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Changing Tastes on the "Weigh" to Good Health 
 
Mar. 19, 2012 6:39 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012 7:48 am
There are 9 cupcakes in my kitchen right now.  I made them for St Patrick's Day for the family.  Chocolate Stout Cupcakes.  And you know what?  They've been here for 3 days.  I've had 1/2 of a cupcake.  I don't even want any more of them.  My husband and his son will finish them, no doubt.  They were good, don't get me wrong.  But so SWEET now that I've been avoiding sweets for so many weeks. 

I also made Irish Stew.  I added many vegetables and not so much beef.  But still after I ate the meal Saturday night I felt so sluggish and just plain weighted down.  Last night when my hubby wanted lefotvers, I had a tiny bowl and a big plate of sauteed cabbage.  Much better! 

I no longer crave sweets.  I crave vegetables.  I reach for an apple for dessert or snack and am happy.  I make  hummus and while my hubby grabs the pretzels, I'm busy cutting carrots, peppers, broccoli, etc, for dipping.   

I eat a big salad for lunch almost every day, and I add every color vegetable in my fridge.  And I add beans for heft or tuna sometimes for my own version of nicoise.  I make my own vinaigrette.  And I love it.  If I don't have a generous amount of veggies every day, I feel something is missing. 

Breakfast is usually either steel cut oats or homemade granola and plain greek yogurt.  I love both, and they keep me satisfied til lunch. 

Dinner?  That lately has been a lot of grilled fish or chicken with plenty of vegetables!  Have I mentioned that I love vegetables?   : ) 

My point, of course, is that if I can do this, anyone can.  I love to eat.  I love to cook.  But lately, I'm loving feeling better and being 11 pounds lighter than I was when I started this.  And I'm exercising regulary...EVERY DAY.  Walking, yoga, tennis...maybe one, maybe all three or any combination of them.  And I enjoy that, too. 

I promise those of you who are like me and have struggled or are struggling with weight issues.  You CAN do this.  If I can, I know you can.  I'm not perfect at this., and it's taken some effort.  I have indulged, and there are some days when I just don't feel like cooking anything.  Those are the days when I'm tempted to take the easy way out.  And I have at times.  But not often, and if I do, I'm right back on track with the next meal.  But I'm still losing, and I feel good.  I can see myself at the end of this road...visualize the end result.  And I keep that in mind always.  It helps me.  It's not easy to take the first step, but it's so rewarding when it works.  And it really will make you want to keep at it. 

It's a slow process, but I'm changing for life not to crash and burn with a fad.  My tastes are changing, and while I'll still enjoy an indulgence every now and then, I can honestly say that the bowl of strawberries in the fridge is way more tempting than the chocolate cupcakes on my counter. 

Thanks for all of you who have offered your encouragement and support.  It has helped so much.  I'm on my "weigh"!! 
 
Comments
Mar. 19, 2012 7:33 pm
Wow Wisweetp, That is awesome! Reading your post has really brightened up my day :) I'm proud of you, and the story you have to tell!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 6:57 am
stick a fork in me, thank you! Grilling season is here finally, and that has made things so much easier. I grill everything! : ) And I've started my plantings, which will help even more. And thank you again for your comments! Much appreciated!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 7:21 am
Congrats on your 11 lb loss and feeling healthier in general. Those first few weeks are always the hardest but it sounds like you have turned your life around and are on the road to living life to the fullest!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 10:55 am
High 5!! Losing weight is a process and it isn't always easy. I love Greek yogurt because it really does fill you up with any additions you chose to make. Sounds like you are doing a great job!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 11:09 am
I completely understand exactly where you are coming from and I want to keep encouraging you to continue because the more you lose the better you feel. I'm in the process of starting all over again! I know its hard but remembering how I felt 40 pounds lighter is motivation to continue and start again. Good luck!!!!!
 
Amanda 
Mar. 20, 2012 2:01 pm
I know what you mean about loving the veggies. I've recently started down this road too and though I've stumbled a bit, seeing the rewards is more than enough incentive to keep going. And I love that food tastes good again! Congrats on all that you've done so far! :)
 
Mar. 20, 2012 2:56 pm
Thank you, Rotorwife. I do feel like I'm turning the corner now. I've always loved the "healthy" things but didn't put nearly enough effort into taking care of myself. And so here I am...
 
