Tuesday, February 22, 2011
It is amazing how small changes make such a big difference! I have been gradually moving toward healthy eating over the past few years, and started adding South Beach recipes to my menus about 6 years ago, but I never got past phase 1 - because I was never "perfect enough" to pull off phase 1 for an entire 2 weeks. I now understand perfectionism is part of what got me into this current situation, and what has kept me here.
I finally decided to get serious about doing the 2-week Phase 1, since exercise alone is not getting any results on the scale, and am pleasantly surprised to find all the foods and recipes recommended for Phase 1 are now very familiar to me. In fact, they are some of our favorites!!! I even found some recipes for phase 1 that I skipped over before, because they didn't sound like something I would like like, and now I am eager to try them.
I am only on Day 2 of Phase 1, but so far, so good. We were eating oatmeal for breakfast on a fairly regular basis, so we'll probably start missing that next week, but I looked ahead and know oatmeal is coming back in just 2 short weeks (even if I am not perfect).
I thought I had wasted the last couple of years, but I have reaped benefit from adding so many healthy foods to my menus. The change from where I am now, to consistent healthy eating, is a much smaller step today than it was 6 years ago.
Not all of us turn on a dime. My turning has taken a while, but now that I am fully headed in the right direction, I know consistency is gaining momentum.