Learning to eat for life

Posted 09-5-2012 at 11:06 AM by Heather8183

At 29, I’ve just figured out the correlation between what I eat and how I feel.  Maybe it’s my age catching up with me or maybe I’m just paying more attention. Either way, I’ve finally discovered that if I eat crap, I feel like crap.  If I start my day out with a bowl of cereal, I’m sluggish and have no desire to do anything.  I’m hungry right away, and make more poor choices since I’ve already blown it for the day.  After lunch, I’m exhausted and spend most of the afternoon on the couch.  However, if I choose a healthy breakfast-usually a banana and some strawberries or an egg white and spinach omelet-I feel SO much better throughout the day.

I’ve been overweight my entire life.  Well…probably only since I was 4; before that I was really cute.  I don’t eat because I have bad self-esteem; I eat because I love food.  I don’t eat when I’m depressed, upset or angry.  I eat when something looks, sounds, or smells good.  This is why some of the old diet plans didn’t work for me.  I don’t need someone to pat me on the head and tell me I’m a good person-I already know that!  What I need is my taste buds and sense of smell removed!

Cue hero!  Weight Watchers is my bff.  In just a few months, I’ve lost 30 pounds.  I have SO much more energy, and get so much done!  I enjoy spending more time with my kids and husband, and I’m just overall a happier person.  Weight Watchers works for me because it’s not a diet…it’s a way of living.  It’s taught me a completely different way to eat.  I used to hate spinach, tomatoes, squash, etc.  Now, I practically drool thinking of sautéed veggies over a small portion of whole wheat pasta.  Also, Weight Watchers doesn’t forbid me from eating anything.  If I want a candy bar, I’ll eat well for the day, and make sure I have the points left for half a candy bar.  McDonald’s ice cream cone is only 3 points…that makes me happy!

I don’t work for WW, and I know it may not be for everyone.  All I know is it works for me, and I’m a MUCH happier Mama for it!  The key is finding something that makes you feel good and sticking with it.

Filed Under: Family Health, Mommy Talk


One Response to “Learning to eat for life”

  1. hmedina on September 7th, 2012 10:10 am

    Lol. This sounds just like me. I don’t eat because I’m depressed. I eat because it looks and smells soo good.

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