I had an awesome weekend!! (Monday was a very full laundry day w/a baby shower etc., so I’m barely getting a chance to blog about it today.) Besides the fact that I tracked all my eats and stayed within my calorie budget (a small miracle for me) it was full of good choices and strong decisions like these…
When the family was having this late Saturday night:
I was eating this:
A whole wheat waffle with a kids size Chobani greek yogurt on top. (Thanks to Jillian Michaels for that food combination idea.)
I did NOT eat even ONE, NOT ONE french fry. This is huge for me!!
Then on Sunday we had company for lunch and my husband grilled some marinated beef loins and vegetable kabobs.
While I had also prepared some twice baked potatoes with all the yummy goodness of sour cream, cheese and ranch inside…I chose to only eat about two cups of the vegetables and the meat, which I measured on my kitchen scale to make sure I only ate one serving. No potatoes made it on my plate. (yes, I tasted a small bite to make sure they were okay, but that was it. – and yes I could’ve made them healthier, but I didn’t want to for everyone else.)
That’s not all…
After church Sunday evening we went to a fast food joint called Cookout which is known for lots of fried stuff and yummy shakes of many flavors. I usually get my food and then steal bites of my son’s shake.
But instead I chose to have their grilled chicken sandwich with no dressing/sauces and a 1/4 – 1/2 c. serving of cole slaw which seemed to be prepared in vinegar, because there was no white sauce on it resembling mayo.
Again, I did not take one bite of anything fried off my kids’ plates, nor did I have even one bite of my son’s shake. I even made myself fill my medium-sized soda cup with water and drank that before having any soda.
What’s crazy to me is that this hasn’t been all that hard. The choices feel better and I know it’s going to help me in the long run. It is a tad nerve wracking, like “Will I be able to stick with this??”, but I know God is helping me and with His help and just taking it a day at a time I think I’ll finally see reaching my goal weight become a reality.
Awesome! So proud of you! Tuesdays are always McDonalds nights for us and I never order or eat my kids leftovers. There's freedom of your mind and spirit when you are able to make good choices without crying about it!! Way to go Leah!!
Great job Leah! Sometimes it really isn't that hard and you aren't depriving yourself of anything. Just because you aren't eating fries doesn't mean you aren't eating something good and delicious!
The fact that it is easy to make those good choices is huge! That's what weight maintenance is for me.
I know exactly how hard it is to just pick off the kids plates. Sometimes the hand just reaches across the table and before you know it you've had something off each kids plate without even thinking about it.
I also understand your fear of being able to stick with it. I was watching a TV program last night called Fat & Fatter and in the end the family was cooked a nice healthy meal and the biggest family member of them all said about the meal, “if I did it tonight, I can do it again and again” It actually gave me a little hope and got me thinking that yes, if I can do it once, why can't I do it again and again to get to my goal weight? All it takes is a little consistency and I guess that's only hard if we let it be hard.
Sorry for the ramble, but I guess what I am trying to say is that you had a fantastic weekend of food and you succeeded. You achieved what you wanted to achieve and I am positive that you will be able to keep it up.