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Still riding that wagon…

Posted on: July 6, 2012

The past few days have been going well.  Maybe not great as far as the exercise goes.  My hubby has been off, so I’ve been staying up late to see him which cuts into my getting my butt out of bed to work out early routine.  I will say though, that I do miss it, and am looking forward to getting back to it.  I like getting up before the kids and having some time to start my brain before my mommy duties begin.

Aside from the lack of exercising (which I am doing, just not as regularly as I was) my eating has been great.  I’m having such success with the My Fitness Pal app.  A few years ago I had gotten a weight watchers point counter and started using that; having good success with it.  But I found the looking up of “points” a pain.  The MFP app is so much easier for me, and available on all of my electronics.

Case in point on the eating, Hubby and I had a date night and we went to a steak house.  In the past I would have eaten half of the bucket of peanuts on the table, ordered my own salad, had at least 1 roll (but really, probably 2, who are we kidding) plus my meal of a steak, baked potato with butter and sour cream, and probably whatever vegetable they were going to throw on there because I wasn’t going to eat it, washing it all down with a diet whatever.  But, tonight I chose differently, because I’m NOT on a diet, I’m making better choices.  I had lots of calories left over for the day since I knew we were going out.  I did have a few peanuts, but not as many as I would have in the past, I split 1 roll with hubby, and I ate a little bit of his salad (mostly the tomatoes since he doesn’t like them and a few cucumbers).  I did order a 6oz filet but as my sides I chose the rice pilaf and a grilled veggie skewer.  Can I just tell you that those grilled veggies were better than ANY baked potato I have ever had.  I cut them all up and mixed them with my rice.  It was so good!!!  Why had I never done that before.  Why was I convinced that when you order a steak you automatically get a potato and douse it in creamy fat?  Things are changing in my brain and in my mouth and I like it.  I was never a veggie eater but now that I’m having more of them I do enjoy them.  I’d almost go so far as to say that I crave them.  I wouldn’t mind ordering just the rice and the veggies from that steak house and they can hold the steak! What??  Who am I??

I’m down 6lbs since I started 2 weeks ago, and even though I know my progress will slow soon, I hope to continue with a steady, consistent loss in the next few weeks.  I know the road is long and I’ve got to be committed to making the changes all the way, not just half @$$ed.  I get frustrated when I feel like I’m making great strides and then I see a full length mirror.  I remember that I’ve still got so far to go, and it gets kind of disheartening.  But, what I’m doing now is better than what I was doing 2 weeks ago, and keeping up the progress is the #1 priority for me right now.  Not the number on the scale, not the reflection in the mirror.  Right now it’s about forming the habit and retraining myself.  I feel like I’m at a cross roads, too.  I can feel my old habits nagging at me.  I can feel that pang of complacency, and have to hold back from eating a handful of graham cracker sticks, or hanging out on the couch with my old pal Bag ‘O Chips.  Mistaking boredom for hunger is my biggest hurdle, and it seemed pretty easy to ignore at the beginning.  But now that I’m really in it, and my brain knows that these changes are here to stay my tummy seems to be revolting.  I will be strong.  I will not deny myself something if I really want it.  I especially will not deny myself something if I’ve been “good” all day and working for it (like the Dippin’ Dots I had yesterday!).  I just have to remember that I’m human.  I am the best me there is, and I have to remember how I feel when I make good choices and how I feel when I make not so great choices.  I would like to promise myself that I will do my very best to make the good choices.

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