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I’ve talked about it time and time again on this blog. I’ve talked about how unhappy I am with the way I look and the way I feel about my body. I have a bit of a tummy and I know exactly what I need to do to fix that. I know what works for me, yet I haven’t been able to truly make the change and stick with that change. I know that counting calories using the MyFitnessPal app, walking, running, and the good ol’ 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels gets me the results I need to see. (I even completed the 30 day shred the summer before last and saw amazing results.) I’m not obese and I’m not even overweight. I just have a little extra here and there that I don’t really feel comfortable with. I’ve even went as far as to post embarrassing before pictures here on my blog. Ever wonder what happened to the after? Yeah… that all lasted a week. Tops.
But what’s holding me back? What’s my problem? To be completely honest, it’s pure laziness and horrible eating habits. I eat when I’m bored, when I’m sad, when I’m mad and when I rock my nursing exams I reward myself with a super fatty latte. Sometimes I just feel like I’m wired this way and I can’t change these habits. If I have the choice between french fries, vegetables or a fruit salad, I’ll almost always choose the fries. Isn’t that awful? I know that it’s not the good or the right choice, but it’s the choice that tastes good to me. It’s so frustrating!
And then there’s those silly excuses I make for myself in my head. “Oh, it’s strawberry ice cream. Strawberries are fruits, they’re healthy and therefore this ice cream is healthy.” See, told you I have issues!
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem though, right? I know this isn’t necessarily Alcoholics Anonymous, but man, if I ever had an addiction it would be a tie between list-making, coffee and food. I’m determined to make some changes, though. (And I’m probably little bit crazy considering studying = horrible eating for me and the study sessions of nursing school aren’t going to let up anytime soon.) But, a change needs to be made. I need to start eating healthier not only for me, but also for my family and especially to model healthier eating habits for Alea. I know I’m going to need to take baby steps throughout this process and I know that gradual change is what works best for me. I know I’m not the kind of person who can just stop consuming sugar or completely obliterate carbs from my diet. That’s just not even feasible.
1. Start counting calories again. This means downloading the MyFitnessPal app and actively using it to track everything I eat. And I mean everything. No cheating!
2. Begin eating at least 3-5 servings of vegetables per day. This one’s going to be a challenge. I’m really not a vegetable eater. I like veggies, but I just don’t consume them as much as I should. It’s silly really!
3. Chewing sugarless gum to avoid mindless snacking while I study. This is a biggie! I just need to keep myself busy while I study or I’m a bottomless pit eating everything in site!
4. Drink more water. As much as I love coffee and Diet Pepsi, I need to slow down on the caffeine and really hydrate my body.
So, here we go! Over the next four weeks I’ll be teaming up with Green Giant and Dr. V. to really take an in-depth look at my eating habits and through that insight really make some changes. At this point, I’m not really looking to loose any weight (although I won’t complain if I do), but I’m just looking to really make some lifestyle changes and start eating healthier. It’s really that simple… and that hard at the same time!
Isn’t she a classy little spit-fire?! I love it! I’m looking forward to sharing my healthy changes, possibly some struggles, and hopefully some delicious healthy recipes with you in the weeks to come. I CAN DO THIS! Right?
Now you tell me! What works for you? How do you stay on the straight and narrow and eating all your veggies?