A is for another. Another month over. Another day closer to my goal. Another few minutes on the elliptical. Another new recipe to try. Another fresh vegetable or seasonal fruit showing up in the grocery store. Another new blog to follow and another online friend to make. Another pound, another quarter-inch.
P is for public accountability. I have found that the greatest deterrent to cheating on my diet is knowing I will admit to it here and on my diet forum. P should be for personal accountability, but I’m not sure I would have the same self-control and willpower if I only answered to myself.
R is for remembering. Remembering why I am on this journey. Remembering that I am not alone. Remembering how I felt when I weighed more, when I ate crap until my stomach swelled and I felt as crappy as what I was eating. Remembering how much more fun it is to shop for smaller sizes.
I is for “I can” and ” I will” and sometimes for “I will not.” I can live a healthier life. I can learn to incorporate moderation into my diet. I can make good food choices at a restaurant and around others. I will eat more vegetables and exercise more and practice optimism. I will not fall back into old habits. I will not eat too many Triscuits. (Fingers crossed behind my back for that last one.)
L is for lifestyle. Because I now finally understand and accept that this is not about being on a diet that ends when I reach my goal weight. This is about changing the way I live and eat forever. As daunting as that may sound, I can actually see a future that incorporates my new way of eating and it doesn’t scare me. L is for liking myself more when I live this lifestyle. Live is another great L word:)