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    KELLYDRESCHER   43,372
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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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARYANN2323 5/22/2013 1:50PM

    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!

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ANDREWMOM 5/22/2013 12:51PM

    GREAT!!! Keep it up!

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FELINEBETTER 5/22/2013 11:07AM

    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

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LASTBASTION 5/22/2013 9:38AM

    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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