“Trainers don’t know what it’s like to have to lose weight.” ”You don’t know how hard it is to workout when it’s not your job.” ”This is easy for you. You’ve been eating like this for a long time.” ”I’m sure you don’t even have to think about it any more. It’s just all natural.”
These are all comments I’ve gotten. How many of them are true? NONE OF THEM. Let me address the first one. I have gained and lost weight 4 times now and am working on the 5th time. I had a “fat summer” when I was 19. I spent the summer doing an internship and stayed with a host family. Thanks to her cooking and to the carrot cake at a famous restaurant in town, I gained 30 pounds in a summer! Yea. That’s not a typo. When I came home, my brother took one look at me and said, “My sister left with one butt and came home with two!” Thanks, bro. I know how hard it is to lose weight. I know the frustrations, I know the discipline, I know the dedication. I know. I have had the most weight to lose with this fourth pregnancy. I gained roughly 45 pounds. I’ve lost 31 pounds and have 14 to go. Do I know what it’s like to have to lose weight? Yes, yes I do.
Do I know how hard it is to workout when it’s not your job? Yes. I’ve not been working since having this baby and probably won’t for awhile. It is really hard to take care of four kids, do life AND find time to workout. I have to fit it around my husband’s work schedule and he kindly let’s me sneak away 3-4 times a week right now. Sometimes, I have to settle for working out at home. I’m tired…no exhausted and I don’t always feel like working out. I always have something else I could do, but I know that I want the benefits of working out so I just.do.it.
And as for the other two comments about it being easy to eat healthy because I’ve done it for so long that it’s probably natural…well, it’s not always easy. I’ve had picky kids, a somewhat picky husband who likes to eat out, and often a limited budget. I know how hard it is to eat healthy. It’s not always easy, especially if there are brownies laying around. I like brownies. I like french fries and I like easy. I know how hard it is to start a new habit. In fact, I am embarking on a “new habit” or new way of eating right now.
My baby has terrible reflux so I am trying to eat dairy free to see if he is struggling with digesting milk proteins. I didn’t realize how much dairy I was taking in until I had to pay attention to it! I didn’t realize it would change “social eating” and “date night eating.” Reading labels is necessary and you’re not able to do that at someone’s house or in a restaurant. So, you just have to stick with what you know doesn’t have dairy like the veggie tray. Unless I make the birthday cake (sans butter and milk), then I will not eat birthday cake. On Valentine’s, we often get pizza for the family and eat a “red” dinner. No pizza for me. I ate a salad while the rest of my family ate pizza. It smelled good. It looked good and I really wanted a bite. I know the discipline it takes to change your eating.
Change is hard. It doesn’t matter who you are. Granted, there are some people (some trainers) who have been at it for a long time. Or, they have a goal or competition in front of them to keep them focused. Some people seem to have more discipline than others, true. But, tell anyone they they need to change something, and it will take discipline, effort, focus and work…hard work. I guess it comes down to how bad you want the change. Do you want the change more than you want the pain of staying the same? I do. I want to be healthy. I want to feel good in my own skin. I want to take care of me and take care of my family which means I put in effort to find food that is healthy and that they’ll eat. It takes work to create healthy meal plans on a budget. It takes time. Man, it takes time. But, it’s worth it.
Lately, I’ve been searching for new recipes to add to my family’s dinner rotation and recipes to substitute for stand bys that I used to make that had dairy in them. I’ve experimented with all kinds of things including new creamer recipes, baking with coconut oil, using coconut and almond milk in recipes and searching for ways to use different foods to get more calcium and protein (2 things I am missing without dairy products.) All of this experimenting and researching is hard work! It’s probably not helpful that I’ve taste tested much more food than I need to. I think I’ve had too much coconut everything and need to SLOW DOWN. I thought I’d share a few things I find as I go. I LOVED my protein pancakes that have cottage cheese in them and needed to search for a new healthy pancake recipe. I think I found it. I combined a few different recipes and created “Quin-Oats Pancakes.” It’s a GREAT base and I’m excited to play with it. We have made waffles and pancakes every weekend for years. I’d feel so left out if I didn’t have a new recipe I’ll leave you with this gem of a recipe and with this thought…if I hadn’t been forced to change this habit, I probably wouldn’t have created this recipe. In other words, if we don’t take the risk, take the challenge, and take the chance on making change, we might miss out on a whole lot in this life. What change do you need to take a chance on today?