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I'm glad you liked this post. I hope it was helpful for you, notjune1.
by meganbarkley (submitted 12 months ago)
How do I get more protein?
Hm. That's a good tip. But I am not taking any protein powder at all right now. I'm considering adding in organic hemp protein powder though. Thanks for the suggestion!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
How do I get more protein?
That's a really good idea. I do snack a lot. But if I snack on pure protein then that's a lot better!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
How do I get more protein?
I am pretty much doing paleo right now :) I have not have pasta since January 1, 2013. I do not eat bread. Good for you on weight loss!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
I am a divine expression of life
For those of you who don't know, I am in the midst of a lifestyle journey. Since January 1, 2013 I have been "clean living". This means, I've cut processed foods out of my life. In so doing, I have lost 40 pounds and am halfway to my goal weight. I get a lot of questions regarding my process. To put it simply. [b]Eat Real Food Stay Active[/b] But people don't like hearing it. They've heard it before. However that equation has, and always will be, the secret to weight loss. Some of you diet aficionados are aware though, there is so much more to it. How do I stay on track? [u][b]Think small.[/b][/u] Honestly, I must focus on today. Often in one hour increments. I'd love to say I'll be in the 170's by the time I go to Florida in June. But how can I promise myself that and fail? Just like I've failed so many times before. So I think about right now. That's it. That's all we truly have. [u][b]Fix my crazies.[/b][/u] Yes, I'm crazy. That may come as a surprise to you, sweet reader. But I'm [i]nutso[/i]. I have a wonderful husband who loves me and tells me I'm gorgeous. Often my blog readers will support me with compliments. When it comes down to it, staring blankly at my naked, pre-shower bod I think to myself, "Ugh..." It's incredibly difficult to even say "Thank you" when someone compliments my changing body. Often times I'm re-act with a grander compliment to them, "You're crazy!"..."Shut Up!"...or my ever-popular "Psh!" But I'm crazy ([i]Didn't I already say that?[/i]). Why can't I see the beauty within myself when others do? Have to seen that new Dove commercial? It rings so very true with me. So, back to fixing my crazies. I first and foremost have to learn to myself. This is no easy task. I read an amazing book called Empowering Women. This book has changed my life. I felt like a badass after reading it. I am WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR! Rawr. One of her biggest gigs is self affirmation. An affirmation is something to say to yourself over and over in the mirror. The idea being that you are talking to your sub-conscious. It works. Plain and simple. [b]My Daily Affirmations:[/b] "I am a divine expression of life. I love and accept myself the way I am right now." "The past has no power over me." "I am grateful for all things in my life." "I love myself." I used to have such mean, angry, hateful dreams about my father. Also, I used to constantly have recurring nightmares about my greatest fear, tornadoes. Since I've implemented this daily ([i]sometime more[/i]) my dreams have changed. My sub-conscious has changed. I no longer scream at my father in my dreams, or flowing with rage. Most of the time, I simply listen with a lotus-like glow feeling inside me. And the tornadoes? I used to wake up right before they'd "get" me. About a month ago, I was having a tornado nightmare. In the dream, I took shelter. I was alone. I held on to the roots of the Earth while I felt the tornado lift my body off the ground. I opened my eyes and thought, "This is it. I'm really going to die from my greatest fear." I held on tight. I thought the roots would break. Then, the tornado past. My body was lowered. I was alive. I often think about those vivid dreams. They remind me to move forward. That life gets better. That I CAN do this. And I owe all that strength to my affirmations, however silly I feel saying them to my reflection. [u][b]Track my food & exercise[/b][/u] There are so many apps out there for this sort of thing. I highly suggest you do this. Like I've been saying throughout this entire process: BE HONEST WITH YOUR NEGATIVES BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR POSITIVES. That's why I joined [b]Fatsecret.com.[/b] Actually I joined it back in April 2012, a year ago. And I was honest with my eating...and I didn't like it. I didn't go back to Fat Secret until April 2013. [i]Eesh[/i]. But it's really helped me through my first plateau. I can take a closer look at what I'm eating and what to adjust; what to research. It's also a great community of support no matter what you're doing to be healthier. [center]* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [/center] The food. The exercising. The consistency. All of those fall into place after I did the these things. Because my food addiction was purely mental. And once I address the core of my problem, everything else fell into place. I'm finding out through so much support and stories, everyone is different. What works for me, may not work for you. But I urge you to try. Take your destiny into your own hands - grab that sum'bitch and get it! Love, support and kindness will get all of through this crazy life. So please let me know what you're doing to become healthier and stick to it. And from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best of luck. See more of my journey and ranting at: [url=http://nauticalowl.blogsp... Nautical Owl[/url]
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
Weekend
I don't keep anything in the house that will "tempt" me. From past experience, I'll gobble that sh*t up. Truth. So on the weekends, I "pack" my meals, get them the all prepared, or at least listed out on the fridge, so I have a visual plan. GOOD LUCK! You can do it!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
Binge Eating Monster
There's so much love here I can barely stand it! Thank every single one of you. I'm glad we are taking this journey together!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
Staying full is my problem..
