Each month I’ve been putting myself on different challenges. Last month I wanted to lose 18 pounds. I only lost 13. This month I bit off more than I could chew and instead of losing another 16 pounds I gained back 8 pounds. Now, you’re probably saying “Welcome to my life!” I’m telling you all this because I have come to the conclusion that being on such a strict diet, and eliminating entire food groups is just as detrimental to our health as eating only processed food.
At the beginning of the month I said that I would only eat protein and vegetables. Well that became very difficult for me because I was craving something sweet. Yes, I am a sweet-a-holic. Eliminating fruit was crazy.
So what do I do now. Now I think I’m going on my own program. It includes all food. I know that if I tell myself I can’t have something that is all I want. So my own program is this. I will eat anything I want, any time I want, but only one serving of it. I will smile when I eat an apple, and giggle when I eat some chocolate. I will not condemn myself for wanting taco chips. I will also have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs all the time. I don’t want to see another cooked egg.
This morning I had 2 pieces of gluten-free french toast made with coconut milk topped with unsweetened apricot jam and it was wonderful.
When it comes to fitness. I’m not going to run a marathon or have rock hard abs. But I will be walking and hiking more. I will also be lifting weights with some of my old Joyce Vedral books.
So I bit off more than I can chew, so now it’s time to swallow my pride and get to work on February’s Living Simple Challenge.