Okay… maybe perfect is too strong a word. Let’s go with pretty-darn-good-and-better-than-ever-before. Ten weeks of my new and improved healthy lifestyle. Ten weeks with not one cheat. Yes – you heard me – I did not eat anything off plan even once for the past ten weeks.
This is huge for me. Not so much that I have not cheated… but that I have felt such self-control and willpower. Not every moment. (Because believe me I have had my moments, or two, or three, or thirty.) But overall my sense of self is different. I feel great – physically and emotionally. And I feel optimistic. I believe that I am making changes that will forever be part of my lifestyle. No more yo-yo for me!
I don’t know what has made this time so much easier for me. (Let me be clear that it is not EASY, just easier than in times past.) Maybe the light-bulb finally went off above my head after having been at my goal weight last summer and then experiencing the slow steady gain into fall and winter. Maybe when I put the brakes on they stuck hard and fast. Maybe all these darn vegetables are really helping. Or the hot tea I am downing in huge quantities. Or that I have recognized certain activities that trigger eating and am avoiding them. Some part of it is probably due to the increase in my workouts (both time and intensity). And I can probably attribute some to my choice to only add grains and fruits late in the day. Or maybe it is a combination of all of it! Or maybe it was just my time.
I can tell you two key factors that have clearly played a huge role in my last ten weeks: the blogosphere and 3fatchicks. Through them I have found a community that inspires, motivates, and supports me. That cheers me up when I am feeling down or stressed. That offers wisdom and advice and role models to follow. When I am tempted to eat, I run to my computer. I visit your blogs or work on mine or hang out with 3FC. I feel like I am wrapped in a warm internet hug. I don’t feel alone in my journey. I am focused on food and exercise in a positive way. I have talked about this before (and probably will again), but need to pay homage. Because I did not do this alone!
Today, after ten weeks on plan, I feel optimistic. And happy. And that all is good with this part of my life. Perfect? Probably not. But pretty darn good.