Cleaning Up My Act

If You Always DoIf there is one thing I have learned on my weight loss journey it’s that things are always evolving and changing.  I don’t eat the same foods today that I did back at the beginning of my journey, I don’t do the exact same exercises, and as I mentioned on Friday, I don’t feel like I am the same person today that I was in September 2011.  Part of the reason things are always evolving on my journey is because of research I do on healthier ways of eating and living as I not only want to lose the weight, but I want to become a healthier person in the process and as we all know, skinny does not always equal healthy.  I am also learning a lot not only in my personal trainer certification course but also through the recommended reading for that course.

In the last six months, I have eliminated artificial sweeteners and microwave popcorn from my diet and now I am on a quest to eliminate processed foods and wheat from my diet.  This is proving to be a challenge as I am becoming painfully aware of how dependent I have been on “convenience” food and painfully aware of how many things I consume every day that contain wheat.

There are many valuable things I hope to gain with all of these changes including a healthier body and mind, a longer life, and a better quality for that life.  Bonuses to adopting these changes are learning about new foods and recipes and broadening my horizons.

I have believed for a long time that processed foods are not good for our bodies and I have known deep down that I needed to make some changes to my diet but honestly, I knew those changes would involve a lot of work and I allowed laziness to dictate my choices.  I also felt like the major changes I have made to my diet and lifestyle over the last few years were pretty drastic in comparison to the way I lived before and I knew I could only adopt so many changes at one time and still be successful.  I am happy that I am now to the point I am ready to make the changes regarding wheat and processed food.

The funny thing is, now that I have removed these foods from my pantry and refrigerator I am at somewhat of a loss trying to figure out what I am going to eat.  I realize I have plenty of options; it’s just going to take more research, planning, and probably more cooking than what I have been doing up to this point.  I am good with all of that though because I feel like these changes are important enough that they are worth any sacrifice they may involve.

One Simple Rule

Of course, I am hoping these latest changes I am making are going to have a big impact on my weight loss as the reading I am doing has convinced me that the processed foods and the wheat are major contributors to being overweight.  I am looking forward to sharing with you the new foods and recipes I will be incorporating into my diet.  If any of you have suggestions or if you have adopted these changes yourself, I would love to hear from you.

Please understand that I am in NO WAY saying that any of you should make these changes to your diet.  I believe that each person has to do their own research and do what they feel is right for them whether it be diet, exercise, or anything else in life.  The changes I am making will not change my participation in Weight Watchers of My Fitness Pal at all.  I will simply be changing what I am eating but not how I account for it.  I’m looking forward to updating you on my progress.

Best for Your Life

Comments

  1. Carolee says:

    Great blog about eating “clean”…
    http://www.blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com

  2. Great blog entry! Can’t wait to see the new recipes! Think of it as new items to explore in your daily diet, not what is being limited. Simple is better. I often think that maybe we should be looking at more raw foods, more chopping, less cooking.

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