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The Biggest Struggle in this Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle

Monday, February 07, 2011

The biggest struggle I have with my healthy journey is eating well. I don't have a problem with the exercise or with tracking my calories, although on a few days it is difficult to get in ENOUGH calories. My weakness lies in getting the PROPER nutrition, in particular fresh fruits and veggies.

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I do attempt to eat healthier. I make more healthy choices most days than I do less healthy choices. Even when I am eating drive through burgers I ask for double veggies, just to take away a bit of the pangs my conscience is sending me, telling me that the grilled chicken sandwich would have been a better option. Even staying within my calorie range I know I am not getting good nutrition as often as I should. My diet is way too high in fats and sodium. I'm doing great with cholesterol, though, despite the not so great choices. I really do watch that carefully. All of my drive through choices aren't red meat! emoticon

I think my problem isn't so much that I am addicted to fast food as it is that I am so busy rushing through my day, making sure that I have time for exercise and seeing to my mother's care and all of the other obligations I have that I just get lazy, for lack of a better word, and take the easy drive through route.

Saying that, I can see that part of it is a cop-out. I come home in time to fix dinner for my dad and husband before rushing back to be with my mother for her dinner hour at the rehab center. She can't eat unassisted and I know that despite good intentions that the staff there won't try as hard as I will to get her to eat. I will often go the drive through route for myself after I leave there. What I could do, what I SHOULD do, is pack my dinner and eat it there with my mother. I could do this for lunch and even breakfast when my dad doesn't take that "shift". Huh. I just posted what I should do on a public forum. I guess I have to work harder at this now that I have "outed" myself. emoticon

This was a great assignment given to the San Antonio team by our leader, VEGLILS, this morning. She asked us to blog about our biggest weight loss struggle. Because of her assignment, I am now feeling obligated to do better. Gotta love Super-Sparked leaders. They can make or break a team. She definitely MAKES ours! Thanks, Lillie! emoticon
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    You have a crazy, hectic schedule, and the things you do for your family inspires me to no end. You always make me want to be a better person. As far as your addiction to drive- thru's go, is it the actual food, or the convenience? That will make a difference of how to tackle the problem. If it's the food the set limitations for yourself such as only going by once a week, getting a grilled chicken, lot's of veggies, with mustard, on wheat, and only eat half the bun. If it's the convenience than you'll have to carry things with you so that it's no longer convenient. Remember too, that you don't have to quit altogether. But, you say you have a plan, and when MJ says she's got a plan, she succeeds! You're just awesome like that.
    3827 days ago
    HaHa, I feel ya! I have a problem getting in the right amount of protein and vege's & fruits also. Just keep trying, eventually it will happen daily!
    3827 days ago
    MJ-- you are doing excellent but it always floors me that you want to do even MORE-- you want to push even further! You amaze me!

    Now, as for your struggle--- that is my struggle too. I can stay in my calorie range eating basically anything I want, but not being a huge fan of fruit and not want to open a can of veggies, I tend to ignore those choices too often!

    I think just planning a head more is both of our solutions........... after my birthday, I SWEAR! Haha. Really, after my birthday I will definitely start working on this one. Until then, I am doing good to get all my exercise done and sleep. Haha.
    3827 days ago
  • BET212
    Packing your home-cooked meals 'to go' sounds like a great plan! I'll be working on a similar goal with the Healthy Cooking Challenge...taking home cooked lunches to work. I still rely too heavily on frozen convenience meals when I could save money and have healthier options by making them ahead of time and freezing the leftovers.

    3828 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Great Blog, MJ! That dang Lillie does know how to motivate us and make us think huh?!? :)
    3828 days ago
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