Today I'm celebrating a great milestone.
I've officially lost 80 pounds (80.2 to be exact)! That is 20/4lb bags of sugar! Or 8/10lb bowling balls.
Along with that 80 pounds lost, I've also lost 70 inches. Did you hear that? 70. So for every 10 pounds I lost almost 10 inches. That's alot of FAT. GONE FOREVER!
So today I weigh 204.8. I started at 285. Man, that feels good to be able to say.
I remember being 285 and wondering if I would ever see 270, or 250, or 225, or dare I dream of 219?
And today I can literally almost see 199.
Wherever you are today, right now, in this moment, you can be somewhere better in a few months, a year. You can change your own blueprint, one small tweak at a time. It's not only possible, it becomes easy with time. Did I just say easy? Yeah, I meant it.
It is way easier for me to stay in control with my eating now, a year and a half into the journey. Why? Because I really genuinely like healthier foods now. I like the way they taste, the way they make me feel. I like the fuel they are for my athletic endeavors. And I didn't just cold turkey completely change my eating habits. I did it gradually. I made small changes. And then more changes, and then a few more changes. And I'm sure I'm not done tweaking!
I keep trying and finding new healthy foods I like. My "favorite foods" once consisted of chicken fingers slathered in some kind of sauce, typically honey mustard, because fried chicken on its own didn't have any flavor. It was just oily and fried. And I thought I loved it. It made me feel bloated, greasy and unhappy. I never felt comfortable unless I was completely stuffed to the gills. I didn't know what "full and satisfied" was. I was just so afraid of hunger that I didn't allow myself to get hungry even a little bit.
Today, hunger isn't the norm, I eat when I'm hungry, but that is just the point - I eat when I'm hungry. I don't eat because it is 11am, I eat because its time for lunch, according to my tummy growling.
Does it mean you won't ever catch me noshing or snacking for no reason? Of course not. I had my share (and yours) of dark chocolate today. There are days like that. But of all things to have a few ounces of, that's a good choice.
I no longer crave the fried chicken fingers. I like a piece of fried chicken every now and then (and when it's $1 at work - lol). But I don't typically crave it and when given the choice, I ALWAYS choose grilled.
And every time I make that choice, I feel more empowered and in control. And able to make the choice again and again. And I feel good about the choice. I no longer regret my food. I don't hate myself for making bad choices. Because most of my choices are really really good.
A healthy lifestyle works, my friends. I'm living it. And in 39.8 pounds I will reach my goal weight. I'm 2/3 of the way done with my weight loss. So I sort of know what I'm talking about here.
Enough ranting for tonight - going to get a good night's sleep so I can get an early start on that next 40 pounds!