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If you'd have told me 5 years ago...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

If you'd have told me 5 years ago staples in my diet would be:
salmon (huh? I hated fish)
kale & spinach (what? iceburg lettuce all the way for me!)
greek yogurt (no, I love my artificially sweetened yoplait!)
avocados (thanks but no thanks)
quinoa, bulgar and barley (what are those??)
ground turkey (ehh, doesn't sound too bad but beef is the norm)
any kind of beans (NEVER eat beans- my WHOLE life, it was always minus the beans)
steel cut oats (only eat microwaveable packets of the flavored quick oats)
vitamin water (enjoyed my sparkling waters with aspartame)
flax seeds and chia seeds (again, what are those??)
asparagus and fresh green beans (canned veggies were easier and I was used to the taste)

THAT is proof you CAN change your diet and your eating habits. You CAN change your palate and what it will enjoy!

If you'd have told me I'd stop buying chips, ground beef (for the most part), that I'd hardly EVER buy any white bread or pasta and only eat whole grain everything...that I'd sub my so called healthy snack granola bars (processed food central!) for raw nuts and dried fruits or make my own healthy versions...that I'd learn to cook in quantity so that I can freeze healthy meals like soups filled with veggies. That I'd STOP using margarine and veggie oil and only use real butter (very rarely and sparingly) and olive oil. That I'd be the person who still may enjoy a decadent snack now and again, but that I'd rather find healthier versions for desserts and snacks. That I'd look up nutritional info religiously before going out to eat so I can make a healthy (or at least some what healthy) choice. Even more, if you told me I learned to limit eating out and actually WANTED to do so? If I'd have known it would become second habit to measure out foods and learn what is a portion size... Ya, I'd have been amazed!

If you'd have told me that I'd enjoy working out? That I'd be down to a weight I was at back in probably junior high? That I was RUNNING, 3 times a week? (I couldn't run a MILE in High School!) That I made exercise a priority, for several years now and didn't get tired of it or give up? That I learned to get up super super early and do it even when I was exhausted but that I felt better after? That I fit it in on days that even myself realizes I probably should have taken a rest. That I can SEE some of my abs, that my legs have muscle now and that I have gotten MANY compliments on my upper arms?! I'd have been happy to know that was coming my way. I'd have been so envious and proud of my future self. :)

I'd tell myself every day, to keep it up. That I feel better, I look better and that I am a completely different person. 35lbs, that is all that was holding me down, well, not for the last couple of years! It's something I work at every day, but I'm so glad I do each day that I wake up and feel like this.
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    A great list of really positive changes! Sometimes the thought of changing ones life around can be daunting, but you don't change overnight. It is a lot of small and sometimes subtle changes over time that really add up in the long run. You many not even realize how many changes have accumulated until you stop to reflect on how far you have come.

    Congrats, and keep up the Spark!
    1622 days ago
    Good on you! It's amazing to see how much we can so radically change thoughts that seemed so normal back then!

    It takes work, it takes persistence, it take making healthy living a priority over convenience.

    I like to think that my biggest change of thought is that I used to look for reasons NOT to workout....and today, I'm looking for opportunities so that I can workout
    1623 days ago
    35 lbs is awesome! It is funny how things change..I look forward to trying different healthy foods and am so happy when I cook up a concoction that's healthy *and* tastes amazing. WTG with switching to such a healthy lifestyle. emoticon
    1623 days ago
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