New Beginnings

Hello my beautiful friends,

I decided something today as I was grocery shopping. (Yes, I do adult things occasionally). I have decided to become a healthy eater. Now, I don’t mean I’m going to jump on the fitness train and become some body builder. But I do intend to slowly cut out the bad things in my diet.

Now, let me start off by saying I’m not a huge meat eater in the first place. And it’s not even because of the killing/torturing animals thing (sorry to all you vegans out there) I just simply don’t like the taste. SO, I don’t eat meat. I have chicken every once in a while but nothing crazy. I’m educated in other ways to obtain my protein and iron that you get from eating red meat, so no worries there.

What I want to do, is slowly cut out things that aren’t good for you – sugar, too much salt, high fat foods, processed foods, etc. I’m considering cutting out dairy if I can come up with a good alternative to milk. I do love my milk. I bought Almond Milk today, so I’m going to give that a go.

I do want to have a more raw, plant based diet. I’m open to trying just about anything. If it ends up with me being a vegetarian or vegan or whatever, then so be it. I just know I need to change my diet. I have no energy all the time, my insomnia is out of control, I’d like to lose a few pounds, and be more lean. My goals aren’t unrealistic and actually quite easy to obtain. I just need the self discipline to do so.

Now, I did have a gym membership with Goodlife, and I went maybe 3 times out of the whole year. Now that was a waste of money, so my plan is to start with some at home workouts that I’ll do 3x per week and see how that goes. If I keep it consistent and keep up with it – then yeah, I’ll go ahead and get another gym membership, but I’m not about to waste all that money again. Lesson learned.

So today, while grocery shopping I bought a lot of fresh fruit, veggies, protein powder, gluten free snacks, Quest bars, Special K cereal, frozen fruits and veggies (good for smoothies in the morning) and other things along those lines. When I was looking through the aisles, I actually took some time to read over the ingredients. I’m cautious about the amount of sugar and the amount of sodium & the fat content. I’m okay with the good fats, not okay with the bad fats.

I plan to really increase my daily water intake, especially if going to the gym becomes a regular thing. Luckily, my dad and stepmom are really into nutrition and health so they’ll be able to send me in the right direction. I can ask them any questions. And before I get any comments, my stepmom is actually trained in this stuff. Plus, I really like their routine and I like the results both of them have had with their diet and exercise routines.

So, best of luck to me. I’m going to start lightly integrating such healthy foods into my diet this week, but since it’s Wednesday night at 11:06 PM EST, I’m not going to go hardcore. I’m still going to enjoy pasta while I can this week! But starting next Monday, it’s showtime. I know I’ll have off days and days that definitely do not go well but I have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this dietary change won’t happen over time.

Wish me luck friends.

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