One year ago exactly, I embarked on a weight loss journey that would change my life and lost 47 pounds. Six months ago, I started gaining weight back. Today, I made the decision to go drastic.
This whole “eat fewer carbs” or “eat fewer calories,” depending on my mood, is not working. My personality requires a majorly strict eating program, because if you give me an inch, I’ll take 10 miles.
As a result, I decided that now is the absolute perfect time to start my diet from last year’s Fittest Loser program. The five new contestants should be starting this week, and I’m going to follow along at home. By the night of the Fittest Loser celebration in May, I WILL be down at least 25 pounds. I guarantee it.
It was a difficult day to start this diet. I had a full-day work meeting that began with a plate of pastries sitting about a foot away from me for five straight hours. I successfully avoided bagels, muffins and danishes, three foods I absolutely adore.
Then our meeting broke and we went to lunch at a yummy Italian restaurant. I turned down the warm loaf of fresh bread and my favorite pasta dishes. In their place, I ordered a lemon rosemary chicken with broccoli and rice, hold the rice and add asparagus. It was quite delicious.
I did stop at Chipotle for dinner (steak salad) because I had a few hours of work to do tonight and not much time to cook, but that was within the plan.
I can’t wait to start feeling like I did last year and I REALLY can’t wait to start seeing results! Just be sure to remind me about how good I felt when I’m craving pizza. I remember literally crying last year because I wanted pizza so badly and I was so sick of chicken.
The only question I have is this: how will this really work? Last year, I knew it was a 12-week plan and then it was over. But because I treated it that way, I gained back a significant amount of weight (I’m still the same size as I was at the end of the contest, TECHNICALLY, but if I gain another five pounds, those jeans may burst). At the same time, I can’t see eating absolutely no starches for the rest of my life. Starch-free until I get under 200 pounds and then transition to Weight Watchers? Starch free until I become a master exerciser and can maintain my weight loss without a 100% perfect diet?
We’ll see. What matters today is that I am back on track and can’t wait to see what the future holds!