I changed my approach to eating last October. I started eating fruits and vegetables. I cut out junk food. I started to drink lots of water. I cut back on my caffeine. I started to use phrases like “dressing on the side” and “hold the bread.” I watched what I ate, very carefully.
I lost a lot of weight. And I did it while continuing to eat out, without starving myself, and with very few slips.
I’ve stopped losing weight. I’m still overweight.
I know what the problem is. I’ve gotten relaxed, and I’ve stopped watching what I eat. I’m doing silly things like eating poppyseed dressing on my salad at home (200 calories per spoon, versus 35 for the light italian I normally use), drinking diet coke (with all that sodium), having cream with my four cups of tea a day, and cutting back on my water.
Calories add up. 150 here, 50 there, and before you know it, you’re gaining a pound a week.
My big fear is that I’ll let myself slide back into the size I used to be. I stopped losing weight about five months ago and have not gained it back. But it’s time to get back on track.
Every calorie counts. And this week I’m trying to get back into my good habits. That means reading labels, watching my sugar (fruit), and eliminating indulgences.
Wish me luck.