It’s still a battle, but it’s getting easier.
You should have seen me in my mother’s kitchen the other night when I stopped by for dinner. The pepper jack cheese was sitting there, in a bowl, grated, and taunting me.
A bowl of cheese has become my weakness. Why? Because I have been depriving myself of everything dairy for the past month!
So I nibbled. Sue me.
BUT – something amazing happened over the weekend that I just had to share.
Upon starting my journey in late May, early June of this year ( http://bit.ly/aQOnJO ) I had weighed myself obsessively. Every scale I came in contact with, I weighed myself. At home I had a digital scale, and a normal everyday $5 scale from Walgreens. At my mother’s I had my sister’s digital scale to use and at the in-law’s I had a digital scale and an old school one. For the longest time I was only dropping 3-5 lbs here and there, gaining it back, losing it again, etc etc…. Every Monday was my “restart day”.
“Ok Amy, seriously, get on track this week.”
The eating wasn’t so much my problem. I was spacing my meals out, eating tons of veggies and fruit, and trying to stick to my routine. Sure, yes, of course…let’s throw the beer in there, because what other 28 yr old do you know when they get a break from their kids doesn’t have a beer? Thank you. My problem was finding time to work out, exercise, get any kind of movement in. I took my son for “walks” which are really runs because I have to jog to keep up with him. And this little sucker lasts about a good mile, and then we get to “walk”. So needless to say my cardio was come and go, absolutely no weight or strength training was occurring except for the occasional leg lifts and crunches I would do before bed, IF I remembered.
Combine this with 2 vacations, 2 weeks apart filled with eating out, chips and dips and of course complete break from routine. So when June was coming to an end I was prepared to have July 1st as my “restart day” until I remembered the scales.
I had been avoiding them because the constant disappointment was crushing me. Especially when the scale at the doctor solidified what I had already feared: That I was back at square one.
So here I was, back at the in-laws, dog-sitting for the weekend and as I walked into the bathroom I saw the shiny new digital scale. I stared for awhile. Then decided what they hay and jumped on.
“FOR REAL?!” I screamed out loud.
I quickly ran and grabbed my son who had recently been to the doctor so I knew exactly how much he weighed. When I put him on the scale it confirmed his weight.
“Ok, so the thing works” I thought.
I then called my mother-in-law, “Your scale is accurate right?” to which she replied, “Sure is!” So I ran back to the bathroom to get on one more time to see the results.
This beautiful piece of equipment just told me that I had lost 9 lbs since my first weigh in. SUCCESS!!! Not my goal weight, but what I have been doing has been working!!
So back at my mother’s house I jumped on my sister’s digital scale and it told me the same thing! I jumped on a regular old basic scale and it confirmed it! I have never been so excited. Diet and any exercise will work! Wow, amazing concept, when you fill your body with good foods and get off your ass, you just might lose it!
So this is what happened with me cheating, obviously. Imagine how much weight I could drop if I did my cardio everyday and finally showed up to that yoga class? So now that I got my metabolism going, I need to crank it up a notch and build muscle to continue burning fat. Especially that handful of grated pepper jack cheese I snuck from the bowl J
So hopefully by my next report, another 9-10 lbs will have fallen off and I can then become that obnoxious person who glares at you as you down your fast food burger. Well I’m probably obnoxious now, but oh well.
So take it from me! Just put good food in your body, get off the couch and MOVE! You don’t need energy drinks, or diet pills, or starve yourself or buy into gimmicks and scams. Take what nature gave you – fruits, veggies, protein – get your heart pump’n and drink TONS of water. You will feel better and look better to!