Weight Watchers Wednesday (20) – What I Left Behind

Today I want to discuss the weight loss programs I left behind. You know, I started (and quit) Weight Watchers many many times before this last time. months after babies were born, I’d shamefully make my way in for my first weigh-in, just horrified at how much weight I’d put on during pregnancy. I would then lose 10% of my body weight and I’d think I could keep doing it on my own. I couldn’t.

Today, I want to tell you about all the times I started another weight loss plan that was not Weight Watchers. Because as many times as I started Weight Watchers, there were other times I started another plan. One of those quick weight loss plans. Yes, one of those plans that advertises that you can lose 3-5 pounds per week without exercising!! One time, the quick weight loss plan worked for me. It cost me a boat-load of money, but I stuck to it and I lost 60 pounds in 3 months. I mean, I ate maybe 900 calories a day and I didn’t exercise (other than playing volleyball a couple times a week) until I hit the goal weight. I gained about 15 of it back in short order, but managed to maintain the other 45 pound loss until the next pregnancy. Because that program worked so well — even though it was buckoo expensive!! — I went back after I had that next baby and was successful again. I didn’t get all the way down to my goal, but I got back to where I was pre-pregnancy, took up my running activity again, and maintained until the next pregnancy.

When I had my third baby (my sweet Helen), I was actually successful breastfeeding her for awhile, so I couldn’t take all the pills and supplements required with that program. That was one of the times I went to Weight Watchers. Once I weaned Helen, I went back on the quick weight loss diet, trying to figure out how I could purchase the products online to avoid the hassle of checking in three times a week at a weight loss center. I found a website here and there that carried the same products under a different name. I’d lose 15 pounds, gain 10, lose 10, gain 5, up and down up and down over and over.

After each of my pregnancies with the boys, I went back and tried this program again (in between attempts at Weight Watchers). I shelled out money for products. As you can see from this picture…they sure were put to good use (not).

This is a picture of all the products that sat in my cupboard the whole time I’ve been doing the Weight Watchers program this last round. I kept all this stuff because a) it is expensive and b) it was my fall-back — if I was struggling with Weight Watchers I planned to use the pills to “jump-start” things if necessary.

Well, I never needed any of this. 

Vitamins, Pills, protein supplements


Closer view of all the pills…


When I had failed so many times with Weight Watchers, and then had one time been so successful with this expensive quick weight loss program, I thought that my body just couldn’t lose weight without the help of pills and supplements. What really happened was I didn’t follow the plan. Or I would for a little bit, but then I would relapse into my old ways. I loved eating pasta and cake and I didn’t like to limit my portions. My schedule was hectic, working outside the home full-time and opposite my husband, there was no time for a regular exercise schedule. So, I would go and give these quick weight loss people a lot of money and take their pills and supplements and see some short term success…which would hold me over until the next time.

I was about 5 pounds away from goal when I started thinking about all that stuff in the cupboard. What would I do with it? Most of it is expired anyway, since I bought it in the months after I had Vincent (most of it expires in 2 years). And then I thought, “Wow. I’ve lost all this weight this time and not put one pill in my mouth.” (I won’t lie, the bars and drinks actually taste good sometimes and the drinks are 2 points plus on Weight Watchers and the bars vary from 3-5 points plus — so on occasion, when I didn’t have another healthy option for a snack, I have had them.) But I didn’t have to take “metabolizers” — I just increased my activity and my metabolism increased on its own. I didn’t have to take “neuroslim” because I learned how to pay attention to my body and feed myself on queue with healthy options. I didn’t need to take “essential fatty acids” in pill form because I ate a regular and healthy dose of olive oil and real butter to get my fat intake. I stopped taking multivitamins in pill form when my doctor showed me an article about how it’s more effective to eat a balanced, healthy diet because our bodies don’t absorb the vitamins in pill form all that well anyway.

