Goodbye Burgers! Hello Health!

26 Oct

I had an interesting conversation in the kitchen at work yesterday.  There was another girl in the kitchen preparing her lunch.  Hers – a salad and tuna wrap.  Mine – a tuna salad.  I overheard her talking to her colleague about how she was ‘detoxing’ (shudder THAT word) as the party season was coming.  I might just add here that this makes absolutely no sense to me.  So you’re eating healthy because you want to pump alcohol and bad food into your body in the near future?  I can’t even begin to express what is wrong with that theory.

Okay, so there we were making our lunches and she turns to me and she says, “Wouldn’t you rather be eating a burger right now?”.  Now, dear readers, what do you think my response would have been to this question?

a) “Oh yes!  I would much prefer to wrap my mouth around a big, greasy burger!  Let’s run away now to McDonald’s!”

b) “What are you, some kind of moron?  I am a picture of health!  Why would I want a burger?!”

c) “No, I actually would not as it would make me feel sick.  Eating healthy makes me feel good”

If you guessed a) get off my blog right now.  No, don’t look at me like that.  You think those puppy dog eyes work on me?  No way.  You go and don’t come back, ya heard?

If you guessed b) then you are nearly there.  I mean I AM a picture of health, let’s face it (cheeky, cheeky).  But I’m not that rude.

If you guessed c) then congratulations!  You are officially my favourite reader!  Well done you.  Come here, let me kiss that little face of yours.  *MWAH*

Right, so where was I?  Oh yes, I replied to her, “No, I actually would not as it would make me feel sick.  Eating healthy makes me feel good”.  She looked at me skeptically and said, “Yeah, maybe you’re right”.  Hopefully that’s another person I’ve reached with my healthy living message!  Only time will tell.

Don’t get me wrong, of course I love to indulge every now and then but the majority of the time I eat healthily.  This took some time though.  It wasn’t overnight that I suddenly said, “No more treats!  No more chocolate at night!  No more booze sessions every weekend!  No more subsequent hangover food!  No more this!  No more that!”.  It took me a LONG time to get to the stage where I can simply live without it.  Not only did it take a long time but it took a huge internal battle.   I spent months (if not years) self sabotaging and going back and forth in an endless tug of war between mind and body before I finally gave in to my body and did what it wanted me to do.

I’m a realist.  Most things I see are in black and white and living in such a grey space was making my head hurt.  I wanted so badly to be healthy and have the body of my dreams but I was living in a fairytale world of eating badly, boozing and then exercising.  I’d cry and say to my husband, “But I work SO hard and I’m not getting ANY results!” whilst eating icecream.  He would nod and make soothing noises, god bless him.  But the reality was too loud to ignore.  If I wanted to be healthy and have the body of my dreams then I needed to clean up my act.

So slowly I eliminated foods from my diet until I got to a point where I now eat mostly unprocessed, natural and whole foods.  I’ve found balance where I can still eat the things I love occasionally and not feel like I need to have them all the time or that I am missing out on something.

I’m feeling fitter, stronger, sexier, more confident, happier, healthier and wiser than I have ever felt.  This is how I stay motivated.  I’m addicted to the feeling of wellness.  I don’t want it to ever go away.  So I work hard and eat well.  In my down time I relax, I eat what I “want” (and what I want differs from eating junk just for the sake of it) and I enjoy life.  Because I work this hard for a reason – to live.


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Enough about me – let’s talk about you.  Do you struggle with motivation?  Or are you the opposite and motivated like a mo fo?  Let’s chat.  🙂


18 Responses to “Goodbye Burgers! Hello Health!”

  1. KristinaLiana October 26, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I struggle with motivation on a daily basis! I’m a lover of delicious food and fabulous wine! I work out like a gym junkie but it’s my food choices that bring me down. It’s a constant battle! *sigh*

    You’re such an inspiration! With your healthy food choices and active lifestyle. I’ve learnt that this just needs to be done in baby steps. You can’t overhaul your eating and exercising habits overnight – it just won’t stick!

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 9:23 am #

      Who said that healthy food doesn’t have to be delicious? 😉 I LOVE food too which is one of the reasons why I am so anti-diet. I won’t sacrifice my delicious food for anyone! But I just make healthier choices. 🙂

      Baby steps are the way to go.

