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The Snack Girl Reveal

October 29, 2010   34 Comments

Does anyone else remember when Oprah tossed her fat jeans aside on her show to reveal her spankin' new thin self? The audience went nuts!

The Snack Girl Reveal

I wish I could do something as dramatic as Oprah. Instead, my new self is the result of a new haircut, skin cream, and the power of a professional photographer :)

Actually, since my first post on my own struggles with getting healthy (see: Snack Girl Challenge) I have been slowly undergoing a MAKEOVER.

First, I have added a morning exercise routine (every OTHER day). And because of the boost to my metabolism and the toning of my muscles, I have gone down a size in my clothes. Which means I was forced to buy some new clothes. I absolutely hate shopping so I have been slowly acquiring my clothes through the internet.

Secondly, I decided that I needed to do something about my face. I am sure that some of you out there are hitting the ripe old age of 41 and have noticed that your face has dried out. Why? I have no idea, but it was really bothering me.

So, I went to the pharmacy and bought some anti-aging skin cream ($17 - ouch) and it worked! My skin actually is smoother after using it for a week. Go figure.

Thirdly, I decided to get a haircut. I don't mean a trim, a REAL haircut. This was sparked by the fact that I was invited to a conference with some fellow healthy food bloggers. I figured I would feel dumpy if I showed up with my blunt cut hair in a ponytail. AND, I received a 50% off coupon for a local salon ($15 for a haircut).

If you are wondering what kind of lunatic goes to a new salon, asks for her hair to be cut stylishly, and then leaves for a public event (the NEXT day) in tears because her hair is ruined - that lunatic would be me.

So, it turned out my hair wasn't ruined - I think it is super cute!

My weight in pounds still has not budged, but my husband thinks I am more beautiful than when he met me. And, he keeps telling me!

My struggle with healthy eating continues with (ironically) the fact that I get sent many food samples. Yummy and not so yummy stuff arrives every week for me to sample for Snack Girl and sometimes I lose track of my food intake.

I am trying to write down every time I eat a TREAT so my treats stay in control. I have found that food journaling just makes me obsessed about food and I actually eat MORE when I write it down versus when I just forget about it.

Somehow, without losing weight, without food journaling, and without dieting, I am getting healthier. My path is really different from how I imagined it.

Please share your thoughts, stories, and ideas about getting healthy!

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34 Comments:

Congrats! Sometimes when you let the whole dieting thing go and just eat clean, everything falls into place! I have lots of at home workouts if you need variety. But really congrats and I love your blog!

on October 29, 2010

I went on a Trader Joe's diet ... TJ's has incredible food and if you are busy and not the greatest cook (that's me), you can find many wonderful items to purchase.

Among many other items, here are some must-haves at Trader Joe's: http://bit.ly/9mgl1r

I never enjoyed grocery shopping until TJ's opened up by me. Nope, I do not work for TJ's.

on October 29, 2010

Love the haircut! I have the same problem when it comes to documenting what I eat. Whether it's counting points or keeping a food journal, I always end up overeating in a major way. For whatever reason I do much better to just eat and forget it. Thanks for all the great posts!

on October 29, 2010

Glad to hear someone else has troubles with keeping a food journal. Same thing happens to me...I become completely obsessed with food and my remaining points. For me, I just try to find some balance and forgive myself for my missteps.

on October 29, 2010

You sound and look great. Inspiration is the word that comes to mind.

on October 29, 2010

BEAUTIFUL!

on October 29, 2010

you look great, and it sounds like you're very happy (and healthy!)

on October 29, 2010

Ditto on the food journal. When I journal, I end up spending the entire day focused on food and very little else gets done. It's frustrating.

on October 29, 2010

Yeah for you! Really enjoy reading my Snack Girl emails that come, actually, I look forward to them. Thank you for all the research and ambition. Myself, my husband, and our 5 young children are definitely benefiting from it.

on October 29, 2010

My husband and I went on the "Biggest Loser" at the beginning of the year. He lost 33 lbs and I only lost 5. After that was over, I went on my own and just weighted myself every week and I am down 13 lbs. It's so true, if you don't kill yourself over it, it comes somewhat easy!!! You look great.

on October 29, 2010

Hi Lisa

I am looking forward to getting you a copy of my new book, e3 for LIFE. I believe you will find it very helpful on your journey for better health.

I love you commitment and look forward to helping make it a little easier to see the results you desire.

