Since I have arrived at the beach this summer, I have lost two pounds.
That has happened because of all that I have been doing to stay on track. I have written about all those changes in my previous blogs. I am walking for an hour almost every day. I am tracking my food and staying in the calorie limits most days. I am paying close attention to what I eat, how I eat, and when I eat. (Also, I never mention this -- but I drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.)
Also this summer, I have had company several times already. As part of that - I have eaten many high-calorie snacks - all in smaller portions than I would have done in the past and all tracked.
However, just this week, I did have a double helping of a favorite banana cream pie that I have refrained from making for the last three years. (That sure took me over my calorie limit for the day!) Then I had a third piece the following day.
Yesterday, I went with our company to a local ice cream parlor with singing and dancing waiters and I ate an entire ice cream sundae with walnuts and caramel topping and whipped cream. (Needless to say, that also took me over the limit!)
However, because these overeating episodes were spaced around my careful tracking and my daily walking, I have not gained back any of those two pounds!
In years past, I would have used either of those eating events to let go of all my tracking and walking. I would have allowed myself to slide down into several days of overeating and not exercising.
But this summer is different.
I have had a major attitude change. This is not a summer of dieting. This is a summer of how I plan to eat for the rest of my life.
And look what happened -- I did NOT gain back any weight!
I treated those eating events as what they were -- one-time experiences. A break in my regular routine.
This is a new experience for me - and I am very excited about it.