3 years ago, I started to teach myself how to eat. Seriously. I thought I would be even happier if I was skinny. I learned about counting calories and understanding that you must expend more calories than you take in to lose weight. I found there are two ways to reduce your calorie intake.Artificially, by eating reduced calorie processed foods or by eating naturally low calorie foods such as fruits and veggies. Not wanting to give up the things I love, I started out with reduced calorie versions of all those yummy things. They turned out not so yummy. Did I lose some weight? Yup. But then I discovered I got more bang for my buck eating naturally low calorie foods. Even better, I discovered that I felt better, both mentally and physically, when I ate unprocessed foods.
Five years later, it’s 2013. I feel pretty darn good. Many of my previous health problems are non-existent. Have I lost weight? About 55 pounds and counting. But on this journey, I discovered a few things I wasn’t expecting…•Skinny does not equal healthy.
•Healthy food does not equal low fat, low calorie
•There are lots of weird, scary things in processed food
•When I feel good, I actually enjoy physical activity
•My taste buds are trainable
•When I feel good about myself I don’t care what other people think about me
I still struggle every day. 2013 has been particularly difficult for me as I try to deal with some digestive issues since getting a stomach virus over 6 months ago. I haven't lost any weight. There are points where I want to give up and go back to my old ways. Trying to be as healthy as possible can be exhausting at times. Sometimes I wish I could hit up the closest fast food restaurant rather than spending an hour in the kitchen cooking a meal. However, I know I can't quit. Quitting means returning to the life I left behind. Quitting means getting sick again. Quitting means being miserable. I won't go back.There are so many ups and downs when you take the first steps to getting healthy. In the end, the ups are WAY better than the downs. I may take a few steps backwards every once in a while but I will always make sure I have more steps forward in this journey.