First, I changed the way I was eating last spring, and by June 2015, that change in my food intake had turned into a change in my whole approach to weight loss. Rather than being “on a diet” or “trying to lose weight,” I was simply eating differently, for good. I had been losing weight by eliminating wheat and starchy carbs, and by limiting things like oatmeal, beans, nuts and seeds to just a couple of times a week, and always before 2pm so my body had an opportunity to burn through them. Accepting this as my new way of eating, as opposed to a diet, took a lot of the pressure off, and meant that the number on the scale became less relevant. I also stopped weighing myself weekly. That wasn’t that hard to do, since I don’t own a scale, but I was accustomed to weighing myself each time I went to my weight management class once a week. I gave myself permission to let go of the scale, and just trust that if I ate this way for the long haul, my body would release whatever excess weight it needed to and then slowly stop, and my weight would come to rest where it was meant to be.
That’s exactly what happened. At some point around November of 2015, my body seemed to reach its comfort zone, and my weight loss ceased. I was thrilled to be 117 lbs less that my heaviest weight! (I now weigh myself about once every 4-6 weeks.) More importantly, I was thrilled to be free from a diet mentality -- free from thinking about food all of the time, free from “all or nothing” thinking that often led to bingeing, free from calculating points remaining or calories consumed. FREE.
So when the holidays approached, it was no longer a battle of wills to not eat this or limit my portions of that. Thanksgiving was just another day of me eating my new way. So was Christmas. I made special vegetable dishes for the special occasions, and those were wonderful treats. That was how the winter began, and each day throughout the cold, dark days was essentially the same. I simply ate my new way. I also bought a Nutri-Bullet and started experimenting with green smoothies. YUM!! That has become a treat for me, too, especially after business travel. I find myself eager to get home and throw everything from my crisper drawers into the tall cup and pulverize it into a tasty, filling smoothie!
And as for exercise, I was committed to long fitness walks as long as the weather conditions were not treacherous. It was layers, hat, gloves, and go! There were about 15 days where I had no choice but to go to the gym, and most of those days, I’d text a friend to meet me there so we could catch up while burning calories on the treadmill or the elliptical. Four miles on a treadmill can be torture solo, but when I’m yakking with my friend Nancy, it passes by in a blink!
So here I am on the 20th of March, one pound lighter than I was last November – down 118 lbs total. And I am dancing in the streets, beneath the blooming magnolias and cherry blossoms!!
In the battle of Marsha vs winter…. I WON!!