Two weeks after I lost Gregory, I weighed 208 pounds. I last officially weighed in at 157 pounds. I lost 50 pounds without resorting to pills and supplements. I worked out, learned about tracking my food, and made healthy lifestyle changes.

This Happened

BTW — ^^that picture? ^^that dress? Well, I took that picture Saturday. I wore that dress Saturday. The last time I wore that dress was to my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary in 2004. Actually, when I bought that dress, i was a size 16. I had it altered one of the times I lost all my weight down to a size 6/7. It was snug, but not too snug that I couldn’t wear it. And I was ecstatic.



I wrote this because I know there are lots of people out there who have tried weight watchers a gazillion times and have done the quick weight loss programs on and off. I know I’m not the only one.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finally figured out that healthy lifestyle choices are the way to go. But if there’s one thing I hope this post can do, I hope I can convince someone who is about to shell out $2000 for a quick weight loss program (including products) that they really can do it without taking pills. I thought I couldn’t. But I could.

Maybe you think you can’t.

But you can.


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Weight Watchers Wednesday (8) – New Year’s Day edition

I missed Christmas and I almost missed today, too. I guess that’s what happens when holidays fall on my Wednesday!!


I wanted to do a little recap since this is #8. I’m happy with my progress, but want to keep moving forward! I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to keep the workouts going at the pace I was due to my knee hurting a bit (overuse) and just the craziness of the holidays. I was happy to get to Crossfit Sunday, as I mentioned, but I went to the KU game at Allen Fieldhouse Monday and then (even though they added a 5:30 p.m. class on New Year’s Eve!) I wasn’t able to go on NYE because work was crazy and I got home just in time to go with my family to the Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. for the Solemnity of Mary Holy Day on January 1.

But, I did get mostly back on track, even though I didn’t track it. I plan to get back on the tracking every day kick with my weigh-in day tomorrow!!

So, a recap:
on October 31, I weighed in at my first WW at work meeting at 189.2.
On December 19 (the last WW at work weigh-in for 2013) I weighed in at 176.2

I never took measurements like I ought to have, but I was wearing my size 14 work pants and jeans on October 31. And today, I am comfortably in size 12 (if I have to wear 14’s because of laundry backup, they really are too big…and I realize I shouldn’t wear them anymore).

Here was me at the start– 189.2 pounds


I had Helen take a couple of pictures of me today — last official weigh-in had me at 176.2 pounds. And…(Vincent wanted to join in)

Huh, maybe there’s not much difference. But I can tell the difference 13 pounds off makes! I can do pull-ups with a band now at crossfit. I can do burpees much faster and in much larger quantities before a rest. I can run faster.

so…there it is. 8 Weight Watchers Wednesday posts later and I am down from size 14 to 12 and down 13 pounds.

I’m excited for our meeting tomorrow — NOT because I will weigh in…not quite sure what to expect there, unfortunately. But because they will go over the “Simple Start” stuff that they’ve been doing in centers for a month now. I am looking forward to what they have to say about it.

Tune in next week! 🙂

Weight Watchers Wednesday (7)

Another week, another weigh-in.

You may remember that last week, I was a bit apprehensive about my weigh in. We had had a tough weekend and while I was getting back on track by Tuesday, I think the damage had been done. Well, I gained 1.2 pounds for the week.

I am actually pleased it wasn’t worse. Typically, when I get off track…I GET OFF TRACK! So, I didn’t let that happen and I’m glad. I was back on a streak starting Tuesday of days exercised, which after today’s workout will have reached 9 days running. I’m happy with the variety of exercise I get, too.

For example, my last 9 days look like this:
Tuesday, 12/10: Run — Treadmill
Wednesday, 12/11: Crossfit
Thursday, 12/12: Stationary Bike and Erg (Rower)
Friday, 12/13: Crossfit
Saturday, 12/14: Elliptical
Sunday, 12/15: Crossfit
Monday, 12/16: Crossfit
Tuesday, 12/17: Run — Treadmill

I’m getting a good amount of strength training in with crossfit — I can actually do banded pull-ups now! And I get some cardio in with the workouts at the Y (while Dani swims).

