I’m hungry…so why are my #@!%& pants still tight?

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Anyone who has ever dieted has been there.  You’re exercising like a banshee, you’re making your body do movements it hasn’t seen in 15 years, you’re living on watercress and freaking lettuce roll ups and after three weeks of this hell, you’ve lost five pounds and you’re still struggling to get into your jeans.  What gives?!?  So I asked my doctor, “yo doctor, what gives?”  (I become philosophical when speaking to my doctor, so try to keep up with the lingo).  His answer was simple:  the body doesn’t like change. 

I have spent years teaching my body that it needs 3,000-5,000 calories a day.  And French fries.  And nacho cheese.  And everything else that shouldn’t pass through my liver.  Now I’m changing it up and my body is wondering what the hell happened.  I have trained my body to believe that it has to keep me alive by processing this crap in a bowl and now I’m throwing spinach, baby carrots, and zucchini at it and it doesn’t know what to make of it.  But it will learn.  It has to start over.  That’s the price I pay for the abuse I’ve put my body through.  Let this be a lesson kiddos.  If you live on Mt. Dew and Twizzlers or whatever junk is kiddy crack these days – you will pay the price. 

I’m still following the motto “food is medicine.”  It is making a huge difference when I make my meal choices.  When I’m faced with options such as fried chicken or oriental chicken salad…I take that salad because my body needs the nutrients that come from that salad.  It wants to bend that salad over and show it who its daddy is – yeah, take that spinach and kale, can you feel it baby!!!  Say my name punk!  I am a wholehearted spinach junky and my nutritionist said that is common when you start eating well, you awaken deficiencies and pretty soon, you’re craving good eats! 

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Another mission of mine is to get better at meal planning.  I don’t always make the best choices because I’m always eating dinner on the fly so I’m looking for ideas on how to make meal planning attractive so that it seduces me into wanting to meal plan.  The hubs did comment the other day that he doesn’t mind that I’m not the best housekeeper but he would like me to cook more.  I promised him I’d work on that.  Dammit.  Sometimes I speak without thinking;)

How do you meal plan?  What are your secrets to making dinner time an organized mission so that your family eats healthy?

3 thoughts on “I’m hungry…so why are my #@!%& pants still tight?

  1. Hey Heather. Great post! We are bad a meal planning too, but have started to prepare and pack meals for the week on Sunday which saves so much time and energy when you are in crunch–you can just grab and go. Dinners are usually simple a meat and vegetable that doesn’t take too long to cook. We select the meat before we leave for work to defrost so that its ready to go when we get home and always have a frozen vegetable on hand in case we don’t have anything fresh. Now as I am saying this I don’t want you to think we have got this all down, it is a continual process and a PIA. However, we have started to think about it in terms of efficiency, as “freeing mind space” so that we don’t have to spend time worrying about what we will eat. It also has great health benefits too because you can take the time (take that one day on Sunday) to think about your meals and what you are putting in them. Our new fave is grab-and-go fruit in a mason jar. Good luck.

  2. Loving your blog, your personality really comes through in your words.
    I plan my meals for the week to come each weekend before I go shopping, then make a list of what ingredients I need for each meal and use that to make my shopping list. I put the list of ingredients for each meal on the fridge, so that when it comes to cooking I know exactly what ingredients are for which meal. I make up my lunches for the week on the Sunday, as well as one of the weeknight dinners if I have time so that it is already in the fridge, ready to go when I get home on a Monday 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the blog! My whole goal is to just show people that weight loss is serious work! It’s so easy to give up, been there hundreds of times and this time I really want to take it seriously. I’m so glad that my personality is showing in the blog because I believe that I have an incredible personality. Lol!

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