Still at it!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Life has been crazy since I last posted here two and a half months ago. Summer is over, and I got a new job teaching in a different county. It's been great--challenging but in a good way. I'm loving life right now.
But starting a new school year is always a test to any healthy regime I begin in the summer. Falling off the wagon is easy with so many excuses readily available. In the past, grocery shopping was simple during the school year. Pick out five boxes of Lean Cuisine (or whatever is on sale) and boom--lunch for the week. Then of course there's the mid-afternoon slump. The Lean Cuisine just wouldn't tide me over, so a quick stop at the McDonald's or the Zaxby's after work would provide what I deemed "Second Lunch."
This year, however, I've kept up my healthy eating. I pack nutritious lunches that I prepare the night before. I've also started incorporating more whole grains. This worried me at first knowing that my initial success could largely be attributed to the low-carb diet I was following. I've since come to accept that eating whole-grain foods is not only good for me, but it's keeping me happy too. I even allow myself the occasional "treat," reminding myself that the way I'm eating is not a temporary "diet" until I reach a goal number, but it's how I'll continue to eat forever.
I've also started running--well, run/walking, but it's a start. I got fitted at a running store for some fancy shoes, and a friend has started helping me train. I'm slow as heck, and it feels like torture, but afterward it feels great knowing that I've done something physical to improve my health. Eventually I'd like to be one of those runner girls you see bounding down the road while you're driving... y'know.. the ones with the cute sportswear and the arm bands and the earphones. I already bought an armband.
Today, after our run, I weighed myself at 190. That's 27 lbs. lost since I started this journey on July 19. I'm so freakin' proud of myself right now. Isn't it funny that for all those years that I called myself fat in the 170's and 180's, I'm now feeling skinny at 190?