Let me draw you a picture: a woman, nearly 40, married to a great guy, has 3 beautiful and amazing kids. She has all the reasons to feel great and be happy. But She is overweight, tired, not happy, not satisfied, her head is full of voices that she can bearly hear her own. This is me. Well, that was me. Over a month ago I felt so lost, with no direction. I wasn’t patient with my kids, the house was a mess, I didn’t feel good. Well, you get the picture.
I cannot tell you exactly why I decided to change, it was a process that led me to the decision that things had to change. And I knew that the first step is to change my diet. The idea that I am addicted to sugar is not something new to me. Every diet I did in the past I always had rewards, a treat once or twice a week. It was chocolate or something else. And the craving for sweets never died, it was always there, lurking in the dark, waiting for me to just eat a little bit more. And I always did. And that is why I always failed and gained back everything and more.
This time, I decided to cut it all out! I decided to stop the chocolate, the coffee (that I have to drink with a sweetener and eat something sweet with it), the bread. Everything. The first few days were so hard. I was looking around the house for something to eat. The struggle was real!
Every time I looked for something sweet I decided to eat a fruit or a vegetable instead. After a few days, the desire for sweet calmed down and it got easier. I was looking for it less and found healthy and better ways to fill my days.
Here are some of the ways that helped me in my process:
- Remove the house from obstacles.
- Make meals in advance.
- Create a meal menu so I know what I eat and when.
- Drink lots of water. I drink almost 4 Lt. these days.
- I added exercise to my routine in the morning. At first, it was 10 minutes and now I do an hour 3 times a week.
- I listened to motivational lectures about health and self. It helped to motivate me and keep me in the path.
The difference in who I am today and who I was a month ago is huge, and I’m not talking only about the 11 pounds I lost (though I cannot say I don’t like that change 🙂 ). The craving for sweet is gone. There is some chocolate in the cupboard that my kids got and I don’t even remember that it is there unless they ask for it. I feel more energized, I can clean the kitchen at the end of the day and not just lay on the couch with no power. I feel much clearer in my head. That I can find solutions for things much more easily. That I have a plan and I’m not lost as I used to think. I feel more positive about everything.
I just feel great. It has been a long time since I felt this way. I love it and I love me (which I wouldn’t say in the past). This is my win!
It is a little change but it makes a huge difference. With all the work that I have done the past month, I feel that I am changing my life and making it better for me and for my family.
I have a long way to go and more work to be done, but I feel much stronger and confident about it than I ever been.
Did you ever try a change in your life that made a big impact on your life?
I will continue to update you here on my journey.
Until next time,
Don’t forget to smile 🙂