"I can not change the direction of the wind. But I can adjust my sails."
So add onto my arthritis some
(unofficially diagnosed but suspected by my Doctor)
and the ongoing tightness of my biggest pants.
(more like shoving)
me in a direction
I did not want to go
(poor health ~ poor lifestyle)
But what was I going to do about it?
I had to 'adjust my sails'.
(make my 'sails' smaller so there was less for the wind to catch...haha!)
I didn't want to go on a 'diet'
I didn't want to deprive myself of anything
(I like food!)
I didn't want to give up dairy
(live without yogurt or milk? barbaric!)
I didn't want to do any pill regime
(I'm too cheap to lay down that kind of cash!)
I didn't want to give up carbs
(love my multi-grain toast, cranberry rice mix and whole wheat pasta!)
I didn't want to have to live on 'special' prepackaged food
I didn't want to eat only blue food
(Do they even make blue food??? Hmmmm...)
I've been down this road many times.
I knew it was a 'lifestyle' change.
In January of 2010 I started a food diary
(best thing I ever did)
of what I ate on a regular daily basis
I did this for a couple of weeks
Next, I went to a nutritionalist
(second best thing I ever did)
My 1st problem?
It wasn't about eating healthy
I have been eating whole-grains for years
(well...OK...those brussel sprouts are a little questionable...)
I don't really eat red meat
(a BBQ hamburger once in awhile)
and I am a 'less than social' drinker
It turns out,
I was only eating between
1000 and 1200 calories a day.
The nutritionalist says to me,
"Did you diet in the 80's?"
Uhhh...didn't everyone diet in the 80's?
I was eating virtually no fat
and had learned 'portion' control so much,
that I was not eating enough.
My body thought I was starving it.
Then compile that with a
Friday night of ordering in supper
(mmmm...chicken wings, chicken quesadillas, fries...)
and the Sunday afternoon 'treats'
(need some chocolate please...)
and all of a sudden
my starving body was holding onto
every single calorie I was eating on the weekend.
So with this new information in hand
I set about trying to eat
more quality calories during the week
and less empty calories on the weekend.
By May of 2010,
I had lost 20 lbs.
I then stalled for a few months.
I didn't lose one single pound.
By Christmas last year,
I was right back to the start.
I wasn't eating enough during the week
and was binging on the weekends.
My weight came back with a vengeance.
What was wrong with me?
to be concluded tomorrow...
Project Me ~ NOT The End, But Rather a New Beginning
(before and after photos included)
NOTE: I have turned off my reader comments for today.
You deserve a break after reading all that!
I look forward to your lovely and supportive words tomorrow. ;)
Happy Thursday to you my friends!