MizFit note: You know how you *think* you will like someone and then you meet them in person and they EXCEED your expectations? That’s Josie. I’d anticipated the kind & funny. I was blown away by her wisdom, strength & the way she was able to quietly command the attention of an entire room. I immediately pleaded with her to do another guest post.
I’m like a healthy-fitness Ninja, slashing calories in my life.
Are you from the Ninja clan too?
I am of the philosophy that the delectable goodness you adore does not have to be completely evicted from your Food Trap in order to kill the calories. You can improvise. You can alter. You can eat less. Heck, you can even go uber-happy and eat MORE every once in a while. (yup, I said it)
I can’t stand the ugly rules of deprivation, like: “You should not eat late at night” and “Don’t eat that! You’ll be 50 calories over your limit” and “Yeah, it’s a birthday party, but no cake for you!”
These are guilt-ridden traps that set you up for misery. It’s time to eat outside the box. It is the Ninja-fitness way of life.
If I’m hungry, I’m going eat. I don’t care what time of day it is. To sit there with beastly stomach growls because the calorie tracker told me I’m a wee bit over my limit is not cool. And I refuse to agonize (complete with nervous sweat droplets on brow) over whether or not to indulge in a slice of cake while at a happy celebration. I eat the slice, because cake events don’t happen every day.
This is the way my brain works. This is what I think about food. This is how I lost almost 40 pounds after having four children (I included exercise, of course), and I haven’t gained it back.
Your healthy lifestyle journey should NOT make you miserable and should NOT foster guilt. I urge you to go Ninja.
Here are some simple examples of how I Ninja-slash the normal foods that I love:
I will not let go of my lovely brown sugar (but after writing this post I went Sugarless for 7 Days with awesome results), so I smather it on extra good. But instead of cooking my oats in 110 calories of milk, I use water; and I gave up that glob of buttery goodness altogether. This is my calorie-squashed compromise to keep a tasty dose of brown sugar in my oats.
I refuse to go completely bun-less to save on calories, so it helps to substitute a piece of iceberg lettuce as the top “bun” while keeping the bread part on the bottom.
Yes, it’s swarming with sugar, and I choose to NOT substitute, but does it have to inflate the numbers on your scale due to white flour body bloat? Slip in the wheat flour instead or do a 50/50 mix. You can even fool your friends. They won’t know the difference and the potential for body bloat may be avoided. (insert sinister laugh here)
I realize these personal examples of mine may not be your cup of tea (put Stevia in that instead of sugar), but my point is to start thinking outside the confines of normal dieting rules so you are free to achieve your fitness goals while enjoying the foods you love.
Please tip off everyone to your Ninja-slashing ways. Or do you find that keeping yourself within the confines of traditional dieting law works for you?
P.S. After the writing of this post, Josie was about to enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm and soft out of the oven….but they got burnt.