Friday, June 22, 2012

That. Part 2.

In yesterday's post, I talked about letting go of "that".  In my case, "that" is food. When it comes to losing weight, in order to really be successful and healthy - there are life changes that have to be made.  There are things you just have to do, and things you just can't do anymore. So, here's a few of those things for me:

The MUST do list:
1.  Exercise.  I know lots of people who say that once they start exercising regularly, they learn to love it.  I am not one of those people.  I've been exercising consistently for a year and I still don't love it.  But I do LOVE the way it makes me feel.  I love the way it's changing my body.  I have to do it.  You just MUST EXERCISE if you want to be healthy.  

2.  Eat well.  What does well mean?  Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.  I don't follow any kind of diet or plan.  I just eat those 4 basic groups.  I like to follow a rule Jillian Michaels said in one of her books - "If it didn't grow from the ground or have a mother - don't eat it."  Simple enough, right?

3.  Sleep.  This is easier said than done, I know!  But it's so important!  Your body can't function properly without enough sleep.  When you're sleep deprived, you don't want to exercise and you want to eat crap - and that's not good!  So turn of the TV, put away the iPad, silence your iPhone - get a good book and read for a few minutes in bed.  It helps you unwind and I promise you'll sleep better!

The CANNOT do list:
1.  Fast Food.  I'll be honest, just the thought of a McDonald's burger makes my stomach turn now.  I never thought I'd see that day!  But - fast food is a non-negotiable.  You just cannot go to a fast food restaurant and order a burger and fries when you're trying to lose weight.  I know there's the "everything in moderation" mantra, but fast food like that is CRAP.  Order the salad. Go to a healthier place like Chipotle (my fave!) or Subway.  There is just no room for crappy fast food burgers in a healthy lifestyle.

2.  Processed Food.  See #2 in the "Must Do List" - watch the documentary "Food, Inc" - it'll change your life.  Check out this list of reasons not to eat processed foods. Read the ingredients on your food.  If it contains a lot of things you can't pronounce, the words "high fructose corn syrup", artificial sweeteners, or dyes - PUT IT DOWN.  No good will come of eating a Twinkie, I promise.

Do I break these rules?  Sometimes.  But here's my theory with that - if I'm going to break a rule, it better be worth it.  Is a Hostess cupcake purchased from a gas station convenience store "worth it"? Heck no.  But a white chocolate raspberry cupcake from the local bakery?  Worth it.  But not every day!  I've had 4 cupcakes in the past year.  Yes, I know how many.  I can even tell you what kind - because they were planned splurges and not everyday occurrences.  It makes the cupcake that much more special.  I can enjoy the cupcake rather than eating in my car and then hiding the wrapper (don't judge).

Some splurges that are worth it to me:  a good steak from Smokey Bones (not a cheap burger), a craft beer (not a Miller Lite), good wine (not Arbor Mist), real ice cream (not fat free, sugar free stuff).

Anything you think I should add to my "don't" or "do" lists that has worked for you?



  1. I just know that when I snack on fruits and vegetables, I stay full a lot longer, which motivates me to eat more healthy. I'm not always in the mood for it but it definitely makes a 'cheat' much more satisfying. When I eat man-made food, I get hungry a lot quicker and cravings get out of control! Super post, Jess!

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  2. Amen! We are so much alike :) I would probably just add drinking LOTS of water and not drinking calories, unless it is a planned splurge, and I love those ;)

  3. This is sooooooooo good. I plan on watching Food Inc soon, I'm just not yet ready for te change I KNOW will come. I'm almost there now....just not totally. It takes more work to do life right, doesn't it? I'm with you on the not loving exercise part but knowing you're healthy feels so good that it's worth it...