I have not eaten very well this weekend. I knew I’d be attending a party Saturday evening so I started the weekend right by eating a lot of vegetables and a little protein. I snacked on unhealthy foods at the party, but I ate veggies there as well. I ate reasonable portions, but I’m still not exercising as much as usual so I felt kind of gross.
Today was not much better. I knew I’d be eating unhealthy foods today. Every now and then I make that choice. Eating junk food from time to time is part of life (at least part of my life,) and I’m sure I’ll do it again at some point. But I don’t eat pizza everyday. Overall, I make healthier choices.
I think that’s the ‘secret behind my success’ so far. I eat healthy things most of the time, but I don’t ban any foods. I’m not interested in living the lifestyle of a roller coaster dieter. I’m interested in living the life I want to live, enjoying every part of it. And for me, that means not dieting. I believe that the only way to have long-term success while maintaining a happy lifestyle is to make changes.
I eat what I want everyday, but what I want has changed a lot over the last several months. I like chicken breast with mixed vegetables and brown rice as much (if not more on most days) than I like pizza. And I still like the peanut butter fudge, cookies and pecan pralines that are currently on my counter. But I eat one piece, write it down and remind myself that the next piece would taste exactly the same as the last.
This is what works for me. And I know that I could have made better choices this weekend, but I also know that I’ll continue to make healthy choices in the coming weeks. And that will make me successful in the long run. I’m down almost 69 pounds (68.8 to be exact.) And I’m ready to face the challenges of the next 69 pounds because I love the person I am — and the person I’m becoming.