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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Okay, normally, I am the CRAPPIEST eater. Or I was. I was the person who ALWAYS ordered fries on the side instead of a veggie. Unless the veggie was fried. When I wanted to lose weight, I just ate LESS of the crap. However, I didn't change the things I was eating. Instead of packing something nutritious for my lunch, I would get a frozen dinner type thing. They were TOTALLY in my calorie range (I was losing weight!) but I was taking in 0 good nutrients. Okay, maybe a few. But I ate EVERYTHING processed. Okay, not usually dinner. Dinner was usually a lean meat and veggie. Sometimes rice too. But that was it.

I have said it before, but this time REALLY is different. I started cutting out the amount of processed foods. Instead of cereal for breakfast, I have a smoothie that I make with spinach, strawberries, bluberries and mango. Then usually a hardboiled egg for a snack. Then for lunch, instead of the frozen dinner with sodium and chemicals, I bring a ton of fresh veggies and salad and sometimes even some leftover cut up chicken breast, and make myself a fresh salad at work. Snack is usually an apple (though the lack of granola bars is a recent change that I LOVE) and then dinner is once again leans meats and veggies.

Here is why it is different. I feel pretty awesome. Sure, I felt pretty good when working out and losing weight before, but this time it really feels like my body is being fueled by good things. BECAUSE IT IS!!!

Anyway, like I have said, I now see how people can make this a permanent change. By making these changes, I feel so great, that right now and most times, I don't want the donut, chocolate, cake, chips, or millions of other things that I shouldn't eat.

I'm not planning that my feeling like this will truly last forever. Sometime, I am going to have some kind of break and really want that crap and eat it. And I might feel fantastic, or I might feel crappy. Either way, I will just dust myself off and get back on the eating right train.

Here is where the "How did this happen?" comes in.

My friends, the one's that want to lose weight and the ones that are just overweight, they are now the ones that look at me like, "What have you done with Jen?" No because I already look like I have lost weight, I'm noticing things, but that is it. It is because I see them now eating the french fries, the candy and skipping the fresh fruits and veggies. Case in point was the child's birthday party I went to over the weekend. I ate lunch to avoid being hungry and making bad decisions. (If I'm hungry and start to graze, it is hard for me to stop, so I just try to not give myself that option.) So, I was a little hungry, as it was my snack time, but happily, they had a tray of fresh veggies and a tray of fresh fruits. They also had 2 or 3 bowls of chips, cake, some shredded pork bbq, and ice cream. I ended up eating a few bites of the veggies, some carrots and such, and a few strawberries, but then I was done. When they cut the cake, ALL of my friends who had seriously just scarfed down 1-2 sandwiches of the pork bbq, a huge handful or two of chips and such, got in line for the cake. AND ice cream. I just relaxed. Everyone was saying how delicious the cake was. (I'm sure they were right) Some people had more than one piece! But now, I'm the one saying NO! How did this happen? The best part is that I am doing it right, this time. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with having a slice of cake and a small servicing of ice cream. There isn't!!! RIght now for me, it isn't the right decision. I need a month to detox after my sugar intake, so that I don't "fall off the wagon." I guess it was just amazing that I am DOING IT!!! I'm making progress and I'm not taking pills. I'm not on a "quick hange." I am making changes I plan on keeping for the rest of my life.

Luckily, some of my family (mom and sisters) eat really well, so I can follow their example.

I'm just proud of really making the changes I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle!!!

Here I go!
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KAB7801 4/13/2013 11:25PM

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AREEJ_R 3/27/2013 1:28AM

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same what i did
instead of the fried am ordering grills instead of the fries am asking for the veggies instead of the sweet i am having a fruit salad and so on

but some friends when they see what u r doing instead of supporting u they try to sabotage u
and encourage u to eat more or to eat unhealthy and they said just this time



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EARTHTONED84 3/25/2013 11:06AM

    So inspirational! keep up the great work :)

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BLUENOSE63 3/20/2013 4:24AM

  Sounds like you got this girl! Keep doing what you are doing. I also have the days where I will eat crap and you know as long as I plan for it in the caloric budget then hey hell ya I am going eat the ice cream!

