So...I took a break and I'm OK with that
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I have been working on my weight loss for a year and a half and I am proud to be able to say I have lost over one hundred pounds. I promised myself when I started that I wouldn't set crazy goals and become discouraged when I didn't meet them. I said I would do this slowly and I have. I read other peoples blogs where they have lost 80 pounds in 6 months, wow SERIOUSLY? I can't imagine that for me, so I don't even try. I guess I could do that too if I worked out 6 hours a day and ate lettuce and water only for that 6 months. LOL Yes, I'm being sarcastic. More power to those who have lost weight quickly. My concern with losing too quickly is this. Well, there are many reasons. For instance, it seems that would throw ones body into shock. I mean ok for 20 years I've eaten nothing but junk and all of a sudden I'm feeding my body broccoli, brown rice, lean meats, cottage cheese, fresh fruit and the like. I think my body would have revolted pretty quickly and told me "Girl, get your booty to the candy isle QUICK...I need a sugar fix!"
So I gradually over the year and a half replaced certain foods with other healthy options.
And then there is exercise. LOL As mentioned in previous blogs, I was the QUEEN couch potato. I didn't get off the couch one day and walk a couple miles. Nope, I did so 5 minutes at a time in the beginning. It seemed so pointless at first but I vowed not to quit. Here I am a year and a half later and I think nothing of walking 6+ miles daily. In fact I don't feel like my day is complete unless I exercise.
Then...I have this thing for measuring and weighing everything I eat. I don't guess at anything anymore. My husband laughed at me the last time we went out to eat because I had slid my food scale into my purse and whipped it out in the restaurant and started weighing the food on my plate. He said "OK, you are obsessed." I replied, "NOPE, I'm accountable."
But, it did get me to thinking. And in a way, he is correct. So for the month of February I took it easy on myself. I didn't exercise as much, I allowed myself snacks that weren't as healthy as I would normally choose. I didn't weigh every single thing but estimated much of what I ate.
I still stuck to portion sizes and continued eating only lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies and as few processed foods as possible. Amazingly even though I didn't stay right on plan I lost 3 pounds for the month of February. I consider that a great accomplishment considering I was TAKING A BREAK. It proves to me I have learned how to live a healthy lifestyle. I have learned what is and isn't good for my body. I've learned that healthier choices do leave me feeling so much better. And so I continue on my weight loss journey, refreshed and raring to go.
I will continue losing slowly because that is what is working for me. I will continue learning about nutrition and exercise and how it affects my body. I will continue enjoying the changes I see in my body on a regular basis and celebrate every pound lost as if it were a hundred.
It's ok to take a break as long as you don't quit, like I always say "Quitting is Not an Option."
I still can't believe I am doing this, losing all this weight I mean. I would have never thought I could do it. But I am, I can and I finally believe in the power of me. It's been there all my life, I just had to dig deep to bring it to the surface. Now that I have, there is no stopping me. I have no idea really what weight I want to get down to. I know on my weight loss ticker I have it set at 155, but that's just a number I chose when I first started losing weight. I actually laughed when I put that in and thought that will never happen. Boy oh boy how my thinking has changed. Now I'm thinking, "just watch me lose to that and then some!"
I can do this, no matter how many breaks I need to take along the way.