Day 4

Today is day four of my lifestyle CHANGE (day two of eating healthy). I went to the grocery store last night and bought only healthy foods. The items in my grocery cart consisted of …
coconut oil, sunflower, chia and flax seeds, lots of veggies, berries, beef, chicken, quinoa, brown rice and natural peanut butter.

Yesterday was my first day sugar, salt, wheat and dairy free. Today was my first day adding A LOT of veggies into my meals. Even though I don’t look different yet, I sure do feel different. I feel much more confident because I know that I am being the best me I can be. I know that I am putting healthy foods into my body. I even feel less stressed than I usually do. Probably because my happiness and positivity is outweighing everything else. 🙂

During my downtime yesterday, I watched a documentary. For all of my Netflix addicts (so basically everyone) if you are looking for a motivational video, I highly recommend Hungry For Change.  I really enjoyed this documentary, and I loved the way they explained everything so that it was very easy to understand. One of my favorite quotes from this documentary is “We are not eating food anymore. We are eating food like products.”Dr. Alejandro Junger
I don’t know about you, but that one sentence put everything into prospective for me. I thought “wow. that is so true. what have I been putting in my body? and why do I put it into my body?” Hungry For Change gave me that extra push to really say no to sugars and processed foods.

 

Some of your favorite foods can be transformed into healthier versions. As I said before, I loooove hamburgers. I do not know why I had never thought of this before, but instead of eating a burger on a bun, I just wrap it in lettuce. I promise you that you will not be missing out! It tastes just the same! I was skeptical at first, just like I know you are too, but I can now say that I will never eat a hamburger with a bun ever again! 🙂
Another yummy food is brown rice with coconut oil and lots of cilantro! (no salt) Even my kiddos like it. It is fun to experiment and find new health foods that you can be proud to say you made. 🙂

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My before photo

Tonight, I am posting my “before” photo that I took a few days ago. In a few months, I will  post an update photo and so on.
I am so excited for this journey, and I am grateful for everyone’s support! If you are looking to make a lifestyle change, there is no time like the present! (Below I have posted a photo that I found on google. It will help you get started, so that you will be on your way to a new, improved and healthy you!)

In honor of Hungry For Change, I will end with this…
“As I improved my diet, I started to learn to love myself- probably for the first time ever.” Frank Ferrante

 

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Day Two

Day two was a successful failure. I started my morning off great with a two mile walk/jog/run this morning and I did a 20 min Jillian Michaels workout video!       BUUUT…. I am trying to get rid of all of the crappy foods in my pantry before I go grocery shopping for more food. (Throwing it away is easier said than done, because like most people, money is tight right now) So, I binged on ravioli tonight :0. I know, I know. It’s only day two. BUT, I am considering that my ‘farewell to pasta’ meal. 🙂 One last hoorah before I make a lifestyle change… again.

Two years ago, I had my son. I weighed over 200lbs. After about three months, I decided that it was time for a change. I started running on the treadmill every day, and I slowly changed the way I ate. I started off by not eating ANYTHING with high fructose corn syrup. No added sNugars. I would have one slice of bread in the morning. After I got the hang of that, I increased my healthy fats, and made sure to have raw veggies and cooked veggies on my dinner plate each night. I also went as far as to not eat fruit past a certain time. After about 4 months, I had lost 25 lbs. But then, I just stopped losing weight. I was obsessed with the scale. I weighed myself every morning and every night. I started to see that my weight was increasing more and more each day. As you could imagine, that was terrifying! (and yes, I know that muscle weighs more than fat). But I was just so discouraged. I think it was the day I ate a cupcake at work.. that was the day that I lost control again. I feel like a drug addict. I was doing so well, but that one moment of tasting the sweet sugar on my lips, was about to undo everything I had worked so hard to accomplish. Needless to say, it is a little over a year later and I have gained all of that weight back. I KNOW that if I do not make a lifestyle change now, then I am going to slowly work my way up to an extremely unhealthy weight.

Therefore, when I go to the store (hopefully tomorrow) I am going back to my old ways! No more crappy foods! I will not give into processed, sugary “foods”. I will eat food that is good for my body, because I want to be a healthier and happier me!

“Eat to live, do not live to eat.” – author unknown

Day One

If by some miracle, you are reading this blog, then welcome! You are probably the only one. This blog is meant to be kind of a journal/motivational strategy for myself.

I, Lauren, am an addict. My addiction is sugar. I am a slave to processed foods.

After trying to make a lifestyle change several times, I always find my way back to the comfort of sugars and carbohydrates. I love pasta and cheese. (As you could probably guess, lasagna is my favorite) I could pretty much eat pasta and hamburgers every day. That is why I weigh around 190, which is the most I have ever weighed. (I haven’t weighed myself in the past couple of months because I left my scale behind when I moved.)

Anyway, I have had enough! I am tired of being overweight. I am tired of never having energy. I am tired of never being able to find anything to wear because of my stomach and big boobs. I want to be able to wear a plain white t-shirt and jeans, and look good wearing it! That is my goal. A lot of people say “love yourself. you’re beautiful the way you are.” Yes, I know that I am beautiful and I do love myself (most days) but that doesn’t mean that I don’t need/want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

As of this afternoon (I had pizza for breakfast 😦 ) I am going to be more active, and eat healthier. I am making a lifestyle change. I want to be a better me.

So… this is my journey. I am only human, and I may have bad days, but that is no reason to give up! This blog is about being honest with myself and hoping that it helps keep me on track. Encouragement is welcome. 🙂

I will end with my favorite motivational quote.                                                                       “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.” – author unknown