I’ve always been a food lover. When I was not even 2 years old, my family had this “game” where they would ask “Who loves ice cream?” and I would yell “I do!” I kid you not. I was the world’s most unbelievable chubs, even as a baby. See for yourself. (And know that this picture doesn’t even do it justice. Haha.)
They called me “The Michelin Man” for a while because of my rolls.
I’ve also always been a very determined, independent, and competitive person…which is one of those gift/curses. After coming to terms with the fact that I’d gained nearly 15 pounds in the 8 months after my wedding, I was determined to get back to a weight I didn’t shriek at when I saw it on the scale. I almost wish someone had said a few months back, “You can’t lose that weight,” because I’m also one of those people who likes to prove people wrong…that one’s definitely just a curse. Haha. I’m not sure what set off my recent vehemence toward dieting, but thank goodness something did!
I’ve heard so, so many people say they just can’t lose weight. I think it’s possible for everyone (without serious medical issues) – you just have to be willing to
be utterly miserable for a while give up a lot of things. My diet the past 7 days has been no sugar, low carb, and lots of veggies & protein. I poured out the remaining chocolate milk I had in my fridge, stayed away from the Klondike bars in my freezer, and bought a huge supply of cheese and chicken. I stopped getting cherry cokes from sonic and eating chocolates at the office (insert giant sad face) and bought some low carb Fuze drinks. Luckily, I really love chicken, so I could eat that for several days in a row and not get bored. I had already been working out pretty frequently, but I started running/walking on the treadmill and using the stationary bike at the gym at our apartment. I didn’t get to work out every single day, but I tried hard to do it most days…or at least do some ab workouts and weights and even jumping jacks if I couldn’t do a full workout. AND in 7 days, I’ve lost 5 pounds! Yay!!! :D :D :D
Now. I have to admit to you that it’s been fairly awful. I’m very much obsessed with sweets – chocolate is my addiction, and it was very hard to let it go. Letting go of pizza and french fries was almost just as hard. For the first three days, food was literally all I was thinking about. Pathetic, right? But once I got past the first 4 or 5 days, it got easier to turn things down. The weight going down on the scale is a huge helper. I will say that stopping sugar & going low carb for a few days helps me lose weight so much quicker than just exercising a lot and still eating poorly.
I also have to admit that I love rewards. I know people say, “you shouldn’t reward yourself; you’re not a dog.” BUT I am reward-driven. It gives me a sense of determination (and makes it seem worth it) to get to my next goal/treat. (Side note: Brad & I once sold 24 boxes of chocolate to win Frontier City/White Water Bay passes at school because we wanted that reward so bad…yeah, definitely reward-driven.) After I lost 3 pounds, I had one chocolate chip cookie in place of my breakfast. And it was glorious. Now that I’ve lost 5, I’m going to get a small ice cream for dinner when my friend Mikaela and I go hang out tomorrow. When I’ve lost 10 pounds (hopefully by my birthday in a month) I’m going to eat cookie cake. Lots of cookie cake. :) My total goal is 15 pounds, and if I get down there before summer, I’ll weigh one pound less than what I did on my wedding day, and that’ll be better than good enough for me. This time around, however, I’m going to try harder to make the “rewards” occasional treats, and not every day treats like I have in the past. Eating healthy is something I’d like to do daily once I get down to a certain weight – not necessarily a hard core diet like the past week, but just generally more good stuff and less bad stuff.
Anyone else have success stories to encourage me?? Haha. :) If you want to know exactly what I’ve eaten the past week, just ask – I have it all written down. Lol.
Happy Thursday! :D