Sunday, September 08, 2013
About a year ago I started a downward spiral that took hold for a 10# gain. It started when we took our yearly vacation - too much eating, not enough exercise and an attitude of "I'm on vacation. I'll get back on track when I return home"....Right !? It took a few months to turn this spiral around. Like so many of us I felt shame and anger after having done so well for so long on this journey. With many self talks and a few swift kicks I did get back on track. Lost the 10 unwanted pounds and met my goal (again).
We just came back from our vacation, here's where the "atta girl" comes in. I weigh the same as when I left for the trip. I still ate foods that are not on my normal menu.
Like fried chicken and home made butter pecan ice cream. Had a couple of cocktails, some dark chocolate carmel fudge....oh I could go on, but I won't.
What made the difference this time? I actually tracked all of my food, not just thought about it. This kept me accountable and my eyes wide open. I also made sure I got some exercise in daily.
One day while DH went fishing I went shopping....didn't just look at the beautiful clothes I tried them on. I'm not one to clothes shop, but this time I put on those clothes and saw how "fine" I looked.....well, I have to admit, those smiles (and tears of joy) trumped any over eating I could have done. Those "satisfied with myself" feelings still linger to this day.
I know I will still take one day at a time on this journey as I had some concerns when starting maintenance, but six weeks in maintenance, a vacation behind me and an attitude of "I can/will do this"....well it's a winning combination. I will keep setting new goals and moving forward...
Thanks for stopping by. Hope everyone has a Sensational Sunday and let's keep making those healthy choices together. ((HUGS))
Thursday, July 25, 2013
When I was growing up there were a chain of "Big Boy" restaurants around town. I believe there are still some around down South. Anyways, it was always a treat to go this restaurant because they had the best "Big Boy" burgers (sort of like Big Mac's from McDonalds) but they had this "Big Boy" seasoning you could put on it and Yum it was oh so good. They also had the best fresh strawberry pie you could sink your teeth into, but that could be another story. Back to the burgers. After a number of years the restaurants closed one by one. I finally decided to purchase some of that seasoning and use it on "Big Mac's. Than the seasoning ran out and the restaurants were all closed. So it was just a memory for many, many years.
One day coming home from a friends house we passed the place that was the last "Big Boy" that we could remember. (It is now a battery plus store). We started talking about the "good old days". The following day DH got on line (with out me knowing it) and found a "Big Boy" who sold the seasoning and order a couple of bottles. They came in the mail and I was doing a happy dance. We ran over to McDonald's and bought a couple of Big Mac's......because my eating habits have changed so much I could only eat 1/2 the sandwich, but enjoyed every bite. Than I got to thinking....now that I have the seasoning I could make that nostalgic sandwich healthier. So tonight for supper I had my own version of the "Big Boy" burger: 1 Italian light burger bun with sesame seeds, 1 slice of reduced fat cheese, 1 Morning Star griller, some lettuce, 1/2 TB of thousand island dressing and of course the infamous "Big Boy" seasoning.
It was very, very good.......glad I tried this sandwich, 'cuz I now have enough seasoning on hand to last a long time and I won't have to try to remember just how good those burgers were I can make my version of it and put a smile on my face and sit back and remember all the good times we used to have at "Big Boy's"
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a dinner as good as I did. ((HUGS))
Monday, July 15, 2013
Year ago I came across "Miss Meringue" cookies. At the time you could only get them on line. Now I find them in some stores. These were like an answer to a prayer. I bought the minis and you could have 12 of these sweet treats for 120 calories with no fat. I was in one of my yo-yo diet phases so whenever I "needed" a sweet to eat I would have some of these (sometimes all 12).
I still keep them in my cupboard mostly because I really like them.
So today I was preparing lunch and decided to put two on my plate, like a mini dessert:) While I was getting ready to sit down and eat my lunch I popped one of the meringues in my mouth (they are just a little bigger than a Hershey kiss).
I could not believe that I actually found this little morsel to be too sweet to enjoy :(
Working on eating healthier has done a lot of things for me physically and mentally over the past three years, but I never, let me repeat never thought my sweet tooth could be tamed. I am a foodaholic, not just a sweet eater and on this journey I have made some changes, but have never eliminated any foods....just portion control and tracking. So even though I enjoy my dark chocolate (which is the only chocolate I will eat now, unlike before anything chocolate would be eaten), my sweet tooth is getting sophisticated.....or picky. I am pleased to say the least.
So I guess if you are struggling with certain foods, but limit them (and of course track them) you too may get a picky sweet tooth.
Thanks for stopping by. Make healthy choices and enjoy your journey. HUGS to all.
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