I drink a lot of water. It's important to note that warm/hot liquids keep you full, where as cold liquid will burn calories because your body works to "warm up" the water to your body temp. I drink a lot of warm green, black or chai organic tea, often with local honey and lemon. If drinking water or tea doesn't work, I always go for hummus and carrots!
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
Binge Eating Monster
Thank you so much for the love. Means a lot to me. Good luck on your journey :)
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
Binge Eating Monster
You wanna know why I love Chipotle burritos? Besides the divine taste or the supple puppy-like weight in my palm. I simply crave that gorged, thanksgiving-plump feeling in my belly. I am 3 months into my lifestyle journey: no processed or fast foods, no salt, no refined sugars. Just a diet as fresh and organic as I can get. But let me go all cliche on you for a sec. Here's the definition of diet for you: DI·ET 1 [DAHY-IT] food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce. That's it. It's not a bad word. It's not that horrible noun that I so often dreaded. For which, I completely blame Garfield. Since I've changed my diet, I have been happier and healthier. But through this journey, I realized something. I'm a food addict. Like I said before, it's not (all) my fault. But I do have an addiction to food. I love loved Dr. Pepper like nobody's business. Those chocolate icing-covered mini donuts? ...Nutella sandwiches...Sour Cream and Cheddar potato chips... Oh dear God. That's the problem! I was eating all the wrong foods, at the wrong time, from the wrong supplier. I was starving myself. I was overfed and under-nourished. And I would follow up every single trying effort with a guilt-ridden gorge. Because it's an addiction. (say it with me) And if people don't want to agree with you, then f##k them. They obviously don't understand. They don't understand that every time you hear a Wendy's commercial your mouth salivates. Or if you smell a chicken nugget your brain tells your stomach to do cartwheels in your gut until you get one. Or if your old lady neighbor, for f##k's sake, bakes a cake and puts it in the window to cool you won't creep like a stalker. Every time I turn around I see a billboard. Or hear a radio ad...or watch a commercial. Man, just walking through Wal-Mart the other day and passing all the delicious Easter candy on clearance was enough to make me pull my hair out! They purposefully put those rotisserie chickens near the doors, right? After three months of this change, all I want to do is binge eat. If I'm not careful, I'll eat an entire container of hummus. Or all 4 servings in that organic ice cream. Even though I changed what I eat, I still binge. Agreeably not nearly as often, but I still do. I still want to. So, what can you do to not binge eat? (Fine Print: This is what I do personally. I am in no way an addiction specialist, nutritionist or doctor. But I can tell you these tips are really working for me. I hope you find what works for you.) 1. Have a health splurge meal once every two weeks. I couldn't do it. I couldn't give up Chipotle. On a bi-weekly basis I get myself a good ol' burrito. Soooooooo good. I love that they get their vegetables locally and organically when available. They are the only "fast food" that serves Food with Integrity. And that makes me feel a little less guilty. 2. Pre-portion your serving sizes. My hubs is a master at this. He portions out our nuts, carrots, broccoli and lunches. We used to just portion what we needed for 5 days of lunches. Not anymore. We do it all at once. It takes a while (we do ours on Sunday), but you'll be more tempted to binge eat when you have some left in the package. 3. Drink a s##t ton of water. I wake up. Do my morning exercise (usually 20 minutes of yoga or pilates) then I drink 2-3 glasses of room temperature water. Then, when I take my vitamins, I drink another full glass. I drink water before I put anything else in my system. Throughout the day I'll drink 3-4 bottles of water. Then before I eat dinner, I'll drink a BIG glass of water before I eat. This has made THE BIGGEST change in my binge eating. 4. Stop patronizing traditional media. Watch Netflix instead of cable! There's no commercials so you won't be tempted by the crap they promote. (Plus it's ridiculously cheaper than cable.) Stop listening to the radio in your car. Get an auxiliary cable and listen to Pandora through your phone on your car stereo. Take the back road to work so you won't have to see billboards. Instead you'll see the f##king sunrise, birds singing and s##t. It's awesome. 5. Remind yourself why you're doing this. Constantly. I literally made myself an inspiration board. Pinterest is awesome and all, but I need something that I'm going to stare at every day. This sucker is sitting right on my make-up desk. I look at it every morning when I apply my make-up. I look at myself in my mirror and say, "I am a divine expression of life. I love and accept myself right now." Then I look back at my board. I focus on my goals so I can subconsciously make them happen. I also have notes every where: on my desk, my fringe, the pin board in my work out room. I've even set alarms on my phone that simply say "Love yourself". By constantly reminding myself why I'm doing this, I know that I CAN DO THIS! And you know something else? I don't think about how I want a sweet bod by the time I go to Miami this summer. I don't think about the three servings of chia pudding I slurpped down last night. Or the fact that I didn't work out last Saturday. I think about today. That's it. Cause that's all we have. Right now. This moment. I love you all, and I believe that as a society we can honestly change what we've done to our bodies, and also our world. I am constantly learning, so please let me know what you've been doing to succeed. Or link me up with any articles you like, documentaries you've watched. Knowledge is power.
by meganbarkley (submitted a year ago)
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