I think that says it all. You don't have to look like that woman at my gym with the AMAZING 6-pack and a couple of enhancements (if you catch my drift,,) Healthier than you were last year is an AWESOME achievement.

You inspire me! Thank you, my friend!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/25/2013 1:05PM

    Your blogs are always so good. Thanks!

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