Food-wise, this week has been stellar. I have stayed within my daily points most days, going over by only 4 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday (used points allowance. I asked Craig to pick up the stuff to make the turkey/apple/blue cheese wraps for my lunch all week. For 8 points, it’s a really delicious lunch. If I stick to just a banana for breakfast, I have some more points available for chips if I want (or a cookie!).

I also ate breakfast every day this week. Even if a couple of days, it was only a banana…it is still better than nothing. I still enjoy the Special K meal bars and snack bars. I used to really like greek yogurt with berries, but Craig got a different type of greek yogurt and it’s a bit different than the other brand. It probably just takes some getting used to. But putting greek yogurt together with berries takes more time than throwing a Special K bar and banana in my purse.

The routine we are supposed to be working on this month is Pack a Snack. I’m just gonna say — I am not very good at doing this. I keep finding myself hungry while I’m out and about and I don’t have a snack! This just seems to take more planning than I have it in me to do at this time of year.

I figured we were overdue for a picture, so I’m loading a couple I had Helen take of me last Thursday. 

Helen coerced a smile out of me, LOL
The lighting isn’t good to notice I have a black skirt with black tights and black boots…so just imagine it, okay?

I think I’ll do a progress summary on next week’s post since that will be the 8th one.

Non-scale victories: I am wearing size 12 pants that really are too loose (but I’m afraid to try on my 10’s!!) and (TMI and men you can skip this part) my bras are too big. I’m going to have to go get fitted, but I’m inclined to wait until I reach my goal because they are so expensive. But maybe I could get one or two “in-between” ones.

Well, that’s it until next week. For those of you with me on this journey, I’d love to hear about your progress in the comments. 🙂

 



Weight Watchers Wednesday (2)

Holy Moly, I got up this morning and totally forgot it was Wednesday!! This post might not be as detailed as others, but I’ll do my best. First of all, my weigh-in on Thursday went very well. I was down 5.0 pounds! I know it was all that good tracking I did the week before, and the good choices. I hadn’t delved into my 49 point allowance very much (I think I might have used 5 of them?) and of course, I had come down with Strep over the weekend. BUT! I am going to take my success and run with it.

This week has been a little different. Thursday night, we took the family out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant we enjoy. I didn’t go overboard on the food, but goodness…I only had ONE margarita and it was 18 points. Boo!!!

Friday and Saturday were decent. I didn’t go over too much on those days. Sunday provided a challenge, however. Unplanned volleyball games came up (Sarah’s league tournament started and I hadn’t even thought about that!!) and I didn’t track starting Sunday. Monday was my birthday and I didn’t track that day either, though I didn’t really go overboard. Then Tuesday, the pattern continued.

Today is a new day so I intend to track my food today.

The good news is, I got exercise on most days this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I made it to Crossfit. Sunday was a rest day (much needed!) and then Monday I made it to Crossfit and on Tuesday, I got out for a run (in the cold!!!) Today may be a rest day again because we have an appointment this evening for Dani to swim for the coaches to see if she can get back onto a swim team.

So, there it is…Week 2. I’m not sure about the scale this week. I hope it’s not up, but I won’t be surprised if it’s just a little bit up, due to not tracking…I know that’s one of the keys to success.

The routine that WW is focusing on for this month is to slow down and this week was to put the fork down between bites and sip water. I focused early on, but towards the end of this week, I lost that focus, so I will try to refocus on that today with my renewed tracking focus.

