Dear Hamburger, It’s you, not me

FOOD!!!!  I’ll be the first to admit: I LOVE FOOD! Sure, there are types I can do without; but, food is life. Literally and figuratively. Since I’ve began this journey towards losing weight, I’ve had to break up with a lot of food!

To be honest, I’m handling this break-up better than expected! I’m sure the hamburgers aren’t shedding a tear, as there’s a lot more people out there consuming this stuff. So, yeah, don’t cry for me, hamburger!

I guess my mindset is focused. I do have food cravings from time to time; but, I remind myself:

Do you really not want to look like this? EVER?

I’ve cut a lot of stuff out of my diet: Pizza, burgers, Sweet Cereals, and Soda, to name a few.

It’s a process, and I’m not saying I’ll NEVER go back to my “exes”; but, it’ll be in moderation, AND when I’ve gotten a good amount of weight off. I don’t want to have buyer’s remorse!

So, what are some of the things I’m eating now, you say? Well, instead of red meat, I’m eating chicken, turkey, and, when I’m in the mood for it, fish. I drink 2 protein shakes per day: 1 within an hour, post workout, and one before I go to bed. 8 ounces each. I make fruit smoothies, with yogurt, fresh and/or frozen fruit and almond milk, in place of regular milk. I do like using frozen fruits to give the smoothie a thicker quality. I was told a trick was to eat 6-7 raw almonds, 3 times per day, with a bottle of water. I have done some reading on them, and they provide a variety of benefits, when eaten in moderation. (search health benefits of raw almonds)

There are to major battles in the war against fat: Food choices and exercise. Once get your choices going in the right direction, and begin an exercise regimen, you should start seeing results in around 8 weeks. That’s a general rule of thumb. Each one of you are made up differently, so what may take you less time to see results, may take another person 8 weeks or longer. Just stick with it! You’ll be glad you did!

What foods will you have to break up with to help you lose weight?

Rog

Husband, father to 3 kids, papa to 2 grand kids. I love rock music (mostly), travel and social media. I am a VA, & a Social Media Marketing Manager. I just recently jumped into the world that is blogging. I look forward to interacting with you!

38 thoughts on “Dear Hamburger, It’s you, not me

  • July 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    I had to break up with junk food. It was hard at first, but now that I’ve had it out of my system for a while, I’m feeling much better.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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      2 thumbs up, Stacie! As the old song goes, “Breaking up is hard to do”! I too am amazed at how much better I feel!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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    I’ve cut a lot of bad stuff out of my diet. I’ve even given up my ice cream. I’ve been feeling a lot better. I do still eat lean red meat once or twice a week, but only because I have a tendency to be just a tad anemic.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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      That’s awesome, Vera! By the way, tell Bill I said hello! I met him at the Mazda presser

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  • July 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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    I don’t eat a lot of bad food because I don’t have the best stomach, but I will say that sweets are my weakness. I have cut down quite a bit on them but I’m sure I can do more.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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      Ugh! Sweets are my kryptonite! I’ve subbed sweets for either sugar-free sweets, or fruit. Good for you on cutting down on them!

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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      Thank you for that! I sincerely appreciate the love! If you ever want to vent, or whatever, feel free to add me as a friend on facebook. I’m married to Becky Willis, if you know her. Together, we can do this!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    Ugh, I need to break up with A LOT of things, not just burgers. I Have gained a lot of weight this year and need to take it back off.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm
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      It’s been a struggle for me. Will power is an absolute must; BUT, allow yourself 2 things: 1. a cheat meal once a week, and 2. forgiveness if you fall off the wagon. I just got started blogging and I’m planning on posting workouts when I can get pictures or videos. We’ve got this!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm
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    I am where you are. No more sweets, breads or junks. Done! Doing this I have list 7 lbs. In 2 1/2 weeks.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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      That. Is. AWESOME! Good for you! That makes me feel good knowing others such as yourself are taking the steps to make better food choices!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm
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    Breaking up with sodas would be the most challenging for me because they’re so easy to sip on unconsciously! It sounds like you have a good idea of what foods you want to focus on. That should help a lot when rewiring your habits!

