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I'M DONE!! / 100-Day streak / 5 things I learned

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today is Day 100 of my 100-Day Exercise and no junk streak.

It's so nice to have arrived here. I wasn't sure many days that I'd make it.

Before anything else, I want to sincerely thank those of you who cheered me on, with or without leaving a comment. It was very encouraging and a good reminder to me that I needed to stay on course.

So, here's what I've learned in the last 100 days:

1) * Food doesn't need to entertain me.* My tendency all of my life has been that, unless a food is fried or swimming in cheese or cream or accompanied by a pile of french fries, it couldn't interest me. I've learned in this streak that "naked" food is actually very delicious. This is a huge lesson for me. Food has been my buddy all of my years, the one I would turn to no matter what I was feeling. I feel like I've allowed myself to experience my feelings and let reality in more. It hasn't been pretty but it also has been much better than I thought.

2) * Nourishing whole food makes me very happy.* I feel fuller. I don't feel numb and sleepy. (For my next statement, I'll thank Dr. Oz for making the elimination process part of our national dialogue…) I'm more regular and that particular bathroom activity is more…satisfying. Sorry...hope you weren't eating.

3) *I don't feel bloated anymore.* I used to have a bagel with 2 pats of butter every morning. Every. Morning. It made me irregular (there I go again) and very bloated. Uggh. I don't miss that. Then I would have a sandwich with more bread. I still love bread and will have it likely on the weekends, but it can't be part of my regular eating world.

4) *I feel lighter on my feet.* (see bloated above) And I like to exercise!

5) *I'm experiencing much less pain.* Pain was the main reason I started this streak. I was sick and tired of being in pain all the time. Pain in my joints. The costochondritis. The sluggishness. I haven't felt that kind of pain in quite a while, thank the Lord! I'm really seeing a big difference and am thinking about (at some point) exploring eating raw or at least, vegan.

I'm going to miss doing this streak! As I said yesterday, I do intend to keep eating well, but there's something about the accountability to this blog that has worked for me. I remember when I read The Spark by "SparkGuy" Chris Downie and he talked about how good it felt to keep a streak going. That inspired me and I see what he means now!

I plan on starting a new streak next week, November 1. It will take me up to Christmas Eve and I plan on making it about portion size control, Pilates, and water. Dunno how I'm going to fit all that in my subject line! I'll have to think of something.

Here's to keeping the spark going in all of us!!

Have a Sparky day!!

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