Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011: Change is Good

For awhile, I knew that my efforts to make my Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 goals weren’t working. I was stuck. Plateaued. And, at worst, sometimes the scale was going in the wrong direction. Embarrassed, I stopped updating you on my progress. While I continued to try to lose and try to make exercise work within the confines of my life, I just had no wins to share.

So I didn’t.

And it was in the private place of feeling defeated and wondering why I should even continue to try that I found my answer: I have to. I have to keep trying. I have to find the way that works for me. And, above all, I have to succeed. I have two young kids and they deserve a mother who is fit, active and healthy.

This week’s Eat. Live. Be. topic is all about change. How important is it to your goals that you change things up (such as trying a different exercise regime, cooking with a new method or changing how you manage your eating)? How have you changed things up over the last five months?

In the past five months, I have started running again, tried several exercise regiments, worked on eating better, drank more water, worked on saving money and lost weight. I also gained a little, felt down and defeated at times and tried like crazy to keep my chin up. In the past few weeks, I made a really big change that I’ve been mulling and considering for a few months: I started actively tracking everything I eat.

For a long, long, long time I swore off any sort of food tracking. I mean it’s so time-consuming, and it adds so much work to eating. Guess what? I can honestly say that it’s not a bad thing. It’s made me put a lot more thought into every single morsel that I put into my mouth. And since part of this is making a commitment to being honest with myself, I’ve gotten a big get-real look at what’s been holding me back.

I’m not being held back any more. The plateau has been shattered … and best of all, I’ve blasted past my lowest weight since Paige was born. I can’t tell you how good that feels.

So, back to the topic at hand: Change. I can honestly tell you that change is very, very good. It’s the best thing. And making changes is what allows you to zoom toward those goals.

Now, it’s time to go try a new exercise.

Be sure to check out the other ELB bloggers for their perspectives on change too.


  1. says

    That’s awesome Sarah! I’ve been keeping a food journal since April 1. It’s definitely time consuming but also eye opening. I’m hoping that in another couple of weeks I can simply be aware and not need the journal.

  2. says

    So glad that you have found something to get you over that hump! I know that was frustrating. Girl, you need to try grits! I think it is a southern thing…and definitely must be seasoned well b/c unseasoned grits don’t taste like anything! As to the sauce, a Holandaise would definitely work; shrimp and grits typically has a cream type sauce with it. I was trying to come up with something a little less decadent. :-)

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