Early in 2012, I swore off dieting. I vowed to follow the idea of mindful eating and see where my body ended up. I truly believed that if I ate mindfully, the weight would just melt away. It didn’t. But, for a good while, it remained completely steady. Then, my weight started to climb a little at a time. By summertime, it was clear that the mindful eating alone wasn’t working. So I joined a gym and committed to going. I loved it, especially as my body began to feel stronger and a little slimmer.
But the big weight slide didn’t happen still.
Then stress happened. The kind of stress that leaves you grappling with what to do while you completely forget about yourself. That stress started in October and was compounded by Superstorm Sandy and a freak pre-winter snowstorm. Then December 14 happened — and all that mattered was that my kids were okay. Exercise and healthy eating didn’t even rate.
To say I let myself go is the biggest understatement, well, ever. I did. And then suddenly, my weight was out of control. The pounds piled on with fierce intensity and I ended the year more than 10 pounds heavier than when I started it. Worse, I just didn’t care. How could I?
This weekend, I caught sight of myself in a mirror and was shocked. Never a good thing. But, in a way it is — because I came face to face with what’s happened to me. And it’s not pretty.
While I have been working out more and making better choices, my eating habits remain … questionable. As a person, I crave structure and organization — and in dieting that means that I need a solid plan. So I’m figuring out what kind of a diet will really work for me and finding my way back to healthy. This week, I am working on some common sense changes: less snacking (and smarter snacking when I snack), increasing the exercise, drinking even more water and saying no to truly unhealthy snacks. None of this is easy. Especially not when I couple it with also trying to push my diet into a less carb-heavy place.
And stick to foods that fall into the nutritious category — like yogurt.
Now, this brings me to Yopa! Yogurt, the sponsor of this post. Have you heard of Yopa!? (The exclamation point is part of the name — though, it sure adds a certain excitement to each time you mention it, right?) Yopa! is a new Greek yogurt from YoCrunch that comes with fun, healthy toppings (much like YoCrunch!) — chopped toasted almonds, granola, etc. I am truly a sucker for the mix-ins (as are my kids!) so I was really excited to discover this. There’s even a Vanilla with Dark Chocolate variety (though I haven’t located it yet).
But it’s more than just toppings. Yopa! has all the goodness of being a Greek yogurt too — It’s rich in protein, a good source of calcium and has no cholesterol or trans fat. And there’s no preservatives or artificial colors either — a definite good thing too.
This is something I can definitely see digging into for breakfast on the go — or when I just can’t imagine making breakfast. And I bet my kids would love to see it in their lunchboxes too. Score.
And one more thing from my sponsor:
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Disclosure: I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.