It’s my birthday, and what happens on birthdays? We eat cake! I love cake. It never really mattered the flavor, vanilla, chocolate and as I got older the cakes became more decadent! Hawaiian Paradise and Orange chiffon, the list goes on! I was raised around a family who always had sweets available. Cheese Danish, crumb cake, and muffins just to have at home on a regular basis. This was the norm. I honestly don’t remember to many fruits or yogurt being available. My Dad liked his crumb cakes and corn toasties so Mom was always buying them to make him happy. As a result, I was always “pleasantly plump”.
Throughout my childhood I struggled with my weight, the worst part was when my Dad thought he was being helpful by telling me I “looked” like I was putting on weight! Well then stop driving through Mc Donald’s every Friday to bring home chicken nuggets, fries and soda for dinner! No, I never said that, I loved those little nuggets and fries. I was a teenager after all! My mother died when I was 12 so my Dad really did try but because Mom did all the cooking, sometimes he was at a loss. Food became my go to for comfort. It didn’t matter what it was as long as I could eat. I can’t believe that it has taken me over 25 years to learn that I was a stress eater. On top of that, I always felt out of control which then lead into eating again because it was the only thing I could control. Unfortunately I didn’t use this for good. Birthdays, I ate, graduations, I ate, funerals, I ate. Why couldn’t I just lose my appetite at this last one? I could never understand how people could lose their appetite when someone died, me, I just wanted to eat. It was the one thing in my life I could control but had no self control.
As I got older I tried Jazzercise, dieting and by the way dieting meant don't eat. I was starving myself trying to lose weight until I got sick and tired of being hungry, then I
just ate until I felt like I could blow up, but I was happy once again! Then I did some other diets. I would count the number of points I can eat each day and then that number would decrease as I began to lose weight. Still if I was hungry I could still have my cake I just had to borrow from my reserve. I didn't really learn self control and I didn't understand that had a problem with food. Then I tried the other diet where I cut out all the carbs. That was extremely difficult because those are all the foods I love, pasta, bagels, rice and beans! I failed at that diet too because I didn't like being without my pasta, rice and bagels. I tried the pills, you know the ones that the doctors used to prescribe that have those awful side effects, ya, you can’t get those anymore! They worked though because again I didn't eat I just took a pill. In all of this I learned nothing other than I hated dieting and I hated being hungry. In the end I would eat, whatever I wanted, I just didn't care.
Then one day I was introduced to something that changed my life. I started losing weight I wasn't hungry anymore and honestly I was eating all the time. I ate 5 times a day, I felt like I was eating so much food, I could never understand why I kept losing weight. It was the craziest thing! Here’s the catch, I started really being mindful about the food I was eating, high in protein because I learned protein is not only important for muscle maintenance / growth but it sends a signal to your brain to let you know that you're satisfied. That is something that I never understood, how does one eat until they're satisfied? My experience has always been I would eat until full or stuffed. I finally came to a point one day when I was eating and focusing on my healthy food, my proportions, and I cleared my plate.A little bit later I realized that I wasn't hungry and I wasn’t full to the point where I was uncomfortable. It dawned on me my body was satisfied. I never understood what satisfied felt like. I was so proud of the fact that I finally got there and satisfied is not a bad thing after all!
It's my birthday today so should I eat cake? Here's what I've learned, if I incorporate the proper amounts of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and work in a little activity into my day, I can have a little piece of cake. I've also found self control because I remind myself that if I don't stop of things I could become “pleasantly pump” again and I have worked to hard to get where I am. Besides who wants to be pleasantly plump at 48? For me, I choose not have that cake because I know that there's so much more to life than just a piece of cake. I must say I am also proud to display my new found self control! Now I no longer live to eat. I eat to live, and my birthdays just get better and better with each passing year. This year for my birthday I will be teaching fit camp. What better way to share my birthday then to help others get and stay healthy!
Have you ever wondered about all the different conflicting articles you read about carbs? One article says they're bad, another says they're good. It's time to uncover some truths about carbs and set the record straight. The good, bad and ugly!
This event is free, you do not need to be a member of Anytime Fitness - NCC to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to register for the Buck Naked Burger Cooking Class
DATE AND TIME
Sat, March 25, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Anytime Fitness Nature Coast Commons
1267 Wendy Court
Spring Hill, FL 34607
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Reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-out-carbs-tickets-32671272656