So,where do I start? Lots to talk about. Ok. My favorite purse was stolen between Christmas and New Years. But something kind of neat happened. I had to get a new drivers license. Wait, it gets better. So I go in, fill out the paperwork, give them my fingerprints and sit down for my new picture. The civil servant submits the picture and the fingerprints...and they don't match! The facial recognition software didn't recognize me! She looked at the old picture on file and said, "I can tell that it's you, but you've lost a lot of weight! I'll have to call OKC to get an override." I couldn't hear the conversation on the other end, except for the other gal saying, "Wow! She has lost weight!" So, that was nice. Not only a couple of strangers could see the difference, but software said I wasn't the same person! And I'm not.
I had a previous old license so you can see the difference for yourself. And on the heals of my first gain last month, I've gotten more compliments than ever before. Just what I needed! But oddly, I read something this month that said,"what others say or think about you, is none of your business." Hmmmn. Very interesting. I kind of like that. I'm doing this for me. I don't do it for the compliments. BUT, when it is positive words, I like that too. At my size, it's hard to actually see the difference. So I love it when someone reminds me that I am changing. But all those negative things people say, yah, HATE that. So maybe I can change the saying to, "surround yourself with positive people; ignore the others.
Any so, my new twist for this year... I've added a multi-vitamin AND I've actually started walking extra steps this year. My feet issues seem to be in check, so I'm good to go...And the biggest chage is....drumroll please... One free meal a month. So of the 1100 meals in a year, 12 of them are going to be whatever I want, whatever I've been craving for 30 days. A couple of rules: I eat it out, not at home so it's over and done with, no lingering leftovers and I'm not going to talk about what I ate so I don't glorify it here or in my head. No sexy retelling of each bite. Why a free meal? Well, a year has now turned into two, and will turn 3, 4, and infinity. So I've basically got to do this for the rest of my life. There is no "diet until you lose the weight, and then back to your old habits." And that, my dear sister is the best lesson you've taught us! Taking it off... Yay! Keeping on top of it and keeping it off is the amazing part! So, we've got to find a sustainable lifestyle.
With the one free meal a month, I can get rid of those crazy cravings. Last year, I went almost 12 months without cheating. Those last few weeks got the best of me. With this plan, if I have a craving during the month, I don't fret and squirm, I just make a note...hmm man... If I really want that, I can have it after my next weigh in. I'd like to have that free meal on the 1st or 2nd, but if there is a special occasion, I'll save the meal for then. I think it will work for me.
That being said, I did it. It felt really weird. I felt yucky and guilty and queezy. I was very conflicted. I explained it to the lunch work crowd I was with, and they basically laughed at me and didn't get it. So, didn't like that. (Not my business, right?) and I kept flirting with thoughts like, hey, I wanted potato chips, I'll just have them as a snack dessert, (I didn't) and I wanted ice cream, (I did). But next time I'm going to plan it better. In fact, I had almost decided I didn't need a free meal because I hadn't really been craving anything. But at the last minute, the work crew decided to go to one of my favorite restaurants (where I hadn't been in over a year). I decided to our off plan as we walked in. That was stupid and not satisfying at all. Planning is the key.
So, we'll see how that works out next month. Let's recap what I'm doing:
* The Wheat Belly Diet - a grain free, sugar free, low carb approach.
* Weighing only once a month - taking the emphasis off the scales and back on the behavior. I also hate those little ups and downs that daily and weekly weigh-ins bring.
* Eating one free meal a month.
* Being a better version of me!
I'm really excited about my plans for this year. Are you set for 2013? Let's do this together and make it happen!
Total Pounds Lost: 55.8
My sister Misha (read her full story HERE) writes a monthly post for my blog. She is following the Wheat Belly Diet, which is very close to Jorge Cruise's Fat Track. I told her I would support her no matter what diet she chose! I thought my readers could really relate to her weight loss struggles, which are different than my own, and at the same time help get her the support she needs. I'm really excited she has decided she wants to keep it up in the new year! I'm trying to convince her to write more regular posts too...