No longer afraid of Real Mayonnaise

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I had to laugh at a recent episode of Biggest Loser when last year's contestants were aghast at Buddy's choice of a tsp of REAL mayo over one of the fake options. Seriously, there were several outraged comments and Becky looked like she'd been told Buddy was an axe murderer - it was quite funny. But it did make me think.

Then this morning the daily sparkpeople email asked if my sugar cravings were out of control. I took the quiz and discovered, no surprise, that they weren't! And that got me thinking some more. I finally put 2 and 2 together and came up with 3...

It's been 3 years! I've successfully maintained my 85 lb weight loss now for 3 years!! And, guess what, I'm no longer afraid of real mayo or sugar - or a 100 other things either! The skills I acquired over the 5 years it took me to lose my weight have become completely embedded and a little thing like real mayo doesn't have any ability to throw me off my game.

My game is really quite simple. A ton of vegetables, whole grains, lean protein. Toss in a daily dose of 85% chocolate, some dried cherries, a few almonds. Enjoy, without guilt, whatever the omnipresent fruit basket on the counter offers. Get busy - stay active and it all works together to keep me fit and slim.

It used to be so much work. There used to be a lot of fear. I had a whole long list of foods I simply didn't eat anymore and I referred to it often. I still don't eat those foods - but I no longer think about them. I know what to eat and nothing - no celebration, no family feast, no unexpectedly gorgeous buffet, no basket of doughnuts at work... nothing can make me deviate from my game.

It's now more than 8 years since I started this lifestyle change. I still remember feeling overwhelmed by how much time and effort it was going to take me to lose my excess weight.

I'm so glad I had the courage to start!
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    Its great to read a motivational blog and knowing just how others feels on the otherside of the fence.

    Its so encouraging and helps to dispel any fears and doubts of what we can achieve if we put our minds to it...


    Have a great weekend
    2959 days ago
    I needed this blog today. I'm confused because I just read Caldwell Esselstyn and also Joel Fuhrman. The advise they medically recommend is stringent--completely cut out all oil, meat, dairy (including fish & eggs). In a perfect world, they are right. But the move from eating unhealthy to being 100% perfect is too much. I self-sabotage.
    It's good to read the blog of a successful maintainer.

    2967 days ago
    I was thinking the same thing when I watched that part of BL about the mayo....crazy that they could all get so worked up about a small amount of real mayo, maybe they were surprised the ranch alarms didn't go off.

    My routine sounds very similar to yours (except my chocolate is only 72% dark), enjoy a large variety of fruits and veggies, mostly whole foods with an occasional treat, and avoid the processed junk that used to be so easy to go to.
    2981 days ago
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    emoticon I have also been at it almost a decade.. I loved reading your blog!

    2982 days ago
    Way cool bigtime kudos to your successful 3 years!

    Your tips are close to what I'm aiming for...just have to whack down the carbs...even if they are whole grain, healthy fruits, etc...still too many...ugh!

    2982 days ago
    I NEEDED this blog. I am siting in a quagmire of fear and it feels like it is all work. Argh. I watched the scale creep up this month. I have been struggling with the foods. You make me think. You make me THINK.
    2982 days ago
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