One of the themes in my life is definitely balance. As you know, this past week I’ve begun the process to release some extra weight. I’m not a patient person and I want it gone now. Don’t you just love arguing with reality? I don’t usually get great results when I do that.
Anyway, I followed a very strict program for the last week and it’s not fun. I know, it’s not “supposed” to be fun, but I guess I look at it this way. In my mind, there are three main indicators that what I’m doing is working-
1) my jeans fit! (or I’m getting closer, meaning inches are dropping)
2) the number on the scale is dropping each day
3) I feel GREAT!
With my previous way of eating, I didn’t have #1 or #2, but I did have #3. Something must be wrong about what I’m currently doing, for this past week, I haven’t had any of these! I don’t mind feeling “deprived” or really working at this, but to add more exercise and cut down the food dramatically and still have no result in a week is frustrating!
There are so many diet fads out there but it’s really important to me to do this smart and healthy. I’m looking to improve my overall good health- not just lose a few pounds. But, in order to stay motivated I need to see some results!
Are you as impatient as I am? Maybe if I jumped on the scale only one time per week that would be better. Maybe if I just fasted one day a week- just one day, that alone would knock off a pound or two, and then I’m not so crazy the rest of the week. What if all this fruit is just sugar and carbs and is actually keeping weight on? All kinds of ideas and questions!
Frustrated and confused, I talked with my good friend Karen today who is a naturopathic physician specializing in weight loss and fitness. She has this radiant glow about her always and is one of the most healthy-looking people I’ve ever met. Karen is a big believer that just as we are all different human beings, we need different things to be healthy. What may work for one person may not work for everyone.
She attributes a great deal of her success to cleansing two times a year. I’ve done the Master Cleanse several times and I’ve always felt great when I’ve done it. So, I think Karen and I are going to add a cleanse to my existing program to supplement and support my body changes. Right now I’m tired and grumpy- both things that I just don’t do!
I’m was eating just fruits and veggies, but added a piece of fish this evening. It tasted so very good! I feel satisfied and happy with my choice, and not nearly as tired either.
Don’t worry, I’m still being cautious and watching what I eat, but I’m also respecting the balance that I want in my life, not only during this transition phase, but long-term as well.
It’s such a learning process, no? Again, I’ll keep you posted!