Have a good week and tune in next week to see how this all panned out. 🙂

 

Weight Watchers Wednesday (1)

Weight Watchers Wednesday
Welcome to the first weekly Weight Watchers Wednesday! True to my word, I attended the At Work meeting on Thursday last week. This is a recap of the weigh-in, the meeting and how the week went. I decided to do a little journaling each day to make it a little easier to remember how it was going all week, so I’m going to list those journal entries here.
First things first: The starting weight and my picture on that day my picture on Tuesday after my weigh-in — because I kept forgetting to go take my darn picture…and then I got sick. You know I’m serious since I’m actually posting my picture. I have GOT to drop this weight and this picture is plenty of motivation in and of itself. The fact that I am sharing it with the internet is…well, it’s crazy…but, I think it is providing me proper motivation to be able to put up a picture I like better in the future.
Starting weight: 189.2     Starting BMI: 29.6

That is pretty much what I weighed at the beginning of my pregnancy with Gregory. So, I am pretty much the same as I was a year ago. 

Goal weight: 155 (this gets me into the “healthy” range for WW and I can attain “Lifetime” status — I am not sure yet whether this will be my ultimate goal or not. Let me get there.)

Goal BMI: 25 (I need to be at a healthy BMI so that I can continue to get my discount on my health insurance at work.) 

Never mind my messy bed in the background
You see i have a baggy shirt, untucked — to hide the muffin top, y’all
The meeting
The leader is the same one who was running the At Work program 18 months ago when I last attended an At Work meeting. She was happy to see me. The focus of the meeting was on Lifetime – how to get there and why we want to get there. Of course, it seems most people want to get to Lifetime mainly due to the fact that it makes attending meetings free and you get free etools, too. But we tried to explore other reasons we wanted to attain lifetime status as well as what we can do to get there.
The leader opened up the floor for us to share things that have worked for us in the past. As she said we are all “experts” in weight loss because many of us have lost weight over and over again. The purpose of sharing some things that worked for us was so that if we saw something we hadn’t tried, we might try that next. Here’s a picture of the flip chart when the meeting was over:

Here are things I resolved to do as of the end of the first meeting.
·         Hide the scale – I will only obtain my weight at meetings each week. I need the accountability, first of all. Secondly, the scale provided a dangerous distraction for me. In the past, I have found myself stepping on the scale midway through the week and if I had dropped a couple pounds already, it impacted my choices. And, if I had gained anything or stayed the same, it also impacted my choices. And not always for the good. I decided that I only need to know my weight on weigh-in days for the foreseeable future.
·         Track everything as accurately as possible – tracking is usually how I begin to fall off the wagon. It starts by forgetting something, then perhaps forgetting a day, then a couple more days – it spirals into me wanting to skip a meeting or two and then quit the program altogether.
·         Journal how I am feeling every day. It doesn’t have to be about food, it could just be whether I am sad or if I am having a rough day because I have a lot to do, or if I have a fight with one of my kids or anything. I hope this can help provide further insight into my food tracker (i.e., on a day I was feeling particularly depressed, what did I eat and how did it impact my week overall?)
Thursday last week was also a big “chili cook off” day at work in addition to being Halloween. I made a pot of chili using a weight watchers online recipe and when I got finished with my meeting, I ate a bowl of that with a small bit of shredded cheddar cheese, maybe a tbsp (probably less) of sour cream and 12 frito corn chips. I also ate a piece of cornbread with ½ tbsp butter on it. For lunch that worked out to 14 points. A bit high for lunch, but since I had eaten a banana and had a diet coke for breakfast, I had extra points available.
Thursday: Good day. I didn’t eat any candy – huge win! I ate a reasonable portion of the food for the chili day at work. I walked around all evening with the kids for trick or treat time. I went to my meeting and started this process. Today I feel proud of myself for starting again and I feel motivated and determined again – something I haven’t felt for a few months.

Friday: By mid-day, I was feeling like it was a good day again. I had avoided candy the day before, put 2 huge bags of chocolate candy in the freezer that morning and sorted all the candy. (We have WAY too much.) I packed my food for the day (Special K Protein Bar and Banana for after Mass, Cucumber with Ranch for a snack, Blackberries to eat with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt for lunch and a cheese stick (the Fit ‘n’ Light brand from Aldi) and was ready to be on Program all day long. I planned to attend Crossfit that evening and then have a good protein-filled dinner.

