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!