Your Friend In Health

Adam

on October 29, 2010

Awww, you look BEAUTIFUL!!!! Congrats.

on October 29, 2010

Congrats on feeling healthier. I started with a 15 minute walk 3x week and built up to daily 30 minutes (the dogs needing exercise helped...a lot). After a few years (and a few dropped sizes), I added pilates and that has really made me feel SO much better. There's nothing like not tipping over when you do the 'flamingo' put your socks on...because WOW, your middle muscles actually hold you up.

As for the journaling. It makes complete sense to me. There are a lot of studies which prove you move in the direction of what you focus on.

So, whatever works for you to make you feel well, YAY!

on October 29, 2010

Bravo, Snack Girl! You look wonderful! I am also 41, and struggling with my weight, turning "40ish" and the daily challenges that raising four children can bring. There is no time for myself...sigh. You have inspired me to take better care of ME.

on October 29, 2010

It's wonderful to have a husband who makes you feel beautiful!! & it's even better when you feel it yourself. Way to go!

on October 29, 2010

You are looking good amazing how as you hit the forties, you start to rethink your old habits. Keep up the good work Snack Girl.

on October 29, 2010

I think you look beautiful and healthy! Well done on trying to eat healthy and getting the rest of us to as well! I love your blog!

on October 29, 2010

Exactly what Heidi said! Good Job and fantastic blog & great haircut!

on October 29, 2010

you look beautiful, Snack Girl: happy and confident. and you should be very proud of helping so many people.

on October 29, 2010

You look fantastic! Love the new 'do.

on October 29, 2010

I agree, when tracking points, I obsess over food. To an unhealthy degree. So I gave it up and now just get on the scale every morning to 'check in'. I know where I should be and this keeps me honest.

on October 29, 2010

You look great! And yes skin changes in the 40s... Mine did! If I don't moisturize, it hurts to smile...

Funny how we're all different. Food diaries are a godsend to me (although now I do it electronically.) I budget my calories so they last through the day... makes me eat with less abandon at things like work potlucks and other daytime temptations so I'm not eating a cracker, cheese and veggies while making a full on dinner for my spouse! I like to use around 55-60% of my calories on breakfast, lunch & snack(s) and leave 40-45% for dinner.

It does make me eat less to track what I eat, not more. Does it lend itself to obsessiveness? Yes but I already was kind of...

on October 29, 2010

You are so beautiful!!

on October 29, 2010

Hurray so glad that you feel good!

I find that a positive attitude and doing good things for myself - like exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, and spending time with people I love - automatically improves how I perceive myself and how others perceive me. And all of that has an impact on our health.

The vanity pounds often AREN'T necessary to lose - it's all a mindset.

on October 29, 2010

Couldn't have a better looking host for Snack Girl. You have NOTHING to be ashamed of. You look GREAT!!

on October 29, 2010

You look great - like you're glowing. Love it. And the changes you're making are all positive! Implementing positive habits gradually is the key to success, they say! And even if the scale hasn't budged, if you've gone down a size in clothing, that's great! You're so much healthier because of that extra muscle. And the bonus is that you'll be stronger and more able to do everyday things without feeling weak or (gasp!) old! LOL

on October 29, 2010

Never underestimate the power of great lighting and the love of a fantastic husband. When it all comes down to it - these are gifts that no amount of dieting can buy, and the glow from each is sweeter than candy. I'm lucky to have a guy like yours and I know how much that helps :) They see the true woman behind the wrinkles and the xtra pounds. And I try to remember that they're right.

on October 30, 2010

Your hair looks fabulous!!! And more importantly, you look very, very happy. Kudos to you!

on October 30, 2010

I think you look beautiful and healthy! BTW, what is the moisturizer that you found that improved your skin?

on October 31, 2010

You look beautiful! Congrats on all the changes - that takes a ton of courage. Good for you!!

on November 1, 2010

Thank you for your inspiration and the ideas and articles that keep us motivated. You look wonderful, vibrant and happy. Mother Theresa said: "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest of intentions." You bless us all with your encouragement, knowledge, humor and honesty every day...that's truly a great deed! Hugs!

on November 1, 2010

Love this post. You are going to inspire many people.

on November 1, 2010

You look awesome. I recently discovered you and am enjoying your posts. I too embarked on a journey this year. I found baby steps helps. I started jogging (in order to appease my deployed sister who needs someone to run a local 5k for her) and determined to cut my sugar intake in half (I couldn't quite fathom the 15g a day maximum the author suggested). I have plateaued on weight since July, but like you have felt much healthier and my blood pressure is now at a much lower range. Keep it up, you inspire me!

on November 8, 2010

Cibgrats! You look healthy and happy! Ditto on the question of what moisturizer you found that worked!

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