Weekend: Well, I started feeling crappy Saturday morning. Add to that how sore I was after doing Crossfit on Friday night and well…I had a bad weekend in the pain department. Found out Monday that I had Strep (see Mumbles post) and so that explained why I couldn’t even swallow anything and didn’t want to eat or drink anything because of it. I did not hit my point goal either day of the weekend. I just felt too yucky.

Monday: Stayed home from work. I did go to the doctor and they got my weight. I can’t remember the exact number, but I was down a few pounds from Thursday before. Once I took the first dose of my z-pack and rested a bit, I was able to swallow a bit better. No problem staying within my points on this day. I was still short by about 6 points when all was said and done. But the good news is I was starting to feel much better by the evening and contemplating exercise the next day (most likely a run).

Tuesday: Went back to work and packed my breakfast, lunch and snack. I ended up not really needing the snack and left it there for the next day. My breakfast was a banana, a Special K protein bar and a diet coke. My lunch was leftovers from dinner. I also got a milk from the cafeteria. Dinner ended up being a soft pretzel from the concession stand (Sarah had three consecutive volleyball matches) but, instead of getting nacho cheese, I got mustard. I was under my point goal again because by the time we got home, it was too late to eat dinner and I wasn’t hungry.

So, today’s Wednesday and I’m not going to recap it because I’m writing this on Tuesday night and publishing in the morning.

Overall, this has been a good week. I got some exercise in and I stayed well within my points goals every day. Being sick was a bummer and most likely led to me having little trouble staying within my point goal every day. Getting more exercise and feeling well and “up” to eating are usually my downfalls. Plus it was Week 1…I’m always really really good during Week 1.

I would bet that my weight will be down on Thursday. Maybe by as much as 5 pounds. That’s not unusual for me during Week 1. It’s when I’ve been successful several weeks in a row that is really the problem. And that’s the reason I’m blogging this time…I need to keep myself accountable!

Here I Go Again

I don’t have much to say other than…Getting back on Paleo right now is not happening.

I’d let that be the end of this post, but that’s too Twitter/Facebook-ey of me. I guess I knew I didn’t have the right mindset for it right now. Thursday will be six weeks since my surgery and that means I can get back to Crossfit workouts. Yay. 

Thursday also brings an opportunity to attend the next Weight Watchers at Work meeting.

I think I gotta go back to the Weight Watchers meetings. I’m like that undisciplined kid that needs an accountability check every 7 days and the only way I think I can make myself do it long-term, if at all, is to get myself to the WW at work meetings. I am always successful the first 6 weeks or so when I am on plan. I track diligently, I attend the meetings. I am a good little Weight Watcher.

Then…I drop 10% of my body weight and i start thinking I can do it all by myself and I drop off…

And it’s not long before I’m right back where I started.

Link

Many much-smarter people than I could write pages and pages about concupiscence, and human tendencies and how they scream for the void to be filled with the only thing that can fill voids — God. But I’m not going to go there. I know I lack in my prayer life and I know I lack in my faith. And I promise to keep trying to fix those things while I work to lose weight.

But I also seriously lack in the self-discipline department. I feel like such a fraud when people tell me how “good” I am that I get out there and exercise. It’s kind of weird to say…”Well, the exercise is the easy part for me — the hard part is the eating.”

Because when it comes down to it — eating is my problem. I eat too much and I eat too often. I eat when I’m bored and I eat because I’m sad. I eat because it’s lunch time and then I eat because it’s dinner time and I eat because it’s snack time. Then I eat because it tastes too damn good not to eat it.

I have long since passed the point where I am able to exercise off the amount I eat and that is the problem I must face. I honestly don’t think it’s the WHAT that I eat. It truly is the HOW MUCH and HOW OFTEN. It is also the WHY. 

