Can we do it? Is there really nothing to it???
Sunday, October 12, 2014
After the weight is lost, hopefully you lost it in a place never to be found again, is it possible to maintain for life?
Only time will tell. Some of the maintainers have been doing this for a long time and they will tell us that it can be done, but my guess is that even though it is easier now than it was at the beginning, it is still a daily job to pick healthy and to choose wisely for the calorie consumption.
I can honestly say that some things that I use to eat without even thinking about, such as fast food french fries, really turn me off now. My daughter came home the other evening and was eating Culvers French fries for dinner and I came into the kitchen and saw them on the table and a few years ago, I would have wanted them. I looked at them and thought, yuck!
Now, I still love french fries and will eat them on very rare occasion, but I just can't eat fast food french fries anymore.
Which goes to show that our minds can be retrained. I was at the dinner and dance last evening of the young lady who celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and they were having Pizza Luce.
Pizza is another item that I kind of gave up when I started down this path, but eat it on rare occasion and with thin crust. I used to eat only Pan Pizza with extra thick crust.
As I looked over the selection, none of it sounded very good because I just didn't want the grease from the cheese or the meat. I finally settled on 1 piece of the baked potato pizza which was interesting, I don't think I would eat it again, and ate more salad than pizza. After the party, my husband and I decided to go for a drink since it was 9 and I wanted to see their menu since I was a little hungry. I really didn't see many healthy options but my husband suggested we share the lettuce wraps. That was the best choice and the lettuce tasted so good with the ground chicken and salsa.
For me, I really feel like I have a whole new way of thinking with this lifestyle, I see pictures of fast food or Chinese take out and I really don't think it looks good at all anymore.
And that does make it much easier in the long run since what I crave most is salads and not the fully loaded versions, but the healthy ones with a lighter dressing.
I take this one day at a time and when I am really hungry, I try to eat a piece of fruit or carrots first before I eat my meal so that the right portion is going to fill me up. In addition to that, I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere so that I always have it and I find that I drink even more than I use to because it is there.
We can do this, it won't always be easy, but I do know that it will ALWAYS be worth it.
I am 66 weeks into Maintenance and I believe that it is where I will be for the rest of my life because I am in charge, and I have to keep on making the right decision every day.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Fall weather and can get outside for a while and soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the sun or the rain or whatever kind of weather you are having, and let it fill you with joy to be alive today!