Eight years after starting this journey, I am 90 pounds lighter but am still struggling to figure out what works for me. My Celiac diagnosis, having a baby, and the normal slowing of my metabolism as I get older have changed how my body responds food and exercise. I'm at my pre-baby weight, but have noticed the number on the scale starting to creep up. I feel like I am straining more than I should be when it comes to my long runs and tough workouts. I cycle between feeling overly full and desperately hungry.
Rather than keeping on with the same behaviors and hoping for different results, I've decided to go back to the drawing board. I am a big believer in small, incremental changes and their power to add up to big results. Here are a few of the changes I have implemented in the last few months, and the impact they seem to be having so far.
I eat as soon as I wake up
I cut lunch calories, and eat more snacks
- 6am - handful of roasted peanuts (100 calories)
- 8:30am - breakfast sandwich (300 calories)
- 10:30a - one or two small mandarin oranges (150 calories)
- 12pm - small lunch (less than 300 calories, vegetables and some chicken or a veggie burger with a tiny bit of salad dressing).
- 2pm - Kind bar or a Larabar (200 calories)
- 3:30pm - 1/3 cup Greek yogurt with strawberries (150 calories)
I divide my dinner
I always eat dessert
The decision to make some simple, small changes instead of a total diet overhaul was a good one. I feel empowered, like I'm doing something good for myself, but without feeling overwhelmed or deprived. Plus, I'm eating more often! Who doesn't want that, am I right?
What have you done lately to get healthy or change up your habits?