Brace yourself for the secret I'm about to divulge. I have adopted clean eating.
I didn't mean to...I really didn't. It started really small and then just kinda took over. I'm not really sure what was the catalyst. It may have been the number I saw on the scale at the doctor or that the summer is coming, but whatever the reason it got real and all of a sudden I was craving better foods.
So in March I decided to start walking in the afternoons. My sweet cousins were looking for something to do so they jumped on my band wagon and we walked 2-3 miles a day. Then I decided to kinda watch the foods I was buying. I started buying more fruit and taking it to work with me. After a week of preparing and packing fruit for work, it kinda morphed into more salads, and more protein. In addition to fruit, I started drinking a lot of water. What I began to notice is I started craving my Diet Cokes and Diet Mt. Dew a lot less.
One week I just decided to set three goals: NO carbonated beverages, NO refined white flour, and walk 25 miles in one week. I succeeded with those three and so as a treat I got a skinny latte from Starbucks and decided I would give up caffeine. I would only have it as a treat. I surprisingly didn't have withdrawals at all.
The next week's goals weren't as easy to set. I decided I would keep a check on my whole wheat bread intake and try and walk 20 miles. Those goals weren't tough to obtain.
So each week I try and think about new goals. I really don't have new and different ones I just try and do something to make the week more focused. One week I decided I would track my food on an app on my phone and I would start Couch to 5k. I really have never wanted to be a runner. I am not athletic. I have enjoyed checking off the sessions each week though.
When I say I've eaten clean for the past six weeks, I have not been as regimented as I'm sure I have needed to be, but it hasn't been tough.
These are my rules:
I don't eat fast food.
I pack my lunch each morning no exceptions. (In the last two weeks I went to two conferences where breakfast and lunch were provided. I pulled out my tuna and quinoa and enjoyed my meal while others dined on Oby's, Taylor Grocery, and McAlister's.)
The food I buy in the store is minimally processed. I am not ready to harvest my own wheat just yet, or make my own sandwich meat so I buy the best I can find from the research I have done.
I have tried and tried to not write this blog post. I really hate to put myself out here. I know by admitting I now am accountable to keep this up.
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