Well, so much for dedication and commitment. Last Thursday marked the three week "anniversary" of my decision to change my lifestyle, and in that three weeks, I was down six pounds. I had lost this weight without starving or depriving myself; just by making healthier choices and getting more active.
But Thursday was also my college graduation from the University of Central Florida. I received my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science. This accomplishment was eight years in the making - so it was a HUGE deal, not just for me, but also for my family!
As such, there was lots of celebration, all the way around. Wednesday night, my wonderful husband took me out for martini's at this amazing, organic chophouse. Following our drinks and appetizers, we moved to Outback Steakhouse (always dangerous when one is "dieting"), where my entire family surprised me. There were more drinks, 800-calorie plates of gooey, delicious cheese fries, steaks, bread, and all the terrible food a girl could ask for. Outback 1, Kelly 0.
Then, Thursday, following my graduation ceremony, my family took me out for a lovely dinner at a local Italian restaurant. The food was awesome, as Italian tends to be.
Friday was one of those rainy days, and all Mom and I wanted was comfort food, our pajamas, a movies. So that's just what we did. We ordered some Chinese takeout , watching Silver Linings Playbook (great movie, by the way!), and just relaxed.
Yesterday we went to Orlando to go to Ikea and The Container Store. One of my biggest hurdles is eating when I'm away from home, such as on vacation or out running errands for the day. I need to learn to pack some healthy snacks so that I'm not tempted to swing through a drive-thru for instant gratification when I get hungry.
So today is Sunday, and I am back on track and ready to get started. Unfortunately, I have gained back five of the six pounds that I had lost (though I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that this is mostly water weight that I will lose within the next couple of days!), but I'm learning that it's okay to have moments of weakness. We can't let one or two bad days of eating discourage us from the bigger picture. For that matter, if I have a cheat meal where I totally blow it, that doesn't mean the whole day is a wash.
It took a really long time for me to put all this weight on, so it's going to take a long time to get it off. Losing weight is a long-distance race, and it's okay to have some hurdles along the way. It's how we handle those hurdles that prove our dedication and commitment to our overall goal.