Now that I have reached my first goal – losing 10 percent of my weight – I am moving on to my next goal. But first, I want to share a few things I have learned along the way and things that I am thankful for.
First off, I am fortunate enough to have a supportive husband and son at home who are behind me 110 percent on my healthy eating/living journey. My husband, who cooks most of the time (or we do it together) enjoys finding ways to make the foods we like healthier. My son has actually started trying new foods and doesn’t wrinkle his nose so much when we have a salad as our side dish. And he doesn’t say, "Oh, ish, I don’t like that," even though he hasn’t even tried whatever it is we are having. My husband, thankfully, is daring enough to try new recipes, healthy recipes, and he’s not the typical "meat and potatoes" kind of guy. I love that about him! He loves the grocery store and loves to cook. (Seriously, I am SO lucky!) And even though they both balk when I ask to go for a walk or exercise at home, they both do it and secretly, I think they enjoy it. I thank both of them for taking this journey seriously and being supportive and encouraging.
I know too many women who have families at home that won’t or don’t support them and that’s sad. And what about the women who are so busy taking care of everyone else around them that they don’t take the time to take care of themselves. That makes me sad, too. I so wish I could help those women.
I have learned that this journey isn’t short, it’s not always easy, it takes time and commitment and planning and effort and energy and sometimes, even a little researching and studying. But I have found it to be so rewarding. Will it last for the rest of my life? I want it to. I think it will. But only time will tell.
I have learned that changing the little things can sometimes make a bigger difference than one thinks. Swapping out fat-free sour cream for the real stuff. Using 1-2 tablespoons of a vinaigrette dressing instead of 4 tablespoons of a creamy, fatty ranch dressing. Using Pam or other type of spray instead of butter or oil when cooking. Eating low-calorie wheat bread instead of high-calorie white bread. If you have to use mayo for something, using the light or fat-free. Using spray butter instead of real butter or margarine. There are so many more!
I have learned that the well-known saying "Everything in moderation," is actually true. Eating 3-4 ounces of steak tastes the same as eating 12 ounces, only my stomach doesn’t hurt afterward. Having one piece of pie/cake/bar/anything else sweet treat tastes just as good as gorging myself on half the pie, row of cake or pan of bars. And once again, my stomach doesn’t hurt after eating just one. In moderation, I can eat pretty much anything I want.
I have learned that exercise does make a difference. Period.
I have learned that fruits and vegetables are really good…when given the chance.
I have learned that I like having energy and feeling good about myself. I don’t like feeling like a big, fat, slob.
I have learned that diets are evil. The word diet only sets people up for failure.
And there is so much more I have learned and will share along the way. I am no expert by any means. I am just one regular, female, human being struggling like just about every other woman in this world. I have just finally chosen to make a change, a real change, a permanent change (hopefully). And I thank you for taking the journey with me.