A cowgirl’s gotta eat, right? That’s what I’ve been telling myself. But like many writers I spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, deal with high stress levels, and have a true love affair with chocolate. 🙂 I love what I do, unfortunately I don’t love the butt spread. So I’ve decided to hook up with a trainer who has made it her personal mission to change not only my exercise habits but my eating as well.
What am I saying to myself right about now? What the heck have I gotten myself into? LOL
The first thing she said was to strike all processed food from my diet. I was wary but on board. How hard could it be? HAHAHAHA
In years past I’ve enjoyed cooking a lot of foods from sort of scratch but over time as schedules got busier and busier we came to rely on short cuts. I doubt I’m alone in that. What I didn’t realize was just how much of my diet consisted of processed food. Lean Cuisines for lunch, Diet Dr. Pepper to wash it down, lots of frozen and boxed dinner items to supplement our meals and save time… So for the first month I would eat what I thought would work and every time I saw her she’d get out her little orange highlighter and start striking out the things I wasn’t allowed to have. *cries*
Gone is the cheese. Whaaaaat? Seriously no cheese.
Gone is the mayonnaise. Not even a smidge allowed on that Turkey Sandwich. 😦 (although now I grill ham, turkey and mustard on some Ciabatta bread and it’s awesome!)
Gone is all artificial sweeteners. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do without my source of caffeine. (she gave in and allows me a small 10 oz can of regular soda a day with restrictions of course. And I feel guilty for drinking regular soda because I can’t get past thinking if I want to lose weight I need diet soda)
So I started eating a lot of salads. I love a good salad. Out comes that little vicious highlighter to strike out ALL ranch dressing. No regular, no light, no fat free. NO.
At this point I got angry. Mainly because I didn’t know what the hell to do or cook. Nearly every meal needs to be high in protein, low in fat and I can’t have cheese. I’ve done diets before. I’ve lost and gained the same weight so many times it isn’t even funny. This was like nothing I’ve ever done before. She tried to convince me that I needed to go back to old fashioned natural cooking like my mother did. I laughed. Where did she think I got the habit of eating convenience foods? Oops.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I got really upset. I’m working out about 3 days a week (need to get to 5) and I’m doing a little better with the food. I’ve found a few easy things to make but I’m still struggling to get more creative so I’m not eating the same five foods over and over.
I’ve had to stop following some of the cowgirl blogs I love so much because I don’t need to be checking out those high fat recipes. Or the cheese. LOL Instead I’m reading Clean Eating magazine and following cowboy picture blogs. Those make me very happy. 🙂
I think I’d trade some cheese for him. How about you? Are you a clean eater? Or have you ever thought about trying Au Natural?