I really love reading blogs. I love those lengthy posts with a lot of random thoughts that have nothing to do with the actual post. I like to know what the person is thinking, what is in the writer’s head. I think that that’s the reason I started a blog. A, I wanted to have a place to ramble and get my thoughts out, B, so that other people could learn my me, from my mistakes, and C, so that friends and such could keep up with my life, not that I have told a single friend about this blog, but that is beside the point. I’m still working on that one.
Since my senior year of high school, or maybe it was my junior year, I have loved working out. I have also really loved the idea of eating healthy. Granted, I don’t have as much determination and will power as some people to carry out my healthy lifestyle, or my idea of a healthy lifestyle, and I end up quitting and starting over after a week of eating the good food- ice cream, french fries, chips, candy, basically lots of fried food and lots of sugar sweet food. Food that isn’t the best for me is what I always bounce back to.
Maybe part of the reason is because I am a picky eater. I don’t like to be forced to try a food. I like to try new foods at my own pace on my own time. I don’t want a crowd of people watching me as I try quinoa for the first time. That’s too much pressure. What if I don’t like it?
I think that another reason is that I am lazy. I get tired and make excuses for anything and everything. In my defense, eating healthy in college is really hard, and working out takes a lot of motivation to go do. My friend and I, my freshman year (lol look at me talking about my freshman year like it didn’t end just a couple of months ago), stayed pretty consistent with all of the working out and attempting to eat healthy. We probably worked out four times a week, so that wasn’t the issue. The issue is that my view of “healthy” food was very skewed. For example, I figured that because Wheat Thins aren’t potato chips, and they are WHEAT, they are healthy. I told myself that eating a few handfuls with cream cheese on it was fine and healthy. I would also go eat some of the frozen yogurt in the caf (I call the cafeteria, “the caf,” how hip am I? Just kidding, everyone and their mother calls it the caf) just because I was tempted by someone else eating it, or I just worked out, so it made sense. And really, one cone of frozen yogurt wasn’t going to hurt me, right?
Well, the thing is, I was having this frozen yogurt multiple times a week and sometimes twice a day. I know, I’m sorry- I feel guilty about doing that- I now know that froyo has a ton of sugar in it and it really isn’t all that great for me. People would send me care packages with cookies or M&M’s and so I felt obligated to eat the cookies before they went stale, and I couldn’t just throw away the M&M’s- that was wasteful. Looking back, I should have just shared the cookies with my friends so that I wouldn’t eat them all and my friends could have a nice homemade treat. I should have given away the M&M’s, too.
I’ve had this kind of relationship with food (side note, relationship with food is a weird term and phrase. I feel like I am on some testimonial TV show advocating for some new health food or diet cleanse. Is it just me? Yeah I thought so.) for a long time and I have always made excuses for everything non-nutritious that I put in my mouth. Honestly, to this day, I still do that. I still can justify eating a bunch of cookie dough. I am trying to teach myself that it is okay to eat cookie dough every once and a while, but I cannot eat a lot of it, and it can’t happen multiple times a week.
Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on food and eating right. By eating right, I mean not starving myself, not eating “low-calorie” foods that are marked so, not pre-packaged food that doesn’t expire for seven months, not protein bars in replacement for meals, not no-carb diets, none of that. Right now, I am interested in being healthy. While I would also not mind becoming more toned and fit, I really want to treat my body correctly, because as Pinterest would say, “You only get one body, so treat it right.” I’m not sure if that’s the exact quote, but you get the jist, or I hope you do because I don’t want to explain that right now.
As I am focusing on working out and eating right, I have purchased a few eBooks and I am testing out this new way of eating that I should have done many years ago. I bought Kayla Itsines‘ HELP guide, which is the most straight-forward guide so far. It is very simple, straight to the point, and helpful (See what I did there?).
I am going to try to keep myself accountable on this blog that you are reading, Sweetly Sally, if you have forgotten because this post is so so long (sorry). I am going to maybe even post what I eat in a day on some days too, if y’all would like that. Y’all, being the few readers that I do have.
Because this post is so long (sorry again), I am going to make a to be continued post. I know, I hate those to be continued anythings- like that one time in Hannah Montana when Miley Stewart told Jake Ryan that she was Hannah Montana and she fainted and it was to be continued. Well, now that I am thinking about it, maybe it wasn’t to be continued and maybe it was just a one hour special… Whatever. I am “to be continue”ing this post because it is too long, and although I will not spill what’s inside, I will tell y’all some stuff without ruining it, so that you can go buy it (No, I am not an affiliate… I wish!)!