Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I can't believe how this year is flying by. I am SO glad I decided to make a life altering change 245 days ago. That means there are 110 days left in this year, but it will not be the end of my journey. What I've finally come to understand is, this is really not a temporary change I've implemented to lose weight. This is my life. I am changed. Will I ever go back to eating flour, grains, sugar? I really don't think so, or definitely not a normal part of my lifestyle. Before I go into my new philosophy, let's get to the weigh-in!
This month, I've lost 2 pounds. That's 48 pounds down since 1/1/12. I sure was hoping to get past the 50 pound mark, but I'm pleased that my new lifestyle still yields a loss. I can't tell you how much personal pride I've gained in knowing that I have the strength to carry out a plan I put in place 8 months ago. I have such resolve and confidence; I control what goes in my mouth; food doesn't "happen" to me any more. What an odd little victory this is!
I actually allowed myself to think about planning a binge this weekend. I really entertained the idea. I tried to justify it by thinking, I deserved it, or it may be what I need to shake things up, or who would know... While all this started and ended within about a 3 minute timeframe, it scared me. That used to be my pattern. Do great on a diet, lose weight, hit plateau, binge, start over. Then I received a newsletter from Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God, and this month's topic was called, "The Secret to Change." It really spoke to me about my relationship with food:
Well, I didn't mean for this to turn into a commercial, so thanks for indulging me. This just really spoke to me.
I made a lot of the improvements that I set out for August. I made little grated zucchini, ham and cheese "muffins" for breakfast for about 10 days. They were a great idea. I ate breakfast all but about 2 days. I've been using resistance bands for some stretching exercises. I did track a couple of days, but I think I'd like to do this the first week of each month, just to validate. I really don't stray much from my food list and I really don't like thinking about food/calories/points. I like feeling hungry, eating, stopping, still feeling a little hungry and moving on. My only non-approved diet pop was actually last night at the high school football game when they ran out of water; I had a diet Pepsi. I did have a few of crystal lite drinks this month, but have cut back on them. Mostly drinking water or tea. Overall, it was a great month for me.
September is here and I'm ready to take it on. These days are mine for the taking, the changing, and the reaping. Take charge this month before the holidays roll around and take charge of you!
Thanks for listening....... Misha
1 Year 100 Pounds is written by my sister Misha who is on a journey to lose 100 lbs this year. She started Jan. 1 with a goal to lose about 8 lbs a month. Her issues with weight are very different than mine and she is 10 years older than me, but I thought my readers could really relate to her and she can definitely use the support. You can follow her weigh-ins and full story HERE.