Saturday, July 06, 2013
So far in recent weeks, I have blogged about how I voluntarily set aside SP for a full month in order to cope with the rigors of readying my house for sale. To say it's been an insanely stressful time would be putting it mildly. I don't mind saying I've had a few extra martinis to fortify myself along the way.
In addition to not tracking and not walking the dog, I also gave up daily weighing. It just wasn't practical (had to more or less pack the scale away during the decluttering phase), and frankly I didn't want the added stress of knowing if I were packing on pounds or not.
I think it's a true testament to how the principles of the Spark stay with you once you've ingrained them. Having been on SP for over a year, I knew the basic tenets of my plan (portion control, plenty of fruits and veg, minimal carbs/sugar) and tried my best to adhere to them even when I wasn't able to weigh and measure every portion. When eyeballing, I really tried to underestimate portion size.
That said, I was dreading getting on the scale this morning (which I dragged out of storage because I felt I needed a reality check) because, it pains me to admit this, I had seriously been dragged into stress eating for the past week. I'm talking half-bags of potato chips...with dip...and ice cream bars. It was truly horrible.
Imagine my surprise, then, to step on the scale and learn I'm at the lowest weight I've ever been as an adult: 158.6 ! That is truly amazing. And, again, I think this is a testament to the ingrained principles of the Spark. Because I mainly stayed on track with portion control and eating non-processed foods, when the binge did finally hit me last week I was able to cope with it. And the scale reflects that.
My wish and hope for everyone on this journey to better health is to become so immersed in the Spark plan that the tenets become lifelong habits that require so little thought they feel automatic. I truly believe this is the only way to get healthy and stay healthy for life.