FINALLY!!! Plateau over! I feel like its taken FOREVER just to lose 5kgs!! I started this blog on 14 August. Its been nearly 2 months. But all the hard work is finally paying off. You know what this means?? REWARD TIME…yes I’m using capitals because its completing the first short term goal…and its a BIG DEAL…for me.
So I began thinking about the different ways I could reward my success. The one thing I definitely do not want to do, is reward myself with food.
This is one of the worst things ever! When I was growing up, being good at something or achieving, meant a trip to Sizzler, Tim Tams, a McDonalds ice cream. While at the time our family enjoyed every mouthful, it was teaching that food is a reward. Don’t get me wrong. I loved spending time with the family and I dont see anything wrong with doing it occasionally. But families should focus more upon having fun together doing activities going to the pool, trips to the beach, bowling, flying a kite, kicking a ball at the park, watching a movie. Food should be the last thing to consider. If you do decide upon food, it should be healthy and clean.
When something went wrong in life, a failed relationship, missed job opportunity, it was easy for me to eat because it felt good. It was a reward for the effort I put in, or a reward for the sacrifice I had made for trying to accomplish something. I would stroll down the shopping aisle and grab whatever was chocolate, fried, or sugary. I would have the best time bringing home all my spoils, sitting in front of my favourite TV show, and binging on the best crap money could buy.
I would do this for a few weeks. I didn’t regret it until a few months later I would be trying to button my jeans and they wouldn’t fit. I didn’t have enough cash to buy more, because I had spent all my savings on junk food…then hits the depression.
Of course now you are overweight, have low self-esteem, cooking good food becomes hard work, you don’t ever go on a date, you start to feel uncomfortable in public, you become a social recluse…GAME OVER YOU LOSE. At least that’s how it felt.
When I first completed this goal, I Googled all the different rewards people use for weight loss. People said things like spa day, a nice hair cut, new kitchen appliance, etc…these things can be quite expensive. I have a lot of weight to lose, and I dont want to be spending $50+ dollars every time I lose 5kgs.
After much searching I found nothing still! And then the other day, I happened to be speaking with my mum, and she suggested a fairly inexpensive way to acknowledge every 5kg goal. A charm bracelet. I have many silver bracelets and one of them is perfect to use!! Charms are pretty cheap too, I have found them from $5. So this week I will have to go out to some jewellers, and find my first charm, I’ve earned it. I think I will wear this bracelet constantly as a reminder of the hard work I am doing to achieve my goal.
While this week has been full of accomplishment, lets move onto the challenges.
Last Weeks Challenge:
Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.
This was probably the easiest challenge so far. I am not much of a big meat eater, and I find myself eating a lot of soups, and veggies. However I have been eating a bit when it comes to spaghetti and chicken.
With spaghetti, I usually have a small bowl and fill the rest up with Mum’s homemade pasta sauce recipe. I know what your thinking…PASTA?!!! you eat PASTA?!! Yes, Yes I do. Not often, but I do. I LOVE pasta in every shape and form, so to come off of processed pasta is hard work. Fortunately I can get the wholemeal pasta. Which isnt the same but its a pretty good substitute. Certain members of my family refuse to eat wholemeal pasta so I compromise and get the high fibre pasta instead. Of course I only eat a small bowl.
With chicken, beef and the rest, I usually have these for lunch in a sandwich, salad, curry or stir fry. I love having tons of veggies in the mix so that the meat isn’t the ‘focal point’ of the meal. Beef brawn is sooo yummy. I love to have this in a sandwich or sometimes as part of a snack.
This weeks Challenge.
Week 4: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.
Easy Peezy!!!! How did I lose 5kgs if I was eating fast food? I have been doing this now for almost 2 months. Though I have snuck in a whopper once or twice, it was few and far between. It wont be hard to eliminate it completely…bahahahahahahahaha listen to me. A year ago NO FREAKING WAY!!!!! I would have struggled and struggled and given in and then felt so guilty…
A year ago I would have thought I was nuts.
Look how far I’ve come in almost 2 months. Very slow weight loss, but I’m glad I’m taking the time to learn new habits that will last me the rest of my life.