I’ve dieted in the past, but I have never placed such an emphasis on healthy choices. I used to eat a lot of low fat or fat free snacks like Snackwell’s, 100 calorie packs, etc. I think those choices are a hundred times better than chips and candy bars, and I’m not saying I will never eat any of those. But I have placed more importance on eating fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein this time around. I eat half of what I used to, and I don’t go to bed hungry. I am completely satisfied throughout the day. When I used to eat a lot of fast food, pizza, subs, etc., I was always hungry afterward. It’s so fascinating to me that I eat less now, and I am less hungry. It’s amazing how much the quality of my food affects my hunger level. After eating a small and healthy dinner I am so full that I get taken aback.
One thing that is working for me is preparation. I buy lots of healthy produce, and I bring plenty to work each day so I won’t stay hungry. I would not want to waste the food, so I make sure to eat it each day. If I am going out to eat, I make sure to snack on a piece of fruit so I am not starving by the time I get there. There is a healthy choice to be found at every restaurant and many taste really good!
Thank God for Pandora on my Blackberry. I turn on the Pitbull music station when I go for my lunch time walks. I don’t have an Ipod, so I rely on this for motivation! The music is so upbeat and fast, it keeps my spirits up. Now I look forward to my walks! It’s the only time that is truly MINE.
Yesterday I stayed home, but I didn’t waste the day. I did an Ultimate Arms and Ultimate Abs workout, cleaned, took the baby to the park for a little while and did a 60 minute cardio DVD when I came back. My muscles were crying this morning, but I love it! It’s a reminder of how good it feels to workout.