I posted this comment on Elle's CK blog the other day:
"My new thing is that I feel warm and fuzzy and healthy when I eat right and guilty and disgusting when I eat poorly. Even if I have the calories available for a good treat, I don't want to loose the warm and fuzzy healthy feeling, so I pass. It's taken me 2 years to realize that."
It's not about calories in-calories out (although it is!!), but true healthy eating goes beyond the numbers and what you can and can't fit into a day's worth of calories and knocks into your EFFORT. Are you putting 100% effort into being healthy? When you do, you feel amazing, no matter what the scale says or where you are on your weight loss journey. I often say that I feel better when my weight is up (perhaps after a big eating weekend) and I'm putting 100% effort in to get back on track than when my weight is down and I'm "allowing" myself to eat junk.
Here's another Fit From Within excerpt that says it best. I swear this woman wrote my book a few years before I got around to it!
"It is nearly impossible to have a negative attitude when you are supremely healthy. Let me fully acknowledge that I am not always this healthy. I get lazy sometimes, or I don't replenish the energy I give to work, family, and life's glittering diversions. But when I put my health at the top of my to-do list, it's not long before I feel on top of the world.
When you build a body out of the healthiest food, the healthiest environment, the healthiest lifestyle, and the healthiest attitudes you know of, it's like moving into a mansion from a tar-paper shack. At this level of health, or even on the road to it, the very process of living becomes a joy, and abusing yourself in any way becomes just about impossible."