Cut out all junk food they said... It's good for you they said....

About a month ago I decided it was time to start getting that pre-3rd - baby body back. Of course in order to do that it was time to start eating healthier and getting more active than I already am. To start out with I threw out all the junk food, stopped baking goodies and cut out soda. Great idea right? NO NOT a good idea, I felt like my head was going to explode from the lack of caffeine and the withdraw (yes that really does happen). I started craving sugar more than ever and turned into a mad woman. I bit off more than I could chew at one time. 

The hubs had this novel idea that "hey let's do the Keto diet" to me that sounded like starving myself, all the good, tasty food is full of carbs. Since I'm breastfeeding we decided that I shouldn't go full force. So really I just cut out bread, rice, and snack foods like cookies and crackers. Day one was a breeze, all that was running through my head was "I'm going to kick butt with this, I've got this!". Day two came and still not so bad, I didn't eat much bread anyways. Now comes day 3, OMG I'm going to die. 

As we are walking through the grocery store all I could think of was the chips, cookies, muffins, oh and the soda. I'm checking all the carbohydrates on the granola bars thinking if I can't have cookies I can still eat something sweet. WRONG again! I never knew those "healthy" protein bars had just as many carbs as some chips. I bought them anyways so I wouldn't kill anyone from not giving my sweet tooth what it wanted. 

I just couldn't take it anymore, I jumped in the deep end of dieting and just couldn't swim that well.  After the first week I decided heck this is not worth it, I was losing my mind. So after the first week of feeling like I was going to hit someone (the hubs) I decided that really I just needed to cut back on the junk. 
 Now 2 weeks into "dieting" I have lost 6lbs, not too bad if I say so myself. So what did I do without starving myself?
Each week I buy:
1- 1 Liter of soda (this has to last me all week)
Lots of fruits to Infuse in Water and snack on
Granola bars with dark chocolate
Lots of meat for the protein
VEGGIES! Carrots, celery and green beans
Coffee to drink the morning

I give myself a cheat day once a week so if I really want that donut or cookie I can gobble it up in one bite.

Don't jump right into a "diet", take it slowly. I've learned that only jumping into something head first you are likely to fail and only be disappointed in yourself. Getting healthy shouldn't be temporary, it should be a lifestyle change.

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Alyssa Waters

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