Wednesday, September 24
September 24, 2008 - Angels and Demons
This week I received an e-mail from a new friend seeking advice regarding weight loss tips. She is seeking to lose weight herself and is looking for advice from people that have been successful in losing/keeping off weight. I gladly wrote the six things that have helped me lose weight and my current top five go-to meals. I hope my information is helpful to her and gives her some ideas into what will work best for her individual life and needs. I will be one of her number one supporters and plan to be with her through all stages of the journey – good or bad.
I am extremely flattered that she chose to e-mail me. Yes, I have lost weight--officially 42 pounds and counting. I have learned a lot in choosing to live a healthier life. I have also apparently encouraged others to lose weight, including MY SISTER, some of my close friends, and work colleagues. I think because the people around me are also trying to live healthier lives it continues to “spur” me on.
The recent comments regarding my weight loss from others leads me to what I am choosing to write about today. I have not taken a magic pill. I still make bad decisions and do not eat correctly every day. I still do the things that caused me to gain weight in the first place. I just do not fall victim of my demons every day. Currently, I am winning the mental game.
On a recent trip to a favorite Mexican restaurant in town, I ate more chips than any one person should eat in a day. Not only did I eat those chips, I am relatively sure I ate most of the chorizo-queso dip that we got with it. For my main meal I had chosen sensibly, but since I eat small meals every three hours, I should not have eaten the whole thing. After the meal I did not beat myself up about it. I just went on from there. I knew I had not eaten more than 3500 calories (number of calories in a pound). For the day, I won the mental game.
As I proceed in my healthier lifestyle I gain further insight into myself and actions. For example, I know if I walk into the Bigfoot store at the interstate I will buy a Honey Bun. I will do it. No doubt about it. So you know what I do? I do not go in there. I can honestly say in the past six months I have walked into the store no more than four times. Two of which were to purchase lottery tickets, but it was a struggle not to get junk food. The Bigfoot is one of my triggers to binge eating. As you can tell by the numbers, half the time I went to Bigfoot I won and half the time I did not.
Demons – 2
Angels – 2
I don’t know if the Demons will prevail when I go into the Bigfoot to buy the winning Hoosier Lottery ticket tonight, but if they do I will not beat myself up about it. I will pick myself up and start anew.
For the record, my money is on the Angels…
Til Next Week,