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Monday, May 17, 2010

Being honest w/ myself

Many, many, MANY emails wondering how I'm dropping the weight recently when I've been stuck since last year.  I've responded to everyone with the simple answer of:

Being honest with myself.

As you know, I'm on a pretty strict (and somewhat controversial) diet* till the end of May and this has honestly been the best thing I could have ever done for myself.
*Before my inbox gets flooded with emails about what diet I'm doing, know that I'm not going to talk about it until I'm done and the weight stays off for a good month or two so don't expect any word of it until July at the earliest!  What I will say about the diet is that it's based on food combining using fruits and veggies and lots of lean proteins, and that so far, it's working wonders!*

Before starting this food combining, my weight was at a stand still since last August and it seemed like every other day I'd be on my blog, bitching about why the weight isn't coming off.

Well to be honest with you, my nutrition was still crazy. As much as I ate healthy, I was still eating out 2 or 3 times a week.  Still eating ice cream after dinner 4 - 5 nights a week.  Still sneaking in an afternoon snack of cheese and crackers 5 days a week.  And I was wondering why I wasn't loosing weight? COME ON! It was so obvious but I kept lying to myself and making up excuses. 

Those 5 slices of pizza don't count cause I just came from an hour at the gym.
I can have two servings of ice cream tonight cause I ate perfectly all day long.
My weight's just not moving cause this is what's suppose to happen as you get closer to goal.

Excuse afte excuse after excuse. 
It's no wonder I didn't gain weight!

So blame it on the new diet - which can have serious weight-gain repercussions if you go off protocol - or a new source of motivation, but my nutrition is back on track and better than ever!  Since the end of April, I've only eaten out twice and one of those times I planned out what I wanted to get and ordered it exactly how I wanted it.  I haven't had ice cream in almost a month and banned all sugar in my diet and I don't even crave it anymore.  I've cut my portions of everything in half and just eat till I'm full, not stuffed.  In fact I'm so motivated, this weekend the boyfriend and I went to Costco and on our way out, Anthony bought one of these:

Only my most favorite food at Costco... their crunchy, creamy, cheesey, bacony chicken bake!

Normally, I would have gotten one for myself as a 10:30am snack, but not this time. I didn't even take a bite from Anthony's one and that is a huge accomplishment for me!  We have a manual car which means when Anthony's driving, I would have to hold the glorious chicken bake all by myself, completely unguarded.  Sure I was tempted, in fact I even peeled off part of the crunchy baked-on cheese but threw it out the window instead.

And you know what the best part was? I didn't die after NOT having a bite.  I've always pictured myself bursting into flames if I didn't have a little taste (which leads to a few bites) of whatever unhealthy food was sitting in front of me.  But let me tell you, that's all a myth people.  There is life after saying "no" to your favorite unhealthy food.  Try it out cause I really think it can change your mind set.  Exercising that "no thank you" brain muscle really makes it stronger over time!


Annalisa201 said...

I'm just wondering how you got through the first few days off of sugar! Hmmmm.... I should do that. I just worry about binging from lack of sugar. If I get a really strong sugar craving in the afternoon it's either a cookie (not even the good kind, just a plain ol milk coffee - like a grahm cracker) or a cup of tea/coffee with 1 1/2 sugars... Wonder what would happen if I gave it up..... hmmmmmmmm....

Saying No to yummy food and sticking with it is so EMPOWERING! Congratulations Annie! Keep up the good work ;) (btw, thanks alot (sarcasm) for the photo - I had forgotten these yummy jewels even exsisted... Now I'm craving melted cheese!)

She woke up FAT said...

"There is life after saying "no" to your favorite unhealthy food. Try it out cause I really think it can change your mind set."

My diet is somewhat controversial too. People whine and say they could never give up -------- ( fill in blank). Well I'm sorry folks, that's just crap.

Lindsay said...

Way to be honest with yourself!

Alex said...

Wow I love that - you are so right about saying no! I am going to try that more often!!

Splurgie said...

I'm laughing at the concept of your bursting into flames if you don't succumb to temptation. Yes, yes, yes, you get it: Saying no is an exercise of your brain muscle. The more you do it, the more it becomes second nature. You're doing great! I'm going to stop by more often to get motivated!

Kelli @ From Bulge To Bikini said...

I can't wait to hear about this diet that is working for you. I have been stuck for a few months. And just like you said...I know exactly why. I just can't seem to figure out how to get remotivated to finish my weight loss! I am anxious to hear what this diet that is working so well for you is! Keep it up!!!

The Monkey and Me said...

What a great post! You are so right - I too am not honest with myself - I'm working on that. I have been stuck in the same 10 lbs for a year - it's all about honesty.

Kyle Gershman said...

This was very excellent! I'm looking forward to when you are ready to fill us all in on your successful approach.

I, too, really need to recommit to my prior dietary practices. I have gotten, um..., lax shall we say. Nothing too horrible on a day in day out basis, but I haven't been too good at selecting the best thing at restaurants...so...even though we only get out once per week or so, that'll still have to change.

I'm very happy for you!

Boomer said...

Burst into flames!!! LOL! Man, I can relate to that.

When people ask me about P90X I tell them that the results are easily 75% nutrition.

Good on ya mate!

PhluffyPrincess said...

SUCH AN AMAZiNG POST!!!!!!!!!!!! This is me! Thanks SO MUCH for this...its really helped me!

Chris said...

Grat stuff Annie you're still rockin'! Hard to say no to those favorites but you did it! I like the throwing out the window aspect though I think my wife would freak on me if I did something like that LOL.

Mrs. Sheila said...

I'm sure in two weeks whenI am back to blogging, I too will get blasted for going so "off the charts" with my diet. I have gotten used to it LOL

Self control is amazing!

Tricia said...

looking forward to hearing the details

Heidi said...

Hey Annie,
I haven't posted in a while, but I am so proud of you and your progress. You keep doin' what you're doin' girl! Congrats on the weight losses! I cannot wait to hear more about your journey!