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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"The Way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing"~Walt Disney

Hello everyone!!!
I hope everyone's day had just a little (Disney) magic in it! Mine definitely did! We covered three parks in one day, which makes me tired to just think about, let alone actually walking it all. But it was really just preparation for the Disney Up and Away 5k on Friday! It is actually called the "family fun run," but I choose to make it a race to beat my time from the previous 5k I did last semester.
So here's some interesting news, it is COLD in Florida. But we will not be defeated. With coffee in hand we braved the weather, in cute headbands none the less :). (which, in all honestly, is relatively warm compared to Syracuse standards)
Today, I am changing up my writing/pic style because I want to share some of my battles with food while simultaneously showing y'all the fun that we had today! Kind of random subjects, but just go with me here....
I have struggled with my eating habits for as long as I can remember. My main problem has always been portion control and giving up once I think I have "messed up" the day's eating.
I lead a relatively active lifestyle, and genuinely enjoy working out, so letting my eating habits get the best of me has hindered my ability to see true results from my time in the gym. (best shirt ever! it says "I'm a drinker with a running problem")
Last December, I got my act together somewhat after reaching a number I never thought I would see on the scale. I was devastated, and motivated. I lost about 20-25 lbs over the course of 6 months and have maintained the loss since then. My physical appearance, although important, is not the end all be all for me. Personally, I want to achieve a higher level of fitness and nutrition, which in my mind is equated with losing a little more weight. What all of this leads to is the shift that I have noticed within myself lately that I want to share with you all. Since I began eating mostly organic, vegetarian, and fresh foods I have noticed that my cravings have subsided significantly.
(this monstrous turkey leg party I did NOT partake in FYI).
Today, I had a small success story that I wanted to share. I have been coming to Disney World for as long as I can remember (or as my mother says: "the minute you were out of diapers and could walk!") Disney is such a happy place where things likes portion control and mindful eating often take a back seat to the buzz and excitement of the theme parks.
Today I was tempted multiple times by the sweet treats I so willingly indulged in during previous trips.

But instead of reaching for food I was neither craving nor needing, I remained aware of what my body NEEDED as opposed to what it WANTED. As a result, I was able to turn down the junk food, eat a normal dinner, a small dessert, and enjoy the company I was with and the amazing atmosphere I am privileged enough to enjoy.

The amazing thing was, once I overcame the craving, I recognized that my body deserves to be fed properly, and that today was a small step toward my overall fitness and nutrition goals.
Sorry for the rant, but this was something that has been on my mind for a while now. I have found so much comfort in reading other people's blogs, that I thought sharing some of my own experiences could help someone else in the same way I was helped. I have learned so much, but what has stuck with me the most is the idea that I need to fuel my body not feed it. I try to think of this every time I make a food choice.
But I am not in Disney to be serious all the time, and I am sooo enjoying this vaca...if you couldn't tell...

And tomorrow is going to be even better! It is my favorite part of the trip...the health and fitness expo at Disney's Wide World of Sports! We are picking up our race information plus so much more which I promise to document!

I know this post is very intermingled, but I am curious to know if anyone has made significant changes to their overall diet or fitness regime because of something they read online? If so, what was it and how did you change?

~Jenn

1 comment:

  1. I love how in touch you are with you what your body wants and needs- keep it up :)

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