When I first started lifting, my boyfriend would often tell me that the things I was eating were not really healthy, and I would get super mad about it. I would get mad at him (even though he had my best interest in mind) and mad at knowing deep down inside, that I probably should cut out the bad things I frequently ate, in order to see more results. Things I loved, like food from Mexican restaurants, Chick-fil-a, Oreo’s, and sweet tea. Oh did I have a love for sweet tea. And just sugary things in general. I rarely would check labels then, because I felt like in my head I knew what was “healthy” and not healthy. Boy was I naive.
Back then, what we now refer to as “my chubby days,” I would drink Carnation Instant Breakfast every single morning. Literally. I had been drinking that for at least three years previously, and I continued to drink them several months while beginning lifting. I thought I was doing so good drinking that every morning, because it was full of vitamins and protein. Once I realized that it was loaded with sugar and that I should be eating other things (like eggs) in the morning instead, I was really bitter about it. Inside, I was mad at him, because he was trying to change the way I ate, and I didn’t want to give up things I loved to eat. I wanted to see more results, but I also wanted and did (secretly) eat a bunch of junk when he wasn’t around (Ruben I hope you aren’t reading this haha). Anyway, he opened my eyes on a lot of things, like how companies market their products to be healthy when in reality they aren’t at all sometimes. Now you may be reading this and be like duh, but honestly for me a couple years ago, it was a real learning process.
I use to be so picky with things I would eat, and narrow minded. At first I didn’t like to try new things. I hated and therefore rarely ate anything that had onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables I disliked from childhood. But over time, trying the meals he would cook, my taste buds grew accustomed to the veggies, and now I enjoy and crave so many different vegetables and seafood that I would not have eaten years ago.
So many people are fooled, especially here in America. We think anything that is green or a vegetable is so healthy. Take salads for example. People often think every salad is good for you, when really they put a bunch of bacon, fried chicken, and a fatty, sugary, high caloric dressing on top. Sure it taste delicious, with the iceburg lettuce that has barely any nutritional value, as opposed to bitter spinach- which is actually full of nutrients. So many of my friends want to loose weight badly, but are unwilling to give up fast food, soda, and other things that are holding them back. Its hard. Really hard at first. I know. I never ever thought I would be able to give up sweet tea. Now, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had it.
The most motivating thing for me that has made me have better self control and motivation, is when I started to see my body change. From cutting things out of my diet, and from grinding, butt busting work in the gym. Once you start physically seeing changes on your body from the hard work you put in, eventually you will look at the foods you once were obsessed with, and it won’t even appeal to you. It may take awhile, but I guarantee eventually it will happen. Don’t give up or let anyone tell you you can’t do something. I know that’s super cliche, but it’s true. If you want something bad enough, give it your all, both physically and mentally, and you will get it.
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