Happy Wheat Belly Birthday to ME!
Happy New Year everyone! What an amazing year I've had. When I decided last December that this would be the year that I took control of my weight, I wondered how I would ever make it through an entire year! I've learned so very much while following the Wheat Belly diet. I knew that bread, pasta and other grains were something that were interferring with my ability to lose weight and being satiated. This last month, I think I learned even more.
I hung on to my good habits through the first part of the month, but lost my will and my focus the second half of December. I kept focusing on bad things, foods and emotions mostly. I think I found myself with the holiday blues. I had two hamburgers with half a bun, so that was the only wheat in the year; but I kept allowing a little sugar here and there, until I actually ate a whole candy dipped carmeled apple. The next morning, I woke up RAVENOUS, with loud rumblings and pangs. Wow, it had been a long time since I was ACTUALLY "hungry." I had forgotten how much damage that eating carbs does to that little signal. I went from being satisfied and rarely hungry to STARVING. Now it's been a daily struggle to do without. Carbs were put here on earth to make us come back for more, and more and more! This is especially true when it comes to sugar.
So..for the month of December, I actually gained 2 1/2 pounds. So, I'm trying not to beat myself up too much. I feel that I've let down myself, my family, and you. I was weak. BUT - let's look at the positive. I lost over 50 pounds in a very focused and disciplined year. I understand how my body works. I feel much better physically AND mentally than I did last January. If I didn't tell you, Amber had a hard time getting me to commit. She was very stubborn and relentless. I was not ready to do it, but I just started. I decided to fake it until I could make it. Sometimes, you just have to wade in and get used to the water. Before you know it, you're kicking and swimming with the sharks!
I've been trying to think of what I need to re-motivate me in 2013. I have a lot of good in my life and have a lot of life left to live! I still want this. Have you made your resolutions? I'm doing some soul searching for mine. I'm going to take the rest of this week to come up with a new game plan. I've got some ideas, but I want to develop them a bit more. Things that worked that I will continue? No wheat, monthly weighing, writing about it on this blog (thanks Amber!), and surrounding myself with people that love me and support. And while I want to be honest, I really want to keep this positive and not make this a pity party every month. Oooh... I can throw a good pity party, but I've learned, pity and carbs have a lot in common. They both leave you wanting more, they don't look pretty on your face, and you regret everything you said/ate the next morning! So, onward and upward.
I hope this new year find you all happy and healthy and full of resolve. I am ready, are you?
1 Year, 100 Hundred Pounds is a series written by my sister Misha (read her full story HERE). I am SO SO SO proud of her for sticking with the Wheat Belly Diet plan for a whole year! She lost 52 lbs total, so not the 100 lbs we had hoped for. But that is 52 lbs lost forever and nothing to sneeze at. I am looking forward to what she has in store for 2013 and how she is going to tackle the next phase of her weight loss! Congrats Misha!
Love you, Amber