May I just go on record as saying that I truly began to lose weight when Phil bought me a deep freezer for Mother’s Day last year? This way, I can bake love into lives, sample for a day, then pack the rest away for company, so there’s no longer a week’s worth of IN YOUR FACE to encourage the sugar overdose.
I’m down to 123 lbs. again, but I’ve set my official Weight Watchers goal to 125 lbs., which means, so long as I stay within two pounds (up or down) of 125, for six, count ’em (6), paid weeks, I will make lifetime member, where I’ll no longer have to pay WW my moolah.
It has been, very surprisingly, easy. Like, damn easy. I still hit up Cold Stone Creamery, still bake, still eat plenty of carbs, and I for sure still drink (not those skinny drinks either). I’m a big believer in “the real deal.” I don’t mess with artificial sweeteners, fat-free this or that. I have the real thing. And that’s been the beauty. I no longer have Phil chiming in with, “I love you the way you are, but you said you’re miserable, so do you really want to eat that tub of Baskin’ Robbins?” Because he’s been knocked upside the head… and he’s realized that I can eat these things and still lose weight.
I think the real key has been shifting my priorities away from “can’t” and toward “can.” When I phrased my daily goal to be “getting in at least 90 – 120 grams of protein,” I was so focused on doing just that, that there wasn’t room for “I shouldn’t” or “bad,” or “anti-christ-carbs.” I can have whatever I think I want, just first hit your daily goal of 90 – 120 grams of protein. Totally works. Deny myself nothing. I love it.
I’m on week four of maintenance (this week, plus two more weeks and I’m a lifetime member). And no, my brain hasn’t quite caught up. It still thinks I’m overweight, despite my size 27 jeans. Know why that is? Because yes, as much weight as I’ve lost (30.6 lbs.), the shape of my body is the same. The proportions are the same, just narrower. So, my new goal is going to become a goal of strength. I haven’t set it yet, but it will be something like, “Do a pull-up.” I feel lighter and more free, more able, more yes. And really, who wouldn’t want that?