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My Fit Foods 21 Day Challenge – 7 down, 14 to go!

One week after I began the My Fit Foods 21 Day Challenge, I’m still doing it, which is HUGE for me! I’ve intended to start eating healthy for oh, a couple of years now. But intentions aren’t actions, and since 2013 is the year of “Less thinking, more doing again,” I stopped thinking about doing something and just did it.

Mario Mendias, a personal trainer, started cooking for his clients in 2006. He founded My Fit Foods in 2007, making healthy eating easy for busy professionals in the Houston area. When it started, My Fit Foods had a limited menu – turkey pasta, turkey chili, lean lemon turkey, and a chicken or  beef dish thrown in for good measure. Although I liked the food, I got tired of eating the same things every week.

Six years later, the menu has grown to include gumbo, chicken enchiladas, and cobb salad as well as a nice selection of snacks. You can also get vegan, vegetarian, and dairy/gluten/soy free meals. I have liked everything I’ve eaten, although the gluten-free, low sodium, no soy, wheat, or oil, hormone-free milk protein cookie doesn’t really do it for me.

I’ll write more about the My Fit Foods five foundational ingredients of living a healthy lifestyle (Fuel, Cleanse, Protect, Strengthen, and Rejuvenate) later this week, but after a week on the program:

  • I have more energy. Though I’m not yet waking up, feeling refreshed, I don’t feel sleepy during the day.
  • My energy remains consistent throughout the day – I don’t know if my blood sugar levels really are stable, or if it’s just a placebo effect, but I’ll take it.
  • I feel more alert and mentally sharp, not as foggy and forgetful.
  • I’m doing fine without a bowl of ice cream every night!
  • I get hungry for a snack or a meal because I’m actually hungry – my stomach is growling. (Isn’t it weird that we call it that??)
  • The structure of having the meals planned for me is terrific – I don’t have to think about what I’m going to eat, so I’m not always thinking about what I’m going to eat.
  • I don’t feel deprived.
  • I’m starting to eat to live instead of living to eat.

I spent a lot of time wondering what I was going to have for lunch or dinner (breakfast was easy – cereal or waffles – yep, I’m a 9-year-old trapped in a 43-year-old’s body.) Angels and devils waged battle inside my head, and the devils usually won (bye- bye skinless chicken breast, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, hello Southwell’s cheeseburger and french fries!)

When I’m hungry, I go to the refrigerator and grab the meal on my menu plan, pop it in the microwave for two minutes (if necessary) and then I eat it. I did not expect how good it would feel to be free from the decision-making and the inner food police, chiding me for making another “bad” choice. I feel like there’s space for me to think about new things, to do tasks I’ve put off. It’s not just the elevated physical energy – it’s the increased mental and emotional energy, too.

So. Tomorrow I weigh at West U Fitness. I haven’t decided if revealing my weight on this blog is empowering or defeating, but it doesn’t matter (as much) to me whether or not I’ve lost weight. Feeling better and wanting to continue is good enough for me.

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