Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wow I can't believe it will be 5 months for me here at Sparkpeople and I've already lost 30 pounds. At my starting point at the end of April, I didn't think I could do this. I was at my highest weight ever and in worse shape physically and health-wise. I made the decision then that I would do this no matter what. I stuck to my promise to myself even when family and friends would entice me to take more or eat things I knew were not good for me. I have felt at times that I was not making any progress or that my progress was just baby steps.
My first obstacle was my husband. He offered me a second helping one night. I flat out told him no thanks. He kind of looked at me funny. I kept doing small things with our meal planning that I knew were much healthier. I started thinking back to when I was growing up and how I managed to be so thin and saw a decided difference in how I ate then to now. So I made changes in those areas gradually. I figured my husband would complain. One of the major change was not eating anything after 6p.m. My husband had been a big supper eater and never ate much in the way of breakfast. So I started fixing a nice balanced breakfast and I was so surprised when he started eating them. And then we would fix a nice lunch later in the afternoon. I would eat fruit or crackers for snacks between the 2 meals and so by 5 p.m. I wasn't hungry. My husband realized that even if he cooked a big meal in the evening, I wasn't going to eat, so now he snacks for his evening meals.
I also got rid of all the junky snack foods that I like so well. My husband didn't like that idea too much so we found some that he liked that I didn't and so I stocked up on them for him to eat. Since he is so physically active, the junk foods don't seem to gather pounds on him. But lately, I've noticed him weighing more and he is also eating more fruit instead.
So though I haven't had to say one word to him about it, the little things I've been doing and him seeing me go down in size and weight has really made him start taking better care of himself. And I know we both feel and look so much better today. This time next year, we will be even better.