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Healthy Eating, Or Habits That Seem Nearly Impossible

I’ve been burning the candle at both ends this week, and I’m tired.  Some fantastic things have been happening in my life, but I find myself struggling with food choices…still.

The struggle isn’t new.  The desire to change it isn’t new.  The mental block that keeps me from making the changes I need to make isn’t new.

My struggles don’t actually pertain to food.  I know that.  They’re built up inside my mind, and changing the way I think will change the way I operate.  I know.  I know.  I know.

I’ve been crushing my 10,000 steps a day goal this month, and by the end of the week I will have exceeded 250,000 steps for the month of August.  I feel great about the cardio part, but I continue to feel crummy about the food part.

I know that I need to change my eating habits.  I also know that it’s not cool to munch on near an entire bag of chips and salsa on my sofa while I watch a movie with friends. (Yes, I did that.  No, I don’t usually do that.)

It’s hard.  I know. I get it.  I need help with this, but the help has to come from within me.  Making small changes has led to big results for me in the past so I’m going to incorporate some small changes starting now.  Here’s what I plan to do:

– Track my food intake – it’s such a simple way to help myself succeed.  Why did I stop doing it?

– Replace one meal a day with a salad for the next few weeks.

– Drink more water.

It’s a struggle.  People try and fail and succeed and fail and try again at this all the time.  I know that I’m not the only one who struggles with the food they eat, but it’s my responsibility to fix me.  Trying again…

 

 

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15 Comments

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    Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine
    August 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    It is a daily struggle. Some days are better than others. This week has been awful, I’ve made some bad choices even though I know better. You are doing great with your daily steps – I see your pics on Instagram. Keep it up! 🙂

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    Tracy
    August 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Kenlie, you can do this! It is hard, all.the.time. I have to consciously make good choices. This week has been hard, I’ve been within my points, but not making the best choices. One step at a time!

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    Patty
    August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    You got this!

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    Sarah S
    August 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I think it must be that time of year, as I am hearing similar things from so many people!
    You can do this, you have what it takes 🙂

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    2Momma2
    August 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    You can do it! It’s so hard to get back on track but when you start making those small changes it will get easier and other changes will come next. Tracking helps so much! I track before I eat a lot of the times so I can plan out my portions and that helps me the most.

    Great job with the cardio, Lady!

    Kristin

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    Alesha
    August 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

    The important thing is this…DO NOT be hard on yourself for “messing up”. Take every day as a new day and a chance to begin again. I find that by doing that, it helped me tremendously! I’m 60 lbs down and still going. You are a very strong woman…you will overcome! Enjoy the journey…

    Have a great day!

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    Elizabeth
    August 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I completely understand how you feel. I go through periods where I struggle so much (like now) and other times where it feels so much easier. The exercise has always been the easier part for me.

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    JenB
    August 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I’m uber active, and have been for years (since I lost the weight the first time back in 2006) but although the exercise part is now habit, I never mastered the eating. And the weight crept back on. I know it’s the eating for me too.

    I started with MyFitbessPal in Mid-May and have seen a steady decline since then. I’m so grateful MFP makes it easy (with the website and app and so many entries already in the database). No excuses! I still am not always logging the best foods (I don’t like salads at all), but I am logging everything and keeping calories in check. And it’s working, it works!

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    JenB
    August 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m uber active, and have been for years (since I lost the weight the first time back in 2006) but although the exercise part is now habit, I never mastered the eating. And the weight crept back on. I know it’s the eating for me too.

    I started with MyFitnessPal in Mid-May and have seen a steady decline since then. I’m so grateful MFP makes it easy (with the website and app and so many entries already in the database). No excuses! I still am not always logging the best foods (I don’t like salads at all), but I am logging everything and keeping calories in check. And it’s working, it works!

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    Patricia
    August 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I agree with Sarah S on the time of the year. Summer and Winter are my down falls. When the weather is nicer (Spring/Fall) I do so much better with food choices. When it is 90 and humid I want ice cream. Freezing weather I want stew, garlic bread, and a big bottle of wine. Baking warms the whole house with a wonderful aroma. And my weight goes up.
    Late summer is a great time to stock up the freezer with fresh veggies and fruits from the farmers market. Veggies and fruit taken from the freezer in winter taste so much better than grocery store finds.

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    Holly
    August 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Great job on the steps! I struggle too, and sometimes I beat myself up because it seems so easy for others, but so hard for me. I just read Trim Healthy Mama and I’m starting to be able to release myself of guilt. The scale is moving down for the first time in two years!

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    Pang Ramkumar
    August 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I too struggled with my food choices. It wasn’t easy at the beginning. Even today it’s not easy. But I have to force myself each day by reminding myself of how bad and deteriorated my health was.

    What I do noticed since the start of trying to eat healthy is that it’s much harder to change my way of food choices especially when the rest of my family members are not set to eating healthy food with me.

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    Bella
    August 26, 2013 at 12:25 am

    You have been rocking those 10,000 steps a day, Kenlie! That’s a lot to be proud of. I think the idea of replacing one meal a day with a salad is a good one. Water used to be really tough for me, too. One tip that has helped me tremendously is to drink a big glass of water in the morning before I allow myself coffee or anything else. Same thing at night – I take a big glass of water with me to bed and finish it before I turn out the light. Those are 32 oz that I wouldn’t have gotten in otherwise, and it’s a fairly easy habit to make.

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    Allie B.
    August 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Good work on your 10,000 steps goal, and I totally understand the daily eating challenges. I notice my worst bingeing habits coincide with major hormone fluctuations eat month… but even when I don’t have raging hormones it can be hard to maintain those healthy food goals. Great point about drinking water — I’m going to get a glass now. 🙂

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    Anna B
    September 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It’s a constant struggle for many people when it comes to food choices. You’re not alone in this- Everyone slips up sometimes- including myself and it’s frustrating. But you know what, the difference between you and those many people is that you’re making the effort on getting yourself back on track where many others would simply give up. You keep it up now, and just take it one day at a time. It’ll be hard for a while but the more consistent you are, the more easier it’ll eventually become! 🙂

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