I have had this blog on my mind for some time lately!
IT may seem pretty “in your face” pretty DIRECT!
This is just my take on things and I have to tell you that I could not have written it 2 mos ago…
I have learned the following:
YOU can waste allot of time saying the following:
I will start my new plan NEXT MONDAY!
I will eat HEALTHIER TOMORROW!
I will GET BACK ON TRACK after Thanksgiving.
I will GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS and THEN I will buckle down and do this!
SPARK “FRIENDS” I said ALL these things before… I was the QUEEN of procrastination! NO one has one up on me.. in that department! (LOL) JUST ask my husband… he will agree.
I spent MORE TIME planning my diet and buying food THEN just DOING IT! I didn’t like that part… but boy I can write out and make a good plan… GOOD intentions were there! (can anyone relate?)
Here is a quote from my good friend TWO-TOO-MUCH (Nancy).
Jack Canfield is an author and motivational speaker:
“Remember, there is no perfect time for anything. There is only now..." - J.C.
IN my opinion…. Scientifically… THERE are allot of good eating plans out there… ones that WILL get you results and ones that are smart and healthy….
THEN there are the ones that are just plain silly! IN fact I have to admit that I lost MANY many pounds doing 100’s of different diets.. (NO kidding!!!) THEY all had one thing in common…. I gained the weight right back!
I WAS the QUEEN of buying the latest diet at the check out stand at Wal Mart! I was ADDICTED to buying the newest one.. the latest fad… and rushing home to READ it! THEN I would plan my list… buy the food
And do the diet for ½ day or 1 week or a little more.
CAN ANY OF YOU RELATE?
I was a slow learner because I wanted A QUICK FIX!!! WE all want it yesterday! AM I RIGHT?
THEN I found Sparkpeople! So I jumped on board…. Followed the plan.. made lots of new friends and did a WHOLE lot of socializing! LOL
I lost weight.. (because Sparks is a sensible, smart, eating plan ) . I quit tracking… and I gained it back (at least most of it.) Not much learned here… ! I wanted it quick.. I wanted it NOW! We all can conjure up excuses as to why a plan doesn’t work for us! I said I was “tired of tracking”….
I have heard it upteen times… that you didn’t put it on in 2 mos.. why are you expecting to take it ALL OFF IN 2 mos!
YEAh, I know that.. BUT my mentality was a 2 yr old banging on the high chair saying I WANT IT MY WAY
N O W!!!!
SPARK PEOPLE out there reading this….
FIND a plan that WORKS for you….
IT is ok to keep looking for the right one…. IT is ok to try out THE SENSIBLE ones! IF they look like quick fixes then leave them alone! IF they say you have FREE REIGN TO EAT ALL YOU CAN EAT OF ANYTHING YOU WANT for one meal a day then RUN!!!!
IF they do not encourage healthy eating then run!
IT IS OK to LOOK for the right plan for you.. BUT DON”T use that as an excuse to NOT eat healthy and NOT MAKE effort to get fit!
WRITE down your goals, make 1 weeks ones.. 1 month ones, 3 months ones.. 1 yr ones.. BE specific! Take measurements,
TAKE before pictures
You don’t have to post them.. but do take them! Wear fitted clothing.. snugger clothing that SHOWS the bulges. LATER you will be so glad you did.
When I found the WHY CAN’T I STOP EATING PLAN through Nancy…
I was fighting cravings all day long…. I had adjusted the spark plan to be split up into about 6 meals a day… so I could spread my food out all day and eat every 3 hrs.
My internal self talk was this:
I will eat BEFORE I get hungry… so I won’t go nuts and binge..
I will rev my metabolism up…and keep that furnace burning all day!
I will add veggies and fruits to my meals and that will be healthy ‘enough”.
BEFORE you get defensive and leave me comments about my above comments… and want to say things like YOU SHOULD EAT 6 times a day or 5 times.. so you DON”T get hungry…..
LISTEN to WHAT I AM SAYING!
I said these things and LIED to myself to JUSTIFY eating all day…. WHO knows if I personally would get hungry or not… I never listened to my body to know if I did or not.
THE food I was eating was not GOOD for you food… it was junk! Crackers, snack bars, baked chips, granola bars, light bread with peanut butter…. Etc.
OH yeah AND LET ME add this to my above comment… I would add an apple or banana to the above food choices because it was THE RIGHT thing to do… and I NEEDED to get my VEGGIES and FRUITS in for the day! I added in cheese and nuts too… because they were GOOD choices too….
BUT PLEASE UNDERSTAND that lying underneath ALL OF THESE GOOD INTENTIONS was the thinking:
HOW MUCH CAN I FIT INTO my CALORIE COUNT to get the MOST FOOD ALLOWED!
I would seriously buy a NEW snack (JUST FOR ME .. no one else in the house could eat them) and I WOULD BE ELATED that I could get 16 crackers as a SERVING….. !!!! IT was all about how much I could eat.. and get by with and still be in the allotted calorie range!
HA HA… WHO was I kidding!
I was like on the prowl all the day long… looking for food!
THEN I TRIED the above mentioned plan!
I had to.. because I was having cravings and wanting to graze ALL day long!
After 1 day I felt tons better… After 2 days I didn’t feel out of control and the fogginess and haze I had felt from eating junk was lifting.
After 3 days…. I felt really good!
THEN I started sleeping like a baby… (giving up sugar and flour will do that you know!) NOPE I had no clue!
THEN my face puffiness started going away… like a doughy puffy look I had that I thought was just plain old fat… turns out it was related to the sugars and flours!
THEN I felt bright eyed and bushy tailed and CLEAR AS A BELL minded! ALERT and AWAKE ALL DAY long… NO highs and lows in my blood sugars.
THEN I NOTICED that I just LOVED the way the fresh food tasted and how much food you eat with such low calories …… I was pretty blown away by the tastebuds thing I can tell you. I never knew that veggies and fruits tasted SO AMAZING.
BUT here is the secret to that… when you ARE not eating the processed sugars and breads and white flour junk then VEGETABLES taste so much better and fruits are SO SWEET!
THEN comes the sodium difference you will notice.
PROCESS foods are just loaded with sodium!
HEALTHY foods have very little natural occurring sodium in them… so without even realizing it you will cut your sodium to a healthy number with out much effort at all!
I HAVE HAD such success and found the magic plan for ME!
I don’t miss the sugar AT all … I promise!
I don’t miss the bread and the BLOAT that comes with it! I promise
Nancy.. shared this quote with me today!
It is by John Maxwell, also a motivational speaker -- I really love this one:
“The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.” -- J. M.
THIS IS JUST WHAT happened to me…
THE motivation DID come from what this plan did for me… and it
IS EASY for me to keep doing it…
THANK you GOD for leading me to this plan and helping my fly above the pull of food.
FOOD no longer is the center of my day!
FOOD no longer is anything to me but FUEL!
I eat 3 times a day (4 if I need to) I don't get hungry... I am very very satisfied. I only thinki of food as I enjoy it for fuel and then I move on to better things called "LIVING"!
HUGS to all of you!
I am here for you!
From Size 20 to a size 10
HEADING TO AN 8 by New Years!
I WILL END WITH THIS QUOTE (another one Nancy shared with me THANKS NANCY)
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of you doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. " - Earl Nightingale