Friday, February 25, 2011

Discover | Feeling better about myself...

The last few months, I have been slowly working towards a better me. Just minor changes. Slow and steady.  For years I have been staring at this quote beside my computer. The "She" book by Kobi Yamada is always uplifting and inspirational, and this quote has always spoken to me.

It takes effort to remind myself that there is more to me than the size of my clothes or the number displayed on my bathroom scales.  So much in fact, that I don't weigh myself very often at all. I just want to FEEL better. I can feel within myself when I've put on weight or when my clothes feel a bit looser.

In the last 8 months, I have weighed myself three times. In January, I weighed the same as I did in June 2010, which was great news...1. because I didn't put any weight on over Christmas; and 2. because it meant I had finally stopped putting on weight full stop.

This morning, I weighed myself again and I have managed to lose 3.5kg. Boy that felt good!  I am not dieting at all. I am just adjusting the way I eat little by little. The first thing to go was McDonalds or any other food that you can pick up through a drive thru window. The last time I had McDonalds was November last year. Andrew and I made the decision that it just wasn't worth it. Its expensive, its full of fat and it tastes disgusting. We were eating it at least 1-2 times a week. No more. Excellent positive step. Yay me!

The other thing I've eliminated from my daily intake is diet coke. Evil evil diet coke with all of its yummy, addictive chemicals! Last Saturday was my last glass. I ended up with a mild headache from the caffeine withdrawals, but have been feeling pretty good ever since. I'm not really missing it, and I know swapping diet coke for good ol' water is going to have major health benefits.

As I said, slow positive steps towards a better me. This is a lifestyle change, not a diet...and I'm certainly not rushing to get to my "goal weight" by xxx date. It took me a good few YEARS to put this amount of weight on, and I know its not going to come off in a matter of months.

The upside too is that I finally feel like I'm lifting my head above the depression fog. Good days are by far outnumbering the bad ones.

The moral of the story? Slow and steady wins the race.

Cheers, Lis.

8 comments:

cate said...

slow and steady... good job!

Wendy Smith said...

so inspiring to read this post Lisa.

It is almost as if those words were coming straight out of my mouth and not yours...you and I have some much in common it isnt funny!

Good luck..remember I love you the way you are..no matter what!

Shell Turner said...

Lis, you're right. There is so much more to all of us than the way we look. I couldn't give a hoot if you were green with 7 eyes, you're a great person, I'm inspired by you everyday.

Hayles said...

Such a great post Lisa....I am also finding out that it is about making better choices and that slow and steady is the way to go!
So glad you are feeling great...good luck!!

Karen.C said...

Gee you sound like a younger version of me,slow and steady does win the race I have made lots of little changes and like you I havn't had Macca's since November.Thanks for sharing.

Karen Pedersen said...

Yay, you! Thanks for sharing your feelings with all of us in blog land. I am cheering for you.

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

good job! i'm proud of you! it's not easy but you are doing great!

Leanne said...

Good luck with your new lifestyle choices Lisa!! I think I should take a leaf out of your book...x

ps - I love that quote!!!

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