OK – so not the best title… too long. But I am 2 1/2 months into this process and thought that some of you out there might be interested in my progress. I am down 25 lbs.!! Wow!! That’s a pretty big turkey! Just to remind you – I’ve been off sugar, wheat and dairy. Here is what I’ve learned so far.
- You absolutely cannot undertake a process to overhaul yourself without the unwavering support and loyalty of your biggest fan (that would be Left Brain). When I’ve been discouraged, he’s there to listen. When I’m celebrating, he there’s applauding. When I’m trying out new recipes that might be kind of yucky, he eats thankfully. I don’t think I’ve gotten one negative vibe from him during this whole process.
- Surround yourself with a good team. Besides your partner (who is the most important person), find the right team. My nutritionist Krissy is awesome – she is encouraging, down to earth, and provides me with lots of new inspiration and ideas when I visit her (find her at http://eatplaylivenutrition.ca.) I have also been seeing a hypnotist; because I figured that there had to be subconscious reasons why I continued to lapse into the same old bad habits and I wanted to unlock that.
- I like kale! Who knew?! But there are some tricks to kale… My first kale salad was an exercise in mastication… As I was building up my jaw muscles, I looked over at Left Brain and he was patiently chewing; and chewing; and chewing…. I read somewhere once that you’re supposed to chew every mouthful 25 times. Have you ever tried it? I did – once. It’s gross… Not doing it…. You need to chop up the pieces really small so that the vinaigrette can soak in… And kale chips are great! But don’t use baby kale – the leaves are too delicate to stand up to baking at 400…
- Being over 50 is living in a new eco-system. Things that you could get away with in your 30’s and 40’s just ain’t happening anymore. So – have a moment of silence for your dearly departed tolerance for alcohol, or sugar, or wheat or whatever… and move on. I can only surmise that this state of being will only get worse the older I get. Something to look forward to!
- Shopping is fun when you have a myriad of choices. It’s also fun to fit back into stuff that you really liked at one time. I have a whole collection of golf clothes from LoudMouth – really fun colours and patterns that I haven’t been able to wear in about 2 years. We’re going to California in a couple of weeks to golf, and I’m looking forward to wearing my new “old” wardrobe!
- Some people are seemingly threatened when you decide to improve yourself. If you hear the words, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…”, guaranteed – you’re not going to like what comes next! Run! Run away from these people – they are dealing with their own s–t – which has nothing to do with your s–t!
- Like Cortez, who burned all of his ships after reaching the New World, I am getting rid of all of my “big lady” clothes. In the same way that I have made this journey public, by ridding myself of the seeming security blanket of a bigger wardrobe that I can slip into, should I slip back into my old ways – I’m getting rid of the possibility. I will concentrate on how great I feel!
- If somebody tells you that they can eat or drink whatever they want with no consequences, you need to stop being friends with this person. Because they suck…. Even if the above were true, they should have the bloody good sense to keep that little tidbit to themselves… And it’s bulls–t… Enough said.
- I have become slightly OCD, with regard to eating on time. I absolutely have to have my snacks, and if I don’t, I eat like a ravenous wolf at dinner, and beyond. DON’T skip your snacks – it will bite you in the ass in the end.
- Now this might horrify all oenophiles out there (better spell check that one…), but I got through the entire holiday season by imbibing…. red wine spritzers. Now hold on – before you recoil in horror and immediately shut down this website… they’re actually pretty good. Use lemon or grapefruit Perrier, and lots of limes. They taste like a non-sweet sangria. Why bother, you say? Well – if you’re strong enough to just not drink at all – then good for you – and bugger off…. This was a good compromise. And just as a general rule, no drinking during the week – unless there’s something going on…. I try to stick to the “No Drinking At Home” rule – which actually hasn’t been that hard. Left Brain is not drinking wine anymore – he was over served about a year ago and that was that… He drinks beer – which I hate – so no problem.
- So – has this been hard? YES! At the beginning – but I’m Worth It!
Yay – a huge congrats!!!
I love this story! And congrats on the weight loss! I thought you were looking svelte when I saw you at yoga! Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks! It’s definitely been a journey – but I feel SO much better – it’s easier to keep going. Thanks for the comment – it was driving me nuts that nobody at yoga had noticed! I mean – how could you not?! We’re all practically naked there!!!
congratulations Christie!! I hadn’t noticed that your chin was missing but I’m happy for you that you’re seeing the exciting changes from your hard work. Just have to say what I always notice is your big smile and infectious laugh…and that never changes
Hey Barb! Thanks for the feedback – you’re sweet! Can’t wait for the next golf trip – where I will be laughing, as always!