Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I had to laugh at a recent episode of Biggest Loser when last year's contestants were aghast at Buddy's choice of a tsp of REAL mayo over one of the fake options. Seriously, there were several outraged comments and Becky looked like she'd been told Buddy was an axe murderer - it was quite funny. But it did make me think.
Then this morning the daily sparkpeople email asked if my sugar cravings were out of control. I took the quiz and discovered, no surprise, that they weren't! And that got me thinking some more. I finally put 2 and 2 together and came up with 3...
It's been 3 years! I've successfully maintained my 85 lb weight loss now for 3 years!! And, guess what, I'm no longer afraid of real mayo or sugar - or a 100 other things either! The skills I acquired over the 5 years it took me to lose my weight have become completely embedded and a little thing like real mayo doesn't have any ability to throw me off my game.
My game is really quite simple. A ton of vegetables, whole grains, lean protein. Toss in a daily dose of 85% chocolate, some dried cherries, a few almonds. Enjoy, without guilt, whatever the omnipresent fruit basket on the counter offers. Get busy - stay active and it all works together to keep me fit and slim.
It used to be so much work. There used to be a lot of fear. I had a whole long list of foods I simply didn't eat anymore and I referred to it often. I still don't eat those foods - but I no longer think about them. I know what to eat and nothing - no celebration, no family feast, no unexpectedly gorgeous buffet, no basket of doughnuts at work... nothing can make me deviate from my game.
It's now more than 8 years since I started this lifestyle change. I still remember feeling overwhelmed by how much time and effort it was going to take me to lose my excess weight.
I'm so glad I had the courage to start!