God works overtime to prevent me from becoming vain.
I have lost ten pounds in the past four weeks. The only garments which are noticeably roomier are my bras.
I have to remind myself that:
- I knew this would happen.
- Weight will eventually come off my belly, hips, and thighs.
- There are other benefits to the changes I’ve made.
As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’ve been eating more protein and less sugar. Now that I’ve been tracking my eating habits for a month, it’s not as much work to get the protein.
The sugar still requires considerable restraint, but I think this is where I feel the biggest difference.
I used to think I was developing arthritis, because I often woke with the sensation of swelling in my elbows and hands. They never looked swollen, but they felt it, and they ached.
Since scaling back the added sugars, the soreness and inflammation has stopped. I remind myself of this when I want to eat a peanut butter cup or special dark nugget with almonds.
I have not completely eliminated sugar from my diet, nor will I.
I still eat at least two servings of fruit daily, and when my mother in law baked pineapple upside down cake, I happily ate one piece. Only one. Yesterday, I went all out and ate, according to My Fitness Pal, an estimated 600 calories of baklava for Easter.
The cake was worth every calorie, but, in all honesty, I should have cut the baklava in half. I enjoyed the first few bites more than the last few, but I finished it anyway.
This is where I need to adjust my thinking. I need to return to the mindset of sugar laden desserts as special occasion treats, not every evening indulgences. I should stop eating if/when the taste isn’t as fabulous as I’d anticipated. Those are the thoughts and habits I had years ago – when I was thin.
I plan to continue to eat home baked goodies when offered, to make them occasionally, to savor one piece or two bites, and to remember my old policy on sweets and treats:
If it’s not fantastic, don’t waste the calories.
No grocery store apple pie tastes like one made from scratch. I’m almost always disappointed in cake. Cool Whip is gross. Cookies really do taste better fresh from the oven. The first bites always taste the best.
Now I just need to convince myself that Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey is not delicious.