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We never threw away food. My mom was also 5'4" and just under 400 pounds at one point!

One of eVOLV’s long-term clients and now an apprentice eVOLV Trainer, Paula, suggested I talk about throwing away food. I grew up in a love-rich home but was financially quite poor. My father and mother would punish us if we did not finish what was served and would never allow us to throw any food away. This type of mentality toward food also was a contributing factor in getting my mother to almost 400 pounds! It wasn’t the only factor but one of the significant contributing factors!

If throwing away that which is left on your plate makes you uneasy, then put it in a container and save it for a second meal. DO NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT EATING ALL THAT IS SERVED! Also, do not feel guilty if things are going bad and you think you have to eat it (unless it is fresh homemade key lime pie – then eat the whole damn thing). LOL – Kidding! But not really!

One of the keys to helping with this is cooking only what is needed in the first place. I understand the battle for those of you with kids and large families. Let your kids eat the leftovers and the vast majority of what you cook. If you are on a weight loss journey, that which you are cooking and or ordering should be healthier choices in the first place! The same rule applies, though – stop when you are getting full.

Planning is everything regarding what we consume. Most of us don’t know what we eat or plan our meals. If you wish to change your body, you must constantly and consistently measure and be accountable for what you consume – PERIOD! There is no easy way out of this. If you wish to lose weight, you have to reduce your total calories. The only way to know if you are is by measuring. So do it! We use MyFitnessPal and highly recommend the free version.

I would love to help you with your fitness journey. E-mail me at for a FREE evaluation and initial session! You have to do it!

Your Trainer – C.J.

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