Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I am pleased to say I got a cortisone shot in my knee last week and it has helped a lot! I have been able to run on the treadmill and the local train again. I still get really sore in various and sundry places, but it is MUCH more manageable.
What I am really excited to notice recently is my change in taste and craving. I have battled a sweet tooth forever. I am fully addicted in full sugar cokes and I have never met a dessert / candy / sweet snack I couldn't love. But, I am slowly starting to see that evolve.
Last week I made an AMAZING caramel sauce for my dad's birthday party. It has been in my fridge and screaming my name ever since. But, instead of a whole bowl (1 cup) of ice cream and a 1/4 c of sauce, last night I was TOTALLY satisfied with 1/4 cup of ice cream and tablespoon of sauce. It satisfied the sweet craving and totally let me stay within my calories. I was sooo pleased with myself for 1) even thinking of a small portion which would not have occurred to me 6 months ago and 2) being satisfied with it. We have to re train our brains how to live - but we still have to live and enjoy food!
Secondly, I have started to notice a slight decrease in my Coca Cola addiction. 6 months ago I had 2-3 cans a day. When I start SP in April I tried to limit my intake to 1 bottle, and then 1 can a day - and have been mostly successful. But, the past few days I have noticed that I don't really need my whole can in the morning. I used to have it in the morning when I got to work. I decided I needed to break that routine, so I started having my soda at home. If I am still groggy at work, I have been having tea where I use two tea bags - 1 breakfast tea and 1 apple cider tea that sort of masks the regular tea flavor. Having done that for a while, I am noticing that I don't always want my whole soda at breakfast. Haven't smashed the addiction - but I am loosening its grip!
This whole journey really is about evolving and growing small bits at a time! Don't get me wrong - I wish it was 70 more pounds down from now....but I know if I magically lost all the weight overnight I would gain it right back. It is these small, evolving changes in my brain and tongue and habits that will truly allow me to be successful in the long run.