A Healthy Craving!

I had a craving for one of my favorite salads for lunch today. It's so simple...sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and feta crumbles. Drizzle on a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and voila! A flavor explosion full of nutrients!

It's Atkins compliant, but the tomatoes and avocado are a bit on the high-carb side for veggies. So I'll just scale back slightly for the rest of the day.

Gearing Up

This go-around, as opposed to prior attempts to "get my sh*t" together in regards to weight loss and self improvement, I'm going to make a plan. A plan for my diet, my exercise, my well-being.

I've decided that the core of my plan will be a mindset shift. I will not think of my diet as deprivation, but rather the opportunity to replenish my body with nutrients that will allow it to operate with high energy, an opportunity to grow physically and spiritually stronger, and an opportunity to give my family the healthiest Mom/Wife that I can possibly be.

But then it comes down to the nuts and bolts. This paradigm shift is all well and fine, but I actually need to do the work! For the first part of my plan, I've decided I need to choose a diet that will become a lifestyle, while keeping in the back of my mind the knowledge that the "hard part" of the diet (meaning the part where I am actively losing weight, not the maintenance part) is just a phase and doesn't last forever. Which diet should I follow? As we all know by the screamingly colorful magazine covers and pop-up ads, all you have to do is throw a rock and you will hit a diet plan. Keto? Weight Watchers? Jenny Craig? The Zone? They all seem to have their benefits.

Given all my past research, dieting history, and lifelong relationship with food, I've chosen to follow the Atkins 20 diet. More on how I came to this decision in a later post...

And I am not a paid sponsor of Atkins or anyone. This is just the path I have chosen.


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