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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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  • PKCTTS
    The fact that you know you don't have to be/can't be perfect all the time - and that it is just part of the balance is huge. That's what creating a healthy, happy lifestyle is all about. You got this.
    1604 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Sounds like you have things figured out!
    1607 days ago
  • PATTISTAMPS
    It is hard when you are eating away from home, but as long as you are aware of what you are eating, you will do fine. Will you gain weight? Maybe, maybe not, but you get to choose. And yes, September will be a great place to start! You have done so well, and you look AWESOME!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    1609 days ago
  • LILSHINE
    I'm glad you posted on my page or I may have never found such a wonderful blog post emoticon

    I got inspired just reading this blog and seeing that it's doable without all of the micro eating programs. I can just manage my food better and hopefully gain the success you have had. Great job on the weight loss and graduating law school. I'm adding you as a friend and hope to see you around often! Blessings on your journey.
    1610 days ago
  • SPUNKYDUCKY
    Love that feeling of being in balance. I am so glad you are empowered and tackling the challenges in life!
    1611 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    Great job!
    1611 days ago
  • CAPECODBABE
    emoticon ideas
    1611 days ago
  • MIRMIUM
    You really are doing wonderfully. What a great reflection on how far you've come in all that you do!
    1611 days ago
  • GETTINFIT-2014
    Great post, thanks for your tips.
    1611 days ago
  • VIBRANTSTAR
    I love this! We also never bring junk into the house. Usually when I eat bad its not at home. Its an awesome rule!
    1611 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    You seem so relaxed about it right now...you are in a good place...I too enjoy reading your blogs. You are doing so great, especially in the "balance" department which can be the undoing of so many of us. emoticon
    1611 days ago
  • SWEETZMIX
    It sounds like you got this. Once you got your mind right, nothing can stop you. And it's about balance and progress. Girl I feel empowered too! I managed to cook while the baby slept. I mean it was just some whole wheat spaghetti with ground turkey, but it was this or pizza. The boy is demanding lol
    1612 days ago
  • ITSJUSTJOJO
    p.s. I enjoy reading your blogs... emoticon
    1612 days ago
  • ITSJUSTJOJO
    You sound like you got it down, Pretty! Awesome!
    1612 days ago
  • FUNLOVEN
    My junk cupboard is pretty bare right now except for popcorn. Nuts would be a danger zone for me. Even though they are "healthy" I can't have all of that salt. The key for me is to keep the cupboard bare although I occasionally need something sweet and so I keep a stock of dark chocolate squares and marshmallows.

    We eat out a lot and I mean 75% of the time. Somehow in our busy schedule I need to learn how to tame this and eat at home more often so I know exactly what I am eating. More menu planning will also help I think.

    You have done such a wonderful job on your journey. Enjoy the rest of the month emoticon
    1612 days ago
  • KANSASROSE67
    I appreciated your insights. Keep up the great work!

    1612 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Nice blog . . . very insightful. You are up to the challenges! Thanks for sharing the lessons you've learned along your successful journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1612 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Learning is great but applying what you learn is better. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1612 days ago
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