  2. Gillian October 26, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I totally get what you mean when you say that your addicted to the feeling of wellness! I have started to exercise and cut out unhealthy foods from my diet over the last few months. For me it wasn’t really about weight but because it did not feel right not to be active at all and I knew what I was eating wasn’t good for me.
    Now I feel healthier and it makes me happier! I love the energy, post exercise endorphins, better skin and sense of achievement etc etc!
    Long story short, I keep motivated by remembering that all the hard work is so worth it in the long run!
    I did have a boozy night out on the weekend for my birthday followed by Maccas which I felt bad about the next day, but the reality is that I can’t get caught up with little indulgences when I know I am working hard to enjoy a balanced/delicious/healthy/nourishing diet for the majority!
    Enough rambling from me 😛

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 11:27 am #

      It’s okay to go out and have fun and let loose every now and then! It’s what makes us human. Never feel guilty about those moments – you’re allowed to have them. Enjoy them, savour them, and know, as you said, that you work hard at leading a balanced lifestyle so you’re allowed to splurge every now and then. 🙂

  3. Shellet October 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    It’s like you read my mind 🙂 I feel like I am in the struggle you used to be in. I do exercise yet I don’t lose weight? Wahh why! Then I look and see the chocolate in my hand.

    I find that if I get one aspect right, the other goes wrong. Eat well, don’t exercise. Exercise, don’t eat well. Vicious cycle I’m trying to break but I know I can do it I just need to, well, do it!

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

      That was me Shellet! Some people have it easy and don’t need to make drastic changes to their diet and just start exercising to see results. Some of us aren’t so lucky. You need to find the perfect balance (that works for YOU) of eating well and exercising and once you find it (it will take some time) it will be so worth it. 🙂

  4. Cathy October 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    “Do you struggle with motivation? Or are you the opposite and motivated like a mo fo?”

    I don’t struggle with motivation but I think my standards are different. I eat great maybe 80-90% of the time (a lot of home cooking and consideration about what food I need for my 8-12 hours per week of training) and I’m happy with that balance along with all the training I do. I was going to give up wine but I enjoy it so much that I’ve changed my mind and now my compromise is to not drink at home, and only 1-2 while out with friends.

    I feel fabulous and whenever I find myself erring too much on the side of eating poorly I can tell, and just get things back on track again 🙂

    I’m happy with this balance for me.

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

      That’s great Cathy! It’s so great that you have found your balance. You train so hard! You deserve to have a glass or 2 of wine with friends! That’s called living, baby! 🙂

  5. Jessica October 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I don’t struggle so much with motivation these days; I am a sucker for my routine, and get a bit ‘upset’ when it is interrupted. Sometimes I need to remind myself to be a little MORE flexible and loose (and even a little easier on myself at times).

    I do have a good routine with eating, especially breakfast and dinner, and my water/green tea consumption. I do struggle with ‘treats’, and when and how often I do treat myself. However, I’m trying to remove the guilt from my eating…

    • Cathy October 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

      Oooh green tea is the best. Yum!

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

      I hear you Jessica. And it can be so difficult to ease the pressure we put on ourselves but at the end of the day you just need to remember that we are only human! I think that’s the hardest part for anyone who is going through a lifestyle change. Just remembering that we are human and not the super-charged machines we think we are. 🙂

  6. Cathy October 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    I liked your comment about being a realist, that’s what it’s all about!

    I think everyone’s balance is different. Find what you can work with, and just keep evolving it if you need to and want to. I didn’t always train this much, but bit by bit over the course of the year I have found myself here, and better eating seems to have just happened as a result.

    I’m training a fair bit & loving it, but not sacrificing my love of food and socialising either.

    Love your blog by the way Mandy!

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

      Exactly. Balance means different things for different people and is determined by so many factors – whether you want to lose weight, improve your health, tone up or do all three! It’s all about experimentation and finding what works for you.

      Thanks honey!

  7. Nat Carter October 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Motivation takes persistence! Your perfect body will not be build in a day. Keep inspiring (and perspiring for that matter) those around, You Awesome machine!!

    • Amanda October 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

      And YOU keep inspiring me lady! 😉

  8. Bubbles October 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I love the motivational quote at the end! A visit to me vs the bulge always motivates me, as does your commitment thread on the Vogue forums your so upbeat and positive and you have really helped with my motivation, I still struggle a little but I am improving every day. Thank You!

    • Amanda October 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      Awww thanks Bubbles! That just makes my day! 😀 I know how hard it is so I just love helping people!


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