So, it’s been about eight weeks since I wrote this post about wanting to be smaller and lose some weight, and about ten weeks since I’ve been eating this new way.
I’ve lost about twenty-five to thirty pounds (depending on the day of the month, heh). But more than that, I’ve lost a massive amount of bloating in my abdomen. It took me a while to find photos to share because, well, I don’t take that many full body photos for obvious reasons. But this photo someone took of me in May is one I wrote about here because I hated it so much (and I actually went on to gain another ten or fifteen pounds after that photo). But the one I took now, well, I see a little progress. My butt is smaller, primarily, as is my stomach. I see it in my face, too (not that you can see my face in that photo, obviously, and by the way, that’s not the same shirt although it’s hard to tell, yes?).
I’m startled, and pleased, because, well… it’s been really, really easy.
Basically the only change is this: I’ve given up grains of all kinds, and I limit my intake of carbohydrates. I’m still keeping it simple, just like I started out with:
• Breakfast: greek yogurt + blueberries with stevia and some added fiber
• Lunch: eggs with fresh spinach, some lowfat bacon, and fruit (usually a banana)
• Dinner: all the meat I want, lots of veggies, and a small amount of carbs including potatoes (less than a cup’s worth), or rice or a big ol’ sweet potato.
It really is just not hard for me at all, mostly because I’m not weighing or measuring anything. I’ve had flour a couple of times (once I got “dosed” and once when I enjoyed some gravy on Thanksgiving because HELLO – but I did skip the stuffing), and both times I felt sick immediately. It’s really obvious that I shouldn’t be eating grains. I feel SO much better without them.
The other piece, of course, has been the exercise. I’ve been using the XBox 360 with Kinect I got for a project at Babble doing dancing with Tori, some weird game involving pretending to be in a raft that is actually quite a workout, and even yoga (side note: my mom is doing some yoga too, see that post I linked to). I’m in SUCH BETTER SHAPE. On Saturday we went to see Tori’s new school BFF perform in the Nutcracker and I had to run up the steepest and longest set of stairs I’ve ever seen (like three times the height of a regular staircase) and hit the top barely out of breath (even the usher said, “Wow, you took that like a champ”).
I feel so relieved.
I’m not sure where this path will lead, but I won’t lie – I’m hoping it’s a size 14/16 although I’d happily settle for a 16/18. Yes, I have a goal, even though that’s the antithesis of being anti-diet. I’m standing here admitting it: I have a body size goal. And I’m okay with it.
Will keep you posted on how I survive the holidays, particularly Christmas day itself and my “famous” Christmas dinner I do each year. I suspect there will be some carb overloading there. But hey! That’s okay too.
On to the next chapter.