So Ive lost 50 pounds. Now where do I go from here. I am under no misguided ideas that the next 50 will be easier than the last 50. The only thing that is easier about it is the fact that I have success behind me. That helps my frame of mind. But looking ahead I realize that I am going to have to fine tune some things if I want to reach my goal.
I have already made the switch to mostly whole foods. Last night I ate at the Macaroni Grill. I ate some of the bread with olive oil and I had a side salad followed by chicken breast and a couple spears of asparagus. I had set aside calories and planned for the chocolate cake for desert. I thoroughly enjoyed that decadent piece of cake...that is until this morning. Today I feel blah and my stomach hurts. I have a nagging headache. Its not worth it!
Grains and seeds and nuts and fruits and veggies and lean proteins look really good to me today. Why do I even want to eat that other stuff that makes me feel so yucky!
Okay, so I have 50 more pounds to go. What is my game plan? Is what I am doing feasible and sustainable in the long term?I think it is. Will it get me to my goal by May of 2010? Yes, I believe it will. When I reach my goal will I have acquired healthy eating patterns that will stay with me for the rest of my life? That I don't know and that is what I am going to work on the rest of the way.
I need to drink less coffee. I need to drink more water. I need to commit to an entire whole food way of life. I need to exercise.
If I could hone in on all of the above I would feel more confident of the future. I have lost four dress sizes this past year. I have eaten an average of 1500 calories a day as near as I can tell. Yes, I strive for 1200 but in reality if I average all the days together I bet its closer to 1500 which is a good thing. I arrive at that figure when I count in the past holiday from Halloween through Christmas and last summer when I barely lost anything. On those days I was eating more than 1200 making my average higher. You can see these bad months reflected on my sidebar under my monthly totals.
Okay so I know what I have to do now I have to do it. This next fifty pounds is going to be a time of soul searching and clipping the diet in to fit the boundaries I have laid out. I have long been intrigued by the Mediterranean Diet and many times over the years I have thought longingly of making that way of eating my own.
After a year of dieting I am quite close to a Mediterranean way of eating. This coming year as I work to get off the last pounds I am resolving to get rid of all red meat in my diet and lean more heavily on fish. I love fish. I could eat it all the time but my kids and my husband hate it. In spite of that I am going to incorporate fish as a very real part of my diet.
I'm excited about the year ahead. Its funny how I rarely think about how I will look at a thinner weight. That used to be my goal in other diets in times past. Now I think more of the health part of it. My slimmer self has faded into the background and my healthier self is taking center stage.
That's how I know that this time I can make it!