I have decided to take a week long vacation from the TV. I came to this decision after noticing that I was only eating when I was sitting in front of the TV and eating a lot every time I sat in front of the TV. It was even triggering binges! This stems from growing up snacking in front of the TV. Though we always ate dinner together as a family at the table, lunch and breakfast were usually done in front of the TV as well as snacking. Eventually snacking became associated with the TV to the point where every time I watched television I had to be putting something in my mouth. I’m sure I can hold this accountable for a good portion of my weight gain.
No TV has already turned into a positive thing. Tonight, since I was unable to watch TV, I cleaned the kitchen (which definitely needed it). What an accomplishment! Not only did I finally avoid snacking after dinner but I accomplished a task that had probably been needing to be done for the past three months! Let’s see what else I accomplish while on this TV protest!
Attitude is one of the things that has had to change most for me. I’ve had to give up my whining and excuses and start just getting over myself and doing it. I admit it, I was lazy and that’s how I gained the extra 70 pounds. I sat around all day and ate every time I was in front of the TV. I was picky with what I wanted to eat so my diet consisted of almost no meat, fruit or vegetables. I ate a lot of pasta, and I mean tons. I indulged myself in ice cream and chocolate very often and constantly relied on greasy fast food. On September 25 I was involved in a car accident that left me in severe pain. This was a wake up call. As I became even more sedentary my fibromyalgia kicked in and my joints even started to hurt from carrying the weight. As the end of 2011 came around I felt it was time for a change. Not just a change in eating of in exercising but a lifestyle makeover. January first hit and a few days went by before my switch flipped. All of the sudden all I wanted to eat was chicken and tons of veggies. I knocked the carbs out of my diet, brewed iced green tea daily to increase my water intake, and began walking and being more active. Then I started feeling proud of myself. I was proud everyday when I pushed myself harder or tried a new food. I’m about three weeks in and my lifestyle has begun its transformation. I no longer eat out unless it’s an absolute necessity and when I do I try to go as healthy as possible. I’m falling in love with being active playing ate the park, a game of horse in basketball, and getting competitive with my husband. I enjoy pushing myself harder than I thought was possible. I seem to have a new mindset these days. A new, more positive attitude.
Ahhh… portions, my enemy. I recently put this on my fridge to help keep my self from dishing out huge portions for myself (my thinking has always been a little more won’t hurt). I haven’t yet been using it all the time but have definitely started to check it when I dish up my food sometimes to try and keep my meals small. I highly suggest posting this on your fridge if you have difficulty with giving yourself large portions. Remember, Do you really need that much food?
Who am I?
I thought it would be nice to introduce my family! My family (husband, horses, and cat) are what is going to get me through my journey. They keep me strong and provide me with the support I need. They are the most important thing to me! On the top left is my amazing wonderful husband. This man means the world to me. He is always there for more and takes such great care of me. I couldn’t ask for a better man in my life. On the top right is me and my father (I am now 70lbs heavier than I was at my wedding in this picture). He passed away a little over a year and a half ago and I miss him so much. He was such a big part of my life as my mother was sick a lot when I was young and he did a lot to raise me. I miss him more than anything. The bottom left is a picture of my beloved horse Wendell (aka Wenny). He is my baby and my child. He is 7 years old and is such a mommas boy. He practically crawls into my lap and loooves to give out kisses and style peoples hair. The bottom right is a picture of my older (21 years old) pony Tigger. He is a Norwegian Fjord and has taught so much over the many years Ive had him. We have done everything together! Now he is mostly retired but still bosses everybody in his pasture around.
I’m Allison, a 23 year old overweight wife trying to improve my life. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world and have two wonderful horses (Wenny and Tigger). Once I hit the 200lb mark I decided it was time for a change. My husband and I have completely changed our lifestyle and now eat healthy small meals and are much more active. Some of my favorite activities are playing basketball and football, horseback riding, hiking, and anything competitive. I used to train horses and teach horseback riding lessons but on September 25, 2011 I was t-boned in a car wreck and am currently unable to teach or ride. I decided to take the time that I couldn’t work to work on myself and my health. Here I will post inspirational material, exercises, recipes, and just about any other random thing I can think of. Thanks for visiting!