Oh, I love love love what you said in my goodie note. No perfect, just taking more loving care of our precious bodies. I, too, get in a lot of my vegetables and some of my fruits by juicing. For YEARS, I had "vegetable guilt". You know what? No more! Today, for instance, I had cucumber/carrot/spinach/apple/lemon juice (usually I throw in beets and kale but tomorrow is grocery shopping day), and I gave Payton some, too. Guilt extinguished and nutrients served up. We also had some protein smoothie that I made, and I also ate a small serving of scrambled egg. I had plenty of energy all day long and did not eat anything foolish and did not struggle with cravings and walked with my dogs this morning and went for a run/walk with my future s.i.l. this evening. I finished my dinner (a little salmon, a little beef, a teeny bit of rice, and a yummy spinach salad). I also tracked it, mainly because I love seeing those various nutrients stack up - makes me feel good about how I am treating my body. Plus, it keeps me more accountable which is helpful for me at this point. I love your analogy of seeking weight loss being liking seeking love. I have experience in both, and have found success in both. I will be thinking about that more, Miss Marki. PS Payton says you have a cute name. You do, it's cute like you. I am happy for you and so glad you are feeling better. That 200 mark is a big wallop. I edged very close to it, once again, and had a "come to Jesus" talk with myself about where I was going, how it would feel to get there, and what I needed to do to do a u-turn. I would LOVE to have you next to me on a hike up a mountain. For now, we will hike this mountain together. Slowly, steadily, knowing we are wanting the best for each other and no matter how tired we get, or how discouraged we may feel sometimes, we ALWAYS stand up and begin trudging up the mountain again. The view at the top is FABULOUS - let's get there and take it in. Once we see that view, we won't want to tumble back down. Oh, sorry, got carried away with my metaphor! So thankful you are my friend, dollface.
I felt just the same when I started. I didn't want anyone telling me what to do, or how to do it, especially since I'm a faster, which is contraversial at the best of times. On the team I am on are:- 6 fasters, 3 intuitive eaters, 3 South Beach, 2 paleo, 2 weight watchers, and the others fall somewhere inbetween! We are interested in each others programs, and never criticize. There are all sorts of teams, there is somewhere for everyone.