HEALTH - True Confessions: What I Did Over the Weekend
Don’t you love those articles about weight loss, where a smiling, fit looking woman beams and tells you that she decided to lose weight, and she did? Just. Like. That.
That ain’t me. Well, I did decide to lose weight and I have lost weight, but this is a work in progress. My work in progress can move mighty slow.
Really, I have always lost slowly. That is my nature, no matter the calorie counting, portion size or increased cardio. I am the slow and steady type. I can live with that. It took a while to gain it and it’s taking time to lose it. Everything I am putting into my body, is a whole food, and the quality of the ingredients are generally excellent. Go, Me!
I’ve been to a lot of parties since treating weight loss as a serious matter. I've walked past chips, dip and small, fried balls of cheese. That bears repeating…Fried Balls of Cheese. Oh, I can be strong and mighty. Neither of those things happened Saturday.
I attended a family first communion, for twin sisters. It was a Mexican feast, as the party happened to occur on Cinco de Mayo. The couple, always wonderful hosts, outdid themselves with their hospitality and amazing spread. I ate the tastiest black beans with a chicken fajitas (hold the tortilla) and a spoonful of guacamole. It was delicious!
The meal was high in protein and low in fat. The carbs were good, and I was craving nothing else. To me, that is the real success of a meal. Then it was time for dessert.
A beautiful cake was brought out. It could have easily served 70 people. There were considerably less in attendance, so someone shouted out, “Cut the pieces BIGGER!”. Everyone laughed, and my heart leapt a little bit. I mean, I was going to have some, and I can’t help it if the slices were cut already. Whatever piece I am given, will delight me (oh, the glee in my stupid heart).
Now, I usually don’t eat cake at all, but the girls chose the cake, themselves. This one was chocolate with chocolate pudding filling between the layers. It was decorated with whipped buttercream. It had a couple of big crosses on it with both blue and pink rosettes. You remember those massive, sugary roses that used to adorn layer cakes when you were a kid? Well, I was surrounded by kids, and the rosettes were just part of the scenery.
Lousy excuses for me having some cake. I ate four blissful bites and put the fork down. I could have eaten the plate.
When I really want something on my forbidden list, I allow myself one perfect bite. That usually works to quell the desire, and I can walk away, happy to finish the meal with coffee, or tea. I was too far gone and had four bites.
Later, I ate carefully for dinner and kept my portions small. There were no other treats. Sunday was a day of penance, and I kept to lean turkey, some low-fat string cheese and some shrimp with veggies in a black bean sauce. No rice. No bread. No cake.
So, I fell off the horse but am back up in the saddle. I used a tablespoon of creamer in my coffee, which is delicious and mildly sweet. I didn’t buy the dark chocolate almond bark at the checkout counter this afternoon. I am mindful. I am focused. I am back on track.
I've got to be honest, It’ll be a while until you see me smiling at how easy it is to lose weight. Just letting you know.