Spectrum day 89- Birthday Coffee
Weigh in: 266 So, here I am. My 39th birthday. The good news is that I weigh 47 pounds less than I did last year around this same time. October of last year, is when i decided that i needed to start making changes. Between then and February, I lost 20 pounds just by cutting back, taking my lunch to school, and skipping any drive-thrus. Not a bad accomplishment in its own rite. February, after reading Dean Ornish's book The Spectrum Diet & seeing the results of my good friend, I decided to make some bigger changes. That's when I decided to leave meat out of my diet. That has been a great change for me. I have significantly lowered my my sodium intake, eliminated sodas both diet and regular (I did have a real coke yesterday at the pharmacy while I waited for my prescriptions. I was thirsty for that sweet taste and carbonated feeling), and reduced some of the fats that I had been consuming. ICBINB in place of real butter and skim instead of whole milk. I have not skimped on cheeses. I would rather have a little real cheese that any fat free or veggie cheese. I have made sure that, when possible, my food is attractive and reasonably portioned. I opt for good, healthy choices, yet still allow myself treats like chocolate and dessert. I have kept this food journal for 89 days- a major accomplishment and a real first. These small disciplines are bringing small changes in my eating habits. As the year progresses, I am looking forward to seeing even greater things happen. Most importantly, sharing with the world and my friends, my journey, my real weight and this food journal give me a certain freedom. When something is kept a secret (it is no secret that I am overweight) it has power over you. By sharing this journey with you in a candid, honest way, I have now control the power of my situation. I can share the successes, the frustrations and celebrate the milestones of this journey. I hope that in some way, my journey is helping you, my readers. I am looking forward to the next year of weight loss. Next year I will turn 40 years old. I have a lot of goals set. I hope to have graduated with my bachelors in Special Education and I am hoping to lose 100 more pounds. It sounds like a lofty goal, but that averages out to about 8.5 pounds per month. That is totally doable and a heathy timeframe. I am focused on making these things happen, along with other things I am working on. Thank you for being a part of my journey by reading, following along, and encouraging me. It means the world to me.