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I'm nearing the end of the Advocare cleanse round two, currently day 7, and I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how I'd like to proceed with my diet going forward. Post cleanse. Since I set out to overhaul my life in January 2011, I've experimented with many different ways of eating and meal planning, and I've tried every method I could possibly think of to help me lose weight, while still enjoying my life. It's always been incredibly important to me that I don't stop living, and enjoying the now.
Meal planning works best for me when I feel like I have freedom to choose what I'd like to eat. I need flexibility in order to succeed. When I feel confined and restricted by a diet, focusing on what I can't have rather than what I can have, it leads to emotional break downs with the big bad scale. Cause my hips don't lie. Strict dieting left me feeling one way: wondering where my next meal was coming from. This is never a good way to feel. It leads to a binge. Which leads to guilt. Which leads to more poor choices, and then before you know it, you're mad and crying with the scale alone in your bathroom. Don't pretend like you've never done it!
Food has always been the most difficult piece of the weight loss, weight maintenance please let me drop just one more percent body fat, puzzle for me. Work outs are not a problem. Ever. I LOVE exercise.
Food is the biggest struggle for me, and for obvious reasons, food is everywhere. Food is the social pillar of the southern girls front porch ya'll. It's supported by it's fun loving , loud, and omnipresent dominating neighbors labeled wine, beer & spirits. People gather around food and drinks, it's a fact of life and it's never going to change. Unless of course everyone in your social circle is following a similar dieting regimen, and are non alcoholic consuming adults living the exact same life style. Maybe that is the case for some people, but it ain't for me. In all aspects of my life, at work, home, friends, family- all get together s involve eating. Most, if not ALL, social scenarios involve booze.
This is why I need flexibility. I need freedom. I need to not feel guilty if I indulge a little at a party. I need to feel like I can have drinks with dinner on Saturday and not count every last drop. I need some freedom, to enjoy my life. I don't like feeling confined by specific numbers. I want to eat clean when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full.
Post cleanse, I plan to return to the way I was eating last Spring. I was happiest with food and social situations eating low carb, low cal, high protein, with a cheat on Saturdays. I felt freedom in designing my meals. The cleanse has forced me to reevaluate the way I've been eating, yet again. It's constantly evolving and changing. Probably because you have adult ADD.
August challenge recap, no weighing in for the entire month. I'm going to work hard, and focus on how I feel, eating clean, and taking on half training. I will however, weigh in September 1st. Let's see what happens, things just might get craZay round here! Oh honey, it's been craZay round here for a hot minute (you know you're thinking it)