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Thoughts on a Healthy Lifestyle

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I've spent some time thinking about the concept of "healthy lifestyle" as compared to let's say "dieting". I've decided that I've got the "healthy lifestyle" thing going just fine. But sabotage lurks in the corner's of my mind, temptations. Just wondering if anyone knows of a good diet for someone who has a healthy lifestyle???

I've been outside walking at a FAST pace occasionally even running a little on cold, dark New England days AND nights. Because it is "good for me". I feel good. Getting outside is the hard part. It can be a mental struggle to remind myself that I WANT to go out there when a big part of me would rather stay home wrapped in a homemade afghan looking out the window at the winter wonderland or reading SparkPeople blogs. It can be a bigger struggle on the busy days when work, and errands, and SO MANY priorities are on my agenda. Time is a limited commodity.

Any doubt about "healthy food choices" evaporates when I think about my son skeptically eyeballing a plate of gooey brownies cooling on the counter. He knows healthy is added to almost everything that is made in our kitchen! What's in those brownies?! Applesauce? Pumpkin? Tofu? Sure --- all are actually possibilities as recipe revisions here ! And a planned for treat has a place. But it's a yummy and decadent brownie!

Eat 5 a day! No problems. Salad? It's an art form!

I've learned the healthy lifestyle lessons.
But what does that have to do with losing weight?! Anybody know a good diet for quick weight loss?!

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    I have been trying to convince a friend that healthy is better then dieting. she just packed up and returned what is left of her nutre system system canned food!!! decided that real food was better for for you and who can afford to eat their food for ever.
    My self I am enjoying the healthy food ideas you and
    Barb are sharing with me. Jan was a hard month getting my self going after a slip between Christmas and New Years your helpful recipes had helped me a lot thanks. great blog to remind us sparkers how important good / Healthy eating is for all of us
    1965 days ago
    You've got it down - except yeah, our brains don't always keep up.
    1966 days ago
    emoticon blog! A salad is an art form! A tasty, tasty art form!
    1966 days ago
  • BOSS61
    8 Glasses of Sparky Water - and nothing else. Works. Trust me! Bored? A squirt of lime juice in the water. Still bored? Look at a single saltine.
    1966 days ago
    Well, all I can say is it is not easy, and some days are easier than others. Diet? Just totally never worked for me. Been on a million of 'em.

    This lifestyle change is really building habits . . . for me. The eating part of the lifestyle change . . . that took awhile for my taste buds to get over their rebellious state. But after almost 3 yrs. my taste buds HAVE convered to enjoying healthier foods.

    I guess when part of me longs for going back to how I ate before, I remember how awful I felt! So, it's not worth it.

    I agree with you 100% that treats have a place in our nutrition plan, otherwise it's just going to be feeling that deprivation of yet another diet.

    Dieting, to me was a means to an end, weight loss, which ended up being temporary. Why? Because of not being able to stick with it.

    Healthy lifestyle . . . worth it in the end.
    1966 days ago
    I think the best "diet" is making lifestyle changes for a lasting weight loss. I have been using the spark tracker. I have added fiber as a category. I have been trying to stay within my range and trying to make sure I get those fruits, vegies and water in. Soon I will be working on the exercise.
    1966 days ago
    1966 days ago
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