New Beginning

So, the last time we talked, I announced that I was pregnant. I’ve read one too many weight loss blog that turned into a pregnancy blog that immediately lost me as a reader to know that I didn’t want to go that route with my blog.

That being said, I’m a mom!

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With my second re-birthday on the horizon, I’m feeling a little sentimental, so let’s catch up! The day I found out I was pregnant, I weighed 219.0 pounds. The day I delivered, I tipped the scales at about 282 (I think). I gave birth to a beautiful little 7 pound 2 ounce baby in mid-May and officially weighed 240.0 pounds as soon as the fluid melted away (within about two weeks). Since then, however, I have battled the following things:

  • Breastfeeding hunger
  • My baby’s milk protein allergy (meaning I went dairy free)
  • A lingering sweet tooth from quitting smoking
  • The inability to bring myself to routinely prepare healthful and appealing meals while caring for a needy newborn

As a result, I somehow weighed 257 lbs at my doctor’s appointment on Monday of this week.

In spite of all of this, I need to pause to remind myself that I used to weigh 353.4 pounds and even though I’ve gained weight, I’m still nowhere near 353.4 pounds. So, how do I get back on track? Honestly, I’ve become complacent and fallen into the not tracking and not caring trap once again, though for most of my pregnancy, I did track my food. Lately, I’ve been so consumed by the baby that the “nice” thing I do for myself is eat horrible food that tastes amazing but is leaving this totally saggy gut in its wake.

Since having the baby, I initially started by making one goal each day to get back into the swing of things. My house is now back in order, the baby has a routine, so now I need to take those few poorly executed attempts at meal planning that just haven’t panned out and actually get back in the saddle.

How did I do this before? How did I lose 133 pounds in one year? I started with simple guidelines. I reread my first month’s recap where I discussed the keys to my success that first month. I’ve had so many false starts with tracking my food over the past few months, and now with the baby, the last thing I want to do is to have to remember one more thing like tracking every little thing I eat. The answer? My very own advice:

  1. Simply filling.
  2. No soda or booze for the first month.
  3. If I’m hungry, I’m going to eat.
  4. No obsessing.

The other way I set myself up for success? I religiously wrote in this blog and posted my weekly weigh-ins, milestones, measurements, everything.

I’m going to take tonight and tomorrow to prep my grocery list and pantry for the week ahead. Friday will be my first official postpartum weigh-in!

How are the rest of you doing?

Catching Up

So, I’ve been absent for about ever. I mentioned previously that I had been promoted, so I’ve been in my new role for a month now. It has been a big adjustment! Pretty stressful and time-consuming as well.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Post (Week 34): 253.4 lbs
  • Week 35: 248.8 lbs
  • Week 36: 249.0 lbs
  • Week 37: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 38: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 39: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 40: 245.2 lbs
  • Change since last post: -8.2 lbs
  • Change overall: -108.2 lbs

I met my goal of getting under 250 AND my 30% (247.4) goal! Great scale victories. Next up on the goal-front: getting under 230, which coincides with my 35% goal of 229.7 pounds. 230 is a HUGE deal for me, as it is my lowest adult weight. It’s about what I weighed when I graduated from high school. If you remember my story, I was able to get down to 230 a few years ago before gaining back the 95 pounds I’d managed to lose. There’s a definite mental block in place here. I honestly can’t imagine being under 230, even though I’m just over 15 pounds away. And getting under 200 pounds? I still can’t even begin to fathom it. I will get there, but I still have a whole lot of work to do on my mindset.

I think it’s pretty evident that the stress and changes from my new position are affecting me, weight-wise. I have been eating more carbs, not drinking enough water, and using most, if not all, of my weekly PointsPlus allowance. The stall in my weight loss is definitely not due to a natural plateau! More often than not, I’ve found myself wanting to stray from the plan, but I haven’t given in. I’ve had more beer and pizza in the past month than in the past 10 months combined, but I counted every last bit, even when I didn’t want to. And I weighed in, even when I didn’t want to. I haven’t gained, which is great, but the change in attitude is concerning. I have been preoccupied with work and really wanted to fall back into my old habits. Anyway, thanks to Rachael, I’ve decided to make some changes.

  • I changed back to Simply Filling this week to help kick the habit of excessive carbs, granola bars, and pizza. I haven’t decided how long I will stick with it, but the change is refreshing!
  • I switched my weigh-in days from Monday to Friday (my first Friday weigh-in was 5/1/15 (Week 39). I initially chose Mondays to keep myself on track over the weekends. It was good in the beginning, but I’m at the point now that I want to be able to have a beer or two on the weekend and not worry about the water retention ruining my Monday weigh-in. I think this will be a good change!

