First I would like to extend a big thank you to all of you who read my blog regularly, and even those who have only visited once. I hope I have helped some of you stay motivated with your weight-loss, find courage to embark on a journey and/or speak your truth. In just under two months this blog has had over two thousand views from almost every country in the world!
We leave for New York City at the crack of dawn tomorrow, and I can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to some time alone. We can’t wait to see all the Christmas windows (particularly MACY’s), the lights, the Rockefeller tree and of course the return of The Color Purple to Broadway. I can’t wait to see some friends I haven’t seen in decades and meet some new friends I have recently made as well.
I am hoping all the walking in the city will help burn some of the pounds gained while off my feet. A lot will depend on how much my toes can take, but they get better every day. The weather in NY is not supposed to be much cooler than the weather here in Texas. This we are very thankful for as our last winter trip had us trotting through a foot plus of snow.
It’s a lot harder in NYC to eat right since gluten free options abound there. But, I am determined since we are getting married this spring to fit into something similar to the dress to the right. When I was losing weight I kept this photo on the fridge for motivation, hoping someday when we were ready to get married that I’d be ready for this dress.
Now I’m going to keep this photo on the fridge to have a constant reminder of where I came from and where I am now 135+ lbs lighter. This photo terrifies me. I never thought I was THAT big, and I don’t even recall being that big anymore (from a 3X to a 6). I don’t ever want to forget, its when you forget that history repeats itself.
I am more convinced than ever that sugar and artificial sweeteners are the biggest culprit. Since the holidays my sugar craving (which had all but disappeared) is back with vengeance. That being said I intend to return to a very low sugar, low carb, high protein diet as well as get back to exercising again now that the orthopedic surgeon has cleared me to start slow. I don’t have much to lose this time, but I intend to return to my pre-surgery weight and stay there.
I’ll track my progress here and keep everyone up to date with what I am eating and how much I am moving daily in case you want to join me and begin your own journey!