A Day Without Peanut Butter and Other Nutritional Mishaps

I’ve written a bit about it before, but my nutritional journey has been fairly similar to a lot of other individuals; some days, it looks like I’m on the right path, and others, I feel like a fat child who’s received free range at a local doughnut shop. My health has gone up and down over the years, but like many of you, I’m looking to get it back on track.

As a child, I was raised with two grandmothers who made sweets…ALL.THE.TIME! Sweets are my downfall, but I know that it’s something I need to eliminate. Couple my love off sweets with my moderate exercise routine, and I was….an average sized child. As I got older, I quit a lot of the sports that I joined as a kid. One summer, I decided that TV was going to be my best friend, and I gained about 15-20 pounds…in three months! I stepped into the first day of the following school year unrecognizable. And, ever since that summer, it’s been a struggle for me to lose any weight…and keep it off!

But, I found myself on an exercise kick years later and managed to lose about 30 pounds and shed some inches! I felt good, but not skinny enough. As I strived to keep losing, my body shut down and I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. I was constantly going that I had forgotten to get proper sleep. And finally, it had caught up with me. Once I was diagnosed, it was hard to bounce back. No matter how much sleep I got, I was still tired the next day. I was doing yoga almost every day, but I was losing my results; my muscle was slowly turning back into fat.

Finally, after what seemed like forever, I joined a zumba class and started to get my body working again. And, recently, I’ve joined Team BeachBody as a coach and have completed programs like the 21 Day Fix, Rockin’ Body, and Hip Hop Abs in order to get myself back on track. I’ve started drinking a protein shake that helps cut cravings, and I’m reading a great book by Maria Menounos, “The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness,” which has workout tips, nutritional information, and a plan to help you live a more active life.

While all of this wonderful information is coming in, I keep hitting brick walls and getting flustered. It’s hard for me to resist sweets and my favorite restaurants. I was reminded of how important my health is this week when I came down with a terrible cold. I still haven’t bounced back, but it’s making me refer back to my old ways. I’m not exercising as much as I should be, and I’m eating with more of a carefree attitude. That’s definitely NOT a part of the plan!

So, what can you do if you constantly feel like you’re hitting a brick wall like me? Going back and forth, not being able to truly commit to something is the worst. I’ll share with you a trick from Maria Menounos. At first, enjoy what you want, but start cutting back you’re food intake and moving more. It’s simple! Say you typically have 8 slices of pizza for dinner, try eating only 7 and then have a side salad. Week by week, cut back a bit more and make that salad bigger, and soon you will be eating 1 or 0 slices of pizza and enjoying the salad! Second tip: move more! Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Instead of parking close to the store, park further away in the parking lot. By making small changes today, you can create healthier habits that last a lifetime! Make goals for yourself, start a food journal. See what you’re eating and what you’re doing every day, and think about how you can improve.

For me, I eat peanut butter daily. So, one day, I said to myself, “Let’s see if I can go the whole day without peanut butter.” And, when I accomplished that, I tried two days, three, four, five. Before I knew it, I had gone ten days without peanut butter. Simple, small cut backs and additions can get you back on track.

Have a happy and healthy life! And remember, we’re in this together!

Granny Smith – over and out

10 thoughts on “A Day Without Peanut Butter and Other Nutritional Mishaps

  1. Thank you so much for the follow on Bananas and Prunes. I hope my posts give you an occasional chuckle. Loved your insights and I will be back for more.

  2. Hey, Granny Smith–I am a peanut butter lover, too! My healthy son encouraged me to eat, guess what? Granny Smith Apples, with just a little peanut butter when I am really hungry between meals, and then my dearest friend lost 22 pounds doing that. I have started this and have lost 8 pounds, but I have found your words encouraging…start off small and then increase the victories as you can. I think I will go ride my bike….

  3. Wow…it sounds as if you’re on track with this post Nutritional Mishaps. I’ve made it to the 75 year mark with good health. I learned how to “eat responsibly” in my mid 40s after many years of disordered eating. Emotions leveled out and common sense took over. Not an easy journey though…I can understand where you’re coming from.

  4. Oh the woes of a woman and her body. I went through a similar chubby to fit phase and ever since my tiniest (year ago, now) I’ve been in a weird place with fitness. I think the relationship between food and nutrition goes out the window more for women than men because we see eating as a tender way to socialize and feel good. GLUTTONY also gets us like, whoh. I think at the end of the day it’s about balance. Which is sounds like your achieving, yay!!!

    P.S. LOVE Shaun T. Spent some serious time together during my Insanity phase. I have hip hop ab’s downloaded.. how do you like it??

    • First and foremost, thanks for your comment!

      In regards to Hip Hop Abs, I guess there is an expansion pack you can buy? When I purchased it, it was part of a deal with his other program, Rockin’ Body. And, I only received four discs, and the fitness calendar that was included with it made me do the same workouts over and over again, so I got bored quickly.

      It’s interesting because I didn’t get any workouts to the songs that were advertised, so I almost feel like I got the “wrong” product. I’d like to try the other songs and videos that he has in the Hip Hop Abs series, and maybe I’d have a better time.

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