Tuesday, October 25, 2011

You are what you eat....

We hear this all time, especially "dieters". "You are what you eat!" And it's usually in a joking manner but in some ways it can be true. Now granted there are those lucky people who are blessed with a higher then normal metabolism and they burn off food before they can swallow it but for most of us what we eat plays a big part in how we look and how we feel. When I first started working out I started eating right too so between both I saw great results. Over the past two years I have continued to work out daily 5-6 times a week. I work out pretty hard most days but I've noticed that when I don't pair working out with eating right it doesn't work for me. I don't gain like I would if I wasn't working out at all but slowly but surely the weight creeps back on and I start looking "soft" no matter how much I work out. Not to mention that when I'm not eating right I don't push nearly as hard in my work outs. I don't have the energy I do when I eat right.

I hear people all the time complaining about the fact that they can't lose weight even though they work out and then I hear about what they are eating and I'm like "no wonder!" You can't see full results when you are only doing half the work. And I say that to myself as well as others. That's why I've really had to kick my butt in gear because over the past 10 months I've put on about 8lbs. And that may not seem like that much to you but on my little 5 foot frame it's a lot. And it all goes to my waist and hips which means jeans don't fit, dresses are tighter, etc. Just a couple of pounds can mean an entire pants size.

Eating right makes me feel confident as well. Because I know how hard it is for me to avoid sugar and loads of "bad" carbs so when I avoid them day after day I feel strong! I feel like I'm accomplishing something because I know how difficult it is. This carries over into a lot of other things as well. It doesn't get any easier as I go though, I get into the routine of it more but I still struggle. It's funny how easy (and habit) it is to just pop something into your mouth without thinking. Last night Beej brought home McD's for him and Gi and Gianna didn't finish all her fries and as I was cleaning up almost without thinking I started to grab a few fries and pop them in my mouth. But I stopped myself just in time! But breaking the habit never seems to be permanent - I feel like I'm constantly struggling with it but I keep trying!

My point is this - if you aren't seeing the results you want to see in your body then start eating right! And by right I don't just mean watching calories although that is part of it. But make sure your food is "clean" - as little processed food as possible. Eat small "meals" 5 or 6 times a day. No it's not easy but rarely is anything worth something easy. There is always excuses to not do it or to wait and do it later - birthdays, holidays, etc. You say to yourself I'll start after this birthday party or I'll start right after Halloween. But before you know it it's Thanksgiving, then Christmas and you've packed on another 5lbs and feel miserable and then you swear you'll do it as a New Year's resolution. Stop procrastinating and DO IT! You'll feel so much better!

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