At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to lose one pound per month. Just one teeny little pound. Simple, right? No! HELL, NO! In fact, every time I seriously diet I seem to gain weight, so what gives? In February I started a "Fitness Journal" with photos/stats each month, similar to what Cathy Zielski is doing.
On February 7, I took my first photo and measurements. Not pretty! In my journey to be my authentic self, I am trying hard to strike a balance between loving and accepting myself just as I am (double chins included) and yet trying to improve myself and be healthier. It isn't really about a specific number on the scale, just about being as fit as I am capable of being. I have made healthy meal choices throughout the month (for the most part) and I definitely increased my participation at the gym. Today I redid the measurements. The results? Not great. But not terrible either. While my weight is up a half pound, most of my measurements are down. Turning flab to muscle? Maybe. I was out of the gym for over 2 months with the herniated disc episode so I probably did start to go soft in that time frame.
What I've discovered is that I'm far too willing to reward good choices with dessert. Which is sabotaging all my efforts. Sugar is poison. And now I'm in a quandry. I don't want to suck ALL the fun out of life and take away everything that tastes good and that I love so much. At the same time, I know there is very little nutritional value to any of my favorite things and if I could cut out sugar, maybe, just maybe, I would actually drop some of the excess poundage I'm carting around. Sugar is poison.
So, gentle blog readers, what do you do to curb the sugar monster yet not feel deprived? I need pointers! Sugar is poison. If I say it enough do you think I'll start to believe it?