I just got out of bed and I’m about to hop in the shower. My mom, sister and her family are coming this afternoon to celebrate Christmas and I have to finish cooking and the final preparations.
But first I gotta do it! Yep, I have to step on the scale. It’s December 23rd and I haven’t weighed myself since before our two-week vacation to San Diego at the beginning of December. And since we got back a week ago, I’ve been afraid, very afraid…
Now don’t get me wrong, we didn’t go overboard. But eating out at restaurants and not knowing what’s in the food can pack on the pounds. Also, we were staying in a studio condo that only had a microwave which meant eating frozen dinners. While I stuck with the Amy’s brand because they are gluten free, they still have preservatives. Oh and I had hot chocolate every night when we were at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad (the 2nd week). They served it with a different flavor whipped cream each day.
When we returned home for our yearly sojourn to Costa Rica on January 11th, I weight 156 pounds. It wasn’t the highest weight I’ve ever been but I was starting to feel bad again. Ugh! So I set a goal weight of 140. It’s not the least I’ve ever weighed. When I was in my late 20s, I weighed between 120-127. But since I’m 20 something years older, I wasn’t sure if I could get down to that number again and I thought that losing 16 pounds would be a realistic goal to achieve by the end of the year.
In March when I started my studies at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I was 147 pounds. I had been at this weight for a few weeks, but I continued with my exercise program.
At the end of June, my husband and I completely eliminated processed foods and I began to cook all of our food. I lost another 4 pounds. And then I stayed at 143 forever!
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was just hoping that I hadn’t gained any of the weight back. And I really needed to know if I had to limit my food intake today. You see I had made a scrumptdelicious holiday meal. Here’s what was on the menu:
Appetizers: Roasted Cacao Cauliflower with Yogurt Dipping Sauce and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms.
Main: Herb Crushed Beef Tenderloin, Christmas Truffle Pasta, Leek and Cornbread Dressing, Purple Smashed Potatoes; Green Been Casserole, Spicy Apple Cider Carrots, and Cranberry Sauce and Pomegranate Walnut Green Salad.
Dessert: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Honey Almond Pie and Strawberry Santas … plus some of the cookies that I will be making all week.
So you see why I wanted to partake of this meal.
Back to the scale and my best Christmas present ever. I stepped on the scale, and to my surprise, I weighed 140. I reached my goal weight! I was so excited, I screamed for my hubby to come take a look at the scale. I guess sometimes it good to take a break from weighing yourself. Weight loss experts say that it’s good to take a cheat day every week. Maybe a cheat week or two is also in order.
I have not seen that number in so long. I really didn’t think I’d make it through two vacations, and Thanksgiving without gaining back a few.
I’ve decided to readjust my goal weight to 130 pounds by December 31, 2013. But for now I am thrilled that I was actually able to reach my first goal.
Just wanted to share my best Christmas present ever with you. It just shows that if you would diligently with your eating and exercise plan that you can achieve your goal weight even if you do have a cheat week or two.
Merry Christmas to all and good luck!!