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Success and Failure - Summer's Road Diary July 25 2017

Posted by Summer Jakopak

Summer's Road Diary

In the Spirit of Not Lying to Myself...

As I talked at length about before, I’m not being terribly successful at eating the way I know I should.  However, it only proves that I’m human, right?  And with being human also comes bad choices.  The good thing about it is that we have the ability to analyze the choices we have made and CHOOSE to make different ones.  Sometimes the analytical process is a painful one - but the results can be worth the battle - at least that’s what I’m banking on!

Mistakes are Human

This week I made some terrible food choices (Hershey’s Dots and Doritos are a particular weakness) and I am not gonna lie, tortilla chips and salsa continue to be my bane! However I did make a few amazing food choices - mixed baby green salads with a sprinkling of feta cheese and a tasty apple vinaigrette, carrot chips and cucumber slices with a fairly healthy yogurt dill dip, and I have added a mild guacamole with my salsa on the chips and find that I eat a great deal less of them than if I just have salsa.  Last but not least, I LOVE little red and yellow peppers with a little cream cheese spread on them.  Yum!

This is a Fight I'll Win

It doesn’t sound like I did too well, does it?  Well, honestly I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but sometimes in the little daily successes and failures I find the motivation and confidence I need to reduce the rate of the failures and increase rate of the successes.  I noticed myself over the past week feeling physically awful: tired, upset tummy, and fog-headed when I ate the junk food (Hershey's Dots and Doritos - oh so tasty…) and feeling absolutely clear headed, much more uplifted, and amazingly full of energy and smiles when I ate the plant based food (salad, guac, salsa with a few chips, and peppers.)  It was such a stark difference from one hour to the next inside the same day that I couldn’t help but take notice.  So as a result of the obvious effects of food on my physical and emotional well being, better choices are becoming easier and being made much more frequently. I am happy to say that overall I believe that it will be a fight, like my 20 year smoking habit, that I will be able to win - it just may take an entire war, not just one battle!


Hammer Down!

Summer


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