Breaking Up

Dear Cheerios-

When I heard that you were now a Weight Watchers power food, I got excited. I thought, FINALLY a cereal that I can enjoy while following Simply Filling! I was now allowed to eat a bowl of you until satisfaction and not have to track the PointsPlus!

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Woohoo! I did a dance to the grocery store and bought you. Brought you into my home and enjoyed a bowl of you that night for dessert.

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At first, we were fine meeting up for the occasional bowl for breakfast (topped with a banana) and sometimes late at night when I needed something else after dinner. I loved knowing that I could have you as an option for a quick breakfast on days that I didn’t want to put in the effort for oatmeal or a smoothie.

That was all fine….for awhile.

Then our relationship went to the extreme….

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I’d enjoy you for breakfast, sometimes even lunch, and almost always as “dessert.” We were meeting nightly and that wasn’t good. I found myself buying a new box weekly, when before a box could last me a month. Our relationship is taking a toll not only on my wallet, but also my efforts to live my best life.

I thought we could have a healthy relationship, but we can’t. I do not know satisfaction with you, I just can’t get enough. I know that when something like that happens, then it is time to break up.

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It is time to say goodbye to you for now. Maybe someday in the future we could meet again under different circumstances. But, it is for the best that we just go our separate ways. And if you see me in the grocery store aisle, just quietly pass, as will I.

It’s not you, it’s me….

Love,
Brooke

Have you ever had to break up with a food?

5 Things Friday (4/11)

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This week’s 5 Things Friday is a short one, but all these articles really struck a chord with me and provided lots of thinking!

5 Reads

* Why Keeping Weight Off, Not Losing Is, Is The Real Victory- I cannot even begin to tell you how much this article spoke to me! Maintaining your weight is tough and it is hard to find a balance that works for you. Especially when you’ve lost so much and you’re used to setting weight loss goals to keep you going. This paragraph pretty much nailed it for me:

Beyond the practical steps, much of the shift from losing to maintaining weight is mental. There’s an addictive quality to losing weight, just as there is to gaining weight. Dieters are driven to reach a decisive end point, a goal that’s easily marked in ounces and inches. But to successfully change your life, you can’t just meet your goal. You have to learn how to exist within it

* How to Have a Great Life Without Spending a Lot of Money from Oh Dear Drea- Nothing really new here, but a great reminder of practical ways to just enjoy life!

* Daily Command Center Printable from Back To Her Roots- In a perfect world I am utterly organized, have my days planned out, and accomplish everything on my to-do list. Of course, that rarely happens, but I think this cute printable might get me a bit closer!

* Don’t Compare Yourself To….You from Carla Birnberg- This is a great thought provoking post. I try not to compare myself to others, but do look at past me and compare. Especially when it comes to fitness, I think about where I was last year exercise wise and get bummed that I’m not there now. Time to knock it off and just be the best I can be every day!

* What Love Really Is- Okay, this isn’t a read, it is a video. But, I promise it is worth the watch!

Did you read anything interesting this week? If so, share below!

Where To Go From Here

After I finally made the jump to join Blog Genie’s Blog School, I started to think about where I wanted to take Brooke: Not On a Diet into the future. I received the first module and that’s the first thing we do is talk about what sort of blog we want. Thinking about it completely overwhelmed me and made my brain hurt.

I wanted to quit before I even really got started.

When I started this blog way back in 2009, it was for me as a way to just document my journey. It was never meant to turn into what it has, but I’m so thankful it did. This blog has given me opportunities, introduced me to great people, and has become a platform to help those who are looking to lose weight as well.

It was weight loss all the time, then I hit goal. Weight loss isn’t something that is forefront in my life any more, there isn’t a need for weekly weigh-ins or goals focused on losing weight. This has made blogging tough, because I wasn’t sure what to blog about anymore. Posts became few and far between and quite frankly that bummed me out. I do love blogging and I love being open and honest with you guys. But, what do I talk about anymore?

So, I’ve been thinking about where I want to go from here and even had a thought wondering if my blog was relevant any more. If I’m not talking about weight loss, would anyone even continue to read? Should I just quit this and start something else? What to do, what to do….

I was having a blogging identity crisis.

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I had a million ideas enter my head and no idea of how to make them all work. Food blog, lifestyle blog, blogging just to blog, Weight Watchers blog, etc…etc. Again, I felt overwhelmed and wanted to quit.

Luckily, I got on GChat and rambled to Emily about it all. Having a blend is an awesome thing when moments like this happen! She talked me off the cliff, helped me narrow things down a bit, and gave me some other great ideas. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who ‘gets it,’ am I right?

After the chat, I got excited again. I now have more of a set direction of where Brooke: Not On a Diet will go into the future. No worries, there will still be talk of losing weight and tips that work/worked for me. There will also be more recipes, more talk of life with Mr. B, and hopefully some talk of things local here in the Quad Cities. I know eventually I would like to be able to offer different services to you guys as well, such as menu plans, health coaching services, and maybe even personal training type stuff. Of course, those things are in the far future, but all a possibility.

I just want to better serve you guys and to also not feel like I need to be limited to talking just about weight loss. Change is a good thing and I really feel like the things that will be happening around here will be pretty freaking amazing.

I hope that you will all stick around as I make it happen. I promise I always will be me, cause that’s what I do best! :)

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Anything you’d like to see come to Brooke: Not On a Diet?

Something you hope doesn’t disappear?

Share below!