I have been thinking about this for the past 2 weeks.
I have now reached a weight I have not been in 6 years. Thatís a long time, but it went by in a blink.
On Feb 9th this year I woke up uncomfortable and achy. I donít know what really was different, but I sent my husband out to buy a new scale. I braced myself and weighed in. Not a good number, but it was the number.
I decided to do what I knew would work. Cut out processed foods. I have been eating clean since.
The first few weeks were difficult to break the habits and get away from processed food. Now it is our normal. Our shopping cart contains very little packaged foods. We eat well. Delicious meals. Something else which broke a myth is that we do not spend more now on groceries that we are eating healthy. Once we broke the habits of pop, candy, snacks, cookies, prepared foods and replaced those with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and good snacks it equals out at the cash register.
I have lost over 75 pounds so far. Super pleased with the progress. In our house of 4 people we have lost more than 140 pounds so far. Thatís a fifth person!
I did some numbers although I put on the weigh very quickly if you take the 75 pounds over 6 years it represents a gain of 1.04 pounds a month. That is a tiny number, heck I lost more than that this week.
1.04 pounds a month really equals an excess of 124.8 calories a day. Letís round that to 125.
Wow that is truly not much and a real reality check.
I have accepted that tracking and controlling what and how much I eat will be a necessary part of the rest of my life. I will never turn back on that screen of pretended ignorance to what the 'junkie' foods are and what they do.
I have a lifetime of issues with food and weigh, and the way to correct that is to take and maintain a real awareness and control of food. No more mindless detachment.
The reality of this is I do not feel cheated or deprived. I feel blessed to understand and accept how good food tastes and what it does for my body and health. I do not miss the junk foods, and salt saturated restaurant foods.
This has truely been a blessing.