Posted: Feb 2, 2011 9:37 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Updated: Feb 2, 2011 9:40 AM
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Do not overthink it! If you are participating in the You Gotta Move Goes Red program, there is one question you should ask yourself: Is it rice, potatoes, pasta, bread or cereal? No? Then you can have it. (Remember: Chicken nuggets are usually breaded and Little Debbie cakes are basically chocolate bread!)
Why these foods? Our guru Dawn Foreman explains that these foods are filled with empty calories that tend to sabotage our weight-loss efforts and they lead to sugar cravings. Men and women can both participate but women may see an added benefit. Dawn says women may be sensitive to all or some of these foods and not even know it. They may cause bloating, mood swings or dips in energy levels.
And what if you "fall off the wagon?" DON'T GIVE UP! Get back on. As Dawn says, one meal or one day doesn't make your life. This is a learning process and we all face challenges. I know it's hard. The first few days are the hardest. But remember to plan it out and that you are not in this alone! AND YOU GOTTA MOVE!!!
You've survived the first week of no breads, rice, pasta, potatoes and cereals - only 7 days left. With planning your meals and making some positive changes in your lifestyle, you should begin to feel more in control of every aspect of your life. You should be more of a thermostat than a thermometer. This week you will set goals.
As you think about where you want to be in 12 weeks, I want you to consider your purpose in life. I am a firm believer that we were not put on this earth simply to be a size 6 and that part of the drive to be that magic number stems from an unhealthy view of ourselves and those around us. We view others very superficially - we see what they look like, the cars they drive and the families they have and envy for those things in life that are not ours. So before setting goals read the poem below and really challenge yourself to think of your health and not how you compare to others.
A POEM ABOUT OUR GIRLFRIENDS
Someone will always be prettier. Some will always be smarter.
Some of their houses will be bigger. Some will drive a better car.
Their children will do better in school. And their husband will fix more things around the house.
So let it go, and love you and your circumstances.
Think about it!
The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart.
And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children.
And the richest woman you know, she's got the car, the house, the clothes might be lonely.
And the word says, "If I have not Love, I am nothing."
So again, love you. Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say,
"I am too blessed to be stressed... Winners make thing happen, losers let things happen"
Now Pull Up Your Big Girl Panties and Take on the Day!
Dawn A. Foreman, RD, LDN, AHFS
Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietetic Nutritionist, Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist (ACE)