I have struggled, especially recently, to just eat well and be well. I’m by no means fat but I’m afraid if I don’t do something now I won’t be able to get back to where I want to be. I’m always exhausted, unmotivated, achy… and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me. Except that I eat poorly and never exercise.
In high school I danced an average of 8 hours a day. It’s hard to gain weight when you’re on your feet that much, and to top it all off I had a killer metabolism. Even after I quit dance I was never concerned with what I ate. It wasn’t until I turned 20 that I noticed a change. I gained nearly 30 pounds in just a few months. At first I wasn’t too concerned – I attributed the gain to my new womanly curves. But the weight kept coming.
I’ve tried dieting several times, mostly using Weight Watchers as a guideline, but have honestly never stuck to it longer than two weeks. I do great – run everyday, track everything, buy a lot of green leafy foods – for those two weeks. Then I end up cheating and it’s like a spiral effect. A spiral downward. But now it’s time for me to wake up.
I’m making a promise that I am going to eat well and ultimately be well. My life will be better for it.
- I want to focus on real food. Forget the processed junk and replace it with fresh, local, natural ingredients.
- Say goodbye to refined flours and sugars and hello to whole grains.
- Absolutely no fast food. It’s too hard to say no to french fries.
- Replace junk food with healthy alternatives like seeds, nuts, and chopped veggies.
- No soda. And that includes diet. I’m allergic to aspartame but generally feel that diet is no better than regular.
- Whenever possible I will make my own… salad dressing, soup, hummus, etc.
- I will run everyday and strength train regularly.
- I will not give up every time I slip up. Things happen. What’s important is that you come back from it.
Weight Watchers is a great guideline to start with as it helps me understand how much I’m putting into my body. But I’d like to take it one step further and know exactly what I’m putting into my body. The best example of this is that I don’t eat enough butter to find it necessary to replace it with 0-calorie sprays and margarines. I believe in moderated real food over processed ‘diet food’. Luckily it’s summer and I live in an area where I have easy access to farmers markets and produce stands.
So here goes!