I know I could have probably lost another 2-3 pounds over the last week. Inhaling a combination of peanut and peanut butter M&M’s has not helped my efforts, but you know what? I feel pretty damned good about it. I didn’t freak out or give up like I normally do. Six months ago, if I wouldn’t have seen huge numbers move on the scale, I would have said “Fuck it,” and gone to Hogs On the Hill for a large BBQ pork rib platter with homestyle potato salad, collard greens, corn bread, and sweet potato pie. Damn that sounds good right about now. I’m salivating at the thought.
This week, I’m graduating to Level 2 of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I’m ready because Level 1 is actually easy and predictable. I’m also doing The Biggest Loser Cardio Max twice a week. That ish aint no joke! I think I actually like it better than Jillian’s workout.
The slow and steady approach is really working for me. I set myself up for disappointment when I place to many high expectations on myself. Yes, I’m thwarting my weight loss efforts to a degree when I give in to my temptations, but I’ve learned not to give up. I have learned the art of compromise, but more importantly, I’ve learned the meaning of perseverance.
While I’m happy to report this, I believe I could have lost an additional 2-3 pounds. I was really bad this last week. Let this be a lesson to those who are trying to eat for the better: Go to the grocery store! Don’t attempt to start a new way of eating if you one, have no food in your house, or two, you still have the garbage you were eating before you started “dieting” (I hate this word, by the way because to me it signifies that you are only trying to lose weight for a special ocassion or purpose.) Anyhoo, I did not have any food in the house, so I relied heavily on the local eatery down the street from my job. I bought breakfast there twice last week-an egg and scrapple sandwich on wheat toast. Damn they were good! Do ya’ll know what scrapple is? It aint nothing but the truth, but it’ll kill you if you eat it all the time (ok, it won’t literally kill you, but prepare for a lifetime of health issues.) Scrapple is what the name implies: scraps of this and that from the pig. It’s a notch down from balogna and hot dogs (both of which I love.) When you fry the scrapple, the ends get nice and crisp and the middle is soft and tender. It’s seasoned with sage and other spices, and it comes packaged in a loaf or brick usually in the breakfast meats section. Why do things that taste so damn good are usually bad for you?
What’s my secret to the steady weight loss? This may sound corny as hell, but the honest truth is the secret to my success is commitment. I have committed myself to eating healthier and working out consistently. They say it takes about 3 weeks for something to become a habit, and today marks the beginning of my third week. I feel better. I’m sleeping better. My clothes are fitting slightly better. My body is actually craving movement now. I have truly shocked my system-not just with the exercise, but the water I’m drinking! Anyone who knows me knows I hate water. I’m down to one soda a day now, but I’m still addicted to peanut M&M’s. They’re my daily treat, and I eat the small bag as opposed to the king size I use to devour. For me, it’s making little changes instead of overwhelming myself with un-doable or cold turkey tactics.
I’m still working out with Jillian, and my endurance is getting stronger by the day. The 20 minutes only now feel like 45 instead of an hour. Just when I think I can’t take it anymore, it’s time for the cool down! I hope to progress to Level 2 in the next few weeks. My goal for this week is to increase my water intake by 8 oz. Hey, you gotta crawl before you can walk. I’m on the path to slimdom. I’ll holla…..