Saturday, June 01, 2013
I am celebrating one year and 8 months of maintaining 112 pound loss. Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers came up to me and asked, "How do pass up eating the cake, doughnuts, and candy in the staff room? What do you say to yourself?" Actually after all of this time, I don't need to say anything to myself. I just looked at the goodies and walked past them. It has become a habit to avoid these sugary sweets and they simply are not part of my life. I do not need pep talks to myself to avoid them. This was a nice revelation. However, I simply told my friend that I I usually stay away from sugar.
I am discovering that I enjoy being this new person who is often alone and who is very much different from the people around me. As I have mentioned people at work consider my healthy eating to be crazy and often stare at my lunches..seeing a mountain of vegetables.
Maintenance is a major investment of time in my daily life. Most of my healthy habits are done alone. I post on Spark. I go for walks.I go to the gym. I search for recipes. I cook healthy meals ahead. I shop to make sure I have healthy foods.
In my past blogs I mentioned feeling very much alone and lonely at being the only one in social situations who is not following what everyone else is doing or eating. Now as time passes I find a calmness and acceptance of myself being the "only one." I am very pleased with the new me who is marching to her own tune.
I think the key difference is that while being different and alone, is that I am not lonely. With the warm support of Spark Friends, i do not feel lonely. I also have a loving family who supports me.
As I attended a work retirement party and was the only one who was not eating the treats, I noticed that I was also the only female wearing tennis shoes with my outfit. I smiled and headed out the door on my way to the gym.
Thanks Spark Friends for your support.
***Additonal comment. I still have foods that I need to give myself a pep talk to avoid, but most of the white flour and sugary sweets are no longer part of my life.