So, I have lost weight lately. Enough that my clothes still fit, but look a bit dumpy. Enough that my cheekbones are starting to show again. What is my secret?
- I got a horrific stomach bug where I really did not eat solid food for a week. This caused me to lose over 10 pounds. It also caused my stomach to shrink
- Since my stomach bug, I have been eating far less. The bug made it easy – now I can get full on half a sandwich or a Tupperware of leftover salad.
- I have cut out all soda, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and as many preservatives as possible. Seemed really hard, but it has been easy. I drink predominately water, on occasion I will have iced tea (unsweetened), and for alcohol I am mainly drinking wine, and far less of it.
- I am doing yoga 2-3 times weekly and Qigong twice weekly. Neither are very aerobic, but they are having me move more than before, strengthening my body, and de-stressing me.
- By being less stressed, I seem to be desiring alcohol and food less. Last night after qigong I came home and steamed two artichokes, made a lowfat version of hollandaise sauce. My husband ate his artichoke with a big salad and two chik’n patties, I ate just the artichoke and was sated. If I had come straight home, I would have cooked a steak, made a baked potato with bleu cheese and downed it with three glasses of wine.
- I am eating breakfast every single day. Either a small portion of real oatmeal, or two eggs. I found I would grab breakfast rarely, end up in the office starving and either hitting the vending machine, the Finance lady’s candy stash or snagging a bagel from the kitchen.
- I am bringing my lunch every day. I started this as a way to save money, but it also saves my waistline. I make extra salad the night before so I have leftovers, I bring it with one of the Thai Kitchen soups, or with leftover meat from dinner the night before.
- My husband quit his job without another one lined up – he is going to school to become a yoga instructor. Because of this, we have tightened the purse strings a bit. This means eating out FAR less often than before.
- Because my husband is home, we make dinner more, we make breakfast, and we spend more time together which means no time for me to feel sorry for myself in an empty house late at night, watching reruns of Sex in the City, snacking on everything in the fridge.
- I have a Deer Park bottle at my desk, half-liter size. Every time I go to the bathroom, I take it, stop by the water cooler and fill it. If I have to go to the bathroom before the bottle is finished, I force myself to chug the rest before I go.
- I put my fork down between bites. I never realized how darn fast I ate, like the food would disappear. I was always the first to finish eating, and now I am finishing at the same time as others (or after, thereby leaving food on the plate).
- I stopped punishing myself and starving myself and restricting myself. When I make a salad I will add feta or bleu cheese, pine nuts or sunflower seeds or avocado. I eat eggs, and I eat nice crusty bread with a creamy soup. I went to dinner with friends on Sunday and had a turkey and gouda grilled sandwich and fries. The difference? I only had half the sandwich, I didn’t eat all the fries and I only had one glass of wine. When I went to a concert afterwards, I got water, not beer. When I went to my sister’s party Saturday I did have a mini quiche and some cheese and crackers, but that, I started munching on the Clementine wedges. I had only a sip of eggnog, passed on the liquor and stuck to wine. It’s easier to control portions when you like what you are eating.
I have done Atkins, Weight Watchers (Core and Points), South Beach, the Grapefruit Diet, and many others. Some I have succeeded, but none have I maintained. I always felt… punished. I joined a message board on Yahoo several months ago because I saw they once linked to my other blog. Through it I learned of the book French Women Don’t Get Fat. I read it, and tried it. I haven’t stuck to it 100%, but through it I learned to slow down, to savor what I eat, to only eat good food – good ingredients, good quality, good flavor. One square of really high-quality dark chocolate really IS more satisfying than two snack-sized Kit Kats from the Finance lady’s candy stash.
So, I hope this weight loss sticks, and continues. My goal is to be healthy and strong, not thin. I have been a size 12 or larger for six years. I got married this size, I have been to the beach this size, I was proposed to this size, have received jobs and promotions this size. I know I am beautiful and desirable and capable in any size, but I want to be healthy enough to keep up with my husband. I want to be strong enough to handle a full day of kayaking or hiking. I want to avoid the health problems that have plagued both sides of my family. I want to get rid of the back pains I feel, the knee problems that have started, and yes, I would LOVE to shop in any store in the mall. I have never had that luxury in my adult life, it would be quite a treat!