Okay, as I have alluded to in previous entries, I have made some changes in my overall diet, mostly because I want to have a healthy relationship with food, which is the ONLY way for me to have a sustainable, healthy lifestyle!
Until a few years ago, I literally could eat anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, and never really gain any weight. That is not the case now, and, at first, it just galled me to know that, if I wanted to be a leaner, healthier me, I was going to have to alter my eating habits. Yikes! That sounded too much like a DIET, which made me feel lonely and overweight.
So here's what I have been doing, instead, that seems to work. I am eating a lot of lean meat with vegetables. I am also eating carbs BUT without fat (ex. pasta with tomato sauce, cereal w/skim milk, flavored rice, oatmeal, fruit). And, I am not completely depriving myself of a special treat if an occasion presents itself (a doughnut with my daughter at school, some Easter candy, etc.) Everything in moderation!
Also, the running schedule has kept me honest, to a degree! I have noticed that on the days I "splurge" a little, my run seems hard from the "get go!" So, I don't splurge very often. My body is becoming accustomed to being treated with respect, and THAT is joyful!