Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 49 - Dieting and all that Jazz

So today I want to talk about food and as a fair warning, I have so many different thoughts running through my head I'm not sure how to get them out in a way that anyone can understand.  And since basically all my friends reading this are teachers, I apologize for the destruction I'm about to do to grammar/literature.

So last week after Zumba, ZumbAmy and I were discussing food/diet.  I've been asking around to see what other people are doing to get some idea of what will work for me.  WW, low-carb, no-carb, paleo, VB6...In fact, I've been kicking around the idea of doing VB6 for about 9 months, but have never done it.  It just seems like so much work and something my family wouldn't do with me.  I try to stay away from the crazes and things that sound absolutely ridiculous, like only drinking grapefruit juice with pepper or whatever other crazy things are out there that I ignore.  However, I have tried a few things over the years.  In fact, WW was probably the most successful.  I got down to 130 which, while it's a healthy weight for me, is at the top of my weight range and 5 pounds higher than my dream weight.  But let me tell you a secret, I HATE counting.  I HATE writing everything down.  And no matter how well I do on it, and how much I think it's probably one of the best programs out there to follow, I CANNOT think of it as a lifestyle change.  I just keep thinking of it as a diet and I revert back to my heinous ways once I get close to my goal.  And it's ALL me...it's not the program.  So with that said, I don't want to do it again. Sorry MizMotivator!!!  

This is what I want.  I want to make healthier choices.  I want to cut out sugar...not natural sugars found in fruit, but those found in ice cream and cookies and candy...oh how I love me some sugary candy.  I want to cut out sodas.  I want to eat less breads.  I want to eat more veggies and fruit.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE veggies and fruit so why don't I eat more?  And most of all I want this to be my new LIFESTYLE.

So here's the deal...I admire ZumbAmy and they way she takes care of her body and her health and I'd love to be that healthy.  So after that conversation with her, something clicked.  I just decided "That's it.  I'm not going to be tempted by sugar and sweets.  I am not going to eat that garbage."  And do you know what?  That's exactly what happened.  I haven't had any candy or ice cream or any of that since that conversation.  And it's been super easy to resist.  I've been making some delicious salads for my lunches.  And I'm loving it.  And I CAN'T WAIT for summer and all the fresh produce it brings.

So now I know what you're waiting for...the most exciting part of my revelation...the results.  I lost 2 pounds this week!!!!  Yay Me!!!  So 5.3 pounds down and 41.6 to go!

To end this post, let's raise a glass (of water) to continuing to resist temptation.  Then I can become someone's skinny, healthy friend and maybe be motivation for someone else.  (GCGFriend T  ;-) )

Today's Win
TWO pounds down this week!!

7 comments:

  1. i love you for your honesty and geniunness, and for (kindly) holding me accountable for my own actions while i'm so ever SLOWLY losing weight. Your journey is helping me with mine. xoxo and yay for the 2 lbs!!!

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    1. Thanks Erin. Love you!! Maybe we can work out together when I visit in May.

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  2. Awesome! I am with you on WW. Love the program and it totally works but I also HATE counting. Just remember to keep drinking lots of water too as it will help and after a while you won't even crave those sugary things (I am the same way!) Way to go this week Tracey! :)

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    1. Thanks Heather. The sugar cravings have nearly disappeared. It surprisingly didn't take too long for that too happen.

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  3. You spoke my mind exactly. I so wish you lived here so we could venture together!!! WW worked for me but I need something I can do with two little kids and eating super healthy seems the easiest IF I can control my emotional eating. I'll be your cheerleader from afar!

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  4. Thinking more about this. I think regardless of what foods you eat, they much be in moderation and I think lots of people, including myself, struggle with moderation. I know fat vegans so there has to be more than just healthy eating. I, too, want to get away from processed foods. I've stopped my evening dessert and really need to spend time on the weekends preparing vegetables to snack on during the day. That always helped me. But most of all I need to find time to exercise. I have cd's but don't use them. I have to find a way of motivating myself.

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    1. Just make the decision and do it. I believe in you Kristi!!

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