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July 1 - no snappy title, just realness

Monday, July 01, 2013

It's the first of a new month. I've taken a little bit of time off from here so I could get my brain back n gear. NS was a good experience in some ways - but reinforces what i know about my body and how it deals with carbs and processed foods. It's unfortunate that it took me stressing myself out to recognize the affects. I've had lots of experiences in the past month that have brought me back to a tracking/blogging point. Perhaps the biggest was the realization that I'm not on a diet. I can't go back to eating all those foods that got me here - ever. As in ever-ever. I don't have that option anymore. I have to build a whole new relationship with food. Funny part is - I'm okay with that.

The difference is I'm not deluding myself into thinking I'm going to lose my love of bad food. Accepting that I'm never not going to love pizza or chicken biscuits. Or give up my love cheese and coke zero and chips - it's okay. The difference is I'm being more honest about how those foods make me feel and look. I'm no longer waiting to hit a magic number to appear on my scale to tell me it's okay to have a cheat day or that will give me permission to add those back. I don't want those back.

Consistency has always been a huge thing with me. I'm gung ho in the beginning. I'm motivated and committed, and then life steps in. My schedule gets hectic, I travel for work, kids have stuff that puts me in the car at meal times. Having good intentions isn't enough - so I've enlisted help from my kids, made a new routine that pushes me to pack my foods every single day no matter where or what I'm doing. People laugh when they see my cooler in my car - but I do not have to worry or wonder what I'm going to eat!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TQUARRY 7/1/2013 3:00PM

    when i did my previous 30 day challenges to myself. i blogged my meals everyday and it really helped me with thinking before i ate. :) and i as well have gone thru the reverting and coming back. Life always gets in the way but good planning and help is always a great way to stay on track!!!

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POSEY440 7/1/2013 1:29PM

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STUDLEEJOE 7/1/2013 11:21AM

    sounds you like a great plan emoticon

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BASEBALL_MOM99 7/1/2013 11:02AM

    It's great that you are looking at this as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Planning and organization is half the battle! I've been packing a cooler too! Not only is it more healthy, but cheaper too! We are here to support you as you continue on the journey!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/1/2013 10:42AM

    It sounds like you are off to a great start!!

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JOHGLO2011 7/1/2013 10:37AM

    I love the idea of the cooler in the car! Way to go!

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AKATHLEEN54 7/1/2013 10:29AM

    You sound so much like me, but I have to admit you are more organized. I keep saying I should do all that prep work on the weekends but no time for that either. What I love is that you realize this is not a diet and more importantly you know you will never lose your love for certain foods. But even more importantly you are not eliminating these foods from your plan altogether. (At least I think that is what you are saying) Certain foods we know we can't eat everyday, but to me moderation is important. I can't deal with foods that are considered taboo and deprive myself of these forever. I have to know that I can eat them occasionally and in moderation. I think having a plan and driving around with a cooler in your car is the best thing ever!! There is no room for temptation to drive into a fast food restaurant or a convenience store because you are on the run and are starving and just have to grab something quick. Just reach into your cooler and there you have it!!I may have to subscribe to your blog for daily meal ideas. So far Monday sounds like a winner!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKLAND2010 7/1/2013 10:06AM

    It sounds like you are on the right track. Smart idea for tracking food!

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