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The ad for "All Dogs' Day" in the local newspaper. Photo by K. Lund

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I'm ready to get "my picture took." Photo by K. Lund

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It wasn’t until I was a mother of two children that I began to really pay close attention to what I was putting into my body.In May 2008, I started to watch my portions, read nutrition labels and exercise. I found ways to make the foods I loved growing up healthier by making substitutions. In a year, I lost nearly 50 pounds. People often ask me how I lost the weight, and I always feel like I am letting them down when I simply state, "I watched what I ate, controlled my portions and exercised." That really is the truth of it, though. This past summer, my husband and I planned a trip back to our hometown. While I was looking forward to reconnecting with the people and places that shaped so much of who I am, I was nervous. I was scared that I would over-indulge in all of that good eating. I was scared of undoing all of the good I had done over the past year. A part of me felt that I might as well submit to the temptation, but I was also scared that if I did that, it would be too hard to get back on track once I returned home. The great thing about New Orleans is that you can find a good meal in the most unlikely places. Even certain gas stations have been known to serve fantastic over-stuffed shrimp po’boys. So, on our first day back in the city, we decided to go to what some might call a “hole in the wall.” This place may not be Emeril’s, but they serve some of the best seafood I have ever had. As we prepared to order, I realized that the menu board did list all of the fried selections that I remembered, but they also had grilled shrimp and Cheap Jordans Shoes fish. I was shocked. I thought this might have been a new addition to their menu, but the grilled selections had been there all along. I had just never bothered to look for them. I had a plate of some of the best grilled shrimp I had ever had, coupled with a salad. Throughout my trip there, I found healthy options in the most unexpected places. While going to get beignets, those light, airy and deep fried French-style donuts, I discovered the café also served a vegetable omelet filled with tomatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers. Once I realized that I could find healthy options, the focus turned away from the food, and onto friends, family and places that I hadn’t seen in over a year.Don’t get me wrong, I did indulge in some of my favorites, but I didn’t overindulge. When I was served a plate of fried shrimp at my mother-in-law’s home, I ate them along with the mixed vegetables she had prepared for my benefit, and when I was full I pushed my plate away. On my last morning there, I enjoyed plate of those iconic beignets, coated in powdered sugar, alongside a café-au-lait. I found myself full after just two of these confections, and I stopped eating. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty, nor did I feel deprived. I also enjoyed showing my children the sights and listening to the jazz musician performing near the café. The food was just a part of the experience. It was no longer the entire experience for me. It was during this trip that I realized that part of me had changed for the better. This was a lifestyle change. The people of New Orleans may never stop serving up plates of fried seafood, but I could choose to indulge occasionally or choose a healthier option. I had started just hoping to normalize my weight, but along the way, I had normalized my feelings about food. I had discovered that food could be nourishing to my body and my soul in equal measure. Amani Jabbar, who is a graduate student in an English literature and language program, regularly blogs at http://abayaandsneakers.wordpress.com.Do you have an inspirational story you think we should include on the dailySpark? Do you have any funny stories about weight loss? Send them to editor@dailyspark.com. Include the subject line: From the Mouths of Members Is food a big part of your culture? Do family events and vacations tend to revolve around food? How have you learned to balance healthy eating with your family traditions?

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