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SUSANINWI 3/18/2013 9:15PM

  Great job. It is so hard to say no to the things that we love and the things we are used to, keep up the good work.

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SOTIREDOFTHIS 3/18/2013 3:58PM

  Way to go!

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BAILEYC87 3/18/2013 12:19PM

    Congrats!! Doesn't it just feel so amazing when you say "no" to things that you normally would binge on? After detoxing your body and fueling it with nutrition, your body stops craving the processed crap, and saying "no" isn't quite so hard as you thought it would be. I'm happy for you!

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DANIE0677 3/18/2013 1:00AM

    You covered everything here I learned in the Biggest Looser thing I did using the website and books. It isn't just what we eat but the portions of that stuff. We can even over do it on the good stuff too btw. I am very proud of you. You are just like I was a little over a year ago. I got lazy but I am going for it again. I am gonna be like you are in this blog again. Keep up the great work girl.

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SEATTLE58 3/16/2013 12:11PM

    Congrats on having a featured blog post! That's how I saw you! I was looking through SP blogs for motivation and yours struck out at me and I love all you wrote. That has been me in the past and it will be me once again! It is so good to zero in on how good we're feeling with eating healthy. There's nothing like it! We feel lighter and like we can conquer the world! Good luck to you with your continued success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 3/15/2013 11:30PM

    WAY TO GO! Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog. I really enjoyed reading it!

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CINDYSUNFLOWER 3/15/2013 9:42PM

    Wow.....you inspired me.....thanks for sharing!!!

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ANNMACP0212 3/15/2013 8:58PM

    Great job! I'm hoping that the longer I eat healthier the less Ill miss the bad stuff. Your post makes me believe it will happen...thank you for the motivation and inspiration! emoticon

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Very inspiring blog. It's going in my keepers for days that I need a reminder. You are on the right track, you go girl!

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CLOVER2 3/15/2013 7:41PM

    Isn't it amazing? At some point I started to bring that orange to work, keep those bananas in the house and browse the fruit department in the grocery store to see what is on sale. Popping raspberries in your mouth when you need a snack really is a satisfying experience! I lost weight and then began to realize that I was having to struggle to stay where I was, only to come to the conclusion that it was because what was going in wasn't doing the job when it came to keeping my body healthy. C'mon, just because it says "Lean" on the box does NOT mean it's gonna be good for you!
Congratulations on your self-discovery! One thing though, now that you've learned it, no matter how hard you try, you can't go back, you can't EVER look at those junk food excursions the same again.
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JOYFULGRATITUDE 3/15/2013 7:30PM

    I have been following the suggestions of Choose My Plate by the USDA. I think what you mean is that you are eating more whole foods. I have been choosing more whole foods as snacks. Fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. Not sure if cheese and yogurt are considered processed, but I eat those as snacks too (even if they are considered processed, they are works for me in getting three servings from the dairy group a day). I have also switched to soy milk because it has less sugar and more protein than skim milk. My palate has gotten used to healthy foods because now sugary stuff I ate before tastes really sweet to me and fast food tastes particularly salty to me. That's good, because that means I won't want to eat that stuff! LOL

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CFHIGBEE 3/15/2013 5:03PM

  Wow! This was great! I too have the same story. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and tried every yo-yo diet there is with epic failure, usually gaining more weight in the end than I originally lost. I started making healthier choices two years ago and lost 50 pounds and felt great! I fell off the wagon last fall and gained 12 pounds back. I struggled so bad wanting to get back to making good choices for about two months. Finally, last week when I was watching the Biggest Loser, I heard last season contestant, Marcie, say this: "It takes time to change your body. It takes a split second to change your mind!" Something about that comment finally flipped a switch in my brain and I AM BACK! I am eating healthy foods and keeping track of my calories. Still trying to figure out how to work exercise in more often but I have a fairly active job so I have already lost 7 pounds and I couldn't be happier!

