Thursday, 15 October 2009

Just another day - but I've made it a good one

There's been a lot of talk over at Lindsey Under Construction about just taking it a day at a time, and making each day a good day, as a standalone. This is very much something I subscribe to, for a number of reasons:
  • If you look at the weight loss / healthy eating thing as a long term project (pretty much forever), it's completely overwhelming, and enough to send you diving mouth-first into the nearest vat of doughnuts.
  • When you've had a period of time where you've been completely all over the healthy-eating thing, it's easy to let the days run together and become complacent ... just let things slide a little bit.
  • If, on the other hand, you're coming off the back of a whole lot of bad eating (say a holiday), it's hard to know where to start at getting back on track ... just a day ... that's not so hard.
  • I have a very short attention span :o)

So with that in mind, I'm glad to report that since Monday I have been all over this healthy eating thing, every single day! Nice.

Which is just as bloody well since exercise has currently gone out the window! I'm really mixing my food up this week, and challenging myself to eat a more varied menu. I've not had the same breakfast the last 3 days in a row, I'm varying the dishes I've fallen into a pattern of using at dinner time, and as a result I'm sticking to my points and feeling full. More importantly, I've been very conscious of what I've been eating, and I've appreciated it more.

Want to hear something weird? I was looking through my photos last night - some old, some from earlier this year, and I can't believe how bloated my face looks in pictures I used to think were really nice. Just ... puffy. It's strange. It's quite weird to look back on them. I'm almost a little ashamed of them ... wish I could just wipe them out, and pretend I never looked like that. Except then I'd have to wipe out all the happy memories that go with them.

Does anyone who's sucessfully lost a lot of weight ever wish that they could just go back and have a do-over on all the photos and experiences that you had whilst fat?


nic said...

I LOVE looking at my "fat" photos, it reminds me where I was, where I am now, and I reminisce about all the hard work it took to get here.

They're a symbol of how STRONG YOU ARE!! Celebrate them!

Watching and Weighting said...

starfish i love you for a lot of reasons but one of them is that you spell 'doughnuts' correctly xxxx

samigurumi said...

I lost 8 stone and when I look at my fat photos I remember back then I actually felt like I was fine. It kinda horrifies me now, to think how blind and niave I was, equally though I remember feeling blissfully unaware of how unhealthy I was. It was simpler and easier back then.
But I wouldn't trade my new shape back for the old one and i'm glad I have fat photos to remind me of what I could become again if I stop caring about myself again.

Linz M said...

I always thought I looked ok - even when I was pushing 21 stone, but actually, I had this big fat face and backside the size of the moon! I hate seeing photos of myself like that, but I need the reminder of what can happen if I take my eye off the ball.


Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

You're doing so great. When are we going to see some pics?

Kathryn said...

Yes. Especially if your weight gain shows more in your face (and triple chins). Some ppl (I've heard) do not gain so much in the face.

Hey, that's what photoshop is for. Helps those pounds just melt away!!!

Tricia said...

yeah the whole "fat pics" thing is good and bad. Nice to see change, but sad that I don't like so many pictures of life's important moments. Its also sad to say that in the past I've avoided being in pics because of my weight. You can look through pictures of our family vacations and it looks like I didn't attend the events for years. :(

But all that is changing. yippeee

Zanna, travelling tart said...

Yes I understand where you're coming from but also agree with what everyone else is saying - I feel a sense of frustration that I could have looked and felt so much better during some past experiences and events but at the same time looking back on those photos fills me with a sense of achievement at where I am now. Z xx