FEELING BETTER ABOUT YOUR BODY
photo credit: foodopera
a little over three years ago i gained 30 pounds.
yep, and 30 pounds is a lot if you aren’t tall. one day i looked in the mirror and was like “um. what the hell happened here?” i didn’t even recognize myself! and the weird part about gaining a lot of weight, is that you don’t even seem to notice it until one day you DO notice. after a nasty breakup, going on birth control, and refusing to let go of my love for buttered noodles and red wine…i was unhappy with my body. but i couldn’t seem to break my unhealthy eating habits, and i definitely didn’t want to start running on a treadmill 3 times a week.
so what did I do? i took a picture of myself in the mirror. an unflattering nude one. every week i did this while i attempted to change my diet. take it in the same mirror, same angle. you will be shocked.
i cut out white bread, white rice (two of my very favorite things on the planet) and switched to wheat. and the pictures, well, got better. this might be too much information. but i really do recommend doing this if you go on any sort of diet. it keeps you motivated, and really shows you what a difference healthy eating can do in a short amount of time.
it took about a month to not crave cheesy pasta and fried rice. i started to incorporate a lot more vegetables, less dairy, more cooking at home and i cut soda and juice out and switched to water. not huuuuge changes. but definitely changes. if i wanted to eat eggs benedict with lotsa hollandaise for breakfast, I would just make veggies and brown rice for dinner. my rule was to always have at least ONE healthy meal a day.
i can’t do extreme diets. nope, not for me. i just break my own rules.
around that time, i got a new boyfriend, who was a vegetarian.(luckily, he’s still around) i found it much easier to break away from my fried food addiction and ridiculous salt cravings, considering he was across the table eating brussels sprouts and quinoa. a few weeks later, i wasn’t thinking about the junk food anymore, and broccoli was cool with me.
6 months later. 15 pounds down. and a few months after that I was back to what I weighed in high school and felt happy and healthy again.
the moral of the story is, we all like carbs. just eat less of them. don’t beat yourself up if you splurge and eat a bowl of cookie dough ice cream or a cheese fondue night. you deserve it. just try your best the next day to make healthy decisions. and take that naked picture every week, i’m tellin’ you! it works! and hey, going through a plump phase only makes ya stronger.
and a really great post that inspired this one, right here.