Well, it’s official. Since the beginning of this food journey that started nearly 10 years ago, I have lost 60 lbs! Woohoo!
I can’t begin to explain ALL the things that have happened and changed in these last 10 years to me physically, emotionally and spiritually–but I can tell you some of the results.
Not carrying around an extra 50-60 lbs (…that’s like 6 bags of potatoes–strap that together and carry it around for the day…no wonder I was so tired all the time!!!), gives me so much more energy! I can walk farther, faster without breaking out in a cold sweat, my lungs heaving for breath. I sleep better too. My clothes fit better (obviously–but I had a moment in the changeroom last week, when I fit into a size 8 pants for the first time in my life! :). My skin is healthier, my fingernails stronger. SO many little things, that I could never have imagined as my old overweight self, who indulged in fast food too many times a week.
Here is the truth.
The only things I cut out of my diet were fast food and most processed foods (with the occasional exception of chips and a couple of other “non-negotiables”.)
I still eat dessert. I still eat creamy sauce on my pasta. I still eat pizza and hamburgers and french fries. I do eat half the portion size that I used to. I do eat a lot more fruits and vegetables. I do try to balance what I eat–more “good”, less “bad”. I do make/bake/cook most of what we eat, I drink lots of water and I do try to walk almost every day.
That’s it–seems too easy doesn’t it?
It was small changes-one at a time–nothing drastic, just little bits here and there. “A journey of a 1000 miles begins with just one step”.
A journey to loose 60 lbs started with one less trip to McDonald’s.
Japanese Cucumber Salad
1/2 english cucumber sliced
1tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
dried crushed chilies if you like it spicy
Whisk the soy sauce, vinegar sugar and oil. Pour it over the cucumber. Easy–See if you can leave them alone until dinner time!