Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I cannot believe it. I am pinching myself to see if I'm dreaming one of my favorite activities now is......get this.........weighing myself. What woman (in her right mind) says that? Well, this one. I think this is because of years where I would go all gung-ho into a diet, lose around 7 lbs (majority water, I know) and feel like I am success, then it stops, I feel like a failure and WHOOPS, those 7 lbs and about 15 of their closest supporters have now taken up residence on my expanding body. Yo-yo dieting is something I was intimately familiar with. Well, no more.
I love coming home from work, weighing myself before bed (knowing it will be less after I sleep). Then I take a nap, weigh again and see results. (I usually drink a full 24 oz of water on my drive home, so I take into account that when weighing myself before my nap.)
I feel amazing. By cutting out nearly all meat (on a treat night where we treated my brother and sister-in-law to an Osaka's Hibachi dinner I did have shrimp and scallops and I do still eat eggs) and nearly all dairy (I did have a bowl of no sugar added, fat free Eddy's vanilla chocolate swirl ice cream) I am able to keep dropping these pounds......and I feel amazing. I am the weight I was 2 years ago. Now, granted that was not a weight I want to be at, but I have just erased 2 years worth of weight gain in only a few weeks. I love it! More importantly, I feel like I can do it.
I did gain 1.6 lbs with the Hibachi dinner night (I believe mostly water from the sodium in the foods) but I've lost that and then some. I believe I'd be in the 30 lbs loss right now had I not done that night, however it was important. I proved that I can still go out, have a good time and make good choices. I can still experience a brief moment of indulgence before I get back to my healthy lifestyle. I am doing this. This is something I CAN do for the rest of my life because it isn't all about freakish rigidity. It's about control, portions, conscious eating, weighing options and living my life.
So, I hope that everyone is having a wonderful day and are getting as much success and fulfillment out of their plans for health. I hope that I can be a small beacon of hope to those out there who did the yo-yo circuit like I described. It's not about crazy diets, radical things and deprivation....it's about smart choices and finding what works for your body.....and clearly, this works for me.
Hugs and love to all the sparklers out there!