So, today is Day 31 of my self-imposed Saint Patrick's Day Challenge ... the one that started accidentally when I realized I had a four-day tracking streak going. I thought, "Why not see if I can make it to Saint Patrick's Day?" We have friends coming from the east coast that day, so that seemed like a good goal.
Well, my streak is now 31 days old ... and I've lost 13 pounds! I know. I'm shocked too. I guess everything they've been telling us about tracking is true. But, oh, how I doubted them.
I used to absolutely hate that tracker. Every bite, every nibble, every "oops." And once you put it down, it was permanent. A forever reminder that you could not say no to that decadent chocolate cake, or that you had the equivalent of a fourth meal at midnight. For the past however many years I've been on SparkPeople (Four? Five?) I have treated the tracker like a frenemy. I loved it when I was doing well, and I hated it when I messed up. And my attitude on those inevitable mess-ups was, "Ew. Let's be done tracking."
But all that has changed. I put the SparkPeople app on my phone, and since I'm on the thing all the time anyway, it's not at all hard to track. It's now a habit. A good, healthy, working-for-me habit. If I crave dilly asparagus spears at midnight, and I have ten, I write it down. If I think I'm going to eat a whole plate of veggie Mongolian Grill, I write it down. And then, when I only eat half, I go back and re-track.
And lo and behold, the weight is coming off. I've been motivated to get on the treadmill a bunch more. I feel energized and excited and ... confident. That's the word. I feel confident that if I keep this up, and I let each day count that little bit more toward my goal, I'll get there.
I know I've told her before, but I have to thank Sallie, a.k.a MEXGAL1, for being such an inspiration to me. I stumbled on her page one day, saw that she tracked every last thing she ate or drank, and noticed that the occasional indulgence didn't knock her off track. I was just amazed by her honesty, and mystified as to how she didn't get discouraged those days, but I learned from her. I tried it. It works. :) So thank you SO much, Sallie. We may never meet, but you have made a very big difference in my life.
I think I'll be buying a much smaller "something green" to wear this Saint Patrick's Day ...