• Stephanie

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I think finding alternatives is vital. The choice is not between perfection and disaster. There are many shades of grey. If making a beautiful sitr fry is out of the questions, how about microwaved frozen vegetables with canned tuna and rice? Or even just adding vegetables to prepared foods like soups. I may not be able to go for a 5 mile run, but can I do 15 minutes of yoga?

    The other struggle is getting help when that would make the difference between healthy and unhealthy choices. Can I bring myself to ask for help when I need it? My focus this year has been being the village. I’m healthy, and have relatively few obligations now. So, I help a neighbor, offer support to an ill friend. Doing this makes me more willing to ask from the kitty when I need the help with something. Maybe it will be a ride, or a shopping trip, or just having a friend cook me a healthy dinner a few times.

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  • Chris

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    When you face cancer and find you have a genetic predisposition, you make the right choices or face the consequences. I chose to make healthy eating choices and it has worked!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Chris, It’s amazing how my perspective on food and eating changed when I realized that my health was in danger. I love that healthier eating choices have worked for you.

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  • eva @5fruitsNveggies

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    bingo! your post is correct…at one time in my life i made tons of excuses…and i did a major overhaul in my eating slowly graduating into more and more nutrition from clean eating, to vegetarian clean eating, to vegan clean eating to adding more raw meals…nothing touches my lips that does not have an outstanding nutritional profile…it’s been almost 2 years and i never worry about my weight…and i don’t have to exercise like a cuckoo either (i went through that phase as well, but it left me so physically tired–another blog)…thanks for your post…it’s do-able, but i learned i had to make that decision to do it…

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    Amy Reply:

    @eva @5fruitsNveggies, Making the decision to do it and then taking consistent action is key, Eva. I don’t do the crazy exercising anymore either. I guess we all go through our phases…I’m just grateful for those of us who’ve gotten to a sane place with food and are willing to share it.

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • abbie

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Amy you are so right. It is when you want to live life to really live it and love yourself first that the best comes out in you. When I said, no more dead-beat boyfriends, get picky, I met my husband. When I put my education before my social life, I finished my grad-school degree while caring for a four-month-old. And it is when I put myself and my health and energy first, by choosing foods that norish my body, and not only my whims, is when I am most creative, caring, and the best mom and wife I can be. :)

    Another aside, he’s here! Dylan came on the 27th, and he is a really great baby, eats, sleeps, and nurses without fuss. We are doing very well, although a little sleep deprived.

    Hugs and kisses to you!

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    Amy Reply:

    @abbie, Congratulations!!! I love his name – Dylan! How perfect. What an incredible journey you’ve been on. Thanks for sharing it with me!! Are you posting pics? (I think Joe would die if we had kids and I posted pics on the internet so I can understand if you don’t.)

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  • eva @5fruitsNveggies

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    forgot to add that there’s one thing i have been unsuccessful in accomplishing, is getting rid of cellulite…is there something you suggest?…

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    Amy Reply:

    @eva @5fruitsNveggies, If you figure that one out, let me know. I don’t have a big problem with it but I’ve noticed that in the last year or so the tone in my legs has changed a little bit.

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  • Gopika

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    In my life-long journey to a normal weight, I found that, at the beginning, I was in control of my choices. But, once I gave that up and ate junk food, chemistry took over. It was being willing to go through a bridge time of discomfort where I let the emotional issues rise as the physical cravings were yelling like a 5-year old – and choosing not to give into my old, unhealthy ways – that led me to success.

    That said, I’ve since learned that my journey might have gone easier if I had understood the plateau times. I think every dieter knows the frustration where you do everything “right”, yet the scale doesn’t budge. It was hearing Byron Richards’ (www.wellnessresources.com – free downloadable podcasts including classes on weight loss) that I learned that plateaus are the body’s way of slowing down the release of toxins that had been stored in the fat cells in order to give the body time to process them without causing illness. If I had known that, I’d have looked into detoxing my colon and whatever else might have helped.

    Thankfully, I didn’t end up sick, but it would have been a lot easier if I had known this. And, as Byron would say, I’d have had one more “tool in the toolbox”.

    Byron was also one of the first people to write on the role of the hormone, leptin, and weight loss.

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  • Andrea

    posted on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful post Amy. I love your honesty and transparency. I have found that in addition to my gluten, soy and sugar free diet that intermittent fasting and yoga keep me focused yet balanced.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Andrea, I’ve tried fasting and I know it works for some people but for me, it takes me back to those starvation diet days and I just can’t. I used to feel bad about it but today I accept it as part of who I am. If I was meant to fast, I’d be able to. I love yoga, too. Hot yoga is my favorite.

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  • Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free

    posted on June 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Instead of just thinking about what I want to eat, I do lots better thinking about what I want to do…goals. Maybe I can accomplish something substantive, or maybe I can just NOT crash while surviving a difficult day. Either way, I’m going to eat more responsibly because I want to reach that goal each day, too.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free, I love that idea, Pat. It’s like keeping your eyes on the end result – and when you’re focused you’re less likely to fall into a pit.

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  • Clair

    posted on June 19, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful and positive words. Thank you!

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  • Cara

    posted on June 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    1) Love the new look! Congrats!
    2) Wonderful, thoughtful post. When I’m struggling, it’s helpful to remind myself of how far I’ve come – that can never be taken away from me, you know?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Cara, Absolutely!! I agree. Knowing that I found the strength to let go of old habits and change the way I was eating in a positive way is so meaningful.

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  • Miz Helen

    posted on June 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I just love the new look! It turned out really well and I am so excited for you, its great !!
    You and the gals at 21 Ruby Lane did a great job!
    I have been enjoying your post on “Help I Can’t Lose Any Weight”, very good information.
    Love You!
    Miz Helen

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    Amy Reply:

    @Miz Helen, Thanks for your help with the big decisions, Miz Helen! It was great to have you hash out ideas with me.

    Much love,
    Amy

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  • Rhiannon

    posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    This is such a great topic. Totally touched base on everything that I think many of us forget – such as gaining weight sometimes isn’t in our control. I think it’s also really easy to give in to that reason, “Well my hormones are acting up, so I might as well binge.” “My weight isn’t budging because I’m getting older, my metabolism is slowing down. There’s nothing I can do..” It’s so hard to muster up the will power to stick with a healthy diet, but that’s the important part – is to plan out your meals, really watch what you eat, and stay active; not to give in to the things we can’t control and work on what we can.

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  • Amy Jane (Untangling Tales)

    posted on June 27, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Late to the party, but wanted to touch in on the will-power/responsibility talk.

    My huge breakthrough was when I heard someone say “Logic isn’t motivating.” I understood for the first time what the best use of emotion is.

    To strengthen my will I have to feed my hope. I can’t hang onto the reasons why “it won’t work” because that undermines my hope. When I hope I have a reason to keep trying again, even when I get discouraged &/or do something wrong.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Amy Jane (Untangling Tales), Yes – hope is so important. It brings so much light to dark places.

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  • Melissa

    posted on June 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Pfft…this one is easy. The horrific memory of feeling like I used to keeps me in check! But really,just remember that if you love your body, it loves you back.

    So come enjoy some gluten and sugar free maple cookies with me and we can laugh at the suckers eating that nasty sugary-gelatinized -petroleum-yogurt flavored by-product. Mmmmmm……

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  • Melissa

    posted on June 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    In all seriousness keep quick snacks ready in the pantry. Sugar free chocolate chips and peanuts/almonds is my cure-all…..

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