Friday, October 9, 2009
Staying on Plan and On Track
This has been a lifetime in coming.
Over the last two years I have learnt more about food then in my entire lifetime. I attended a two day food and nutrition seminar, I have read books, I have surfed the net, subscribed to healthy eating plans, attended weeks of self developement classes and been advised by experts in the health and wellness field. It is all coming together for me.
I am now entering week four of my plan and down 17.5 inches and 12 pounds. I am proud to say that the largest amount of inches came from my mid section so this will definately help me live the healthiest life possible! My goal is to reach my goal weight by my 43 birthay in May so I am in this for the long haul and for a lifetime! I am positive and optimistic.
Some of my challenges in the last two weeks that were food related:
Attended my father's 72 birthday and found out the day before they were celebrating with Chinese Food and Black Forest Chocolate Cake. So, I made my own meal, took it along the way and heated it on a plate so I ate my version of Chinese Food made by me! I skipped the cake and chose a herbal fruit key while staying at the table.
Sometimes you just have to say no. I have said no to cake, candies and chocolates. I remind myself, These do not support my lifestyle. Does it mean I will NEVER have any of these again? The next time I accept it, it will be my choice and not because everyone else is doing it.
Two nights ago, my husband decided to make microwave popcorn late at night. I was tired as it was and the smell reminded me of what I had not had for a month. So, I surrendered to sleep and went to bed for the night. Why sit in a corner sulking when my body was already tired and I wasn't listening to it.
Now that I am making all my meals at home I am finding that once again we are sharing a meal together and spending more time together in the evening. The other night, we had sushi and I stayed on plan by making wiser choices like the sashimi, small california rolls and mixed veggies. I no longer felt like I was denied and got the taste I loved and was craving!
Almost ten days had passed and no weight loss. I was frozen with the scales so I then decided that I wasn't going to let the scales make me give up. I looked at the inches and pounds I had lost in such a short time. I then went back and looked at my food journal and realized I had been eating beef for many of my meals. So now I have mixed it up by eating more chicken, fish and vegetarian choices. I will keep beef minimal because it takes so much energy to digest the food and it is one of the hardest foods for our bodies to digest. Oh believe me, it is quite easy to fall into the poor me syndrome instead of listening to your body or reviewing what has been happening in your life! That's called accountability and I am holding myself accountable.
This weekend in Canada, its a long weekend and its Thanksgiving. I have a plan in place for the BIG dinner with all of our family in Drayton Valley. Turkey, vegetables, garden salad and small portion of baked sweet potato. I will opt out for dessert but if I do, I will choose fruit like cantalope.
Remember.. Good Health is Real Wealth.