HELLO AGAIN MY DEAR SPARK FRIENDS!!!
I am finally seeing my scale move downward again because I am beginning to eat more plainly and avoid processed foods... One Ingredient foods as I call them.
Those of you who know me well... you know by now that I hate my body-- it clings to the excess weight like a strong magnet and won't let me shed the extra pounds! (I am 54 years old and have PCOS which doesn't let me metabolize foods efficiently).
I will restate that... in my younger days, I was always overweight but as a Senior in High School I joined Weight Watchers to reach my goal weight and discovered that I had a Marilyn Monroe body 38-28-38. I was attractive and had style and enjoyed the pleasure of attention for the first time in my life. I LOVED the shape of my beautiful body!!!
Years of becoming an artist in the kitchen... along with sitting in front of a computer, at the drawing table and in front of an easel... packed on the pounds! $119+! Nothing I seemed to try worked. It took every effort known to man to lose even ounces of weight.
I've steered off course a little and gained for the first time since joining Spark People... however I've been pretty good for 3 weeks--- and I've been perfect this past week.
This week I've tried to concentrate on eating one-ingredient foods, no processed foods, and I'm FINALLY beginning to see my scale move. I'm also concentrating on MIND-CONTROL! Telling myself over and over again when faced with temptation, "It's not worth it!!!" -- and other positive self-talk.
I gained 6 ounces yesterday because I ate Thai food out for lunch yesterday -- I ordered as healthily as I could: raw spring rolls, veggies, meat w/ veggies, no rice or fried foods.
Then dinner was a pot luck at church. I took my own pre-measured bowl of salad to the pot luck and just added their lime-grilled- chicken and salsa for my dressing. I ate some of the fruit from Farmer's market for my treat to resist the pot-luck sweets! I was so VERY proud of myself for this control!!! I'm sure my scale would have registered a larger gain if I hadn't!
TONIGHT I FACE MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE!!!
I have volunteered to arrive at my friend's house early to prepare the food for their daughter's graduation reception to allow the family to relax and enjoy the moment*. I've done amazingly well this week and need to keep that forefront in my mind so I won't eat or snack on unhealthy food choices. I must remain in control!!! Maybe I can coaxe a friend to come over with me and keep me from eating... any volunteers?! LOL!
Before posting this blog, I just weighed myself and all I can say is that I MUST resist the food I am cooking in order to maintain my great weight loss...
-5.6 lbs so far since last Wednesday morning! This one-ingredient food-thing is working!
I am cooking some of my favorite high-calorie appetizers and desserts so this will be a TRUE test to see if I can handle the temptation... I've never been able to resist yet and it is my experience that these types of temptations have thrown me off track for a long time.... a food-a-holic tasting the "bad" foods and craving them again.
Sorry so long... but PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!!! Or, send out positive thoughts or whatever your belief... I need the positive energy from my friends who understand!
Many hugs and blessings,
*This dear family had 2 daughters but lost their youngest daughter to Luekemia. The Mother, one of my best friends, has had two liver transplants and is now living on borrowed time by the grace of God. I recognize the risk I am taking by handling high-calorie foods but I volunteered to do this because I want to bless them completely by allowing them to relax and enjoy every moment with their daughter!