I can be ME...
Monday, January 14, 2008
Around 211 today. But I am happy because I'm in pants today that didn't fit before, like not a week or 2 ago (and I've been the same weight since then). I put on 2 skirts this weekend that I haven't fit over my butt in a while and they looked great. One was even a mini skirt (way above my knees) and I have some great looking legs! So while it's hard to bear the same numbers coming up on the scale, I am seeing clothing progressively fit better which is great. Doesn't help with the Biggest Loser Challenge, but maybe magic will happen before Thursday ;).
I was reflecting on the last year of my journey and realized 2 main things. I've succeeded at this while being ME, and haven't tried to completely change my life. I still do things like drink to excess at the bar (but not nearly as much!) and go out and have a rich, delicious dinner that makes my artieries cry. I still have lazy Sundays where I don't leave my pajamas and my biggest calorie burner is to change the channel. Again, not as much, but I still indulge in those sort of guilty pleasures.
However, being me has changed a bit. I started the year eating almost nothing but microwave meals (ugh - I can't even bear them anymore) and canned food because I didn't trust myself to control my portions. Over time, I found that I could add some salads and sandwiches and very simple meals without overdoing it. By now, I cook a good majority of everything I eat at home from scratch (I do eat an average of 5-7 meals per week out). I like things like whole grain bread, wheat pasta, fruit, small doses of nuts, and have learned to tolerate a lot of lo cal stuff like dressings, tortillas, and cheese. I've learned that a lot of asian cuisine is good like pho, stir fries, and mongolian grill, and I don't need to eat general tso's to enjoy my dinner.
I guess while I've changed a lot over the last year, it was never in big steps, and that's been the secret to my success. Little changes over time add up to big changes. Any progress you can make towards being a fitter, happier you will pay off over time, as long as it's something that works for YOU. Just like I can't imagine being happy with replacing some meals with bars or protien shakes, I'm sure some people out there could not fathom eating out 1 meal a day and still being able to be good.
Tonight, I'm going to kick my butt with some good cardio and maybe some arms, and perhaps tomorrow is the day the scale will move... if not, I'll still put on another pair of jeans I haven't been able to wear out yet that now fit and strut my stuff.