If I would just stop to think about WHY I felt like eating before I popped another mouthful of food in my mouth, a number of things might happen. I might…

  • cry because I’d stop to think about WHY and realize that I am sad or depressed or desperate and food was going to make me feel better
  • hyperventilate, because stopping to think about WHY might help me remember I already ate 4 meals that day
  • pound my fist on something hard, because the physical pain might then drown the emotional pain I feel that I was hoping to drown in food

So. Yeah. Part of me wants to continue to blame my problem on the unhealthy body image I’ve always had and the unhealthy food associations I made growing up the way I did.

But. No. It’s time I realize that I’m an adult who has some issues and I can no longer keep turning to food for my fix.

So, tomorrow, on Thursday, I am going to go to the At Work WW meeting and weigh in (yet again) for the “first” time and try to do this thing. I won’t report more about it until next Wednesday, which I plan to call, going forward, Weight Watchers Wednesdays. 

Starting next week, you can expect a post every Wednesday that will give the rundown of what the previous Thursday’s weigh-in was, the focus of the meeting, My weekly PointsPlus target, some of the things I did that week to stay within my PointsPlus target and my exercise (I’ll try to translate to the Activity PointsPlus). I will also give a little info on how I felt that week (was it difficult? was it easy? was it comfortable? was I proud? was I a stinkin’ mess? You know…)

I have no idea if this interests anyone, but my plan is to do it until I get six weeks past hitting my goal weight (which means I would attain Lifetime status with WW). I think I just need the motivation to keep going with it and maybe comments from readers (hint hint — if you read my posts, please feel free to comment and encourage me 🙂 ) will keep me going on it.

Something has got to keep me going anyway.

I’ll still blog other things, of course, but Wednesdays will be for Weight Watchers. 🙂

Eat Right To Feel Right

Over the course of my life, I have NOT been the example for others in terms of eating right.

As a kid, my parents were deathly afraid I’d turn out to be obese like people on my mother’s side of the family so they completely over-managed food for me to the point that I always felt like I was “sneaking” food if I ate anything outside of the three meals provided by my parents. Growing up with many comments from my mother about how I was “pudgy” or “chunky” didn’t help my self-image much. When I got old enough for sleepovers at friends’ houses, I gorged myself on freely available soda pop, cookies and chips. Thankfully, I was a swimmer so I burned enough calories to stave off obesity while I was a kid. But the damage was done as far as my relationship with food and my self image. 

It has now been a lifelong battle of trying to see myself how I really look instead of always having the comments in the back of my head picking out the fact that my butt is too big, or my tummy rolls too plentiful, or my face is too fat.

Over the years, I have dieted, and exercised. I have faced my problems head-on and then run crying and screaming away from them at some point only to eat myself back into the out-of-shape overweight Michelle all over again. This will continue to be a lifelong struggle, I think. I am one of those people that really does need to make myself say at least one nice thing about myself in the morning so I can move past this self-loathing for good.

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April 28 of this year began something new for me. I began the process of detoxification, or “clean eating”. I basically committed to a grain-free, dairy-free and legume-free, no-processed food way of eating. This meant no artificial sweeteners or sugar, no flour, no milk, no cheese, no ranch dressing on my salad, no peanut butter, no green beans, no greek yogurt, no bread, no tortillas. As a matter of fact, I was quite overwhelmed at the amount of “no’s”!! But, I started with lean steak and salad and eggs as the main portion of what I ate, maybe a serving of citrus fruit during the day like grapefruit or an orange. Oh yeah…and no diet coke either.

I have a love-hate relationship with diet coke. I’ve known for a long time that it’s not the best thing to drink, but I would get myself into a predicament where I needed the caffeine and aspartame to “get me going” in the morning so it had become a daily habit. Breaking this habit is something I’ve done a few different times. I even went 2 years without diet coke at one point. But I know that one fountain drink worth is all it takes for me to want to continue to drink it every single day. So, giving up diet coke for good is a huge sacrifice for me is what I’m saying.

