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Bad Choices

Slip ups happen. I find them so frustrating but know that one slip up is not the end. It is a time to move forward and learn. 

I stayed within my calorie limit but went way over my carb limit today. Instead of my 15 carbs I ate 35. 

With that being said I am moving forward.  In the past I’d slip up and it would be a downward cycle. Not this time. Even if I was over 2000 calories I’d only have a 1/2 pound gain. That being said I have the rest of the week to make up for this error. 

Forging on! 

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Daily Struggles

As I sit here and reflect on the past few days I realize how difficult this journey is going to be. All the online searches you do make dieting and lifestyle changes seem so easy – “Lose 20 pounds in one month” or  “Lose 10 inches in 30 minutes a day” they say.    I am here to tell you it is not easy. It is a struggle, a daily one.     Each day I have an internal battle with myself regarding food. It sounds something like this in my head:

I want to eat that [chocolate, cookies, donuts, cake, chips, etc].  You do not need it. One little piece won’t hurt you.   Stop it.    It’s just one day.   Nooooo.  

Typically, I have been able to avoid these urges and it has definitely taught me that I need to revisit my relationship with food.  I find I often want to get something to eat when I am stressed, bored, tired or happy.   I have realized that eating for me is linked to my emotions and this will be the hardest things for me to overcome.

For now when I am thinking about mindless snacking I have been replacing the above cookies, chocolate or chips with carrots or cucumbers or any other healthy snack on my list of foods that I created  for myself.  That being said I have to work on the core issue that caused me to link food to emotions and use it as a coping mechanism.  So, what coping mechanism am I going to be using to replace my unhealthy relationship with food?    That is a good question.   I am working on that but for now I have replaced it with writing, exercising, cleaning or playing with my children just to name a few. Or if it is late and I should be in bed, I do just that and go to bed.

This is a journey that we all can take. We can do it.  It definitely takes a village.

Today’s meals:

Breakfast:

2 eggs, cheddar cheese and two sausage links

Lunch:

6 oz. of chicken breast, 3 cups of romaine and one serving of dressing

Dinner:

6 oz. of chicken breast, 1/4 cup of cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of broccoli

Snacks:

Cucumbers, Sliced Deli Meat

I hope today is a wonderful day for you and that you are also able to take small steps towards reaching your goals and dreams.  As cliché as it sounds I am taking it one day at a time – baby steps.

Until tomorrow find the beauty that is all around you!

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The Journey Ahead

Recently, after looking in the mirror and continuously having clothing not fit I made the decision that it was time for a change. In the past three years my weight has crept up slowly and I have be in a cyclic pattern of yo-yo diets. So, what will be different this time? Will I gain back all the weight plus another 20 pounds? Only time will tell but I can say that right now I am in a much different place so I do believe I will be able to stick to it. I do not have 10 ‘friends’ in my ear trying to sell me weight loss products which prompt a short term diet (or should I say I’m ignoring them). THIS IS MY CHOICE! I also have my husbands support this time and he is making the lifestyle changes with me.

So, at this point you must be wondering what I am doing. Well, my husband had the BRILLIANT idea of trying the steak and eggs diet to kick off this lifestyle change and rid our bodies of all toxic processed items. That happened for 1.5 days before I reasoned with him and we got on a more sustainable food plan. I mean on the steak and eggs plan I was not hungry but I knew it would not be a long term solution to a long term problem. In the first few days of that plan the scale did go down.

We are now doing a ketogenic plan which is much more sustainable. I mean what meal plan can you eat sausage and eggs with cheddar for breakfast. So here I go starting day three. My first day home alone as my husband works and I’m still on vacation. My meals are planned out and I am READY!!
Today’s meal plan:

Breakfast:

Eggs with Cheddar (3 eggs)

2 McKenzie Sausage Links
Lunch:

3 cups romaine

2 oz. Turkey

Dressing

Hard boiled egg

1/2 cup cottage cheese
Dinner:

Chicken Breast

1 cup Cauliflower
Snack:

Carrots

Sliced deli meat