Before and After

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Addicted to Sweets?

I thought this segment on The Rachael Ray Show yesterday was really interesting. I get that crazy out of control feeling when I eat sweets. I usually do better if I don't eat them at all. It's hard though, since I'm facing sweets all day at work. I'd like to know what others feel about the idea of sweets/high fat/high calorie foods being addictive. What is your take on this subject? How do you handle it?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I can dig ditches

I continue to find it amazing what I can do now that I couldn't when I was obese. Just bending over or climbing the steps into our house was so hard when I was over weight. We've been doing a lot of heavy work in our yard. Things like digging and moving dirt and covering areas with rock. I can actually do those things now. I'm sure I could have done a little of it before, but it would have been very difficult. I know I wouldn't have been able to move the next day if I had tried. I did my share of digging a long ditch so we could install a drain to route the rain out to the street instead of under our house. I have some achy muscles, but I feel so good about what I was able to do. It was 110 degrees here on Sunday which made it even more challenging. I won't be giving up my day job to go dig ditches, but I'm sure happy to know I'm strong enough that I can do it if I want to.
Am I the only person that gets so much joy out of being able to do hard things like digging a ditch?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Learning to trust yourself

Since I reached goal I've had this terrible fear that I would lose control and gain all the weight back. Maybe it's all the statistics that are thrown around in the media. They say most people do gain it all back plus some. The voice in my head says "why do I think I am any better/stronger than all those people". When my treadmill broke down I panicked and was sure I would gain the weight back. When I give in to the two year old in my head that wants cake I panic and think I will gain the weight back. When we go on vacation and I don't have as much control over my food I'm stressed about weight gain.
Through all of these situations it's important to find ways to cope. Realizing that even though the odds are stacked against weight maintenance there are plenty of people maintaining. It's not that I'm trying to be better than others, it's about taking responsibility and doing what's best for my own body. Without the treadmill i've learned to love running outdoors. Even with the summer heat, I can still get out early or late and get some exercise in. Portion control is so important. Giving in to the two year old doesn't mean letting her lose all control. Even when I'm out of my comfort zone with food I can still find the best options and keep the weight off.
I was a little scared to get on the scale this morning. I felt kinda bloaty after being out of town for a few days. The number was actually at the lower end of my maintenance window. It's great to get that reassurance that I must be doing something right and it's still working.
Do you trust your maintenance ability and how do you build that trust?
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