Whenever I have started a “diet” before I was always excluding so many of the things I ate AND all at once. Without fail I would end up hungry, cranky and mad.
This time around, making smart choices has been another lesson I have learned. I LOVE food. Seriously cannot emphasize LOVE enough. But, with my smarter choices and becoming healthy, I still eat the things I love but either in smaller quantities or as a treat. Also, my tastes have changed. I find with the exercises I’m doing and while trying to find ways to maximize quality of food for calories, I am eating differently.
The one thing I have excluded completely is pop. And, I think it’s one of the best decisions I made. Being a southern/midwest girl and living in Oklahoma and Texas for most of my childhood there was one pop I loved more than anything….Dr. Pepper. But, becoming the healthy person I want to be made me realize that I had to give it up. So, I started slowly. I know some people are “all or nothing” types, but that is NOT me. I have to learn to be without something. I started going from 1 a day to 1 every other day to 1 a week and finally none at all. Over 3 months to remove it completely from my diet, but it made it so much easier.