Friday, October 25, 2013

The Before and After Pictures and A Question for You

Update: STELLAR CLOUD is now available in print as well as for the Kindle.

Are you addicted to food? 
I am.

You may recall that Hubby and I spent the summer trying to lose weight. We are both proud of what we accomplished, but are finding that coming off the program presents a few problems. Adding in the carbs again brings back all those old cravings. For me, the biggest trigger was actually adding dairy.

A big cold glass of milk is so good...
With a piece of chocolate cake, or cookies, or waffles drowned in syrup. You get the picture? When we were on program I was fine not having the sweet stuff because I couldn't have the glass of milk with it. Now it's a constant mental battle.

What I need is some kind of motivation to keep me from settling back into old habits and gaining that 20 lbs all over again. Public humiliation might work. I'm going to post my before and after pictures.

As you can see, they had me stand different in order to make me look better, BUT you can see the difference in my face. Every thing is smaller, but it's hard to tell just by looking. At least it is for me. Maybe I have deeper self-image issues that don't allow me to see? I do know that my clothes got too big and I had to get new ones.

The most important lesson that I've learned the last two weeks since adding in the old foods? What you eat really does affect how you FEEL. When I was getting enough protein and all the fresh veggies my body needed I had more energy and felt lighter. Now that I've had some homemade mac and cheese with smoked Gruyere (heavenly!), and a cookie or two (or several batches along with homemade cinnamon rolls and that above mentioned chocolate cake), I feel heavier, sluggish and like I want to crawl back into bed and stay there.

The plan?

I'm cutting out the stuff we've added to our meals. This will make the kids sad, but I just don't like the way I feel cooking the foods they like. My guess is they will continue to complain, but they will feel better too. I just wish we could all admit fresh foods make us happier.