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    • July 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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      Indeed I do! Believe me: It would be nothing to hop down to the store and grab a big Coke out of the soda fountain, but that would be defeating my purpose! I’m hoping that good food choices and increased water intake will soon be a habit!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    I have had to cut out my milkshakes and other sweets that I always crave. I have been cutting back on bread and trying to replace a lot of my meet with plant-based protein. I still treat myself once a week with one reward meal.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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      Treating yourself is crucial in my opinion! Otherwise, it’ll drive you nuts! You’ve hit the nail on the head: To lose weight, we must first begin to substitute/eliminate foods that aren’t good for us. Good job on doing what you’re doing!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    I’m a stress eater and I have a lot of stress. Deadlines at work and school. I tell myself I need my lover, Chocolate. Even if I try something else the craving when’s and I lose. Any suggestions, bro?

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    • July 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm
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      If you can get 30 minutes a day walking, that would start. Doesn’t need to be intense. Drinking more water, helps me to curb cravings. I searched for teas to help with stress
      Here’s a list of 6 natural teas for stress and anxiety so that you can literally drink your way to calmness and relaxation.
      Peppermint Tea (Mentha Piperita) …
      Chamomile Tea (Matricaria Recutita) …
      Lemon Balm Tea (Melissa Officinalis) …
      Passion flower tea (Passiflora incanata) …
      Green Tea (Camella Sinensis)
      I’m seriously going to look into green tea. Supposedly they have a lot of health benes
      Hope this helps sis. We’re going to make every effort to come down next year to see the fam, once everything is decided

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  • July 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    I think it’s awesome that you have gotten such a determination that it barely bothers you about giving those up. I’ve been there and I love that feeling. Keep trucking!

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    • July 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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      Thank you! I’ve been doing some research, and I read that increasing protein intake actually will help curb sweets cravings. Once I read that, I thought, “Hmm!” Maybe that’s why I’m not craving sweets!

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  • July 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm
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    i stopped drinking pop and it has made a huge difference. so much sugar in it and it’s bad for you.

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    • July 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm
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      Yes indeed! People would be amazed at how much sugar is in ONE soda! Madness! Sad fact is a bottle of water is more expensive than a bottle of Coke in most cases!

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  • July 13, 2017 at 5:07 am
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    I’m in the beginning of my breakup with carbs. We just can’t be friends anymore. Maybe we can be acquaintances in the future tho. Hopefully. I miss fries. LOL

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    • July 13, 2017 at 7:41 am
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      Very witty comments! I love it! Yes I miss those crazy fries as well; but, think of how much they were holding us down?

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  • July 13, 2017 at 11:01 am
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    I try to break up with soda but I keep going back for more. I definitely need to hook up with water instead.

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    • July 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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      Soda for me is like the crazy ex-girlfriend!

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  • July 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm
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    It’s a huge challenge to switch to a lifestyle that’s completely different than the one that you’re used to but I’m glad that you pushed through with it. Your discipline is inspiring! It’s just so much better to see people eating healthier!

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    • July 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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      I look at it this way: Do I want to continue to look and feel the way I do? Or, do I want to do something about it? When you breathe heavily tying your shoes, it’s time to make some changes. For me it’s an obvious choice! Thank you for your support!

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    • July 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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      Good for you! For the most part, I’ve cut about 98% of sugar out! The only thing I won’t sacrifice is my morning coffee. I lost a ton of weight in the past, while not giving that up, so I know it CAN be done!

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  • July 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm
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    Doughnuts are my kryptonite, but I gotta stay strong!

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    • July 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm
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      You can do it! I had a difficult time at first with stuff like donuts; but, it’ll pass

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    • July 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm
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      Ugh right? I’ve broken up with fried foods! It was hard, but it’s worth it!

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  • August 14, 2017 at 9:34 am
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    i had to break up with potato chips which was easier than i thought because when i did i stopped gettiing migraines

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    • August 14, 2017 at 9:37 am
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      It’s funny (not literally) what we find that causes certain ailments such as migraines! Good for you! I haven’t had chips either in over 6 weeks!

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