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I Was The Girl Who…

Two months ago, I was the girl who couldn’t walk into Walmart without buying a pack of Mike & Ikes.

Two months ago, I was the girl who would step on the scale and wonder how I got myself to that number.

Two months ago, I was the girl who couldn’t believe that the pants she bought last year were already feeling tight.

It’s amazing how easily it happens. You get to a point where you stop caring, until you’re trying to find a nice outfit to wear to a party and aren’t happy with anything in your closet.

The Times, They Are A’Changin

I’m in my thirties now, and that absolutely has played a role in my health and weight. I didn’t have to put in the effort before. I could eat what I want and the scale wouldn’t change that much.

Having three kids has changed my body, and while I’ve grown to accept the stretch marks and the thicker waist, my health should not suffer because of it. I was getting sick of feeling gross after eating food.

How I’m Changing

I began by food journaling in January. I didn’t have any major expectations except to feel better. I didn’t want to be constantly bloated. I didn’t want to feel nauseous after eating a meal. And I wanted to give my body what it needed as opposed to what it didn’t.

My husband decided to join me in this, and that’s helped tremendously. We aren’t competing, but we’re cheering each other on. Having someone encouraging you along the way is really important to success.

We’ve not only cut down on junk food like chips and candy, but also on processed foods in general. Things like white bread, white rice, perogies, pasta and condiments are a rare indulgence. My favorite past time of baking has been very minimal.

Are You Doing A Fad Diet?

Nope. Our meals and snacks mostly consist of whole grains, fruit, veg, and some form of protein. Snacks are generally a smoothie, some granola, an apple and peanut butter, or a hard boiled egg. Dinner may be roasted chicken with a large side of broccoli and cauliflower. The food is good, guys. I’m not deprived at all! And I’m not hungry.

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself. When you’re doing a lifestyle change versus a diet, you’re allowed to live. What I’ve discovered, is that my body is very easily satisfied by the stuff I use to purge on.

Soda? I couldn’t finish a whole can now. Chocolate? I just need a few squares. Fries? Sour cream and chips? Nope. Can’t do it. I feel so sick after.

I’m listening to my body now. I’m giving it what it wants and limiting what it doesn’t. And it’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I’ve lost 12 pounds already and although my goal is 20, I understand that with me adding in working out, the scale may not move as much.

If you’re looking for a bit of a wake up call, I suggest starting my tracking your calories. We use a free app called LoseIt. It’ll blow your mind how many calories you’re taking in a day without even realizing it.

Here’s hoping I can stick with this lifestyle change and not slink back into old habits. I’ve got kids watching me. I want to continue to be ‘the girl who’ versus ‘the girl who still is…’

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