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Eating for your lifestyle

Posted Dec 03 2011 9:00am
Yesterday, I posted a day in my life of trying to eat healthy. Several people commented that I eat healthy. The truth is that is just one snapshot of a week. Yes, that day I was on the ball and knocked out awesome meals all day, but that doesn't always happen. For me it is a constant struggle and I know it will be.  I have weakness's, while I was eating my salad at Subway I was dreaming of the cupcakes at the Cupcake Store that was next store.

I posted about my weight loss   and was asked besides running how did I lose the weight? I wanted to take some time to respond to that. I don't think I lost weight from running, however it did help to shape my body differently and the food I choose while training do help me lose weight.  When I am training I try to focus on what I eat more to fuel my longer runs, as its hard enough for me already without hitting a major wall from not eating properly.

So how did I get started on my weight loss journey. I feel like I have been up and down over the years, but really my 'I gotta change moment' happened when I went to my one year check up after my daughter was born and I was up to 263lbs.  6 weeks after she was born I had lost all the baby weight and was at 250lbs. I had gained weight! It was time to come to the realization that I need to make some changes. I had a one year old daughter to think about.

I went straight from that appointment to the gym and signed up for trainer sessions.  Yes, I had a gym membership and heck I even went but my workouts were weak and sporadic. By the end of 2008 I had lost a few pounds and even signed up for my first race. Which was more of a walk but it was a start. In 2009 I received a BodyBug g as a birthday present. It was a blessing! It really helped me see that I was phoning it in at the gym and that I needed to take control of my calories.  For me eating is 75% of my weight loss and working out is 25%, if I don't keep my eating in check I don't lose weight.  I continued to use the BodyBugg until this summer when I decided I didn't want a tan line from it and to go at it on my own. 

The problem is when I don't follow a structured program I bounce around, try different eating plans and pretty much stay the same in my weight loss. In October I decided to go back to low carb, cleaner eating to help me reach my next milestone. I like this method as I can try to eat as little processed foods as I can which makes me think about my food choices instead of just grabbing 100 calorie pack of something. It has been difficult and I have had slip up days but for the most part it has helped me stay on track. It introduced me to new vegetables and combinations of foods.

I believe that everyone has different ways of eating and it is important to find what works for you. I have 22lbs to lose to get to where I will be happy, but in the back of my mind I am shooting for another 47lbs (155lbs safely in the Normal BMI range) - you know that dream weight. We shall see where this journey takes me.

Thanks to everyone who reads and makes comments on my blog. I really enjoy reading them as track my journey. The feedback is awesome and I try to respond to questions asked if I can, maybe someday I will have a nifty comments section that I can actually reply to you in the comments section, but for now this works.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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