In the past 3 years I have learned a lot about myself and a lot about eating healthy. I have my good days. I have my bad days. Just like the majority of us out there.
A few items I’ve learned about eating healthy.
1) You must be realistic with yourself. If you love chocolate (like I do) or salty foods (like J does) then telling yourself you will never eat a kit-kat again is just plain pointless.
2) Listen to your cravings. When I crave chocolate it could mean a variety of things. First, it’s that lovely time of the month and I’m feeling vulnerable. Second, you are having a bad day and your serotonin levels might be low; and you want a jolt of feeling good. Third, your magnesium levels might be low.
3) Moderation. I can put down a pack of cookies like no one’s business. I know this lovely fact about myself. I avoid putting myself in those situations.
4) Forgive yourself. When I was first on my journey to healthy eating I would get so upset with myself if I allowed my old habits to come forward. What happens when you’re sad? You want something to make you feel happy. For some of us that’s food. So we eat. Then we realize that we shouldn’t have done that. So we get sad again. What happens when you’re sad? You eat. It’s a vicious circle. The best thing you can do for yourself is to forgive yourself. Your mind, body, and emotions will thank yourself.
Just a little advice from a girl who has done the opposite of every single one of those points listed above and has learned the hard way. Take my advice.
I know, I know. It’s a bit late around here, but I’ve been working all day and then came home to cook a delicious dinner for J and I. Then in ironic fashion I sat on the couch for two hours while watching The Biggest Loser. At least I got in some activity at work today!
Now, here I am prepping for my Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow and it’s got me thinking about where my life has taken me the past 3 years. It’s been a pretty amazing journey and I’m happy to say that it’s nowhere near over.
I’ve discovered so much about myself. For instance, I’m an extrovert. I didn’t know that 3 years ago. I love to cook healthy. Developing a healthy body starts with your mind. When I started to lose weight 3 years ago it never occurred to me that your mind needs to be in partnership with your body. Once my mind snapped to it, then the rest followed in suit. Such a great feeling!
P.S. I am still well aware that I need to share my Resolutions still. However, for January I decided no more Diet Coke and so far … so good! I’m a week strong!
Today, I am sitting on the couch with a box of tissues next to me with a sniffling nose watching Home Improvement reruns. It reminds that fall is finally here. Weird reminder, I know. That’s how my brain works.
I love, love, love fall (that’s a lot of love right there) and couldn’t be more happy that it’s finally feeling like fall around here. I’ve busted out my boots, some scarves and my most comfortable sweaters.
This fall I’ve decided to make a pact of creating new fall-inspired foods. So far, I’ve made my first apple pie and pulled pork tacos. That was just one day. I was a bit zealous!
Here are my favorites about fall: carving pumpkins, richer coolers outside, layering clothes, walks in the park with the dog and boy, cooking healthy delicious comfort foods, and blah, blah, blah.
I could go on and on, but there is one drawback to fall weather. Allergies. They are the worst. Absolute worst.
What is your favorite season?