By Deja Skipper

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In my junior year of high school, I noticed something didn’t feel right. Every time I ate something fatty or any other not-so-good-for-me foods, I felt a tightness in my abdomen. I knew it was due to the unhealthy food I was eating everyday. Something had to change but I didn’t know where to start, so I decided to make a schedule for myself. First, I scheduled specific workout times each day. It was hard at first finding the energy to take myself to the gym, but once I got in the habit I felt much better. I knew working out would get me into shape but it wouldn’t be the only thing I needed to become healthy. One day when I was biting into the sweet, fluffiness of a chocolate chip muffin, I realized something. My solution was hiding in the muffin and other foods like it that I continued to intake. I decided right then and there it was time to cut back. It was not easy but then again when is anything in life?

Breakfast

What I used to eat:

Chocolate Chip Muffin, 364 calories

Jimmy Dean Sausage egg and cheese croissant, 410 calories

What I decided to try instead:

Oatmeal – Strawberry, 130 calories; Raisin, 137 calories; Maple Brown Sugar, 160 calories.

Cereal – Kellogg’s Special K  Red Berries Fruit and Yogurt Cereal, 180 calories.

Lunch:

What I used to eat:

Macaroni and Cheese, 326 calories

Ramen Noodles, 388 with 1,820 mg of sodium!

What I decided to try instead:

Bologna Sandwich (Miracle whip, American Cheese, Honey Wheat bread), 276 calories

PB&J (Honey Wheat bread, Grape Jam, Peanut Butter), 217 calories

Dinner:

What I used to eat:

I already ate rather healthy dinners with my family, so this I didn’t need to change. I just altered my portion sizes.

When I’m on my own:

Chicken Salad (spinach, green peppers, onions, teriyaki grilled chicken, chipotle southwest dressing and croutons) or (lettuce, grilled chicken, carrots, french dressing), 105-250 calories

For family dinner:

Pork Chop, 211 calories Or Fish, Tilapia, 112 calories

Yellow Rice, 160 calories

String Beans, 80 calories

Dessert/Snacks:

What I used to eat:

Poptarts (Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry and Cherry), 210 calories

Cheeze Itz, 150 calories

What I decided to try:

Strawberry, Vanilla and Banana yogurt with granola, about 120 calories

Apples with peanut butter, 200 calories

I ate these healthier foods everyday. I completely cut out junk foods and continued working out. By week four I felt much lighter, less bloated and had much more energy!

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