In the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about the whole weight loss journey that I have been on for the better part of eleven years. I have had times when I found great success, but it cost me a great deal as far as what I wanted to eat and what I could. Like a petulant child, I wanted what I wanted and points be damned.
However, very recently, I started to look inward at the long term effects of being overweight, at the kinds of food I was putting into my body, and how I could achieve a healthier weight, without missing out on the things I like and enjoy.
It’s called balance.
So, I memorized the zero point foods and I stopped counting points. I mean, I knew how many points I could have in a day, but I tried to plan, enjoy and live with the foods I loved.
Of course, this made me look at my food preparation, what things to eat, and how I could balance the foods in my life.
Diced chicken sauteed with onions, peppers, and mushrooms, served with riced cauliflower with peas and carrots!
Fruits and vegetables have become good friends! Fish and Chicken are in my fridge and freezer, awaiting preparation.
Sauteed zucchini, summer squash, onions, peppers, and mushrooms, with a piece of broiled swordfish.
Every day, I have considered what I wanted to accomplish. If I feel hungry, I drink. I know what I am eating has filled me up, so it isn’t real hunger, but just casual, mindless, eating.
I’m doing well. I’m doing better than expected. And I feel very relaxed about it all. I like the direction this new attitude is taking me.
I feel no pressure to count points, and I also do not feel under pressure to lose X Pounds by X Month. It’s slow and steady and I do not feel anxious about it all.
This is the first positive freedom I have felt about my weight ever. I have been so hung up on either losing or gaining that I was coming to really hate my body. Oh, how cruel we can be to ourselves.
So, this new attitude, has me happy and smiling and enjoying life! And loving my body once again.
So remember, in the end, it’s all about balance and loving your imperfect self!