Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore

Healthy Eating: I cannot eat like a 19 year old anymore
It is not all about just exercise anymore.

I need to start acting my age or at least start eating like my age too. It is not easy eating healthy at time when you constantly want to act a little bit younger. At the same time, it is time to turn my bad habits in healthy eating habits.  I can not eat like a 19 year old anymore. I was a little bit heavy for a 19 year old at that age as well after looking back at old pictures.

The big thing that really seems to complicate my life is that I edging towards turning 40 in November. It is a number that still scares the crap out of me.  I am not ready to reach this age yet.   I do realize that I need to make peace with it soon, but will be a work in progress.

One of things that I really reminds me of my age is my eating habits. I have had to make a lot of changes to my diet in the last year. My body's metabolism has definitely slowed down quite a bit and can see it when I am not being active.  After my last surgery in December, I gained about 10 pounds and have been fighting to get the pounds off again since then.

It has not been easy. In fact, it has been quite a bit of a challenge and struggle with it. The scale has not wanted to budge a bit. It has almost become a bit of a war on my body.

At first, I started Pilates and thought I could just do a 2 or 3 day a week exercise plan and be able to slowly get the weight off.  Nope! This plan did not work.

Then I moved onto a 5-6 days a week exercise schedule.  Nope! Still no budge on the scale.

That's when I had to enlist the powers of peer motivation and a trusty food diary to get my weight to come off.  I signed up for MyFitnessPal and started writing down everything that went into my mouth along with all of my exercise. I even purchase a digital pedometer and logged my walking at the end of the day through MapMyFitness.

It has been almost a month and I have had some mixed success.  I did slowly see the scale move downward, but it has been a very slow path for me still. The results come even with making some difficult choices - some with a bit of sadness - and a 6 day workout schedule.

There has been some lessons in the process of this. First, I have learned that I can not eat very heavy after 7 PM and expect the scale to go down the next morning. It will not happen not matter much I exercised earlier during the day. It is best to start the day a little bit more heavier and then eat lighter meal for dinner. It gives me enough time to take a walk or pull out a big Pilates workout during the day.

Second, protein is super important part of eating healthy. It is important to get as close to my recommended amount each day if I want to do have lean muscle instead of flabby muscle. I am starting to see the point of it in my body as I start seeing changes. My arms are finally starting to lose some of the tricep jiggle.  I am slowly developing mini lady guns and the arm sleeves are starting to get a little snug as a result.  That's something that I am not going to complain about.

My lower abs area where I had my surgery and still have signs of all of my surgical and pregnancy battle wounds is still a work in progress, but I am SLOWLY starting to see my hard work pay off. My husband made a comment the other day saying that he saw some external oblique toning starting to show.  This completely made my day!

Third, it is important to give yourself enough water so the fiber that you are able to consume does its job in the lower GI.  Fiber + Water = HAPPY and flatter tummy! No bloating here allowed!

I may not be able to have my ice cream or non-gluten-free cakes, but I found that I am enjoying foods that really help me feeling more energized during the day. I also find myself being able to sleep seven to eight hours a night and not feel tired the next morning. I am definitely what I eat.  I am not 100% perfect, but I am a work in progress.

Healthy eating is very important if I want to live a long life.

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