About a month ago I posted about my weight loss journey – so I thought I should post an update.
Yesterday I was so excited to step on the scale and discover I am now 20 pounds lighter than I was on March 5! Yes, TWENTY pounds!
Oh. My. Goodness. It has been soooo hard on some days to avoid those chips and garlic bread and chocolate that has called my name (quite loudly at times)! (And why does the bread basket always end up by my spot at the table???)
Fortunately, almost all of the time those foods calling my name have not been worth the money so I have avoided them. Occasionally I have sent a “help” text message to some friends telling them I just want to eat so bad – and they have graciously told me to persevere – and drink a big glass of water! It’s amazing how you don’t want to eat right after a huge glass of water and you get a few more steps in later as you keep going to the bathroom.
And, knowing I needed to write this blog post helped – I really never dreamed when I posted last month that so many people would read my blog (now if I could just get half to follow it I’d have quite the readership – hint, hint!)
But, you ask, how am I doing it? No tricks, no gimmicks and not even a lot of exercise – I even caught a cold and did almost no movement for a week! But I have stopped eating all sugar (I eat fruit but no other sugar in any of its many names) and all bread. I guess it is like a low carb diet but don’t count the carbs – just avoid any that aren’t vegetables or fruit. It is also kinda “clean eating” since it is easier to avoid the sugar and refined flour if it is not processed. And I don’t eat a lot of fat – no bacon or a lot of cheese.
And in some ways it isn’t difficult mentally – no real counting calories or carbs or fat grams. No weighing my food. No drinking yucky tasting shakes. No making sure I’m getting my 10,000 steps in each day or religiously exercising an hour or two every day. Just eating less and making sure that all my food choices are good ones.
On the other hand, it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! Saying no to dessert every time. Not going and getting my free cone at Ben and Jerry’s. No pizza. No pasta. No bagels – not even for breakfast with a friend. No garlic bread (okay- I caved on that one once!). Getting over the addiction to sugar and pasta and bread was HARD!
But now, 7 weeks later, I can say no very graciously and firmly and most of the time not even think about what I am not eating. Instead, I remember I am wearing jeans I had outgrown, my energy level is better, my health is getting better and I am getting closer to my goal and prize!
If you think that having a challenge like mine would help you, I’d love to have you join me! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read my previous blog). Here’s the link again: