Sunday, April 6, 2014

Operation Get Fit: ReEvaluating

Remember back when I posted about my 30 x 30 plan? I'm disappointed to say that I haven't been as successful as I hoped I would have been by now. In fact, it's been rather difficult. I've been doing the yo-yo thing and it gets me so incredibly frustrated.

Janna suggested I read The End of  Overeating. Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. It's by Dr. David A. Kessler and it has been quite eye opening. There are a lot of key concepts in this book but I will tell you what I took from it.

1)  American food is designed to make you gain weight. There are some foods engineered solely to make you eat more.
2)  If you truly break down what you're eating it's most likely some combination of salt on sugar on fat. Ex. Bacon Cheese fries are fat on fat on sugar. 
3)  The foods that we eat are effectively rewiring our brains.
That last one really resonated with me and made me think a lot about what I choose to eat. For the past two weeks I've been trying to eat clean and drastically reduce my bread intake, even if it is whole wheat. Some days are a little harder than others, but overall, it's not difficult to do. It's a huge 180 to go from "eating to eat" to "eating for fuel", which is what I'm trying to do. Our bodies don't need food nearly as much as we think they do, they just need the right kind of food. 

As of yesterday I'm down a total of 9 pounds from when I first weighed in on January 4th. Now only that, but I hit my 5% target. 



It's been an up and down struggle but I refuse to give up. I've been keeping up with my workouts and have been adding and replacing where necessary. The best part about it is that I personally feel good, stronger, and healthier. 









4 comments :

  1. yes yes YES. preach it, girl. people often seem to forget that food is just an inanimate object that holds NO power over us unless WE give it power. it maybe hard to change the way we eat and change our eating habits but it can be done if we really want to.

    i'm glad that you're starting to see things differently re: food. to me, food is just fuel. it's why i've been eating pretty much the same thing for the last 2 years!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. Congratulations!!! A book that help me out was 100 days of weight lost. It has daily tasks to help you learn a better way of thinking about food and weight lost

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  3. Good for you.

    I had the thought today that I'm in a very bad sugar cycle and need to break it.

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  4. And don't forget the importance of water! Some times we actually just need to hydrate when our minds tell us "to eat"... :)

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