Day 15

Today is the beginning of week 3! Wohoo.
I have been slacking in the working out department, but I’ve been doing pretty well when it comes to eating. I have gotten to the point where I have decided a piece of pizza sounds good (or two), but it didn’t unravel everything I have been doing. I am still deciding to eat healthy, but after a long day of walking around downtown on Saturday, I decided like I deserved some pizza. It wasn’t my best decision, but hey, you only live once. 😉
Thus far, my biggest struggle has been eating at other people’s homes.  One reason eating at someone else’s home is difficult is because I do not want to be rude! (and self control plays into it a little too lol) But, if someone went out of their way to make dinner or order dinner for me, I don’t want to say “Oh, can I just have a salad?” Because then they will think I am rude or just being difficult.
That leads me into the second reason why its difficult eating at someone else’s home.
Reason two. A lot of my family just doesn’t understand (or care). They think that I am being a pain in the ass, or snooty because I do not want to eat junk.
Take my step mom for example. She thinks that everything is bad for you, so why not just eat what you want. Also, she says that eating healthy is too expensive. Yes, in the beginning it seems like it is too expensive, but when you learn to eat smaller portions (because most of us do not) you will not go through food as quickly. Also, you can grow a garden!! I can not wait to grow my own fruits and veggies one day!
Anyway, when friends or family feel negatively toward your lifestyle change, it just makes it so much harder to make it work. I still manage to make it work, but it would just be nice if everyone could be understanding. The sad thing is, I know I am not the only one who is in this situation. My best friend goes through the same exact thing with her family. But through it all, we still manage to stay strong and not let other opinions affect us.
I would have to say that the thing that has been keeping me going for 15 days is all of my supporters! Surrounding myself with others that eat healthy and exercise has made all the difference, because I know that I am not alone, and if I need someone to talk to or vent to, I know that they are they and they understand! 🙂

“Weight loss is not a physical challenge. It is a mental one” – Author Unknown

 

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Day 5

I have been noticed that most Americans do not really know what healthy food is. The food industry has given us so much information and confused us, that we do not know which way is up. They tell us that we need to eat “LOW FAT” and “SUGAR FREE” and “DIET” foods. These foods are no healthier for you than eating a regular bowl of spaghetti. It is ALL bad!
These foods have aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener. It causes loss of brain cells. They also have an increased amount of sugar. Sugar is addictive and obviously, causes weight gain. There is a whole list of side effects of sugar.
I am not a nutritionist, I have only learned from what I have read and watched on documentaries over the years.
I am also guilty of eating bad foods, but I have made a promise to myself to change my eating habits. I owe it to myself and my family to be a healthier and better me.
The reason I am writing this post is because I know people are always trying to lose weight, and trying to eat healthy, but they are being so mislead by what is healthy and what is not healthy!
If you want to lose weight or just become healthy, you NEED to cut out the sugar ! (that includes bread. bread turns into sugar, which turns into fat)
Our bodies are not meant to handle all of this sugar and processed foods!
We need to take control of our health and start making healthier food choices. It is a process and we’re not perfect, I know it is easier to choose convenient fast foods, and it’s easier to just give your child the candy they are crying for, but we can slowly take the sugar out of our daily meals until we are sugar free!

Okay so, here is an update on how I am doing! Today is day three of sugar, dairy and wheat free. Let’s just say, my body is definitely cleaning itself out!! It has been a little bit of a tough day. I was really nauseous and lightheaded this morning,  and my stomach was hurting. But, these are all classic symptoms of gluten withdraw. Yes, withdraws from gluten (and sugar) is a REAL thing! I have looked it up and read about it on numerous sites. As the day progresses, I am feeling much better than I was this morning. Like they say “If you’re going to do the crime, you’ve gotta pay the time.” I have been eating wheat every day for just about every meal. My body has  A LOT to get rid of! I can’t wait to see how I feel in a few weeks. I am hoping to have even more energy and not feel as nauseous without my bread! I am taking this day by day and blog by blog. 🙂

“Healthy is not a goal. It is a way of life.”Author Unknown

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