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KHK218 3/15/2013 3:26PM

    Congrats! Hopefully someday I'll reach this level. Eating healthy is the hardest part of being healthy for me.

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LSWART6 3/15/2013 2:59PM

    I can identify with you sooo well! Congrats on the progress and keep up the great work!

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SHERRYBETH84 3/15/2013 2:47PM

    I totally get the "who is this person?" That was also who I was. Who I am, today is the possibility of living lean and healthy. Thanks for sharing your journey.... You really helped remind me why I started this healthy way of life. Some day, maybe, this will become a natural way of life. For now, I have sp friends like you, to help and encourage each other. Thanks.

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GOSPARK45 3/15/2013 2:11PM

    Wow! You're really on a roll. Good for you! I'm half way there. I've really concentrated on exercising and calories. But now it is time to get much better
about the veggies. I'm already eating a lot of fruit and salads.
I'm lucky I don't really have a sweet tooth, but the chips would have been
hard for me even a few months ago.
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Good job on eating before the party thats the way to go.

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FIRECOM 3/15/2013 1:10PM

    You broke the code, my friend, and I love it. Thanks.

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DAINALYNN 3/15/2013 11:34AM

    Congrats on your recent transition. I think you might be right, that this sense of motivation might not last forever, but you can always find new motivation to keep going. Sparkpeople is great for that.

I'm a firm believer that processed food in engineered in a way to make us want more. The soda leads to the chips. The cake leads to a second slice. The burger leads to the fries and the beer... it's a slippery slope.

Nutritient-dense foods are easier for our bodies to decode as "filling". Your body is quick to adapt to this new type of food and wants to encourage you to do it more.

Thanks for sharing your story - it's always so great to hear about "ah-ha" moments that are so pivotal to someone's long term success. Congrats!

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SORGIN 3/15/2013 10:19AM

    Congrats! That is awesome!

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SIMONEKP 3/15/2013 9:59AM

    Right on !

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KDYLOSE 3/15/2013 9:22AM

    One of these days when you decide to try eating some of that stuff again, you will be amazed at how bad it makes you feel physically the next day - sluggish, plagued by cravings and probably with an unhappy intestinal tract.

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SPECIFICITY 3/15/2013 8:53AM

    Great job! I'm looking at doing a sugar detox starting in a week. not sure how long to do it for. I want to get to a point where the occasional sweet is fine but like once every now and again (at most once a week) not craving it constantly.

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1935MARY 3/15/2013 8:46AM

    Awesome. That is the right way of doing it and the right attitude, if you slip and fall, dust yourself off and get back on track. Wonderful. A long time ago,when I was trying to lose weight, and i am talking about 30 yrs ago , I went to a gym here {Kelly Lynn's) Even to this day I remember a little rhyme they said. A few minutes on your lips, forever on your hips. You can think of that before you eat something it helps. Have a great day and keep going.

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AJB121299 3/15/2013 7:43AM

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ANEWME42012 3/15/2013 3:43AM

    Great job!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/13/2013 10:27PM

    Good on you....those are some great insights! I've found it much easier to have a stable appetite by cutting out a lot of processed foods and unnecessary carbs (breads, pastas, sugar)....I don't get cravings like before.

Good on you....keep it up!

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GIANTMICROBE 3/13/2013 7:24PM

    Such an awesome blog to read. I too went through the same realization- I lost the weight by eating LESS not better but now I really see how food affects the body!

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it is really nice when you get 'in the zone'!

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TORIAMAE 3/13/2013 3:48PM

    Congratulations on your progress and insight!

I go through the same thing, especially during transitional periods: moderation is not enough and I need absolute abstinence for a period of time.

Our bodies reflect what we put into them. Period. Once we wrap our heads around that, it is truly not about knowing anymore...it's about doing.

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