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Sunday, October 12, 2014

this difference: diet vs. budget

I must make another #BLOGTOBER14 disclaimer: I am not proud of where my "best advise" came from. There are a lot of different options for a post like this, but with so many new readers, I wanted to share something more "real life" and less blog life. Still, I could have shared something my mom, my husband, or one of my friends told me, but instead I focused on something else. Something that I would actually like this blog to be more about.

Day Twelve: The Best Advice I've Been Given

The best advice I've ever gotten (and actually listened to) has to be that my "diet" is a bank account. I don't mean diet in the traditional female sense, I just mean all the stuff you eat throughout your life. Essentially the idea is that your bank account is a series of checks and balances, and so is your diet. You put money in and you spend money out, all while trying to keep a good balance. Eating doesn't have to be any different.

Sometimes I am in a horrible mood, I am having an anxiety attack, and I need snacks. Sure, emotional eating is "bad" and I probably shouldn't do it (obviously) but if a few gummy worms are gonna boost my mood then fine by me. So I will go to the grocery store and by whatever I want. I'm not going to feel bad about it, a spicy chicken sandwich and a bucket of gummy worms isn't going to kill me. I just have to account for these less desirable choices later.

Here is where the bank account comes in. Last night I had chips, dip, gummy candies, chocolate, soda, and macaroni and cheese. This morning I will have my coffee and a light breakfast, probably a salad or something clean for lunch, and a healthy dinner. I can go crazy if I want to, as long as I get my shit together the next day. Or sometimes I take it even smaller and just do meal by meal. If I eat four mini bagels for breakfast, I clearly do not need a carb heavy lunch.

Why do I think that this is the best advice I have ever gotten? Look at those pictures up there, it has worked for me! I really feel the ability to do whatever I want, I don't have to feel bad about myself, and I'm still losing weight/getting healthy and keeping myself happy. There is no point in looking good if you feel like shit. I am just the kind of girl that needs candy in her life on a constant basis. I am who I am, and I am totally not sorry.

Here is a really good break down of Bethenny Frankel's 10 rules. Maybe you can find some great advice there too!

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