Where did you go? That was a question that I was asked yesterday. Naturally, I took it literally. They meant that I had lost weight and told me that I look awesome.
I'm always glad to hear that. Then....comes the dreaded question...How much weight did you lose? I guess that I'm so embarrassed of my old weight
that I don't want to tell everybody how much weight I am losing and admit to how much weight I still need to lose. It's a daunting figure.
I'm proud that I've lost so much weight, but I would prefer not to quantify it with co-workers. I works great on Spark People, but it's different in the real world.
Anyways, where did you go is a great question. I have lost part of me that I don't think I ever want to see again. I lost the out of breath part of me. I lost the always tired part of me. I've even lost some of my bad attitude (although I keep that around for special occasions of sarcasm).
Then, they asked what I have been doing. No magic beans
, no magic potions
, no top secret diets. I told them that I was being a lot more conscientious of what I eat. I have learned what foods have higher calorie intake and have cut back on them. I have opted for a few more fruits and veggies instead of chips. I drink more water. They wanted to know if I have banished any foods or food groups. I was horrified
. That would make this impossible for me. I would never make it. Moderation and making better choices more often is how I've lost weight. Of course, I haven't lost nearly as much as I need to. I've lost about 35 pounds since January. It's a "chip off the old block" of what I need to lose.
They asked about exercise. For the record, I am the worst traditional exerciser known to man. I explained that I have added more physical activity into my life, but I won't do it if I don't have fun. I walk to the park (and sometimes run) with my son. We sometimes go on adventures collecting things. The other day it was sticks to make one of the houses from the three little pigs. :) I garden. I take my son for a bike ride, play with him at the park, we chase each other, I spin him around and throw him in the air. He's three. We just use our imaginations and move! Everyday has become an exciting adventure with him.
I lost a part of me, but have gained a lot of happiness and some health. The journey has only begun. Here's to a lifetime of exciting adventures that I was too tired to have last year.