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The peanut in the M&M does not make it okay

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I recently re-sparked my commitment to healthy living. Like life, there is a rhythm to everything, and SparkPeople went down to mezzo piano in my life. (Yes, a music reference. Thank you music teacher if you got that one.) After a truly wonderful chat with my doctor, I'm back up to forte!

I have been eating really healthy for just over a week now, and it's showing. The weight is melting off right now. I have more energy. I sleep better at night. It's really kind of cool.

I recently wrote a post about how Olive Garden tried to kill my motivation. I've thought quite a bit about that post. It's amazing that I can eat 750 cal for 2 meals and be completely satisfied, but I eat one 750 cal flat bread pizza and I'm still left wanting more. Then the light bulb went on.

I had been filling my body with that which does not nourish. No wonder I packed on the pounds so quickly after the wedding. I kept eating things with such little nutritional value that my body was starving while getting way more calories than it needed. I had lost touch with how my body defined hunger and thirst, and I medicated it with M&Ms or gummy bears. (No, the peanut in the M&M does not justify it having nutritional merit.) I used food in the same way and addict uses drugs - I numbed the feeling without dealing with the underlying cause.

I'm working hard on kicking this habit. All the food I had around me but no longer want to eat is in a closed drawer for my co-workers to take at any time. The house is purged of trigger food. This doesn't mean it's easy, but that's why I have this community! Together, we can keep each other honest about the nutritional value of a peanut M&M!
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  • MARYANN2323
    It's like being in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. Water all around you, but only the right kind will do. Keep it up!
    1671 days ago
    GREAT!!! Keep it up!
    1671 days ago
    Stand up and take a bow right now!!!! emoticon You have just had an epiphany or as Oprah calls it, an "AHA!" moment! As simple as it sounds -- it really does boil down to just what you said: you can fill your body with empty calories but it still leaves it wanting. When you fill with fuel -- it runs better and you feel much better overall. You Go Girl!!! emoticon
    1671 days ago
    I'm glad I'm not the only one fighting food demons. Once I get the negative committee in my head to sit down and shut up, I may be okay.

    Keep fighting and reinforcing positive eating habits!

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    1671 days ago
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