In my blessed teens, twenties and even the first half of my thirties, I could do a bit of yoga, go for a jog and voila, I could pack away pizza, cookies, ice cream - you name it. Do any of you know those Duncan Hines freezer cakes? No word of a lie, on a typical Friday night I could polish off one of those babies and a two liter tub of rocky road and still slip effortlessly into my skinnies. I'm now secretly jealous of girls like me, so don't feel bad if you resent the young me too.
As my thirties clicked on toward my forties, things began to change and this was no longer the case. But I still believed. I believed Tony Horton when he said do P90-X and you can eat like a footballer, I believed Chalene Johnson when she said Turbo-Jam would set my metabolism on fire. I believed Tracy Anderson when she promised that there would be French Fries in my future.
Now before you go getting all defensive and tell me that none of those people ever promised any of that, or that you were the one person who did the workout and can now eat anything you like, you should know that:
A) I'm really happy for you and even a lot jealous. And...
B) I am being a little tongue in cheek here to make a point so lemme get to it.
All of the above are excellent trainers whom I respect and admire very much and incidentally all of their programs include a diet you should follow for optimum success. But as you know, I am not a "good little dieter". I suck at it. I have gotten so bruised and battered from falling off the diet wagon it's amazing I can walk at all. But after a visit from my sister and my best friend a little over five weeks ago, I came to the realization that I was no longer that girl who could eat anything she liked. It finally sunk in, but with that came the intense desire to learn how to eat because I do NOT want to be a yoyo dieter for the rest of my bloody life thank you very much!
I reached out to you lovelies in a post to get some answers and from there made the very tough choice to give up sugar. I think deep down inside I secretly hoped that by giving up tummy enemy number one, the sweet stuff, I'd then be able to go back to eating as much of anything else that I wanted. Getting off sugar is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but I'm here to tell you it isn't the cure. It's harder to admit than it is to hear believe me. But that's the reality of middle age, I'm sorry to say. Maybe if I did do an hour of cardio 7 days a week, I might be singing a different tune, but I don't so I'm not.
Which brings me back to my opening statement, your diet is very important.
But that does not mean that you have to be on a diet! You don't have to just eat salad for the rest of your life or only drink smoothies, purees and juices to fit into your favorite pair of jeans. I am here to say that help is indeed on the way!
I gave myself a month off sugar to go ahead and eat whatever else I wanted in order to cope with the anxiety of dealing with my addiction to sugar. The great news is that I didn't gain any weight. The not so great news is that I didn't lose any either.
But since then, I have made some other changes. I've cut out the junk like chips and fries and I've been keeping track of the amount of protein I get each day to ensure that I'm getting enough. And low and behold, three pounds have come off.
I haven't been eating like I'm on a diet, I've just been eating cleaner and taking in more protein. But what does that actually mean? We all think we're eating pretty clean and still we don't lose the last five. So what have I been doing? Not going it alone for starters. I've had help.
My girl Janice over in the UK has been working on a brand new cookbook designed especially for people like me! Like us! People who want to eat clean, who want to know what's in the food they're eating, and who just want to enjoy meal time without a whole lotta fuss and without feeling like we're on some damned diet or other. I want to eat food that I can share with "he who shall not be named", or my parents or friends should they come to visit. Since I started this whole journey nearly two years ago, I have been searching for a balanced lifestyle. For a way of eating that I could enjoy for the rest of my life and Janice's book is the perfect jumping off point.
Please do yourself a favor and check out her new Website -- Easy Tasty Clean -
where you can have a look at her new book Easy Tasty Clean, Recipes to Support a Healthy Lifestyle, and get a copy! As Janice admitted herself, since cooking each and every one of these recipes to photograph and prep for the book, she found herself now weighing what she did when she was twenty years old! How great is that?!
The book goes on sale tomorrow, Saturday September 1st! Why not kick off a new month with some new recipes to fuel that red hot body you've been working so hard for. It's a busy back to school season for many of you and I promise that most of these recipes can be whipped up and on the table inside a half hour!
If you're a fan of the Method, you know that Tracy assures you that with her strategic muscle work and her dance cardio you don't have to worry about spending time creating a butt and thighs that you don't want. Her Method was designed to keep you lean. Well now you have the perfect cookbook to go along with it. You can make the dishes in Janice's book without having to worry about cooking food that's going to make you chubby or that's going to taste like bland boring diet food. Not to mention the foods featured in the book are every day items you've got in your own kitchen. I've already road-tested a few of the recipes, you can read a review here, and I'm looking forward to getting a copy and trying out a lot more!
With diet in mind, I've got a new body challenge for you, but more on that this weekend.
As well, the 11th of September marks my two-year anniversary blogging about my trials and tribulations on the Method and a few of you have been wondering what's going on with my body. Do I still look the same as my after photos? Have I morphed into the before girl once again? I am going to say that I'm neither - I am some place in the middle and plan to share some new photos so you can get an idea of what maintenance, my maintenance, actually looks like.
Until then, thanks so much for reading and sharing this journey.