Labor Day Challenge – Day 2 – Healthy Eating

September 7th, 2011

Welcome to Day 2 of my Labor Day Challenge! If you want/need to check out why I am doing this challenge, or what it is all about, read my first post from yesterday. 

One of the biggest changes in my lifestyle and reasons for attempting the Labor Day Challenge is my commitment to eating healthy. As I stated yesterday, a couple years ago I weighed nearly 240 pounds. I had fluctuated in my weight ever since I went to college, where I didn’t gain the freshman 15 but the sophomore 30.

I was tall and nose didn’t match the rest of my body. (They still may not, but at least it is more proportional now!)

Right when I graduated college, I had gotten to a weight that was decently healthy, a respectable 200-205. It was the smallest I had been since high school, and unhappy with the way I looked.

I decided to do something about it. I started running with Fleet Feet Tulsa and was actually eating more to compensate for the extra running I was doing.

Then, at the beginning of 2010, I got serious. I kept track of all of the foods I ate for a couple weeks, and challenged others to hold me accountable. Here is my initial list:

1. Fired foods of any kind
a. French Fries
b. Chips
c. Deep Fried anything
2. Sausage
3. Bacon
4. Side Rolls and Bread
a. Texas Toast
b. Crescent Rolls
5. Ranch Dressing
6. Cake
7. Brownies
8. Chocolate
9. Candy
10. Biscuits
11. Gravy
12. Pop
13. Sweet Tea
14. Pizza
15. Ice Cream
16. Cheesecake
17. Pie
18. Fast Foods
19. Nachos
20. Cheese Dip
21. Doughnuts
22. Bagels
23. Chocolate or Strawberry Milk
24. White Bread
25. Macaroni & Cheese
26. Syrup
27. Muffins
28. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
29. Cream Cheese
30. Cornbread

I stuck with my diet, and really only the second time in my life I had altered my lifestyle so dramatically (the first was when I started running).

The results were unbelievable. My body responded in ways that I could have never imagined. I started my healthy eating on Jan. 1st near 215 pounds. By Feb. 1st, I weighed less than 200 pounds, and achieve more physically than I could have ever dreamed.

I tell you this whole story to show you how important it is for me to eat healthy during my Labor Day Challenge. I have not eaten healthy since the beginning of July, when I went to Cuba, and say that I don’t want to look good. Primarily, however, my purpose returns to the original meaning behind the Labor Day Challenge. It is 6 weeks of working harder than usual to build a base I can maintain for long periods of time, to change my life forever.

To become successful in this endeavor, I have created a system to hold myself accountable, to track my intake and complete my end goals. I am back to counting calories, protein, fat, carbs, etc. on Livestrong’s My Plate. I have found this to be the most comprehensive calorie counter available.

I emptied my house of unhealthy or tempting foods, and will not go out to eat until I can trust myself to not over-indulge. I know that I will not be successful if I go to a buffet, so I will not even think about going until the end of my Labor Day Challenge.

I write out my diet a week in advance, so I know what to eat and do not have to worry about foods on a day-to-day basis.

I know I will be tempted, and I know I will be happy with my results when the 6 weeks are over.

I would be more than happy to talk to anyone on an individual basis about my healthy eating if you would like some insight or advice. I know what worked for me will not work for everyone, but I challenge you to attempt to live a healthier lifestyle for the next six weeks. Maybe it means you track your calories, maybe it means you cut certain “calorie killers” out of your diet, maybe it means you can go hardcore with me. Whatever you need to do to become healthier, I challenge you to do it.

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