Weight Loss Journey 1: The Grass is Greener on the Other Side?

***This post first appeared on Sparkpeople on August 26, 2009******

had family visiting this past week. Actually I’m still getting back into my regular routine–I had no idea how exhausting it would be! Anyway, getting glimpse into how others live gives me some insight into my own healthy habits and patterns I’ve developed over time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family more than anything and I don’t mean any disrespect. I just know that I have different goals than they do, and fortunately the habits that I have developed are consistent with the goals that I’m moving toward and the “me” I want to be. Here are some of the things I have learned about myself:
First of all, I’m glad I’m not a smoker. My brother and future sister-in-law are who came to visit me, and they both smoke. I didn’t realize planning the next cigarette took up so much of your day, and heaven forbid you run out! Again, no disrespect, but the smell was awful and I couldn’t get my clothes into the laundry fast enough after they left. It made my throat dry, my eyes water, and my stomach churn. Yuck.

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Secondly, part of my nutrition management has been reducing my carb intake. I didn’t do this consciously, but I have all but eliminate complex carbs from my diet, primarily because I don’t like that weighed down bloated feeling they give me. I don’t keep bread or cereal in my apartment, and my main source of carbs fruit. For me, I’ve just found that I feel better when I eat this way, and I have less gastrointestinal issues (which run in my family) when I don’t eat this stuff. I didn’t really realize I’d done this until my brother pointed it out. Every time we’d go out to eat I would order something, usually a salad, that had a high volume of vegetables over starchy carbs. He kept asking me “Are you allowed to eat this? Are you allowed to eat that?” and it was funny because I’m not on a “diet”, per se. I just try to make healthy choices. He was great. He knows I’ve been losing weight and was nonjudgmental, but was interested in the choices I was making because they were so different than how he would choose to eat, which is intersting because both he and his lady are very picky eaters.
Third, I don’t enjoy fast food or the after effects. My future sister in law told me her favorite foods are bread and snacks (chips, doritos, that kind of stuff). One night she was here she went to Jack In the Box at 2 am for sirloin burgers. I realized that I hardly ever eat fast food. My only weakness in that department is a vanilla ice cream cone from McDonalds (only 150 calories) that I indulge in from time to time. I just can’t imagine eating that kind of greasy food at that time of night. Not only would I feel greasy that night and all the next day, it would wreak havoc on my stomach. Maybe we have different body chemistries, but I just wouldn’t be able to eat like they do and feel like my body was working as well as it could.
Finally, my energy level. I had walked a lot before they arrived so that I could get in all my minutes for the week before they arrived; also I had a ton of energy at the beginning of last week and wanted to capitalize on it (good thing too because this week I’ve been exhausted!). I found myself wanting to do very active things with them–we went out dancing, played with a friend’s children, went bowling, and almost went to the mountains (we ran out of time and decent weather).
It’s interesting to me to see how seeing someone else’s lifestyle can be an eye-opener as to how your lifestyle is working for you. I’m perfectly happy with the choices I make about how I eat because I feel like my body functions well on the types of foods I nourish it with. Sure, I’d love to have more time to prepare meals with more variety, more fresh produce and interesting flavors. But the fact of the matter is that what I’m doing right now is working for me, and makes me feel healthy and strong.
It has been taking a couple of days to get back into my routine. I’ve been catching up on sleep and I did gain a couple of pounds since my routine and regular eating pattern was thrown off, but I’m more eager than ever to stay committed to what I’ve been doing as I move closer to the person I’m becoming.

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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