Mar. 20, 2012 2:57 pm
Cat Hill, thank you for the high five! : ) I love greek yogurt...the flavor, the texture...it's sooo much better than the regular to me, and it really is more satisfying.
 
Mar. 20, 2012 2:58 pm
menotcat, thanks for stopping in. 40 pounds really is a lot, isn't it? I already feel better at 11...can't wait until I hit 40! Good luck to you, too!
 
Mar. 20, 2012 3:01 pm
Hi, Amanda. Good luck to you, too! I'm very much enjoying really tasting and appreciating the food instead of eating it quickly and not really paying attention to what and how much I'm eating. And with all the colors I'm trying to incorporate into each meal, it's very pretty, too! : )
 
Mar. 22, 2012 6:32 pm
Well done!!! Although, for very different reasons, I have very limited sugar consumption and a far higher consumptions of veggies and fruit, also. Meat has become a much smaller (yet featured) menu item and I really don't feel like I'm shorting myself. Keep up the fantastic job for better health!!
 
Mar. 23, 2012 7:32 am
Hi, Mike. Thank you. I am feeling good and still very motivated! I do love my veggies, and my plate has reversed the meat/veggie ratio. I have really tried to cut back the sugar, too, although I didn't have a big problem with that. I'm not a soda drinker, and I don't buy sweets, and that helps. I have half a teaspoon of raw sugar in my coffee each morning. I love to bake, but I'm sticking to whole grain, low sugar goods. Thanks for stopping in!
 
JOAN 
Mar. 24, 2012 9:24 am
My Hubster and I have started doing pretty much the same. Lots less meat in our diet, more salads and veggies. He's even started liking soup, which he's refused to eat for forty some years. We had Corn Chowder last night, Yum!
 
Mar. 24, 2012 3:09 pm
Good for you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have experienced similar changes but also fall back to old habits, especially when eating with others and trying to decline their food offers without hurting feelings. Hard to say "that gooey dessert you made just doesn't even look appealing!" old habits die hard.
 
mkaltfeltis 
Mar. 24, 2012 8:15 pm
Thank you for your post. I needed to read that tonight. I am just starting down the right path of eating and was feeling a bit discouraged before reading your words. That was just what I needed to keep me going. You are a God-send!
 
Mar. 25, 2012 3:53 am
Hi, JOAN. Glad things are going well for you. I would be in trouble if my didn't like soup....it's a staple in our diet in wintertime around here! And I love corn chowder, too!
 
Mar. 25, 2012 3:55 am
Indiana Peggy, that is a fine line to walk, isn't it? If I was closer to my family, it would probably be harder. Any time a Southern family gets together, you can bet there'll be sweets! Thanks for stopping in.
 
Mar. 25, 2012 3:57 am
mkaltfeltis, I'm glad you read my blog! It can definitely be discouraging sometimes, but hang in there, and you'll start to notice that you feel better and that your tastes are changing. Best of luck to you, and drop by anytime. Support is essential to success!
 
Mar. 26, 2012 9:41 am
Tremendous news ! I have been offline for a couple of weeks so I came looking for your blog in hopes that I would see something from you. The change in appetitie accompanies the change in lifestyle. I love the way that you are embracing both. Keep up the great work. It's been 11 months since I made my change and I can't even begin to think how I lived my life before. Great Job !
 
Mar. 27, 2012 7:48 am
Thanks, Doug! It's a slow process, but the changes are happening, and that's what I needed. The cupcakes got tossed, and I never even wanted another one. That's success for me right there! Your success story was very inspiring, and I know I'm going to do this, too! Thanks again for stopping in and for your encouragement. It is greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
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I'm a born and bred Southerner now living in the Midwest (temporarily!). I learned to cook by watching and helping my grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were wonderful Southern cooks who cooked by "feel" rather than by measuring. And that's how I cook now, too. Recipes are more of a suggestion than instruction for me. I love to garden and use my fresh veggies in my creations, especially salsa and hot sauce, which are my specialties.
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Christmas candy making with my mom. She lives across the country now, so we haven't been able to do that since I moved..better on the waistlines!
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Planning an outdoor party for 20 people where the main course and the main side dish were to be grilled. It was POURING when the time came. I moved everything inside and prepared the food on stovetop and oven, and it turned out beautifully anyway.
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Making biscuits at my mom's house one time and accidentally using plain flour instead of self-rising. Needless to say, I had to make another batch of biscuits when I realized what I had done! Otherwise, I've been pretty lucky!
 
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