How many of you have tried to lose weight and be healthier and have worked out so hard but nothing has changed? You get frustrated and want to give up or do give up because you can’t figure out why you have been killing yourself at the gym for months and your clothes aren’t fitting any better and you don’t feel any better? Well if you can relate to this at all trust me…you are not alone…
This was me for a good chunk of my life. All through junior high and high school I was very active. Volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, volleyball leagues in the spring and basketball tournaments in the summer. Literally all year long I was playing some sport, having practices, being super active. Yet I still felt huge and not any better about myself. I was thinking about this the other day and laughing at myself for how oblivious I was. I LOVED Little Debbie cookies. You know the fudge rounds and oatmeal cream pies? LOVED those. I actually have been craving them lately but have yet to find somewhere that sells just one so I can enjoy just one…all I can find are the family size boxes and I don’t trust myself with that! Anyway, I often would get one of those after lunch. You know the cafeteria lunch that was a hamburger and tater tots or a melted ham and cheese sandwich and probably more tater tots? Yeah I would eat that and then eat a big old cookie. Not the best choice! And there were times when basketball practice wasn’t right after school so we would just hang around waiting and I inevitably would end up at the vending machine eating a PB Twix. Hey, it was protein right? I needed that protein to get through practice.
When I first moved to Utah and lived across the street from the gym I was diligent at going pretty much every weekday. Nothing changed though. I still felt large and horrible about myself. I was also making my self huge, super cheesy bean quesadillas. I loved those, still love them. But they were much bigger than I should have been eating and I remember eating them a ton. I don’t remember eating many veggies and fruits but I remember those. I also made banana bread all of the time. I must have bought bananas and never eaten them and always had ripe bananas so I baked banana bread often. But I made the recipe as is. Not like now where I cut the sugar because I hate that they are SO stinkin sweet. I often sub out part of the white flour for white wheat flour. I experiment with different fats and replacing part of the fats and still getting amazing results. But back then I didn’t do any of that.
I finally in the past few years have learned that my whole process of being active but eating horribly is not a good one and there is no way it will ever work. You really can’t out exercise a bad diet! I am living proof of that! But I am also living proof that you don’t have to give up everything that you love, you can still have it and still be healthier.
I still eat those cheesy bean quesadillas. I just only eat half of it and only make it moderately cheesy. You can still have ice cream or a candy bar or popcorn at the movie theater. Just have a little dish or a couple of bites and just not every single day. (Not the movie theater popcorn every single day.) In all honesty I eat treats every day. I don’t let myself eat them until after lunch time or sometimes not until after dinner time because I know if I start early I will eat it all day long! And like I have told you before I eat small amounts and make sure I am eating lots of fruits and veggies during the day and it all balances out.
So if you are struggling with being healthier and not sure why. Take a good hard look at your diet and be honest with yourself. It’s ok to have a burger and fries or pizza every once in awhile but not every day. See what changes you can make for the better and keep up the exercise and I know you will start to feel a change. It might even come quickly. Your body wants healthy stuff and it will thank you! And just remember you don’t have to be perfect, it’s ok if you slip up. Just use that as motivation to try to be a little better tomorrow!
And if you ever need a personal cheerleader just let me know, I love to cheer people on!