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Finally Finding The Balance That I Needed

Sunday, May 01, 2011

April has come and gone and took with it 6lbs. I'm very pleased with this as I have had no substantial loss this year at all, only gains. What has changed and how am I going to make this last?

Okay, here is my BIG secret! Ready...? I lost the one thing that has been holding my progress back for the last year. It is called the all or nothing mentality. I have never been able to eat right and not exercise, or exercise and not eat right. It had to be both to a 100% of my ability or I just wouldn't do it. That thinking is over. Finito! Done! I can do either of them alone now and not be driven with guilt and the big payoff?...I still lose weight.

I also am done with the strict "diet" regimine of eating. The way I did things in the beginning resulting in a quick 62lb loss worked but was not sustainable in the long run. It was too hard core and I felt too deprived. I love food and I am going to enjoy my food. I have found ways to incooperate many of my favorite foods and still stay on plan. Now I can eat with my family and not feel deprived. I eat chocolate daily. One square of dark chocolate at 50 calories is very satisfying. Ice cream is my passion. Skinny Cow sandwiches fill that void with no problem. I have also always been a consumer of the fat free products. Not anymore. I was reading an article about the amount of chemicals that go into things like fat free cheese...blech! I now eat the regular version in moderation. A BIG key in weight loss! MODERATION! I am also so happy that spring is here and the produce section is starting to really fill out at the store. I love fresh produce.

I am fairly busy daily with school getting close to ending for the summer and the kids having a lot of activities going on. Some days I exercise and some days I don't, but no matter what, I know longer carry the guilt if I don't. I use to really battle myself with that. If I missed a day, it freaked me out. Not anymore. I do my best and that's it.

I don't know what finally broke that mentality, but I am so thankful that it is gone. I also scored a bonus this month with getting an exercise bike. My mom has a really nice one that she can no longer use. She offered it to me. Heck yes! With summer coming on, that will be a great addition to the treadmill and DVD's. It's suppose to rain today, so I may be hopping on later.

For all of you that have been following my son and his eye therapy, we received a very good report Thursday. He has been in therapy for one month now. He brought home his grade card the other day and it was quite a surprise. He has always been a straight A student. About a year ago, his grades dropped to B's and C's. This report showed him with straight A's again after one month of therapy. They also retested his peripheral vision Thursday. When he began a month ago, he did not have much. It has greatly expanded over the last month. We are so excited to see these amazing changes going on and in such a short time. We continue praying for healing of his eyes daily.

If you have been keeping up with my positive challenge blogs, we should be up and running again with them later. We missed yesterday due to some technical difficulties but hopefully will get back at it today. I really missed writing one yesterday. I will post as soon as we are given the assignment.

Have a great day and make it a great month!!!
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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/1/2011 10:10PM

    Oh how wonderful that DS has made such wonderful improvements in just a month! I know things will only improve. I will continue to keep you all in prayer!
Love you!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 5/1/2011 10:08PM

    great job on the loss! I also am a all or nothing girl, gotta work on that!

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SCMAMAJONES 5/1/2011 10:06PM

    Good for you! It has to be a long-term change that is sustainable or it will come right back. I am so proud of you and so happy that your son's therapy is going well.

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/1/2011 7:56PM

    Part, actually most, of this journey is getting to know ourselves, our bodies and do what works best for us. You've made a HUGE step by coming to your realization! I was thinking just today that I don't need to lose 20lbs a month, if I even lose just 5 - 10 lbs each month that will be more than I was doing. I normally end the year with a tiny gain. This is a lifestyle change, one we have to be able to fit into our own individual lifestyles! emoticon

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RUNJEWELRUN 5/1/2011 7:03PM

    Yay! Here's to kicking butt in May :)

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WIFEALF 5/1/2011 5:41PM

    Congrats on the weight lost and keep it up you are rocking it!

Have a great weekend.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/1/2011 3:31PM

    What a wonderful and positive blog.
Thank you for sharing what's working for you - I just need to keep searching and find what will work best for me.
I am so glad to hear about the improvement in your son's vision.
Stay positive,
Sheila

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/1/2011 2:03PM

    Looks like you have a great plan established and a balanced positive life to see it to success! You can do it, Lisa! Great news about your son too!

1 HAPPY SPIRIT

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/1/2011 12:44PM

    I am so glad to hear of your son's good report.

I'm also glad that you realize it's not an all or nothing approach to losing weight. It's a journey, one to be enjoyed to the fullest. We have a lot to learn. Undo all the unhealthy things we been doing all our lives

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BBLUNDON 5/1/2011 12:31PM

    awesome .. i too don't sweat the food and still incorporate what I love .. for me it's salty snacks but i can still have them in moderation if i fit them in

go girl

b

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/1/2011 12:26PM

    Great job! I LOVE your positive attitude and the fact that you're so determined. Keep up the good work. Congratulations on losing the 6 pounds. I am really proud you! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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KWHITEHEAD9 5/1/2011 9:15AM

    Glad your son is doing well. Sounds like you have a great plan in place..... emoticon

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