Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I activated this account almost six years ago, while I was still in college and still deep in my dark days of overeating. I never really used it, but I'm ready to give it a shot now. I've overcome the binging habit. Over the last several years I learned to binge less often, and to not be ashamed of it. Not being ashamed helped me get back on track more quickly after a bad night.
In the last few months though, the desire to binge has gone completely. I made a dramatic change to my diet about three months ago - I cut out sugar. I cut it out of the usual places like ice cream and muffins and even the bars that were my go-to snack. I also seriously minimized it in the places that seem healthy - yogurt, milk, fruit. I now eat plain greek yogurt, almond milk, and have fruit only occasionally. I live on eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, tons of green veggies, beans, cheese, and really dark chocolate (85%, 3 grams of sugar per serving, which is like eating nuts). The amazing thing that has happened is that I have stopped craving sugar. I used to be the girl who would say yes to ice cream any time, any place, but now usually when I think of it I could take it or leave it. (Every once in a while I indulge in So Delicious Almond Ice Cream which has way less sugar than any other ice cream).
When I first made this change I lost weight instantly. I dropped five pounds in a few days and I was ecstatic. But the weight came back on and hasn't budged in three months. I feel great, happy, healthy, and energetic, but I just wish this extra weight I've been carrying around since freshman year of college would take a hike and never come back.
So now that I have this new diet lifestyle under control, and I feel like I could live this way forever, I'm going to take a serious look at my calories in and calories out. I'm also going to increase my calories out a lot. I recently ran a 10 mile race on hardly any training and at a faster pace than I thought I could. I also completed a three-day, 180 mile bike ride on arguably less training. Clearly I can do more than I think I can.
At the end of August I'm going to do an Olympic distance triathlon. I'll try to get a Sprint in before then. For the last 10 days I have worked out every single day, at least once a day and I feel better than ever. My body is capable of doing more than I think it can. It's also capable of functioning on less food than I think I need. All I need to do now is train my brain to know that too and I am certain I will reach my goal.
130 by Christmas.