Thursday, June 14, 2012

Weight Loss

As some of you may remember, I was on a mission in 2011 to loose some weight during the summer. Well I definitely met and surpassed my personal goal that I set! When I first moved to Texas I got a gym membership with 24 Hour Fitness and met with one of the trainers. She thought I would be able to go from 180lbs to 140lbs. I thought she was crazy.... until I started seeing results! Ultimately I got all the way down to 135lbs Now I didn't get any personal trainer sessions added to my membership, just did the initial first free meeting/session. During last summer my eating habits changed a LOT and I did a lot more walking than I would usually also. During a short time during the summer I went on a "Vegetarian Diet"... only planned on doing it for one week; that week turned into six! Since then I have cut red meats out of my diet all together! I really only eat chicken, fish [very rarely] and turkey meat [usually ground turkey meat... its my substitute for beef].

Additional foods I cut-out/cut-down on:
* soda
* candy bars [huge shocker!!!!]
* most "junk" foods
* TV dinners
* fast food
In April of this year I moved to my sister's house and kinda feel off on my good eating habits. Mainly because she cooks so differently than the way I eat. So as a result i did gain about 10lbs within the first month or two... NO BUENO! So to help myself get back on  track with eating right I'm back on a vegetarian diet for this entire month. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for doing it but i think its the best way for me to really be more accountable of what I eat. By cutting out all types of meat I really have to think "whats a food or combination of foods that's healthy and might fill me up" You'd be surprised what a difference it makes!

One thing that irks me is when people constantly ask why I don't meat beef or any type of meat. Usually the assume I'm Muslim [which I'm not] or they think I'm crazy. Then when I tell them I just want to eat healthier the response I usually get is "but you can eat meat and still eat healthy" --__-- Personally that answer is only partially accurate. If you choose to eat beef, pork, chicken ,etc that's totally fine... but how healthy is the meat if before its cooked the animal is injected with all types of growth hormones... hormones that  you later consume? Now again that's just my own personal opinion. I wouldn't look down on anyone for what they choose to eat. Everyone is free to do as they please. I just sometimes get bothered with the responses I receive when I tell people I don't eat meat or red meat. But I guess that is just something I will have to learn to better deal with.

For further posts I do plan on posting various new meals that I make/try.

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