Lets talk about food. It's no surprise that I love food. I like it so much that I ate myself to being 150 pounds over weight. I like it, I like it ALOT (insert Jim Carrey impersonation here)! Anyways, learning to deal with my love of food has been a constant struggle since starting my weight loss journey 3 years ago.
3 years ago I tried the whole "restriction" diet where I limited my calories to 1200, no sweets, no pasta, etc. I was ornery, light headed, and craved everything I couldn't have. When I'm told that I can't do something, I say "watch me"! Same thing with food. If I can't have chocolate, I eat it! It's a total mind game.
I've went back and forth with it for a while until I read up on flexible dieting. As I was reading it I thought that it made a lot of sense and seemed easier than what I was currently doing. So I started counting my macros. I had a hard time hitting my macros. I was always over my carbs and never even close to my protein. It frustrated me so I quit doing it.
Fast forward 2 years and I am finally confident in my food choices. I've had a moment of clarity where I realized that I've got to change the way my mind thinks about food. It's not a reward and it's not all about taste (however who wants to eat gross food?) What you've really got to do is train your mind to think of how the food you are about to eat is going to help your body. Does your body need the carbs or is that just you wanting the carbs? Does your body need the chocolate or would it benefit from an apple more?
My moment of clarification came after I'd been lifting and going to the gym for a while. I was putting in so much work and didn't want to feel like I was wasting my time. Since changing my way of thinking and have got the hang of counting macros, I have seen way better results. I'm toning up, building muscle, and still losing some weight.
Hi my name is Whitney and I'm a mom to 2 adorable boys and the wife to a sports loving, handsome man. I'm outnumbered but wouldn't have it any other way. I'm navigating motherhood one fart joke at a time. Welcome to my crazy life!