Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Biggest Loser: This Is Working!
I lost 1.4 pounds this week, dear reader.
And I even ate girl scout cookies.
I cannot even begin to describe how free I feel. Completely, totally, and significantly free.
This new way of eating (for me) has seriously changed everything. Everything. I no longer count points. I no longer keep a running journal of what I eat. I no longer worry about eating a cookie or two or going out for Indian food. I eat until I am full, and I eat GOOD food. I eat food I never thought I could (or should) afford. I am cooking in advance, and I am planning and prepping and LIKING it. Instead of spending money on junk (that I always bemoan is bad for me anyway), I spend money on things like avocados, pepper jack cheese, blueberries, and thrice-washed organic spinach leaves. I make brown basmati rice and just Monday I made a teriyaki pork roast (which has made for some excellent sandwiches). And when I ate about 10 girl scout cookies the other day (which I would normally feel guilty about, and then the guilt would drive me to eat the whole box later in secret), I didn't bat an eye. Or crave more.
See, I have to put this out there: I like moderation. I love it, actually. There is something to be said for allowing oneself a crazy indulgence every once-in-a-while. In fact, I had eaten some Costco cookies at Book Club last night BEFORE my weigh-in. And I still had lost weight. Why? Because I am eating real food (except for that occasional cookie, eh?). Nothing else has really changed. My exercising is better, yes, but in all reality, nothing else has changed. I still don't get sleep. I still nurse A LOT. My husband is still gone a lot, and I feel overwhelmed at times. The only thing I've changed is my diet--what I put in mouth. That's it. I haven't changed portions conscientiously, because they have changed on their own. I haven't changed when I eat, either. I'm just eating food that either came from the ground or had a mother. That's it.
And it's working!
Now for you people:
I'm a bit sad. Out of the 25 or so people who started this Biggest Loser thing with me, only 3 or 4 of you are still reporting. Look, I know it's hard. I know it sucks. I know it takes a lot of time and effort and work. I know it. Oh, my heck, I know it! But I also know it's important to be healthy. I'm not going to ask you to report in every week if you'd rather not, but I really hope you are not giving up. Please don't. Please! Some of you had over 30 pounds to lose. Some only had a little. No matter what you agreed to do, please keep going! Take it slow (that's the right way to do it, anyway) and just keep plugging along. Here are some ideas that could help, baby steps if you will:
1. Cut soda out of your life completely. If you did only this, and nothing else, you would still lose weight. And feel better.
2. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up--carbs and protein.
3. Drink water throughout the day.
4. Early to bed, early to rise... (Bed at 10:30PM and up at 6:30AM --if you can actually get the whole night in! I can't, so I feel like a hypocrite saying this...)
You can do this. I know you can. Keep trying!