Monday, 25. June 2012 18:20
Every time I’ve heard the term “lifestyle change”, I’ve wanted to puke. I equate that with, “No more cookies, you fat bitch. Ever. What? You want a Cheetoh? Well, the only thing orange you’ll ever eat again is a carrot!” I know. Not overly dramatic or illogical in the least. I never am.
One thing I can be is tenacious. After my third chin grew and started puberty, I decided it was time to get it ready to send off to college. I wasn’t prepared to commit to the dreaded “lifestyle change”. So, I didn’t. I decided to try not to eat so much crap and exercise more. Also, for all you water whores out there, I’m glad drinking 45 glasses of water each day works for you, but it tastes like wet dust to me and does not fake me into feeling full. I make sure to drink some, but I have no camel ambitions. I don’t count points or calories either. It makes me nuts and I don’t have time. Again, I know it works great for some. For me, it just makes me think about food more. Blech.
So yeah, it sucked at first. I knew it would. I also convinced myself to be patient. That, if I did have a cookie, it didn’t mark the end of the world. That I didn’t have to polish off the entire bag in a dramatic finish. I even plateaued with my weight. For an entire month. I kept on keeping on. Even ramped up my work outs and minimized my carbs.
The results are fantastic. I feel great. My knees no longer pop when I lower myself onto the toilet or go down the stairs. Also, the combination of eating better and working out has taken away my desire to eat garbage. So, that “lifestyle change” can suck it. Even though that’s just what I’ve done. We’ll keep it our secret.
All in all, this is my pep talk to myself. Keep going, Kara. I’m proud of your hard work. Your first 5K will be here before you know it and you’ll be ready. You’ll have lost even more weight, increased your metabolic rate, upped your core, decreased your muffin top, sweated like an old fat man in a sauna, and a whole host of other official exercisey sorts of things. Now. Get out there and enjoy that 100 degree day! Only about 20 pounds to go!