Some people are lucky enough to be celebrating big dramatic changes in their lives, such as Ms. Healthy Loser Girl having lost 100lbs, or Michael's new found residence in Onderland. And then of course there's Sheryl's accomplishment of reaching lifetime status at Weight Watchers.
Some of us can only count our minor achievements and little changes and only hope that they add up to the large changes we're hoping for ourselves.
I am a big NY Giants fan, if you haven't already figured that one out.
And football is best when there is a beer in my hand.
However this past Sunday I'm starting what I hope to be a new tradition: I ran on the elliptical while watching the game. I ran 14km in the first 3 quarters.
Feeling semi-victorious, I went to a bar for the 4th quarter. Normally I down many beers (when you're friends with the bartender you never really know how much you drink), a plate of chicken tenders, and a side of waffle fries. Yesterday, I had 2 beers, ate the tenders, and felt sick after 5 waffle fries.
Not just uncomfortable, but sick.
I can't imagine that I did that to my body week after week.
And maybe this is one of the little changes: knowing that the behaviors I've had in the past are not something I want to keep doing. I'm not depriving myself of something if I no longer want.
I used to eat a lot of fast food and drink a ton of soda's and when I made the change to eating healthier I thought there was no way I could give those things up. Today I have zero craving for fast food, soda has been a little harder, but when I do eat fast food I feel physically horrible inside... it's not an emotional feeling, I feel ill and gross. I can't believe I used to eat that stuff daily.Reply
I think I know a bit what you mean, discovering the desire for a certain unhealthy food is gone is super exciting...though the feeling of discomfort and nausea is not. I think in a way that the people who get to their goals and stay there are the ones who experience and learn from these changes; that healthy eating is at first a choice and then a natural inclination. I hope so anyway!Reply
You're right, many of us may never have the epic victories that some enjoy, but there is still plenty to be grateful for :)Reply
Life is about the journey, not the destination, right? Enjoy the small changes, the small victories, because they ultimately add up to the bigger picture- A healthier, happier you!Reply
That's such a uncomfortable feeling, i know that. But way to go girl oh the small improvements! One step at a time, is the only way to go! Life is definitely about the journey it takes to get there.Reply
I, too, know that feeling all too well. There have been several occasions that I "treat" myself with some kind of unhealthy - only to regret it with the sick feeling that follows.Reply
It's so weird to me how I spent the majority of my life gobbling up fried foods, sodas, and other junk - and after only 8 short months, those foods now make me sick to my stomach..literally!! Who knew that with some major will power and healthier foods that people could transform from eating junk non-stop to not being able to eat it.
Kudos to your tradition changes!!!
I know exactly how you feel. I used to eat fast food or fattening food on a VERY regular basis. They were staples of my diet. Now if I eat something fried or something from a fast food place, even if it doesn't seem like it's that much, I feel physically ill from it. My body tells me that it does not want that kind of food. You can definitely tell the difference in how you feel when you eat something that's good for you and something that's bad for you.Reply
It's so odd that for an emotional eater (as I think many of us are) that our mind tells our body to eat certain things because they bring us comfort. It's almost if our body is now telling our mind "It's okay, you don't need that anymore. You have me."Reply
Chris -- have you tried switching over to seltzer? I think many people like the "texture" of carbonation just as much as the sugar or the caffeine. Try it for a week?
Tabby -- I like the way you put it -- that the way we are re-learning to eat is first a choice and then becomes a natural inclination. That's exactly it. At some point you choose the premium fuel.
Mark -- I'm truly grateful in ways I can't even being to describe. At the very least, I'm grateful for every ounce of sweat my body is willing to give up, for every step my back is willing to tolerate, and for every minute of sleep my brain is gracious enough to give me. That's just for starters and not even mentioning the awesome people I've met along the way.
Tanya -- you're right that the small changes add up to big ones. I think the big dramatic changes makes for a compelling story, and can be good motivation, but for so many people success is about small sustainable changes that accumulate.
Brittany -- thanks for the reminder! For as much as I have a "deadline" of my BFF's wedding on November 6, 2010, the journey doesn't end that night. And i'm still wrestling in my head whether I should ask her if I can wear my Body Media Fit during the reception.
Joanna -- I had a weird moment coming home from a party last month. I was driving near my hometown on long island with my brother and his (now) fiance. We drove past the McDonalds I'd go to 2 or 3 times a week during my senior year of High School. My stomach turned and I felt angry. Very very angry. Now I live down the street from a McD's now, and I don't feel that way. It was this particular one that I'd race to during my lunch period. It was this particular one that my dad would take us to for dinner. I wanted to burn it to the ground.
In other words, it's more than just not wanting the food. It's not wanting anyone else to travel the same path I did.
PretendCook -- Don't get me wrong, there are still some "bad" things I enjoy, but I go into it knowing it's "bad" vs. pretending to be good or nutritious. I'm aware of what i'm putting in my body. That has made all the difference.
I just wanted to let you know that I loved this: "And maybe this is one of the little changes: knowing that the behaviors I've had in the past are not something I want to keep doing. I'm not depriving myself of something if I no longer want." and am posting this (along with a link back) on my blog.Reply
Heather: I'm glad you found my blog and you're finding things of value in it! I will be following your blog now too :)Reply
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