Time sure flies. It seems like just a few days ago I started this little personal challenge and I have to say that I’m pleased with my results. I am fitting into my summer clothes and very happy about it. I don’t measure my success by my weight. As I’ve said before, I don’t really know how much I weigh, but I do pay attention to how my clothes fit.
My favorite summer shorts will be worn soon, they don’t fit perfectly, but better than on July 1st.
I often wonder why the weight battle is so hard. Maybe it’s not such a mystery. The gradual weight gain is hard to accept. It would be much easier to pinpoint the meal that made me gain 5 pounds. I wish it worked that way.
Only after moving back to the U.S. this summer did I realize the temptation of food that is all around us, everyday. It’s overwhelming. I’m happy that I took a step back and realized what was happening in my mind as I smelled all the amazing food, but didn’t dare give in to the temptation at every turn.
Taking the weight off requires a shift in thinking. The thought that is put into lifestyle decisions needs to be constant. Should I browse FB or should I go play soccer with my kids? Should I have ice cream for the third night in a row, or should I choose fruit? Should I fry that or bake it?
I think I spoke of decisions early on in my summer slim down. It’s about decisions. For me, it’s this…
…a bowl full of homegrown heirloom tomatoes delivered by a friend. To me, these are more delicious than any dessert, although, I realize that some of you might disagree with this. Honing in on the anticipation of my thoughts after eating this…
You might think that’s a little odd that I would think about my thoughts after a meal. You know the feeling though, after you’ve eaten a really heavy, not so good for you meal. You feel blah.
Well, I knew I wouldn’t feel blah, I felt amazing as I thought I might. It’s like a runner’s high, but with food. Go with me on this one. Eat good food and feel good, eat unhealthy food and feel…well, blah.
So, it’s your turn. Here is what was constant in my mind this month:
- Decisions – It’s all about decisions
- Small steps – No one loses it all in a day
- Enjoy – The old cliché hold true – “everything in moderation”. It still works for me because I love food, I love wine and I love to be happy.
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Stay healthy friends.