Monday, January 20, 2014

One Week Later, Drumroll Please

I've just finished one week of my new eating plan, and I'm very happy with the results.  I'm not happy so much because I lost weight.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled about that, but losing weight isn't that hard.  It's continuing to lose and not gain that is difficult.  This is the first time I've felt hopeful that I could continue to lose weight this way. 

There were two days a week where I craved carbohydrates in the evenings.  The rest of the week I was satisfied.  In fact, I ate better this week than I can remember ever eating.  The food was all made by me with real, whole ingredients, and everything was delicious, and even better, I didn't feel bloated and uncomfortable once all week.

Pizza made with a whole wheat pita, home-made Alfredo sauce, spinach, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. Green salad with dressing made from olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, minced garlic, Himalayan sea salt, and cracked pepper.
This is an example of the types of meals I ate during the five days of the week where I ate around 125 carbohydrate grams a day or less.  Normally when I eat pizza, I would not have a salad with it, and I would eat a lot more of the pizza than this, but like I said earlier, this plan puts a fence around the carbohydrates for me, and I didn't miss the extra pizza.  I didn't miss feeling overstuffed, and I didn't miss the heartburn either. 

I like that I'm not counting calories.  I have no idea how many calories I ate each day.  I hate tracking every bite I take.  The only thing I did was become more aware of the bread, pasta, and sugar I was adding to my diet, and I chose higher fiber versions and smaller portions of those things.

Oh, so what was the result in numbers?  Well, I lost 6 lbs and 2.5 inches around my waist.  I weigh 251.4 lbs and my waist is 41 inches today.  If you're keeping track, that's only 1 pound lost since I started this blog because I had actually been gaining weight since I began writing. 

I'll tell you what else I've gained since I began writing.  I've gained greater compassion for and acceptance of myself exactly as I am.  My self-talk is much kinder.  My confidence - higher.   And hope.  I've gained hope.  I've gained the ability to dream again.

(Pretty syrupy and dramatic, huh?  Can't help it, it's the truth. lol)

5 comments:

  1. How lovely. I am so happy for you. So beautiful! Sounds very tasty, too. :) The self care and positive self talk may well be the most important part of all of this. When you love yourself you do lots of wonderful things for yourself!

    XOXO

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    1. You're right about that. It is the most important part. Without that, I doubt I would have found the motivation to sign up for a yoga class or to try something different surrounding my eating. I had given up hope and had no confidence in myself. That is not a normal state of being for me. I couldn't find the strong, optimistic me for a while there, though. Loving myself, letting myself be loved, and telling myself kind things about myself opened up the door just a crack, which is all I needed. Now I have to remember that kindness when the bumps in the road come, which they will. They're just bumps, though, not the end of the road.

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  2. That's fabulous, Siddaleah! Finding something that feels maintainable, and not like a punishment, is so important. And that pizza and salad look gorgeous! It's great that this has encouraged you to get back to what you said right from the outset was important to you - making real food :) And the self-talk is wonderful!

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