Today I celebrated losing 25 pounds since I started my (umpteenth) weight loss journey 11 weeks ago. Yay! Hooray! Woohoo! But, I can't help but reminding myself that... I've been here before...
Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited about losing 25 pounds. I'm just trying to keep my eyes on the prize this time. In the past, after hitting a minor milestone like this, I've tended to forget about all the good habits I've developed and started to head back down the road to bad-habit-ville. I tell myself that it's ok to "cheat" every now and then but I end up doing more "cheating" than healthy eating.
So this time around, I've made small changes to my eating and drinking habits with the hope that these habits will stick around past the "first 25" phase.
Some of the things I've been doing are:
- drinking more water. Water helps curb my appetite... who knew! lol. But I get soooo bored drinking water. To help me drinking more water throughout the day, I pep up my water with these little flavored packets. I know that these aren't the greatest for you, but at least it's not soda, and at least I'm drinking more water!
- drinking diet soda instead of regular. Now, I know that diet soda is just as bad as regular soda. However, I have found that when I'm having a major soda craving if I drink a diet soda it takes away the craving. Diet soda is gross! lol. So I drink way less of the diet soda than I would have if I had a regular soda. But don't worry... I only have it maybe once a week.
- using Slim Fast shakes. I drank these more often at the beginning of my weight loss journey and haven't needed to use them as much recently. One of my big downfalls was fast food. I stopped at a fast food restaurant almost every day on my way to work. The Slim Fast filled me up and took my mind off of all the fast food joints that lined the roads on my way to work.
- getting help. I'm not going to lie, I need help to stay on track. So I went to my doctor and talked to him about different ways to help me lose weight and hopefully keep it off. He gave me some medications that help curb my appetite so I don't feel as hungry. This has helped immensely! The meds helped me feel fuller faster, which in turn helped shrink my stomach naturally. So when I do eat, I end up getting full quickly and eat a lot less. And I focus on eating better foods, like fruits and veggies (even juicing from time to time!), instead of junk and fast food. Medications aren't for everyone, and I wish I was able to lose weight without taking them, but for now it's giving me a great head start.
Hopefully this time around will be different. Hopefully this time around I'll be able to get past the 25-30 pound excitement, not let myself get caught up in celebrating with food, and keep right on going. Hopefully this time around I will be able to dig down deep inside and find that will-power that I know is in me somewhere. Here's to losing another 25 pounds by Christmas!!