I Plan To Eat!
Today is a workout rest day for my fitness program so I want to talk about eating healthy. Eating healthy is hard to start but easy to quit. Here’s my journey to it…
Turning 50 was such a life changing moment for me. It was a period of reflection, both inner and outer. I knew my life would never be the same. I had 50 years under my belt and I was uncertain about the number of years ahead of me. During this time, I reflected on at least 5 friends who didn’t make to 50 and a few who made it to 50 but not 60. It made me realize just how blessed I was to have reached this major milestone, in reasonably good health (along with some extra pounds).
Growing up in Louisiana, I ate a lot of red beans, rice, gravy, and fried meats. You name it… we ate it. As I grew older, I continued practicing those same eating habits. [Truth be told, I still love to eat coon (short for “raccoon” and considered a delicacy), greens, and candied yams every Christmas with my mom.] However, it began to catch up with me.
In addition to the weight gain, turning 50 opened the door to quite a few aches and pains. I have even approached the line of high blood pressure, but thankfully, I have not gone over that line! With all of these changes happening, at what seemed to be once, I started to make purposeful decisions about my life, my health, and my future.
In January, I made the commitment to lose 50 pounds by the end of 2015. It’s through working out and making small changes in my diet that has resulted in my 25 pound weight loss. Although the number of times a day I eat has increased, I now know what to eat and when to eat. I guess you can say that I plan to eat one day at a time.
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Planning to eat healthy takes time and discipline, and there are days when I just don’t feel like it. However, planning allows for occasional indulgence on some of the meals I grew up on, and it helps me stick to this healthier Grown Folks lifestyle. In the words of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, “I feel good!”
50 years behind me, uncertain number before me, and living with purpose! #GFEpart2.