Things that helped me the most:
- A very supportive and encouraging husband.
- Weight Watchers frozen meals - ready to go with Points already calculated.
- Fresh Fruit in season.
- Pop Secret 100 Calories kettlecorn at the movies and anytime I need a snack.
- Reducing Coke from my diet and replacing it with more water.
- Eating before 6pm every night.
- Not snacking before bedtime.
- Weighing myself everyday at the same time.
- Keeping my "new" weight on a white board in my bathroom so I see it often.
As I went to my closet to get dressed, slipped on my favorite pair of Tommy jeans I remembered the reason why I drew the line in the sand and started this new plan.
I have had this particular pair of Tommy jeans for some time. When I first got them they were a little loose after I had worn them all day, but they were still my favorite jeans. After some time, they were no longer loose when I took them off at night, but I still loved them. One day I went to my closet, grabbed the beloved jeans and...OMG, they don't FIT!!!!! That was my Aha moment.
It wasn't about having to wear a certain pair of comfty jeans, it was a true realization of how I had let myself go. Little by little...pound by pound. I love those jeans, but I love me even more! I want to be healthy. I want to feel better. I want to be around to play with my grandkids. I want to grow old with my husband. And to ensure those things, I have to not only reduce my current weight, I have to learn to live differently. More healthy. For the long haul. Not just long enough for a fad diet that will get me to my "goal" weight.
It was time. It is still time. And I am happy to say, I grabbed those Tommy jeans off the shelf today...and put them on! A small goal reached. Another step on this lifelong journey of healthier living achieved. YEA!
Now, what other clothes do I have that I've been missing...?
enjoy the successes, however small, along the journey!