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It took a couple of decades but I finally figured it out

Monday, April 29, 2013


I always wanted to be one of those people who was happy to have a salad for lunch. I tried so hard when I was in my twenties to be one of those together women that always said, "A salad is fine for me thanks." when it came to lunch. I would order one and then I would pick out all the things I didn't like and drown it in salad dressing. We'll call that fail number one. In my thirties I made a small attempt again but I could never find a dressing that liked and quickly went back to heavier lunches and a heavier me. A swing and a miss on salads.

Fast forward another decade and I finally figured it out. I don't like salad dressing and I don't like iceberg lettuce. I love salads as long as they are very simple and I can add some form of protein to them. This is a perfect combination since I used to struggle getting enough protein into my diet. Fill my bowl with an assortment of lettuce, other than iceberg, some spinach, dice up some chicken or salmon on top, squeeze a lemon over it and I am in my happy zone for lunch. I actually look forward to my colourful bowl of greens and for the first time in my life feel completely satisfied by eating a salad for lunch and nothing else. Guess third time really is the charm.

To me this is what losing weight it about. Changing years of habits and assumptions. Finding a salad that I like made a huge difference and will help me as I make life long changes to my eating habits but there isn't one thing that I changed that will cause the pounds to melt off. No magic, AH HA, if I do this that's all I have to focus on. There have been changes to what I eat, when I eat, how I eat, what I drink, how I deal with stress and celebrations and of course exercise. Last week I lost weight. It felt good but for the first time I didn't care. What I cared about is that I ate healthy all week and exercised. I increased my quality of life and that's what is really important to me.
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  • v HOPEFULHIPPO
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    1157 days ago
  • v SKINNIESOMEDAY
    good blog and I too have learned to love salads and be satisfied with them as I have grown older. I do different ingredients and different dressings and different proteins and it helps !


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    1158 days ago
  • v THESCORPIO2
    I also have a similar story! My husband would happily survive on salads while I couldn't even think of a side salad until I went to a local burger place. They had this burger on make-your-own salad. I chose just spinach, some cut fruits,veggies, some nuts, olive oil,feta and a burger. That's it!! I loved it so much that from next day onwards I started making my own burger patties and have it for lunch on a salad 5days a week! Sometimes it just clicks!!

    Good luck with everything!!
    1158 days ago
  • v THESCORPIO2
    I also have a similar story! My husband would happily survive on salads while I couldn't even think of a side salad until I went to a local burger place. They had this burger on make-your-own salad. I chose just spinach, some cut fruits,veggies, some nuts, olive oil,feta and a burger. That's it!! I loved it so much that from next day onwards I started making my own burger patties and have it for lunch on a salad 5days a week! Sometimes it just clicks!!

    Good luck with everything!!
    1158 days ago
  • v MOTHEPRO
    emoticon I agree, we have to keep trying to find what works for each of us individually.
    1158 days ago
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