September 28. I have 3 days to try to eat on the straight and narrow to achieve my September challenge goal of getting back to my original 100 pound weight loss. Most times during this journey I didn’t think ‘it counted’ if you re-lost weight that had already previously been lost. But honestly, re-losing the 13 pounds that I regained has sometimes seemed like more of a struggle than it was to lose the entire 100 pounds. Like I have said many times, its not like I’m suffering, or going hungry. It is a combination mind AND body struggle, I think. I sure know what to do and how to eat. Most days I make REALLY healthy choices all day long. But most days I just eat a little more than I planned. Like lately when I get home from work exhausted, and I should just take a shower and go straight to bed, I sit and look at blogs, and then go to get a little treat, which lately is a medjool date with 4 walnut halves. Yummmmmm!!! But not exactly calorie-free, and I am not exactly hungry, so not exactly being used for fuel. Just for enjoyment. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Except that it conflicts with something else that I really want for enjoyment, and that is a body carrying around less weight. (Did you notice I did not say ‘a thinner body?’ Because, really, the true pleasure will be ‘carrying around less weight.’ It is already a pleasure, just having lost this 11 1/2 pounds in the last few months.)
And, with apologies to Miz and other like-minded folks for my ‘obsession’ with a number, you have to admit that ‘100 pounds’ has such a nice ring to it. I know that my favorite OCD detective, Monk, would really appreciate it. What I really meant to say is that I hope reaching that 100 pound loss is just a small blip on the way to continuing a losing trend. I really don’t want to reach this goal and then go crazy ‘celebrating’ with food. (More of the mind/body talk.)
On the newsy food side of things I have gotten some new things to try. I am working really hard (inside my head) to NOT try all of them in the next 3 days LOL! I got some coconut oil (Lori’s recommendation) from the health food store. Then at Trader Joe’s last night after work I found ‘hearts of palm’ (Lynn’s recommendation.) I bought some goat milk yogurt on Vicky’s recommendation (since I have failed at least 3 times at making my own goat milk yogurt.) I also got some candied ginger, which is one of the ingredients in the best granola I have ever had. I think I can get this recipe from Vicky, and if I do, I will share it with you. My favorite ‘Sweet Nantes Carrots’ were back in stock at Trader Joe’s. And various other VERY HEALTHY food items that will make for enjoyable eating in the weeks ahead.