No, really, FOUR WHOLE POUNDS!!!!
Four days of no sugar, no wheat, and carefully typing food entries into my Weight Watchers app, and now here I am, four whole pounds lighter!
Don't think this success didn't come at a price. It was basically four days of hell.
After a 2013 filled with many downs and very few ups, where all of my therapy came in the form of a greasy paper bag or a crinkly wrapper, I topped off the whole year by spending the entirety of the holiday season sustaining myself on nothing but chocolate.
I know, I know, I'm being melodramatic again. It wasn't just chocolate, there were plenty of cookies involved, too!
And my main form of exercise has been the lifting of all these delightfully sugary treats to my lips and then back down to grab some more.
My tummy was happy! But the rest of me felt slow and sluggish and not at all thrilled about pulling the Size 10's back out of storage. Even worse when I found that half of my Size 10's didn't fit me anymore, either.
With four pairs of pants left to wear, and a belly that muffin-topped over every single one, I swore that the New Year was going to bring changes.
First up, the sugar had to go. And while my body functions much better when I am wheat-free, I found that it is not realistic for me to stay wheat-free forever.
Yep, it's the cookies. Who could stand a life without cookies???
But my body was so screwed up, it didn't even crave vegetables anymore. Or water. So I was concerned that if I tried to go completely low-carb, I would wind up eating nothing but hotdogs and cheese all day long. And, as far as I know, that one is not exactly approved my the Medical Association. I have yet to see the "Hotdog & Cheddar Diet" on the cover of a book.
Enter Weight Watchers! I had used WW years ago after having Miss Priss. While the food tracking can become a bit tedious, it did make me think twice about eating anything. Not just because of the point cost, but because I'd have to take the time to enter it! And I thoroughly enjoyed the ability to earn more points by exercising. It gave me so much more motivation to get up and get moving, if moving meant ice cream could exist in my future!
Of course, the program has changed since then. And it works even better for me! In the PointsPlus program, almost all veggies are 0 points. ZERO!! Including watermelon!!! Yippee!!!!
And the handy dandy app really makes that tedious tracking a lot more feasible. Now, you can instantly discover that the chicken nuggets you just wolfed down cost you 11 points, instead of waiting to be depressed about it until you got home.
Isn't technology wonderful?
Do I plan to stay on WW forever? Absolutely not. But it is the tool I need right now to get back on the right path to health.
And as for my marvelous 4 pounds - I know it is mostly water weight. But can you believe I had FOUR POUNDS worth of bloat! My tummy has already shrunk, and my pants are fitting better!
I am sorry to say that my beloved Tracy Anderson had taken a vacation from my house for the past year. But I am very much looking forward to her return! Although, this time around, I plan to ease into the program a bit more slowly. And Tracy, being so great, already released a new Beginner DVD just for me!
Because we are absolutely BFFs!
So if you would like to follow along on my journey back to fitness, be sure to pick up a copy!
Now that I've shed those first four pounds, I think I might deserve a reward.
These first four days were not my favorite. Between the headaches and insatiable cravings for anything that smelled like chocolate (the remnants of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on Miss Sunshine's fingers included) I was not a happy camper. Have any of you seen the monsters and beasts that regular people turn into on that show Grimm? Yeah, you could say I might have had a few qualities of someone possessed by a demon.
"Just a FEW?" I can hear Hubby asking himself.
But today I feel free. Free of all the sugar and junk and cravings. Free to move forward toward a goal of health and wellness!
Now, how does Ben & Jerry's Phish Food Ice Cream covered in Hot Fudge sound for lunch?
I've said it before and I'll say it again, nobody is paying me for any of the comments made here. Trust me, if they did, you would hear the screams of joy as I cash my paycheck! If you do click the link for Tracy's DVD, and purchase anything from Amazon using that link, I will receive a few pennies. But, hey, I live in Honduras, so pennies can go a long way around here!