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I’m Melllttting.

on March 2, 2013

Thanks again to all of you for listening to me when I wasn’t having a terrific day and for supporting me and each other in our little Weighty Matters blog community.  It helps.  A lot.  🙂

I stayed on track with my food plan and eating the last couple of days.  You’d be so proud to see me ignore an open box of donuts at a work meeting and pick up a small yogurt and a couple of strawberries instead.  Later on I turned down frozen yogurt with a colorful selection of possible toppings and enjoyed a hot cup of tea instead.

As a result, it’s like all of the systems of my body conferred and said, “Okay, enough bullshit.  Let’s act right.”  For two days the weight that I put on with the cruise felt like it literally melted or dissolved out of my body.  It’s all gone now so I can start fresh in pursuit of my next short term goal.

I’m sure it’s no coincidence that feeling better physically also contributes to me feeling better emotionally.   I didn’t resent passing up those donuts or the yogurt.  I enjoyed letting myself eat a half portion of some really good popcorn as a treat.  I’m enjoying the fresh fruit that I have in the house.  I have several apples and, in a little while, I’m going to peel, core, quarter and bake them for my favorite home made apple sauce recipe.

It’s chillier than normal in the Keys this weekend.  Chilly and damp, which is perfect soup making weather.  I looked up recipes on foodnetwork.com and found a chicken soup recipe by Alex Guarneschelli, a chef that I really like watching on several shows.  I hope that Chef Alex wouldn’t be insulted that I cut out the bacon.  Yes, I know.  What a shocker.  I said no to bacon!  I thought about getting it at the store but I know if I buy a pound I will make it every day.  Even in small amounts, I  should not eat bacon every day, no matter how much I might love it.

Currently, my home is scented by simmering thyme, chicken, pearl onions and other aromatic ingredients.  This soup is going to make such a tasty, healthy, comforting dinner tonight.  Yum!

You might remember that my surgeon told me at my one year surgiversary appointment that he wants me to lose an additional 80 pounds.  Mentally, I’ve veered between whining about it and thinking, “Suck it up.  You’ve lost almost twice that amount already.”  I’ve decided to develop short goals and break down that number so it doesn’t sound so huge and overwhelming.

I only have to lose 20 pounds.  Granted, I have to lose 20 pounds four times, but really, it doesn’t seem like such a mountain.  In the grand scheme of things, I will get there a pound at a time, but in the meantime, I’m shooting for 20 pounds before my next appointment with the surgeon which is near the end of April.  Ten pounds a month is absolutely doable, particularly now that I’ve lost the few pounds I put on.  I think they were bogus pounds anyway.  Mathematically I could not have physically ingested the requisite number of calories.  Plus, I was burning calories just in daily living, plus the extra through exercise.

Back to my point.  20 pounds by late April.  I’m on it.  As long as I keep doing what I’m doing with my food plan and fitness, they will gradually melt away and I’ll be ever closer to the ultimate goal.

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4 responses to “I’m Melllttting.

  1. Hope says:

    20 pound is totally doable! You can do it!

  2. Susanne says:

    I think the aliens tried to abduct you the other day and it didn’t work. Nice to have you back 🙂

  3. Skye says:

    It’s wonderful that you are feeling better! Breaking your goal down into smaller bits sounds just right and you sound energized and positive again. That’s terrific!

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