Monday, July 01, 2013
When I started my Spark journey (a couple of months ago), I had a lot to learn about what weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle were all about. I thought I had to follow a specific diet (which had never worked, long-term, for me before), giving up all kinds of foods that I love and focusing on eating only healthy, "diet-worthy" foods. But I sure was confused about just what those magical "healthy" foods were! Only certain fruits and veggies? Maybe lean meats? Certainly not bread or any delicious baked goods! Are carbs bad? Do I have to give up everything containing sugar? And so on . . .
Imagine my joy, then, to discover that this Spark journey is NOT about deprivation! It's not about rigidly following a regimen of diet and exercise and never getting to include those comfort foods I love. It really is a journey of discovery: to discover what I can eat and do to really and truly bring about the changes in my life that I want--that I choose, not that someone else (or societal pressure) tells me I must!
I have discovered over the past weeks that I can choose from SO MANY really great-for-you and delicious foods and recipes. There's really no limit to the variety of combinations of good-for-you foods to choose from! Also, I've been learning that I can make many of my favorite comfort foods in healthier ways. I've even discovered that I can eat some of my favorite "bad" foods sometimes--and not feel bad afterwards, because it's all part of a long-term lifestyle plan. One "bad" choice doesn't mean I've ruined everything! And there are so many FUN exercise options out there that I can try!
I feel so empowered! I CAN make the changes to my lifestyle that I need to, as I learn more about where I want to go and what are the best ways to get there! I CAN have a choice each day--each hour--about how I want to work on meeting my goals, and I CAN enjoy it, too!