I’ve done it, well almost. I only have a few more days until I’ve completed the straight 60. I’m excited and looking forward to that end date, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and looking forward to doing it again. I realize that probably sounds crazy, that I’m at the end, and looking forward to doing it more. Well, I still have work to do and this is the best way that I know of to get there. I’m taking a short break from the diet, about a week (which lines up perfectly with fall break). If you remember one of my past posts, about what’s next, I gave 3 options. Well this week of being off the diet is my chance to test the option where I basically follow the diet, but I’m not so strict, so I would be able to enjoy a treat now and then. There are a few things I’ve been looking forward to having, such as those traditional vacation pancakes, pizza (obviously), and possibly ice cream. Like I said in the past blog, about taking this route of allowing sugar/wheat in moderation, it scares me a little. So this week will be a good test for myself. Knowing I will be doing the diet again, with all of you, makes the idea of this test week not so scary. Having the straight 60, with the group, the classes, and support to look forward to is like having a safety net, in case I realize I can’t prevent myself from going overboard.
My straight 60: I started this weighing about 235 lbs. ( I say about because I didn’t do my official weigh in until I was a couple days in, but 235 lbs. was the weight I was leading up to this). So at the end of my straight 60 I’m at 208 lbs. That’s almost 30 lbs. in 60 days! I didn’t accomplish my mini-goal of under 200 lbs., but that wasn’t really practical in 60 days anyway. I’m confident in the diet (and myself!) and I know it’ll come, so I’m not going to stress over it. I was surprised by the whole process, and how easy it was. Well, I wouldn’t say it was easy, just not as hard as I expected. Most days it wasn’t that difficult. The first week was by far the most difficult, so when you start be sure to push through that first week, it gets better. Since the first week there would be a day here and there that was harder than most, sometimes just a few hours of the day were hard, but generally I was satisfied. For me, the most difficult times came with eating out, or in a social setting where other people were not on the diet. It can be very hard, but not impossible. I’ve said this before, but its worth repeating, besides loosing weight, I have more energy, I feel great, haven’t noticed having headaches in a while, my clothes fit me, I don’t struggle with tying shoes or putting on socks, I feel stronger, and I have more confidence in myself (OK, I hadn’t said all of that before). It is completely, 100%, worth sacrificing these foods for this. When I really think about it, its amazing that I’ve been overweight, technically obese (I’ve avoided that term in all my other posts because, well I hate that term and hated that I fit into that category, actually I still do fit into that category based on BMI, however BMI isn’t the best measurement. Measuring body fat, which will be taught in the 60-day turnaround, is a far superior measurement), for a decade and deciding to do a simple diet and exercise program for 60 days has completely changed that. A decade worth of unhealthy lifestyle, turned around in only 60 days. I’m obviously not where I want to be yet, but I know I’m on the right path. If it takes 60 more days, maybe 120 more, it doesn’t matter, I’m committed to it now. I know I can do it and I will reach my goal. I look forward to doing this again, alongside all of you, supporting each other, it’ll be GREAT! Thanks for reading.
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