Well, it's official. Since the beginning of this food journey that started nearly 10 years ago, I have lost 60 lbs! Woohoo!
I can't begin to explain ALL the things that have happened and changed in these last 10 years to me physically, emotionally and spiritually--but I can tell you some of the results.
Not carrying around an extra 50-60 lbs (...that's like 6 bags of potatoes--strap that together and carry it around for the day...no wonder I was so tired all the time!!!), gives me so much more energy! I can walk farther, faster without breaking out in a cold sweat, my lungs heaving for breath. I sleep better too. My clothes fit better (obviously--but I had a moment in the changeroom last week, when I fit into a size 8 pants for the first time in my life! :). My skin is healthier, my fingernails stronger. SO many little things, that I could never have imagined as my old overweight self, who indulged in fast food too many times a week.
Here is the truth.
The only things I cut out of my diet were fast food and most processed foods (with the exception of chips and a couple of other "non-negotiables.)
I still eat dessert. I still eat creamy sauce on my pasta. I still eat pizza and hamburgers and french fries. I do eat half the portion size that I used to. I do eat a lot more fruits and vegetables. I do try to balance what I eat--more "good", less "bad". I do make/bake/cook most of what we eat, I drink lots of water and I do try to walk almost every day.
That's it--seems too easy doesn't it?
It was small changes-one at a time--nothing drastic, just little bits here and there. "A journey of a 1000 miles begins with just one step". A journey to loose 60 lbs started with one less trip to McDonald's.
Japanese Cucumber Salad
1/2 english cucumber sliced
1tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
dried crushed chilies if you like it spicy
Whisk the soy sauce, vinegar sugar and oil. Pour it over the cucumber. Easy--See if you can leave them alone until dinner time!