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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Feel Good Plan

I do not believe in diets. The message, "You can't eat that because you're fat" is not something that motivates me to want to be healthy or to treat my body well. After a day or two of hearing that message in my head I end up angry and depressed. So, I've never dieted and lost weight. And in the past it hasn't been a problem because I've never really had that much weight to lose. But, since having Chloe I'm realizing that I may need to do a little work in order for all my clothes to fit comfortably again. Which puts me in a big dilemma. How do you NOT diet and still lose weight? Here is my plan:

*gospel study at least 15 minutes/day.
*pray morning and night
I figure that I am going to need some extra spiritual help to not get down on mysef. I know the Lord wants me to treat my body well, so I'm going to be asking for His help.

*run 3 times/week-- train for a 10K in May
*weight train 3 times/week
*stretch daily
Exercise affects the way I feel about my body more than anything. The ability to run, lift, and stretch is something that I do not take for granted. Sometimes it's hard to get going, but there is always a natural high after working out. (Especially when I'm able to run on a beautiful day!)

*drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
*focus on eating healthy, nutrition-rich foods
*avoid late-night eating
My "problem" is that I am an emotional eater. And with the stresses we face I know it's not realistic for me to stop comforting myself with food. But, I can make good food choices. Cereal, lite popcorn, fruit, veggies, and nuts can all be very satisfying but without the empty calories of ice cream or candy. (Of course I'll still have ice cream in moderation. Life without ice cream would be too hard!)

To be honest, I have no idea if I'll lose weight doing this or not. But, it fits into my life paradigm. My hope is that as I treat my body well that it'll go to a naturally healthy state. And if, after a while of following my plan, my clothes still don't fit? Then I'll have a good excuse to go and get some new ones!


Kami said...

Good job! I know you'll do great on it! And if you want a healthier recipe for brownie cookies let me know. They're only 73 calories and 2g of fat. I can't give up sweets, but when they're "diet" sweets I can justify it. :)

MiandMiksmom said...

Great plan!!!! I think everything in moderation is the key...and weight training even more than cardio (at least for me!)

As for the frog eggs...I just read this post...well, today Amelia comes home with this ooey-gooey, gelatin like substance with black dots and I FREAKED out...I made her run in and wash her hands. I had NO CLUE what it was and I seriously thought it was poisonous...I just saw your post and realized it was frog eggs!!!!
I had never seen them before. It kind of makes me want to be a kid again. :)

Abbi said...

That sounds great! I agree with you--life without ice cream would just be too hard! :) Food brings me so much happiness and so telling myself I can't eat yummy food feels like self-betrayal and self-hatred. But I also know that eating too much food can bring me unhappiness as well, so it's just a matter of finding the right balance. I wish you luck in finding that balance! I love you tons and am being completely honest when I say I thought you looked great when you were here last week.

Audra said...

So excellent! So healthy!