By Susan Howard
My whole life I have basically been able to eat what I want. Though I profess healthy eating (and mainly eat fairly well), I also have eaten my share of junk, like fries, pastas and sugar. I naturally have a pretty quick processing metabolism — (don’t hate) — and my workouts have improved that function, so I have always been able to get away with being less than perfect with my eating.
Until now. The day has come that my body does not want to process things as quickly and my extra snacks have nowhere to go, but to store. Okay, turn to fat. I am okay with this and have decided it’s probably time for me to enter into the adult world and limit my intake of crap. Cupcakes are for five-year-olds, seriously.
So this year I am allowing myself one dessert a month. If I’m freaking out, I’ll have my one out, but I will no longer mindlessly shove M&M’s down my throat at the movies on a daily basis. So far that is my only commitment. We will see if this has an effect on my personal storage unit, party of one.
Some of you reading this cannot walk past a pastry counter without putting on 5 pounds. Everybody is different. When you start to store extra poundage it’s your body’s way of saying, “I don’t really need this extra food you are giving me.” The energy you are exerting in your day doesn’t match the quality or quantity of what you are eating.
The best way to lose 10 pounds is to never gain it in the first place.
I used to be able to eat whatever I want, and now I can’t so I have to change what I am doing. There is no other way to see it. Think of it like this: the healthier choices you make, the better you will feel, the less chance for disease, and the more shit you will get done on your to-do list.
I am actually looking forward to this year and hope I will fit into my jeans a bit better and have more energy, as my sugar habit has brought me down.
That’s my confessional. (Okay, I also stole a pack of gum when I was seven.)