Daily Bread #53
Every week another miracle seems to come my way! This week, my doctor took me off of ALL of my prescription medications! I almost feel a little guilty because I am getting so many rewards from my weight loss. It doesn’t happen for everyone. Weight is only one factor correlated to health, and it isn’t necessarily even a direct correlation. (math terms again!) Fat people can be healthy and skinny people can be unwell. For me, though, the weight loss is having a huge positive impact on my health.
I am counting my blessings that this has been true for me. These results will also help me have the discipline to keep the weight off once I am done losing.
Last night we just had seven people again at the group. One thing, though, about a smaller group is that you get to know people better – at least the ones who talk. Two people did not say a word, however. I still hate that.
We talked about strategies for “what if” situations. My favorite was “what do you do if someone wants to buy you a long island iced tea?” My response, which made everyone laugh, was to “ask for a martini instead.” We then discussed the calories in olives. (10 each for garlic stuffed queens). 2 or even 3 olives are just fine.
We also talked about what to do when “drift” happens, when one meal, one day, turns into 3 or 4 or a week. So far, I have only exceeded my daily calorie goal once in awhile and on purpose. I make up for the overage either before or the next day. Several of us agreed that this program has been enough work that we DON’t want to have to do it again. It is hard, though, and like quitting smoking, some people have to try more than once before they are successful. The rewards along the way have helped me, and as I said, not everyone receives those same rewards. No guilt! No blame! I just don’t want my friends to drop out completely. I will miss them too much.
Our road trip to General Assembly this summer will be more of a challenge for me. I have a weakness for the fried oysters one can find on the Oregon coast, and we will be eating most of our dinners out. I won’t have them every night, but I will have them some. I can easily skip the sides of fries that usually come with them, though. We are taking a cooler and will have healthy breakfast, lunches, and snacks with us, so hopefully I will at least maintain during the trip. Planning is (almost) everything. As I said, my motivation could not be stronger.
(My stats for the last week – Down 1.0 pound, drank at least 7 gallons of water and exercised for over 660 minutes. My cumulative weight loss so far is 103.7 pounds.)