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Empowering

Monday, August 19, 2013

This journey can be very empowering at times. I feel like I've really learned how to eat, how to exercise, how to lose weight. And I'm developing a better idea of what it will take to maintain as well. Here are a few things I've learned:

1) How to cook. My home is a healthy food paradise. Unhealthy foods are seldom permitted to cross threshold and yes, even my husband knows and understands the rules. As a result, binging is way, way down because I am not tempted to binge on fruit, vegetables or chicken breast. The only bingeable food I keep on hand are nuts because, well, they are worth the risk.

2) How to work out. When I started this journey, I knew exercise would have to be a part of it but I had no idea where to begin. I've gone from completely sedentary to building exercise into my daily life and having active hobbies. I used to only do cardio but I now see the importance of taking care of the full body. This must include strength training. And now I am aspiring to improve my flexibility as well. The body is a fully integrated organism, you can't merely focus on cardio and expect the ultimate results.

3) Balance. At home, I purchase and prepare the healthiest food I can find about 95% of the time. When I'm eating out of the home, my mileage may vary. If I'm just grabbing a salad during my lunch hour, I apply the same rules I would at home. But if I'm meeting friends for brunch, I may relax my standards. Ultimately, I am figuring out how to balance the two.

The next few weeks will bring more challenges. This weekend we will be in Mendocino for a friend's birthday. Next week, we will finish our move. And Labor Day weekend we will be out of town for a friend's wedding. I cannot wait to have a fresh start in September. But for the time being, I'm balancing as best I can, relying on the lessons I've learned over this journey, and feeling empowered by my knowledge and track record of success.
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