In January I promised myself I would make small changes to lose weight and get healthy. I need to lose 25 pounds to get back to my healthy pre-pregnancy weight. I thought it would be easy to set a small goal, only two pounds a month, which will do the job over the course of a year. Small changes are all it takes to lose two pounds a month, right??
My problem is cookies and ice cream. I don't really even like ice cream. My other problem is a pinched nerve in my left hip, my good one, and the long-term nerve problem with my right leg and foot.
For the whole month of January, I've been eating terribly and not exercising. Big surprise - I gained two pounds instead of losing two.
I have several medical issues that would be minimized by losing the weight, exercising, and changing my diet back to the healthy one I swore by before I got married. My pre-marriage diet included 35-40 grams of fiber (in the form of whole foods, not supplements), vegetables, practically no cheese, virtually no white flour, no processed foods, no fast food, lots of beans, absolutely no ice cream and cookies, and no meat. I ate vegetables, whole grains, fresh fruit, beans, and probably not enough skim milk.
I was a practicing vegetarian for three years after being told I had precancerous colon polyps and suffering from two bouts of diverticulitis. My avoidance of sweets and unhealthy fats ended gradually in the months after I got married. I felt bad keeping my husband from eating yummy foods - if he was eating pie and cookies, I wanted to eat it too. My vegetarianism ended about two minutes after I got pregnant and started craving meatballs. The daily exercise I used to do also ended with my last pregnancy - I was sick and tired for the entire nine months.
Today I return to my hard-core, pre-marriage, vegetarian/whole food diet. It's going to make me grumpy, possibly evil. But I bet it's going to make my husband just a little grumpier when I ask him to do it with me (he's too sweet to turn to evil, so that's lucky). I dread seeing the look on his face when I present him with a bowl of unsalted beans with a side of steamed veggies and brown rice for dinner.
Today, it's time to stop trying to make gradual changes and just do it. (Yoda reference in case you missed that.)