Junked Out

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Confession… I love junk food. If I could live off of it, I probably would. Chips, bread, chocolate, ice cream, french fries, I don’t think I would ever tire of these things.

I was not until I cut them out of my diet though that I realized how often I consumed these products. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks… Each of these usually contained some form of unhealthy food.

When examining what we eat, the junk food is overwhelming. These habits are usually mindless, but harmful too. We grab chips and a soda to watch a movie, fast food on the way home from works…little things adding up.

It is not easy, I know, but dejunking our diets can drastically change our lives. I completely eliminated junk food, but even small steps of taking junk foods out is a step in the right direction.

Eating healthy takes more thought, but the benefits outweighs the effort of planning. Energy, health and overall feeling of wellbeing could be side effects of eating healthy.

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Every Day Counts

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Growing up I was always considered tall, even today at 5’10” I am still tall.  I was often told that I could wear anything, and it would look good…because I was tall.  I thought that’s nice and then did not give it a second thought.  I liked fashion, but was not a fashionista, I more went for cute, comfy and classic.  I never really cared about the size, I could get a large… because I was tall, I needed a 10… because I was tall.  Little by little, day by day, things were changing… I was changing.

I went into college aware of the “Freshmen Fifteen” and was determined to workout, eat healthy and maybe even lose some weight.

Did not work.

Why? Well, with the all you can eat cafeteria, events with free pizza, late study nights, and the excuse… I will workout tomorrow…it happened pretty easily.

The summer passed and I had gotten “back on track.” But fall semester came up quickly and the cycle started again. It was the following spring as I was working in DC that I realized… the scale tipped 200 Lbs., I stopped “growing” five years ago, and being tall has nothing to do with wearing a size 12-14.

It dawned on me, I had plan, but not follow through.  Each day I ate my bag of Raisinets and after arriving back from work, crashed on the couch.  At this point, the realization came, each day I would have to decide the step I was going to take.  No more… it will work out.  No more… I had a bad day.  Excuses would not change anything, each day would count, one way or the other.   Each day I had choice, go with what was normal (all you can eat) or get up and change my life. I will not say that the journey has been easy, but it has been worth it.  It was by the help, encouragement, and prayers of family and friends that I am where I am today.

Every morning I get up and pray that this day will count.  Not just count in terms of my health and wellness, but count in the actions I take, in the friends I make and the jobs I accomplish.  I wake up to the challenge of not just doing what is easy, but to fall into bed exhausted at night because of a busy and meaningful day.

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