I love the month of October. It brings us closer to the beautiful changes in the leaves. I love the amazing and vibrant colors before winter arrives.
Today is my day off from work and I have been very reflective. I have been off my game as far as nutrition is concerned, for quite some time. I can't really pinpoint an exact time as to when it happened. I just know that I have gotten worse and worse with my eating.
I was in my cousin's wedding in May and I fit into the dress and was so shocked by how it was even a little loose on me after alterations on the day of the wedding.
A month later, I wore the same dress to our church's Catalyst Ball and it still fit close to the same:
Then August came and I had an event at a conference I was attending. I remember about a week and half before said conference, sitting at my desk at work, anxiety building because I just KNEW I wasn't going to be able to fit into the dress. I got myself SO worked up about it, I was in tears. It was absolutely ridiculous!! I went home that evening, the dress was quite difficult to zip, but it did zip. A week and half later, I wore it, despite the bulges that were not present 3 months prior.
Then a few weeks later, after vacation, I participated in my first race, a half marathon...
When I see this picture, it leaves me feeling proud for the accomplishment. I was not where I wanted to be at that point in my life, but I still did it.
Fast forward to this week...I have been having all kinds of thoughts about myself. I have felt defeated. I felt like giving up. I felt like I am in a never ending cycle. But yesterday when I was Instagram, I came across someone who has lost 106 lbs in 18 months eating low carb. And I thought about it. I had been considering trying "another" shake program but couldn't really decide if it was what I wanted. But seeing that someone else could do something so simple that didn't require some "special" food/product...it just clicked in my head this morning. I need to go with what worked for me earlier in the year. However, for the life of me, at this point and time I have a cold/cough I've been battling with, and I just don't remember what was working-except fitness. Fitness is always my first priority. But I know that I need to make Fuel/Nutrition the other part of my plan. It's time for me to work on my 3 F's again...Faith, Fitness and Fuel.
So with all this being said, tomorrow, I will start by eliminating processed sweets and breads. And I will call on my Faith to help me make better choices with my Fuel:) I will begin limiting the amount of pasta/potatoes to one meal per day. I remember the old Weight Watcher's Core plan did this as well as limiting ground meats to one meal per day. I need to continue drinking my water and notice when my body is full. I need to actually listen/feel those signals. I really feel like I can do this. One baby step at a time! One foot in front of the other.
A friend of mine on SP and Facebook, posted this on my FB page for my birthday this past summer. It seemed to be perfect here:
I'm NEVER giving up! How about you?!?!