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It's Been.... One Week!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

I am amazed at how quickly one week has gone by! Just like that, one day of success has turned to 2, and 3, and so on. I have noticed one major change: I just FEEL so much better! I honestly didn't think I'd even last this long, but I am finding that the desire to reach the goal outweighs the desire to eat the food. It makes it so much easier too. I don't feel like I'm depriving myself because Dark chocolate has helped me so much when I'm craving something sweet. I also allow myself ice cream once in a while too.

Last weekend I went to visit family in Cottage Grove and I was worried because it was only my 4th day of making this change, and my family tends to push food on me. We were originally going to have pizza, but they ended up changing the menu to various salads and chicken. I had talked to my cousin about my worries, and I guess she talked to everyone, and they changed the menu just like that! Made me happy, and reassured me that my family will support me when given a little push. I was proud of myself. I didn't eat any of the rolls, and I didn't take the potato salad. I didn't even eat the 'whole wheat' pita chips that I reluctantly bought at the store because there was less than 2% whole grains.

Because the reason for the gathering was my grandmother's birthday, there was even chocolate cake-which I was told was very delicious, but I didn't eat it! I felt so empowered it's amazing. For the first time in I don't even know, maybe EVER, I went to visit family and not only did I not eat over my calorie range, I said "no" to foods I normally would have gorged on!! I was seriously SO proud of myself! Adam was proud of me too. He knows how I can be when I visit family. It's always been a subconscious 'green light' to eat whatever I want. I even allowed myself a glass of wine, and a serving of neoplitan ice cream.

I even recently went through TOM without feeling like I was going to break. I am so proud of myself. I usually crave cakes, and cookies, and so many things during that time. I've been focusing on school work, and exercising at the gym. It gets hard when I'm bored, but I can fight through it.

I've lost 5 pounds since the 1st. I know that the initial weight lost is probably water weight, but I also think that says a lot about how those foods were affecting me. It's not just the carbs, it's all the extra salt and sugar in them because they are processed.

These are some of the foods I've been eating a lot of:
*chicken breast
*brown rice
*Dave's Killer bread-good seed
*Lowfat Greek yogurt
*frozen veggies
*almond milk
*peanut butter
*egg whites
*string cheese
*dark chocolate
*dried cherries/apricots

I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff, and I do plan on expanding it further. Today I'm going to try a recipe for millet cakes I saw online. There was also a recipe for a healthier version of orange chicken that i want to try.

I'm just so excited! I don't want to make any promises, but I am interested to see if I could go the rest of the year without eating white breads or starches. Maybe have it just like once a month, but seriously, I'm feeling so great and I just feel like I'm actually making progress. I definitely don't want to stop-at least not now!
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  • no profile photo CHARLIEUPCLUB
    Hello STARDUST2K4
    great Blog! Hey...I noticed that you like Peanut Butter and Almond milk. One of my favorites that you might like also is Almond Butter. MaraNatha makes a creamy or chunky almond butter and sometimes that can be even healthier than regular peanut Butter. I usually eat organic peanut butter or almond butter, but it's so expensive! There are even recipes out there to make your own almond milk too! The taste is just so much better!
    BTW....remember....big or small, you are BEAUTIFUL! This may not pertain to you, but it's so easy to get down on ourselves as we become more self aware of how we USED to be. As we grow, we change, and hopefully we become more of who we want to be. Mentally and Psychologically as we grow and change, we (and those closest to us) may be the only ones that recognize those changes. However, when our weight changes, people that didn't know the real us before, see the physical change, and compliment us. Sometimes all of that positive feedback can secretly have a negative message. At least it has for me at times. I want people to love me fat or thin! why are they noticing me now??? Just remember, that your beautiful spirit of empowerment is drawing them to you!
    Keep becoming who you want to be. It takes time and it's a life long process physically, educationally, and spiritually. Thanks for sharing your story and your blog! Never stop growing and changing. Congratulations on the progress that you've made!
    2133 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2013 12:17:50 AM
    Congrats you are doing great! Believe it and claim it!
    I think you have been in my kitchen haha. I swear we were eating the same things last week minus the cheeries and dark I don't like either of those but I did eat a few snicker bites last week but I too did not go overboard. Very empowering!!
    I keep this comment in my mind each time I make a food choice..."I have the tools I need to get healthy and lose weight so use them". I am working on my train of thought to make changes for life to get to where I need to be.
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    2137 days ago
    Congratulations! Keep doing SparkPeople -- track your foods, exercise, and inches. It really works!
    2138 days ago
    Great job on what you're doing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the super work! Great that you are already feeling better from your good choices!
    2141 days ago
    Great did awesome!
    2141 days ago
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