It's not easy being green...and it's not easy staying on track and maintaining. I would say I stopped maintaining my goal weight (145) back in 2011. This was when our friend passed away unexpectedly. I have regained 15 to 20 and have been maintaining there. That's good news because in the past I would have gained it all back plus some. My mind is telling me "Well it was good while it lasted (the size 10 jeans). I have a hard time realizing I can get this extra weight back off pretty quickly if I would just set my mind to it and move forward.
I owe my success to the things I have learned on Sparkpeople and all my Sparkfriends. Thanks to all of you and thanks for reading my Blog.
The tough get going. But with Spark friends you don't have to go it alone. The spark site and my Spark friends have been here for me for over five years. They have kept me from regaining my losses. So, I'm saying to you never give up on your journey to better health. Get tough and turn to your friends when your times are tough.
Only on Sparkpeople would I post a picture of me in a swim suit. I just got back from Galveston, TX for 5 days of beach fun. My sister and I go every year for our "Sister Trip". What I learned about myself and how far I have come since joining Sparkpeople is amazing. I want to tell you to never give up. Change takes time. You didn't get the way you are over night or even in a year. Keep working and you can change too. Here are some highlights of how I have changed. Keep in mind that these were not things I had to really fight myself on as I would have in the past.
1. First night we go have Mexican Food. I ate it all. The next morning I was still feeling full so I didn't have breakfast. In the past I would have had breakfast anyway because it was a meal time and I love to eat.
2. We go buy groceries when we get there so that we have beach food, drinks, etc. I did not buy anything unhealthy. One evening I had carrot chips and Hummas with fruit.
3. (here is the big one) Thursday night we had seafood at Fisherman's Wharf. I chose to have fried fish fillets, stuffed shrimp and fries. (I had been good all week and we only do this once a year). When I got through my first piece of the two fish fillets and one of the stuffed shrimp I was already feeling full. You know that feeling of your stomach throbbing? What was on my plate was still one whole fish fillet, one stuffed shrimp ( I opted to eat that shrimp) and most of the fries. DRUM ROLL PLEASE !!! I did not get a "to go" box and I let the waitress take my unfinished plate to the trash !!!!!
My point of this blog is that I have spent the past five years "practicing" my new eating habits and as time goes on I'm getting better at it. My thoughts about food are changing and I expect to continue to change.
I thank God in heaven for helping me on this journey. He has helped me to look and think about food in a different way.