today's post is of a slightly different nature. i am going to step away from the usual posts of pretty interiors & wedding inspirations and speak on something a bit more personal. hope you don't mind!
i have never been a particularly healthy eater. for the first 26 years of my life, i thought diet coke was an appropriate replacement for h2o, i was convinced i could survive completely off of baked goods (especially sugar cookies!), and usually, my march/april diet consisted solely of cadbury mini eggs. (i'm exaggerating, but not by much!)
being a dancer, i was lucky and always stayed super active. i could eat whatever i wanted & would stay relatively thin. when i stopped dancing/teaching full-time & moved to london, my activity level changed drastically, but my unbalanced, unhealthy diet remained the same... and let me tell you, my weight started to immediately pay the price. after realizing that my clothes were fitting a lot tighter than normal, i decided i would increase my activity level & train for that marathon i always wanted to do. while this did help a little, after six months of consistent training & completing a full marathon, i still had quite a few unwanted english pounds that didn't want to go anywhere.
i completed my marathon last may. between then & january both my activity level & weight stayed pretty consistent. i was working out regularly 3-6 days a week & was still not seeing any changes on the scale or in my body. i was rather frustrated. by december, with my upcoming nuptials, i became determined to do something more. when the new year came around, i decided that it was time to pay a bit more attention to what i was eating. ever heard the quote that it's "30% exercise, 70% diet?" well, i finally believe it. since january, my diet has been taken over by these healthy things called vegetables, i literally drink more water than dc (this is a first!), i write down everything i eat, and i haven't had a cheeseburger & french fries in months. amazingly, my body loves me for it. i can't remember the last time i felt that disgustingly full, i-just-ate-way-too-much feeling, that i used to have so often. i never would have believed it before, but eating healthy really does feel good!
please know that i am still in NO WAY a perfect little eater. i still crave sugar like it is no one's business. i still cheat every once in awhile and have a sugar cookie, a cafe rio pork salad, or a full on authentic mexican cheese enchilada. but, i have gained some control. now i have a much better chance of eating just ONE cookie, ordering my rio salads on wheat tortillas & using minimal amounts of that delicious dressing, and well... somehow managing to leave a few bites of the 'enchilatha' on my plate. i've learned that it is all about portion control, consistent & frequent meal times, that lovely thing called the food pyramid, and water, water, & more water. it's also about patience. real & lasting weight loss does not happen quickly.
i've also learned that it is about being realistic. i could never be a fanatical healthy eater. i've been dieting for a mere two months & some days i just want to throw in the stupid towel & eat whatever the crap i want. and you know what? sometimes i do. but what has changed, is that the next morning i am more determined to run those 7 miles, eat healthy & do better than i did the day before. every once in awhile i'm going to eat a stupid/amazing sugar cookie. and i don't know if i'll ever be able to give up diet coke completely. BUT, i have learned that it's about picking & choosing your battles with your cravings.
the last thing i've learned... is that once again i'm grateful for pinterest. with endless amounts of healthy recipes at my fingertips, i am able to make better decisions in my moments of weakness. instead of reaching for that full-fat, zero-health cookie/candy/cake/cadbury egg... i am learning that there are other options that truly taste (almost) as good. a cup of spinach will always be better for you... but if you have to decide between your typical butter, egg & sugar filled baked good and one with substitutes such as applesauce, honey, & whole wheat flour, you should obviously choose the later!
below you will find a few links for recipes that i have found particularly helpful with my sinful cravings... all found via pinterest!
3. dried strawberries... baked in the oven!
4. chocolate banana 'ice cream'... made with a frozen banana & cocoa powder
these recipes honestly help me... and i hope they can help you, too. this post ended up being much longer than originally intended. again, hope you don't mind the random health conscious post!
for those of you that have maybe gone through a similar thing...
what was the number one thing that helped you past your cravings/moments of weakness?
have any healthy tips/secrets/recipes you'd like to share?
if you do, please send them my way.
i'm still so new at this being healthy thing & would appreciate your help!
now, if you live in alaska, georgia, idaho, massachusetts, north dakota, ohio, oklahoma, tennessee, vermont, or virginia... go do your duty & vote!
after reading through this... does anyone think that i am craving sugar cookies, diet coke & mini cadbury eggs at this moment?
must be time to go eat a clementine. those things are almost as good as candy.