Piece of cake

Now that I’m back and determined, I think it’s important to celebrate the little successes, instead of point out my failures. And, today, I had quite a few.

First, I tracked every single calorie. This is a huge feat for me–I H-A-T-E tracking. But the two times in my life I’ve tracked faithfully, I lost 45 and 47 pounds. It begs the question, why do I hate it when it’s been so good to me?! I use MyFitnessPal.com, and I really like it.

Secondly, I TURNED DOWN CAKE at a farewell celebration for a coworker. At first, I wasn’t going to go at all. Then I decided that it was absolutely insane that food was exerting so much control over me that it would keep me from attending a celebration to honor someone. I decided I would go and I’d be strong. It’s amazing how much power food has if I let it. Once I saw the cake, thoughts started flying through my head: well, if I just have a TINY piece, it won’t be that bad. Just a BITE won’t hurt. Whoa. I don’t even LOVE cake. I decided right then and there that *I* hold the power and I wasn’t going to let food rule my life. I chatted with a few coworkers and left. I had all the fun of seeing everyone, without the guilt. Now will I always turn down sweets? No. But I will plan for them and consciously choose to eat them–not take them just because they’re in front of me.

And, third, I grilled four chicken breasts to eat in salads this week. I also bought lots of goodies to put in the salads, including reduced fat blue cheese (just a touch), hard-boiled eggs and organic whole-grain croutons. I think I typically skip salads because they’re so darn unappealing. But with just a few extra calories, I can make them appetizing–and that’s a good trade-off from my typical frozen meals that are jam-packed with salt.

Anyone else have any little (or big!) successes to share?


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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One Response to Piece of cake

  1. Nota says:

    I do that with chicken too! – as one of my success strategies. Usually once a week, I marinate/season 3 different chicken breasts and bake them to use throughout the week. Makes it so much easier to have a healthy evening meal when that part of the work is done.

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