This is screenshot of the weight tracker on my phone, of course some of the important numbers have been cropped. A lady never tells, and you get the idea anyway. Look at that quick progress at the beginning of my journey...then it kind of becomes a bumpy road towards the end. It has taken me a very long time, but the good news is that it's been totally do-able and I rarely feel like I'm missing out.
I'd like to share some of the things that have helped me:
- My husband- Bless his heart, he's been eating all the creations I'm making and is a constant cheerleader, support system, and shoulder to lean on. He's a perfect mix of drill sergeant and person who lets me cheat occasionally.
- Skinny Taste Blog- Seriously y'all, this gal's blog has been a huge part of my journey. I make about three of her recipes each week and haven't had any that have been a flop. I talk about some of my favorites in this post. Sometimes diets and weight loss plans can get boring because I feel like I have to eat a meat and a vegetable, separately, with no sauce. But that's not true! Check out the SkinnyTaste blog and get some inspiration!
- LaCroix Sparkling Water- I don't like plain water. There, I said it. I'm really trying and I have noticed that I feel better when I'm drinking more, but I just don't like it. I discovered these flavored seltzer waters at Kroger when they were on sale. I've had the coconut, lemon, and grapefruit flavors and loved them all. I drink 1-2 of these per day. Throw in a bottle of water or two and and a Diet Cherry Coke and I've almost had all my liquids for the day!
- Going to Weight Watcher Meetings- I am a person who just can't do this on my own. Do I have all the tools and knowledge? Yes! I just need that extra accountability of stripping down to my bottom layer and removing my shoes & belt just like at airport security checks. The topics discussed at meetings are never too deep and people can participate as much or as little as they like.
- Cheat Day- I am a firm believer in cheat day. It may not work for some people but it does for me. I usually do my weigh in on Tuesday morning, and after my weigh in I take the rest of the day off. I don't track anything and usually I even put my food journal out of sight. I eat whatever I want and usually Baron and I go out for dinner and dessert. It's a day to feel normal, I suppose. This works for me because I can make better choices during the week knowing that on Tuesday I can have whatever I want. This is all mental for me and I have to figure out how to trick myself :)
Here are the best I can do for before and after pictures:
Like I said before, I have a few more pounds I'd like to lose and I know I'm capable of it. I know things might slow down even more, but I'm okay with that, I just want to make sure the scale's moving in the right direction, however slowly that may be.