I know this is going to sound strange...but since my June 1st weigh in for Ang's Summer Challenge, I have lost A LOT of weight without having to work all that hard at it. Like 15 pounds. And I feel kind of guilty. It shouldn't be this easy. Shoot, it HASN'T been this easy for over a year! But weirdly, the pounds are disappearing without a lot of effort, struggle and pain...everything that I am accustomed to when it comes to weight loss!
Don't get me wrong - I am happy to see such a huge change in my size and on the scale. But it freaks me out at the same time - like I don't deserve to see such a big loss since I haven't been starving myself, or working out to excess. I've said it before and I'll say it again - with me, losing weight is mostly a mental thing. It was when I was in high school and starved myself down to 82 pounds, and it is today when I choose to feed my body healthy food.
So what have I been doing different since the beginning of June? Well, obviously my gall bladder attacks and subsequent trying to prevent further attacks have changed my eating a bit. I have avoided grease like it's the plague! I haven't had red meat (not even a hamburger, which I was enjoying about once a month) - and except for some pork tenderloin on our anniversary, I've only eaten chicken.
I pretty much have a big salad for dinner every night filled with all kinds of veggies, fruit, nuts and half an avocado, along with some grilled chicken on top.
I stopped limiting myself on the amount of fruit I eat per day, and went through a ton of fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon - really, whatever looked good at the store, I bought and ate it. I've even perfected my fruit smoothie - 2 cups of frozen fruit to 1 cup of water, blended - yum!
I still eat my Fage/berries/Kashi Golean Crunch for breakfast just about every day. Sometimes I'll have a Luna bar and fruit for lunch, sometimes I'll make a fancier version of my faux egg mcmuffin (using a real egg and 1/2 a slice of pepperjack cheese instead of eggbeaters and fat-free American cheese) if I'm really hungry. I snack on raw almonds. And I have two(!) Dove dark chocolate Promises almost every night after dinner.
Except for the past week, I've worked out three days each week with Brad and Linda, and usually got in a good bike ride 3 - 4 evenings every week.
I just realized something. This is what I DO. Without really thinking, planning (ok, I have to plan some in order to have fresh food in the house and clean clothes to wear to workout), putting it off or fighting it. I think I unconsciously declared a "cease-fire" with myself without realizing it until today. Wow. This has been a really enlightening post to write. Thanks for coming along for the ride with me!