Diet is Key

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2013_2015

I’ve been weight training for 2 years now.  My body has changed A LOT in that time.  However, I must say that I see the most progress when I follow my eating plan.  I call it an “eating plan” instead of a “diet” because it’s not a temporary thing.  Sure, the foods change from time to time, but the mission is the same: feed my body what it needs.

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It’s funny when I think back to the first eating plan I was given 2 years ago.  I thought it was crazy!  Really… I have to eat the same foods every single day?!   And with only one cheat meal per week?!  Admittedly some weeks were better than others.  I learned quickly that nuts and peanut butter were precious, but that I can’t keep them in the house if they’re not on my current list of allowable foods.  Here’s what’s crazy… I can buy peanut butter for the family, even the natural, no-stir variety.  But if I buy the kind I’m allowed to have, the kind that’s REALLY natural with no added sugars, my tablespoon portion will soon become an ice cream scoop! (and my body will show it)  Our food cravings and weaknesses are so mental!

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The most important thing I’ve learned when it comes to food is to eat clean (at least 80% of the time).  Once I eliminated processed foods, sugar, bread & dairy from my diet I started to feel SO much better!  I’ve learned that my body doesn’t even like those things.  My favorite “cheat” used to be a frozen yogurt from TCBY, until I discovered that it causes bloating and discomfort that lasts about 3 days… from one frozen yogurt!

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In case you’re wondering the toppings are nuts/granola/dark chocolate/strawberries.  Yes, every once in a while I get one anyway.  Ha!  But not right now.  Right now I am 11 weeks out and will stay true to my eating plan no matter what.

I was told that only 1% of the population will pursue this type of endeavor.  I like being in the 1% club.  Never in my life have I felt so focused.  Never before have I been an athlete.  Like so many things I wonder what took me so long to find this path.  No regrets.  I’m going to embrace today, enjoy my beef and avocado, and look forward to the changes tomorrow will bring.

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– If you are new to my blog and want to start from the beginning of this journey, start with Go All In.

3 responses

  1. This is exactly what I needed to read today. I’m starting my journey to weight loss again. I recently couldn’t work out due to a burn injury but now I’m back and changing it up by starting a clean eating plan. This helps motivate me. Please continue to share your journey!

    • Thanks for your comment Jessica! You can find tons of clean eating recipes on Pinterest. In fact, I have a whole board of them (of course). ha! Every change you make is one step closer to reaching your goals!

  2. Good stuff Andi,, I am having a tough time since my accident,,, as in “making excuses ”
    Your post is very inspirational,,, thanx

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