I've decided to start documenting the TOTAL number of days I've been on my new lifestyle change.
Today is day 50.
FIFTY!!! I didn't even know it had been fifty days until I added it all up. Woo hoo! Fifty days and twenty pounds down. Yeehaw!
This morning just after I got to work, I managed to get myself a chiropractor's appointment scheduled for this afternoon, AND find someone to cover my bus route for me, also for this afternoon. WHAT LUCK! It's feeling much better today, but I definitely needed to make an appointment. I'm so glad I was able to get in this afternoon. She adjusted three different parts of my back, and massaged some of my muscles. She told me to ice my lower back (where I'd hurt it a couple of weeks ago, walking) and put heat on my upper back. I'm actually doing that right now. I'm so glad I have such a great chiropractor! I honestly don't know what I'd do without her...probably be in pain all the time.
After my appointment, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I actually got a pretty decent amount of groceries, and only spent $50. We have enough food to eat for the rest of this week, and on into the weekend. When I got home, I straightened out my refrigerator. It was a real mess. Not dirty, just messy. It is SO much better. While I was working on my fridge, I had the oven pre-heating for a pizza.
Yep, I bought a frozen pizza for tonight's dinner. It was just that kind of night. I really couldn't be on my feet for an hour or two cooking like I usually do...and sometimes, it's just a good night for pizza. Tonight was definitely one of those nights.
We used to have pizza a lot...on average, once a week. I'd either make one gigantic homemade pizza or two frozen pizzas. We'd eat every last scrap of it. Every once in a while there might be a piece or two left, but usually, we'd eat all of it. I decided to do things a little differently tonight. I cooked only one pizza, and made a nice salad to go along with it. I made myself a red wine "sangria" (just a glass of wine over ice, with a sugar-free, calorie-free Black Raspberry sparkling water poured over it). It was so good! I cut the pizza into twelve small slices. I had three of these small slices and a bowlful of salad. The dinner was great, and I was in total control. In fact, I actually ended up eating LESS than what I told myself I could eat. I was completely satisfied.
I think I'm finally learning how to be in control with food, and I think that is just about the best feeling I can recall in recent years. In the past seven weeks, I've had no bread or pasta or sugary sweets. I've only had pizza twice, and one of those times was several weeks ago, and it was an almost completely organic homemade pizza that I prepared. I've only had one bowl of cereal, and it was a "good" cereal. I know that I will always have to "watch my carbs" and "watch my sugar." I'm ok with that. What I want more than anything, what I've always wanted, is to avoid certain things most of the time, and then on very rare occasions, be IN CONTROL. I don't want to stuff myself on something just because that's what we're having. I don't want to go overboard with my portions. I just want to be in control, and FINALLY, I really and truly feel like I am.
I'm glad I got my back adjusted. I plan to take a few days off this week and just rest. Then I'm going to get back onto my exercise program. I've also been thinking about going on a juice fast, but I'm not sure when I'll start that. Maybe I'll start that next Monday...or maybe I should start it on May 10. That might be a good time to weigh myself, to see how much weight I've lost since March 10, and then do a juice fast. Hmm...something to consider, that's for sure.