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Ah, the omnipresent existence of cyber-space and blog readers keeps me honest. Oftentimes painfully so. I am ashamed to report that the past several days have not found me remotely compliant with the BTD. More girl scout cookies, take-out burritos, peanut M&M’s and the deadly Oreo Cookie shake a’la Jack/Box. I ran out of time to go grocery shopping, didn’t have any fish in the house and was just plum too tired/stressed to worry constructively about food.
Stuffing myself to the point of seam-busting seems to be one of the last bad (self-destructive) behaviors that I have left. (I’ve been working very hard for the past several years to create serenity, peace and health in my life.) Without going into detail, I’ll admit that the other bad behaviors were much worse than the over-eating one and if that’s all that’s left, I’m doing really great!! But, with me being me…really great isn’t nearly good enough. I want to have all bad behaviors irradicated from my system completely. This includes “numbing out” with food. I don’t have the time for eating poorly and my body just doesn’t enjoy bad foods anymore. The trick is getting my habits to go along with what my body wants and needs.
My body knows and begs to have its’ needs and wants satisfied. Case in point: Yesterday I was completely exhausted (too many late nights this week completing homework/research) and running on fumes food wise. When I got to campus in the evening I got a tuna fish sandwhich and just picked off the fish (of course mixed with mayo and celery) without eating the bread. This was accompanied by a veggie (an Asian one that I don’t know how to spell!!) from the night before. Within 20 minutes of eating, I felt strong and energetic! Tuna is a bennie for us AB’s, and the veggie, if it’s not a bennie, it’s at least a neutral.
I don’t know why it still surprises me that I feel so good when I eat right (for my type!), It makes sense cognitively, but I’m still amazed at the very real physical reaction that occurs. I compare it to that feeling that a body has when aspirin wipes away the headache in a very noticeable way. It’s like jet-fuel hits my blood stream and I’m ready to motor!! I think that tuna may be my new superfood (but I’ll not give up on Dr. Schulz…just add to the actual Superfood regimen).
Okay, so with all confessions out of my system, do know that I continue to swim in the pool every day (now adding weekends b/c I’m on campus anyhow) and am FINALLY going to a yoga class tonight. It’s for beginners and if I like it, I’ll invest some moo-lah and purchase a package. My body is closing in on itself for lack of stretching…I need some serious help! I was thinking too that yoga may be a new incentive for me to stick to the diet. Jack, the other AB blogger often says, “Eat to fuel.” I’m not quite there yet…but do like the concept and certainly want to stop eating-to-numb…
So, have a great weekend BTD dieters and friends. Stay compliant, be well and take care. And write to me!! I haven’t gotten a single message since February 19th!! I feel so unloved!! Let me know how the BTD is working for you…what are your successes, bumps in the road, inspirations, strategies, etc?
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