Monday, July 25, 2016

Sometimes, I just want to eat junk…

In our world, weekdays are pretty busy. So when the clock strikes quittin’ time on Friday, the Mr. and I make it a point to go kick it. Now “kickin’ it” takes on a variety of forms for us. For example, we welcomed this weekend with dinner (for us) then a little sandal shopping (for me) at one of my favorite malls.

As we walked through the mall food court, I was immediately swept away by the mixed aromas of fresh baked cookies, waffle fries and an array of other deep fried foods – the likes of which I haven’t indulged in nearly two months. Before I knew it, we were right smack through the center of it all, and y’all I thought I’d pass out. I’m not totally sure, but I think I felt heart palpitations. And even though I really enjoyed my earlier simple, yet savory meal of rotisserie chicken and grilled zucchini, I could’ve sworn my mouth began to water at the sight of a plate of orange chicken and a slice of mall cheese pizza.

Cheese pizza FROM A MALL, people…

© Robert Byron |

© Robert Byron |

So, at that moment I announced to my husband that sometimes I just want to eat junk. Junk. You know – fatty fried foods, salty snacks and oh yes REFINED sugar. Ohhh the refined sugar. Yes, occasionally, all that greasy, artery clogging, inflammation causing junk food beckons me, like a siren’s song, to come. And sometimes I want to answer the call. I want to just close my eyes and scarf down a piece of cake with really sweet frosting then wash it all away with a nice, strong, ice cold coca cola (which, by the way, I stopped drinking years ago).

I made my declaration and then, oddly enough, I felt better. I was done. Which leads me to one of the most valuable observations I’ve made while on this healthy eating journey – sharing my raw thoughts and feelings about food, cravings and such is pretty liberating. There’s something about simply acknowledging that seems to strip my cravings of their evil hypnotic powers, at least for the moment. And, for the moment, is usually all I need.

Could work for you, too. Maybe your struggle isn’t with maintaining a healthy diet. Maybe it’s something else that taunts or tempts you. Have you ever considered shining a spotlight on it and sharing it with someone else as a way of severing its annoying grip? Think about it. 

In the meantime, I continue my journey one day at a time, one meal at a time, often one moment at a time. Choosing blueberries over butterfingers isn’t always easy, but somebody’s gotta do it. Stay tuned for other valuable insights and wisdom gained from my healthy eating journey.

Oh btw, the sandal shopping came up empty that day, but the next day… #score

Monday, January 13, 2014

Week 2: Five Simple Ways to Be Healthy

Week 2_Be HealthyIt’s that time of year again. You know the drill, ladies. In January, we vow to pull out our walking shoes and pound some pavement in hopes of shaving off those extra holiday pies, cakes and cookies that suddenly showed up on our thighs and tummy. Check the list of just about anyone who makes New Year’s resolutions and you are likely to find something regarding an improvement to their physical well-being. Exercise more… Eat better… Run a marathon… etc. etc.

I turned 40 almost two years ago. This rite of passage into REAL adulthood (because of course you’re not truly grown until you hit 40, right?) came with a few unexpected surprises. The main one is the seemingly intense opposition to any attempt to lose weight. Whereas only a few years ago all I had to do was cut out sweets and that alone would annihilate any extra pounds I may have gained. Not so today, my friends. It seems I received a new metabolism when I turned 40. I can’t prove it, but I think they traded me out for a used model. Hmmm…

So, although I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, I did enter this year relieved the holiday eating season was over. I’m ready to get back to basics with the better health habits that have served me well in the past. I realize not everyone has a need to resolve to lose a few pounds, but we all should have an ongoing resolve to be healthy. With that in mind, here’s a short list of five things everyone should do in an effort to be healthy. 

  1. Eat right: Over the years I’ve successfully cut out many foods that I know aren’t good for me, but I still have a few to go. Fruits, veggies, whole grains and protein are always winners. Make sure you’re eating enough servings of them all.
  2. Get moving: I’ll admit this is the area that challenges me the most. It’s important to find some form of physical activity you enjoy. Actually enjoying it will increase the likelihood that you will continue to do it. Having an exercise partner helps, as well. I’m still working on finding something I truly enjoy. In the meantime, good old fashioned walking always helps.
  3. Drink water: The recommendations on daily water intake vary. I have always tried to stick to the 8-8 oz glasses a day. When I am actually able to meet that goal on a regular basis I can see and feel the difference.
  4. Get check-ups: Do you get regular check-ups from a primary care physician and/or gynecologist? If not, you should. Now is as good a time as any to start. My annual check-ups from both are coming up soon.
  5. Laugh often: Proverbs 17:22a says, “A joyful heart is good medicine.”(emphasis added) One thing that brings me great joy is any cause to belt out a hearty laugh. I can actually feel the difference, and I’ll bet you can, too. Try it. Find reasons to laugh a little more and let the joyful heart that comes with a good laugh work in you like medicine.

In closing, I’ve learned that good health is not just about skinny jeans and dress sizes. We all know how healthy one is cannot be completely determined by whether or not she’s a skinny mini or a plus size pretty. Likewise, there are some things about this life that will forever remain outside our control. However, the one thing we can do is simply resolve to do our part to take care of the bodies we’ve been given. I hope you’ll join me this week and forever and commit to be a healthier you.

What are some of your favorite “be healthy” routines?



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

C What I’m Reading

It’s hump day! It’s also day 3 of my Be Completely You writing challenge, and I’m trying NOT to keep asking myself whose bright idea this was anyway. It’s actually already been good for me. I’m forced to not only think about writing but write SOMETHING, no matter how simple, each day. I sure hope you aren’t bored yet. 🙂

Over the summer I told you about a book I decided I should read. Remember, I was talking about the whole trying to eat right and exercise thing. I even told you about the snazzy pair of running shoes I bought to support my healthy efforts.

Going places...

Well, I’m proud to say I’ve put a few miles on those shoes (even trying to do a little, I do mean little, running every now and again), and I FINALLY (3 whole months later) purchased that book I told you about. Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

Better late than never, right? Besides, I was waiting for some of you to join me for this read, but sadly there were no takers.:-(

But I digress…

Last week, I read this blog post by a young lady named Sarah. In this post Sarah shares her story about how the book has really helped her to begin putting food in its rightful place in her life and set her on the road to becoming a healthier woman. It’s a great testimony! As a matter of fact it was so inspiring that I ventured out to my local Barnes and Noble (R.I.P. Borders!), braving the lunch rush hour, to finally snag my copy of the book.

I’ve been reading the book (as evidenced by the paper clip you see in the picture 🙂 ) for the past week, and I’m really enjoying it. Monday through Friday, I spend an hour each day reading a chapter then recording my responses to the Personal Reflections questions in a journal. Usually my Made to Crave time is sandwiched (no food pun intended) between my time in the gym and dinner. I never thought about it before now, but how apropos, don’t you think?

I believe what’s most exciting to me about this book is that, just as I suspected, the content can easily reach far outside the box of food cravings. The truths written in this book can easily be used to teach about so many other cravings that lure us into unhealthy places and distance us from the presence of God. It’s really quite refreshing! I strongly recommend you check it out, maybe even consider it for a small group or book club discussion. I know I am.

If you had to confess one craving (food or otherwise) that teases and tempts your appetite, what would it be?

Completely ME,

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