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Is this the new normal?

Friday, June 07, 2013

It feels like I've arrived. Is this the new normal?

It's a wonderful feeling - I didn't expect reaching goal to be like this. I have reached goal several times in weird ways, but this is new to me.

I'm relaxed in general - not thinking about food at all generally and happy about nothing. Like just smiling to myself for no reason.

I feel like I'm done - I'm finished with the endless cycle. I know it's early days and the "challenge" or so it's called is to maintain what I've done but right now it doesn't feel like it's going to be difficult at all. And I'm not becoming complacent either like I used to and go back to old habits.

The new habits are so hardwired now that I feel weird not eating veggies as a main filler in a meal. I'm upping protein so my strength training and maintenance mode is successful and still taking plenty of exercise.

Now that it's not a "MUST" it's coming so naturally - I walked for almost 2 hours today without realizing - and before I'd be counting the minutes until it's over.

I went shopping today and bought size 12 (UK) (that's a size 10 in the US I'm guessing) and had no nasty surprises! Everything I bought - from tops to dresses fit like a glove and made me look svelte.

My DH is beside himself with joy - I'm getting so much attention from him that I have to literally fight him off of me now. LOL.

I wish I could send a message to my former self in the past to hurry up and stick to it - don't yo-yo and no, that extra dessert is NOT worth it.

What I'm feeling is worth so much more than anything in the world. I'm young and have the physique I've always wanted.

I've realized the best thing about changing your lifestyle versus dieting.

The lifestyle habits STICK after a while - whereas diet changes do not. Now some of the things I'm doing are on autopilot - like tracking calories, skipping extra fat and skin on chicken, using light mayo instead of regular, drinking diet coke instead of regular, filling up on veg, enjoying my meals in peace and eating slowly, drinking plenty of water, keeping and making treats special - it all makes for a wonderful "lifestyle" that is actually more fun than the old ways.

I got to appreciate so many more tastes than I would ever have done eating junk! I learnt exercising helps - even 10 minutes a day helps if done consistently.

Portion sizes make all the difference as well - and your stomach shrinks as you eat smaller and smaller portions over a long period of time. So much so that you wouldn't notice!

I used to eat 4x more than I do now.

I'm liking the new normal. I like it a lot. It's a wonderful place to be. And I'm not leaving it, ever - but funnily enough - today as my appetite has come back I'm still not craving anything sweet or wanting more food than usual. Still wanting to eat broccoli, chicken, mushrooms and such things.

When I went shopping, I had the choice between greasy fish and chips, mcdonalds and subway. I chose subway - chicken with lots of salad in 9-grain wholewheat sub.

Before it would definitely have been the fish and chips, with extra mayo.

I love the new me. So does DH!
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    Right now you might still be in the "honeymoon" phase of reaching your goal. Maintenance is the most difficult phase to navigate. I struggle daily, and I must weigh myself every day and track, weigh, and measure out all of my food. If I do no stay this vigilant, I gain weight back rapidly.

    Good luck in your next chapter!
    1720 days ago
    Woo Hoo!!!!
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    1720 days ago
  • MTAL203
    Hooray! You made me want to work harder so I can feel these things you are describing for myself!!! Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations on a job well done! I have no doubt you've made it and will have no trouble staying where you are. emoticon
    1721 days ago
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