I made it four full weeks completely grain-free, dairy-free and legume-free and without eating processed food. And I lived! And guess what else? I felt awesome!! The first four to five days were difficult, I won’t lie. I was groggy, I was craving diet coke, I was craving a sandwich, I was craving stuff like macaroni and cheese from a box! Then, miraculously, it seemed…I felt awesome on day six. My brain still told my body that it wanted a diet coke, but I had the strength to tell myself, “NO.” My eyes saw cookies in the pantry for the kids, but my mind was strong enough to say, “You don’t want those cookies.” Getting up in the morning is not as much of a chore and I no longer hit that lull around 2:00 p.m. telling me I need something to snack on to make it the rest of the day.

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Then I was washing my face the other night before bed and I realized that I can’t remember the last time I had a pimple! Then I did remember, but it was more than 4 weeks ago and it was a doozy, too. But my skin is smooth and soft and clear. I don’t have to wash my hair every day if I don’t want to. I’m also less irritable and anxious — I don’t know if that might be the lack of gluten or not, but I know gluten is something many parents eliminate from diets of their children and see behavioral improvements.

The best part is I am able to run faster, I have taken my pace down from 11:15/mile to about 10:35/mile most days (depends on the hills and any soreness I have from crossfit). Tied for the best part is also that I am wearing smaller sizes of clothes, too.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I did have a margarita Saturday night and I ate some pizza at a work luncheon on Friday. I never noticed before how crappy pizza makes me feel. I paid for that bit of pizza I ate all evening. I remember before I went down this path of “clean eating” that I thought I couldn’t do it. I thought it would be too hard — especially with the kids and the fact that I probably couldn’t get them on board with it (let’s face it, processed foods are the lifesavers for moms and dads who work outside the home). Honestly, I would often speak in defeatist language like, “I just can’t give up my diet coke.” or….”I love pizza and bread, I just can’t imagine life without eating some of that in my regular diet.”

But then I realized that I wanted to be healthy more than I wanted to drink Diet Coke every day of the rest of my life. So, I psyched myself up, gave myself a nice pep talk and went whole hog on this plan. And, I’m not looking back — ever.

Will I ever drink Diet Coke again? Time will tell. But even this week, I was at a deli grabbing lunch and purchased a drink fully intending to get tea, but old habits die hard and I started to put Diet Coke in my cup. Then I used the water spigot and rinsed it out and refilled with ice and grabbed the unsweetened tea.

Will I ever eat pizza again? Oh, sure, I imagine I will…but I remember how horrible I felt the other day recovering from that luncheon and I bet I’ll think twice about it and see if there’s an alternative available.

Cheese is something I will work back into my diet, but probably not heavily. Greek yogurt, too. But if any pimples show up afterwards, I may reconsider.

I wrote this mainly to remind myself of this process and how it felt. I plan to write a post on crossfit and exercise, too. But I think the biggest factor in weight loss and wellness is dietary, and I’ve noticed the biggest difference lately due to the things I am no longer eating. 

I know it’s a hard thing to give up the things I have given up. And personally, I like tying that sacrifice to some other intention — offering up my own discomfort for the spiritual help of someone else. I don’t write this to say everyone should do it. I think different people have different goals in their lives about what they want to achieve. And people often have extenuating circumstances that might prevent them from moving on something like this (budgetary, small children in the home, etc).

I just want to get this out there though that I think there might be something to this non-processed, whole foods diet thing. I always thought it was a good idea. I was one of those people who would say, “In theory…sounds like a good thing…” followed by a BUT and that whole, “I would miss my diet coke too much” or something like that.

It’s only been a little over 4 weeks, but if the way I feel continues to be this good, I can’t imagine returning to my old ways.