I cleaned and organized my room, set up my new work table and started on my new art projects like I said. The best news is...
I'm still on my healthy living plan and I've lost 16 pounds so far!
I've lost a total of 28 pounds since moving back home to Virginia in July. The benefits of being happy and of having the right foods around you.
More excitement: My housemate has ordered a juicer and it should be arriving this week. I did a couple weeks of juicing last year in Arkansas but the ex wasn't into it and wanted "real dinners" so I gave up. I regret it now but c'est la vie, live and learn, yadda yadda yadda right? Now, I'm determined to press forward and do this for ME.
I've been posting a few updates on Facebook about my diet and progress. I get great support from friends but lately I've hesitated on posting because I didn't want to turn people off by all my happy weight loss talk. Well, let me tell you something...I have had two different people tell me that I am inspiring THEM with my posts. These ladies always have a kind word to say to me but it turns out they are getting inspiration from what I'm doing. I never thought of it that way. Now I am happy that I am sharing this journey with the world. It's tough to put my heart and soul out there for all to see but if I can help just one person find the strength to be healthy and happy I am glad.
I haven't gotten brave enough to post photos but I DO have some. I am thinking about sharing pics when I get closer to my goal weight and size. I am still ashamed of how big I let myself become. I am very happy about my current weight loss but I'd be lying if I said I was really happy with my body today. It's an improvement but it's not where I want it to be. Yet!
Just under three weeks to go until New Year's Eve so my goal is look pretty amazing by then. I plan on doing a three day juice fast when the juicer arrives. I hope I can do it this weekend. After that, I plan to continue my healthy living into 2013 and be truly a-freakin-mazing come summertime! I really hate the heat but dammit I'm gonna look great in a little sundress this year!
Before I go I wanted to touch on something I mentioned in my last post about emotional eating. I do admit to being an emotional eater. I used to eat when I was bored, stressed, depressed, tired...pretty much anytime I felt anything bad. I'd even eat when I was happy too. I also ate really bad things. I drank too much beer and wine. I was destroying my body from the inside out. Just like with my smoking, I knew I had to stop. I am one of those people who just makes up their mind to do something and does it. I have been smoke-free for over two years. I decided to quit because it was unhealthy and expensive and I did. Now, I am choosing to eat healthy and live healthy. I am choosing to know what I put into my body. I am choosing to fuel my body with organic and healthy things (for the most part). I truly believe you are what you eat.
This leads me to my next crossroads: To be vegetarian or not. For the most part I have been vegetarian the past two weeks. No red meat, no dairy, no starch, no breads...just veggies, bananas and tuna. Yes, fish are animals but to me, seafood is a little different. I'm sure there's a type of vegetarian category that includes fish...whatever. I'm not into labels. It just seemed like the best way to go these past two weeks. I feel incredible. Now, I'm not completely against meat, I'm just against the commercialized, processed, and over-medicated mass production of consumer meat products. If I see a happy free range chicken, I'd eat it. Same for a cow. I like deer meat. I just want my meat to be treated ethically in life and in death.
So, I will close this post now. I'm going to do another on my supplements that I've been taking the past two weeks. I really believe that proper vitamins, minerals and supplements make a world of difference.
I really do feel amazing!
PS When I was at the grocery store tonight, I picked up three 5-lb bag of potatoes and walked down the aisle with them, representing the weight I'd lost recently! What a huge difference!!!