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May 1, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Turning over a New Leaf

By Jeany Miller More Blogs by This Author

Developing New Habits

I don’t know what’s come over me, but this week, something finally clicked inside my brain. Maybe it’s the slight change in weather (the Midwest has seen a few golden rays of sunshine over the last several days, as opposed to the murky skies that have plagued us all winter), or maybe I’m just finally tired of being a “fat girl,” but I’ve actually started to watch what I eat. This isn't to say that I’ve gone on a diet, but rather that I’m trying to be conscientious in what I put in my mouth, rather than automatically reaching for the chips and candy like I’ve mindlessly done for the last 10 years.

And you know what? I feel pretty good. Admittedly, it’s only been four or five days, but I feel like I’ve at last turned over a new leaf. I just hope I continue in this manner and don’t go back to my horrible habits.

On Monday, I made a raspberry and blueberry smoothie for breakfast with plain vanilla yogurt and ice. Not only was this drink really healthy, but it also tasted good. You have to know that for me to say this, something drastic really has changed. I’m the one who sits and craves Snickers bars with cans of Coke. So imagine my delight when I sipped this concoction and actually enjoyed it!

Since then, I’ve had two more smoothies (I drank one at night) and have munched on carrot sticks, hummus, and whole wheat crackers for snacks. I’ve alternated the smoothies with cereal and bananas for breakfast, and for lunch, I’ve eaten soup or peanut butter sandwiches (I’ve stuck to just one sandwich a day, instead of two, and eaten whole wheat bread instead of white). I’m trying.

Day by Day

At this point, they key for me is to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to have a good week like this only to stutter and then fail miserably next week. A friend of mine who lost 60 pounds told me she doesn’t ever think about long-term goals. Instead, she takes each day as it comes and remains focused on those 24 hours. “It’s too difficult to worry about those days that aren’t even here yet,” she says. “I just stay focused for the day I’m on. That’s all any of us can do.” This is great advice, and it’s obviously worked well for her. I wish I could apply these same sensible principles to my own eating. Perhaps, I will… I guess only time will tell.

I’ve also thought about exercise, I mean really thought about it, and not just sat on the couch in my usual manner and said, “Well, I should go out and do something, but I don’t feel like it.” I’ve tried to determine what activities I like, and I’ve discovered that neither working out in a gym nor running make that list. Instead, I like sports, like basketball and volleyball, and I like walking along the beach and taking my dog for walks. I also enjoy bicycling, although at this point I don’t even own a bike. If I could find a way to work these activities into my life, I’d be much more content. I feel that I would stick with them rather than struggling to get myself into Curves everyday and fighting the guilt and anger that ensue when I don’t go.

Right now, all I can say with certainty is that I’m happy with the steps I’m taking to be healthier, and if I lose some pounds in the near future, I’ll be even happier.

I don’t know what’s come over me, but this week something finally clicked inside my brain. Maybe it’s the slight change in weather (we in Michigan have seen a few golden rays of sunshine the last several days, as opposed to the murky skies that have plagued us all winter), or maybe I’m just finally tired of being a “fat girl.” But I’ve actually started to watch what I eat. This is not to say I’ve gone on a diet, but rather that I’m trying to be conscientious in what I put in my mouth, rather than automatically reaching for the chips and candy like I’ve mindlessly done for the last 10 years.

And you know what? I feel pretty good. Admittedly, it’s only been four or five days, but I feel like I’ve at last turned over a new leaf. I just hope I continue in this manner and don’t go back to my horrible habits.

On Monday, I made a raspberry and blueberry smoothie for breakfast with plain vanilla yogurt and ice. Not only was this drink really healthy, but it also tasted good. You have to know that for me to say this, something drastic really has changed. I’m the one who sits and craves Snickers bars with cans of Coke. So imagine my delight when I sipped this concoction and actually enjoyed it!

Since Monday, I’ve had two more smoothies (I drank one at night) and have munched on carrot sticks, hummus and whole wheat crackers for snacks. I’ve alternated the smoothies with cereal and bananas for breakfast, and for lunch I’ve eaten soup or peanut butter sandwiches (I’ve stuck to just one sandwich a day, instead of two, and eaten whole wheat bread instead of white).

I’m trying.

The key for me at this point is to keep the momentum going. I don’t want to have a good week like this only to stutter and then fail miserably next week. A friend of mine who lost 60 pounds told me she doesn’t ever think about long-term goals. Instead, she takes each day as it comes and stays regimented for those 24 hours. “It’s too difficult to worry about those days that aren’t even here yet,” she says. “I just stay focused for the day I’m on. That’s all any of us can do.”

Her advice is good, and it’s obviously worked well for her. I wish I could apply these same sensible principles to my own eating. Perhaps I will…I guess time will tell.

I’ve also thought about exercise, I mean really thought about it, and not just sat on the couch in my usual manner and said, “Well, I should go out and do something, but I don’t feel like it.” I’ve tried to determine what activities I like to do, and I’ve discovered that neither working out in a gym nor running make that list. Instead, I like sports, like basketball and volleyball, and I like walking along the beach and taking my dog for walks. I also enjoy bicycling, although at this point I don’t even own a bike. Anyway, if I could find a way to work these activities into my life, I’d be much more content, and much more likely to stick with them rather than struggling to get myself into Curves everyday and fighting the guilt and anger that ensue when I don’t go.

Right now, all I can say with certainty is that I’m happy with the steps I’m taking to be healthier. And if I lost some pounds in the near future, I’ll be even happier.

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