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Mastering Nutrition

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I've been in a funk for over a year. I have been hanging on week after week, day by day. Oh, how I would love to revisit the days when eating right and exercising seemed second nature. Get dressed, show up and sweat it out. Plan meals, grocery shop and measure.

I hit goal weight (130) in July 2012. I put 15 back on since then and I let it get to me psychologically. I began looking at myself as the fat girl again. And even though the shorts from last summer fit (snuggly) I found myself beating and torturing the same person who allowed success of losing 60 lbs to happen in the first place.

When I scaled back on exercise because I couldn't seem to find the right workout that kept me excited and motivated, my poor eating habits (which really weren't poor compared to how I ate before Spark) became a glaring fault that I couldn't hide. Snack time turned into another meal time and meal time no longer involved measuring or healthier substitutions.

Once I realized this glaring fault, I knew what needed to be learned about nutrition and feeding my body hadn't thoroughly been learned. I was successful but never really mastered. Now is my time to master nutrition for what my body needs to thrive.

I've set a new goal to lose the unwanted 15 and hit goal again on August 1. And no more beating and torturing the one who motivated me to lose the 60 and reach goal weight.
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    This is exactly what I am grappling with now! I have been reading about "lizard brain" and how we can just train ourselves into and out of bad and good habits. For the last four days I've managed to avoid my evening snacking by talking to my lizard brain like the simple dinosaur that it is and re-training it to figure out that euphoria will not be achieved by mindlessly grabbing snack after snack after snack.... Here is a great blog post that helps describe this phenomena if you are not familiar with it:
    2117 days ago
    you can't change the past.... all you can do it focus on the future! One day at a time. You have the power to make the changes you need!! You've got this.

    -Amy P
    Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. It’s a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesn't show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we don’t have to be FB friends if I add you by email….. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend ( Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!

    2117 days ago
    You're beating yourself up! Your weight is still FAR below where you started and you have made enough changes in your life and eating habits to have stopped the regain. Most people who regain weight don't stop with 15 pounds so you are WAY ahead of the game.

    I regained 10 of the 25 I lost so my percentage is a lot worse than yours! But we are learning from each mistake and we're still here, so that's the most important thing.

    2117 days ago
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