I'm Baaaack!!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Hellooo Sparkers! :) After a very long break from SP I am finally back! I have been really lacking motivation lately and have been eating whatever I want and really slacking on the exercise. I just didn't care anymore and felt like every time I tried to lose the weight, I would give up before ever seeing results so it was just a waste of time. I'm going to California at the end of this summer and would love to look great in a bikini so that should be something to motivate me but nothing worked. A little over a week ago I found a copy of the South Beach diet book and began reading that and I found the motivation I needed. I really loved the diet and how it allowed for mistakes and told you specifically how to get back on track. I'm very much an all-or-nothing person when it comes to weight loss. When I slip up and don't follow my diet I usually never get back on track so having a plan that allows for slip-ups is perfect for me. I officially started the diet last Tuesday and 1 week in things are going great. The first 2 weeks of the diet are brutal: no carbs at all. That includes the obvious bread, pasta, and rice but also fruit and dairy. It's been tough but I've been doing great so far!
The toughest part of this diet has definitely been a lack of support from others. I recently graduated from college and moved back home. It's definitely been a hard adjustment since I have not really lived at home in 4 years. I'm Italian and so my mom cooks lots of pasta, we eat lots of bread, and just tons of anything carb-loaded. I tried to ask my mom if she would be willing to switch to whole grain breads and pastas for the health of the whole family and she blew up at me about how I was accusing her foods of making everyone fat! So that conversation led me to buying my own groceries and I cook my own meals. I can tell it bothers my mom every time I make my own food instead of eating hers but I refuse to let her stubborn ways get in the way of me becoming healthier. My boyfriend is supportive but at the same time he gets upset when we can't go out to eat at certain places where there are very low carb options. Yesterday I made a sacrifice and went to cracker barrel. My usual sides there are corn bread, fried apples, sweet potato casserole, and dumplins - all things I can't have right now. Instead, I gave my boyfriend the corn bread, and ordered a side salad, green beans, and cottage cheese as my sides. Everything still tasted great and I didn't feel like I was going to explode after the meal!

So even with the lack of support I have still been pushing along. I've turned down ice cream, starbucks, donuts, bread, and pasta, and plenty of other desserts and so far am down 5 pounds. I've ordered P90X and have gone to the gym a few times while I wait for it to come in. For right now I'm really focusing on diet since I have to make so many changes but I still fit exercise in a couple times a week. I'm feeling really good about this diet/lifestyle and am excited to see how this journey goes!
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