Evolution and Discovery
Friday, April 12, 2019
So yesterday I made a couple of very interesting discoveries about myself. Well, interesting to me anyway. But since you are reading this, I am going to take you down the rabbit hole with me!
It has only been a few weeks since I started taking this journey seriously. Yes, I have traveled down this road before, but never with the same mindset as I have at this moment. Never before have I had such strength, determination and unyielding support. (thanks Spark People!) For the first time ever I began the journey without doubts that I could and would succeed in meeting my end goal. That alone is such an amazing feeling I cannot find the words to describe!
First, my stomach is truly shrinking! For the 2nd time since beginning this new and healthy venture, I have had a chance to go out to eat at some of my old favorite places. And while I ordered the same things I used to get, I was unable to eat the same amounts- and my stomach hurt at the attempt! In just these few weeks, I have made such progress, making truly conscious decisions about what goes into my body- and I am seeing results! The scale, my clothes, my emery and my attitude- every positive I can think of has been making itself known! Even supporters at my gym. I was so exited to have gone more than double over my step goal one day I HAD to share it with a lady in the locker room on Monday- and we instantly bonded and became gym buddies! WOW!
Secondly, In my visits to those places I used to love and crave, I realized that those foods were really not all that great! WHAT??? Grilled steak and endless deserts have zero appeal? HOW??? Well, now that I take the time to appreciate my food, rather than wolf it down and move on to the next thing- I can TASTE things for what they really are! Cleaner and healthier eating has made me come to realize that those foods my look or smell good, by my body almost instantly started to react in rebellion when I ate them! The steak was only OK, the loaded baked potato was dry, hard and overcooked. That fudge brownie bite had absolutely NO taste! I found my self steering back toward the salad bar in both instances- loading up on fruits, veggies and cottage cheese- only then was my palate satisfied! THAT was a total shocker! Yes, I have always loved a good salad, but when you have a virtual smorgasbord of food laying at your fingertips and still chose salad- CHOOSE salad- I have to call that progress and victory for certain!
Thirdly, I am happy to have discovered already that I can see the progress with my body! At 50, I have gotten on this path a bit late in the game, and have a LONG way to go before I arrive to my happy place, but SEEING progress so soon is a huge motivational factor for me! I can feel the muscles in my lower body become tighter. I can see the difference in how my body "spreads out" when I sit down! And when I put on a pair of jeans I couldn't even THINK of getting into last month, I was so pleased to discover that they didn't cut off my circulation at the waste line. I picked up some clothes that I ordered as incentive/rewards- and when I tried them on I discovered they fit- and only a LITTLE too snugly. I will be able to wear these new summer items this season as intended!
These little discoveries are such amazing treats! I have actually enjoyed drinking all the water- not really missed my sodas- that I thought I could not live without- and I find my mouth watering for the cottage cheese and pineapple in the fridge at work- forgetting that I have a peanut butter cup in my desk drawer!
I cant wait to continue this journey and see what lies ahead and around the next bend!
Who else is on the journey with me?