Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you can’t lose the weight you need to lose? Or do you feel like no matter what diet you try, the weight always comes right back as soon as you eat something off the diet? Sadly, I’ve dieted most of my adult life. At the age of 23, when I got married, I quit exercising on a regular basis. I had been physically active with sports all of my life. When I quit exercising, the weight problem began, and before I knew it, I was in over my head. Add in two pregnancies, breastfeeding, never really losing my baby weight, bad eating habits, and here I am, all 200+ pounds of me. Yes I really weighed that much. Don’t look at me like that, I’m tall. 5′ 8.5″ to be exact.
I’ve tried every fad diet known to woman. While they might work for a short while, none of them last forever. I stress eat, and I know it. I eat to celebrate. I eat to entertain. I eat to comfort. I’ve come to terms with it. I love food. I love good food. When I deprive myself, I dream of the food I want to eat. When I finally give in, I binge eat on everything I’ve been dreaming about because I was depriving myself. It is a viscous cycle, and I had a first class ticket on that ride of destruction.
I have found that changing my lifestyle, changes my weight problem. With the help of an all natural health and wellness coach, consultant and dear friend, Dr. Phil Carson, I have started this “healthy happy home” journey. Eating healthy works. Yes, it takes time, commitment and dedication, but just like my momma always says, anything worth doing is worth doing right. If it was easy, everybody would do it. I have committed to my family to be the best me I can be. That includes cooking and eating healthy and providing a healthy happy home.
I’ve finally realized that it’s not about depriving myself but replacing bad habits with good ones, bad food with good food, overeating with eating correct portions. I’ve learned to cook, while teaching Lucy at the same time. My blood sugar is going down. Jason’s indigestion has gone away. My kids are eating vegetables they never dreamed they would eat. We prepare 3 meals a day at home, and it costs about $200 a week. We eat out on Sunday, preferably at Bridgespan 14 or Zoe’s Kitchen. Eating healthy means I eat a lot. I do not feel hungry or deprived. The best thing I’ve realized is that eating guilt free is so relaxing!
Here’s the bottom line, If I can do this, you can do this! You will wish a month from now you started today. Join me on this journey. I’ll share my recipes and meal plans with you here on my blog. Send me yours! Together we can do this! After all our lives depend on it! I’m not selling anything. I’m only hoping to inspire and encourage, like so many have inspired and encouraged me.
For more information about Dr. Phil Carson, my health and wellness coach, please visit his website for Carson Natural Health and Wellness Consulting or follow him on facebook, twitter and instagram. Subscribe to his newsletter and get great health tips.