I'm trying to post more regularly in order to enhance my SP experience :) but also because my only real-life buddy in this journey is my son, and sometimes I'm not sure that's by choice. I run alone, and I don't have anyone to whom I hold myself accountable for making healthy choices. As a general rule, this doesn't bother me, but there are times when I feel I should change my headline from "I'm a Loser!" to "I'm a LONER". I do have lots of friends, but none who make any effort to watch what they eat or exercise on a regular basis. In some ways, I think it's strange that tracking my calories is such a priority in my life, but isn't shared by any of those closest to me. Still, my friends seem to put up with me as I pore over nutrtiional guides, make strange requests in restaurants, and debate the lowest-calorie alcoholic beverages on our nights out. I gotta love them for that! Now, if I could find a significant other who was equally as understanding, I'd be set.
Some random thoughts and recent positive experiences:
The office Christmas luncheon is Friday; I've already obtained the nutritional guide from the restaurant and made my selections. I'm excited to reconnect with several former co-workers who have retired, some I haven't seen in years.
I made it through Halloween without eating so much as a single piece of candy, and to date the only treats I've had this holiday season are those I've prepared myself. My goal is to eat an absolute minimum of random junk. When others bring food to work or parties, I like to imagine their kitchens at home with cats on the counters, and maybe a rodent or two nesting in their cabinets. That usually prevents me from eating anything I didn't bring or that isn't on my SP.
Sometime before Christmas I'll bake for those in my office. Everything I make is on the healthier side. Of course, I don't tell them that until after they've indulged - I like to see the shock on their faces that healthy food can be tasty as well. Welcome to my world.
Slowly but surely I'm nearing the end of my weight loss journey, and it'll be time for me to transition into maintenance. In the meantime, however, I keep lowering my goal weight. Initially it was set to 160, then 155, and now 150. Knowing me, once I hit 150 I'll want to get to 149...just because. I think ultimately, anywhere in the 150s (okay, maybe the lower side) will be fine - but I guess I'll know when I get there. I know whatever weight I try to maintain, I'll need to buy some new clothes - I now fit into every item of clothing I own, and many of my favorites are too big.
I see shopping in my future.
Time for bed. Happy Sparking!