The thing is, even though I’ve only lost 3.6 pounds in the past 5 weeks, the tape measure still showed major progress! I move around a lot more in my new job, which is awesome. Plus, I think the stall in my weight loss is a good thing – it’s giving my skin a chance to catch up and possibly tighten up. Since March’s measurements, the following changes took place:

  • Bust: no change (41.25″)
  • Waist: -1.75″ (37.5″)
  • Hips: no change (55.0″)
  • R arm: -0.75″ (16.25″)
  • R thigh: -1.25″ (28.75″)
  • R calf: -1.0″ (18.5″)

Do you see that?! My calves have been the same size since at least September 2014 (when I still weighed well over 300 pounds). Boom! Just like that, a WHOLE INCH. Huge deal!


I also mentioned in my last post that I had to fly for work. I was really nervous about it, just because I have avoided flying since I was 18 years old and weighed about 230 pounds – it was a close fit then, so I was worried I wasn’t going to fit. It was still a close fit, and there was more of me spilling into the seat next to me than I would have liked, but I didn’t need a seatbelt extender. This was such a big deal for me! I feel like I can go anywhere or do anything now. D and I have been planning trips ever since! Next big goal? Riding rollercoasters! I won’t try that until I’m closer to 215 pounds.


What else is new? The weather has been gorgeous, and I’ve been spending a lot of time outside doing yardwork and the like. I’m thinking about buying a new bike, and trying to plan for a good weekend to go kayaking with my awesomely handsome husband. Speaking of my husband, he’s lost even more weight too! He’s now tipping the scales at about 165 pounds. Since he’s over 6′ tall, he’s within his healthy weight range. He looks great, and he’s more active than ever!

We also remodeled our pantry. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m really proud of it! We worked together on a concept, and D built the whole thing himself. I was in charge of decorating and organizing… and a little painting.


And finally, I kept up with my tradition of taking bimonthly progress pictures (also updated on my Progress Pictures page). I can’t believe the changes I’m seeing in myself! In spite of being stressed out and exhausted lately, I feel amazing. I can’t imagine how I would have coped with this change a year ago.

I was going to wear the same pink tank in April that I wore for February’s photos. I put it on, and it was WAY too big! Also, I showed a comparison photo to one of my friends recently. She said, “I love that you’re still bootylicious after a 100-lb weight loss!” Excuse me, 108.2-pound weight loss!

And of course – I received my Blogger Care Package from Harley! She was so creative, and I loved everything. I can’t even pick a favorite at this point, though I have been carting that adorable cup around with me everywhere! D has also been enjoying the Crystal Light packets 🙂 I hope everyone else has had as much fun with the package swap as I have! Did everyone get to send out their packages? Tell me about your experience! I need to get back in the loop, stat!

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And because I love comparison pictures…

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Week 33 Weigh-In and an Idea!

For the first time in months, I’ve had 3 consecutive large losses!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 255.6 lbs
  • Current Week: 253.6 lbs
  • This week’s change: -2.0 lbs
  • Change overall: -99.8 lbs

So close to 100 pounds lost! I don’t want to get cocky, but I think there’s a good chance I should be hitting that goal next week… if not, then the week after! I’m sure Gen will be posting something similar then too!

In regards to rewarding myself, since the 100-pound mark, getting under 250, and my 30% goal (247.7) are all within 5.7 pounds of each other, I am going to have a joint celebration for them. I haven’t decided what I want yet. Maybe a pedicure…

In addition to these scale victories, there are also some major non-scale victories going on lately. I wore one of my old “skinny” dresses to work the other day – it’s a size 14/16! Since I was wearing a 26/28 (maybe even should have been wearing a 30), this is a huge deal. All of the dresses I’ve been closeting from Gwynnie Bee have all of a sudden been size 18… and they fit! And all of a sudden, I’m wearing size 20 pants… and I even worse these riding boots that I bought back in the fall. When I bought them, I couldn’t zip them halfway up my calf.

As for personal victories, I just accepted a promotion at work. I start Monday, 4/6!


Now, the IdeaRachael and I have been doing these little care packages to each other, where we put in some of our favorite foods or whatever (within the $10-$15 range) and mail them off. It’s been pretty fun, especially since we live on opposite ends of the country! Anyway, we got to thinking – what if we opened this up to our fellow blogger friends? Let me know if you would be interested in participating, and I’ll try to orchestrate something!

What good things are happening for you? Let me have it!

Week 32 Weigh-In

While last month was slow and steady, this month, the weight is just falling off.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 258.6 lbs
  • Current Week: 255.6 lbs
  • This week’s change: -3.0 lbs
  • Change overall: -97.8 lbs

I have lost more in the past 2 weeks than I did in the entire month of February! I haven’t been doing anything differently, except I had cake… twice (it was D’s birthday!). Oh? You mean that you can have your cake, eat it, and still lose weight? Who knew? Obviously, I didn’t indulge in mass amounts of cake, but yes. It’s possible to indulge and lose weight.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that balance lately. When I’ve been “off the wagon,” everything was extreme. I wouldn’t have a sliver of cake, I would eat half a cake with ice cream and chips… and probably a burger or two… and chicken tenders with ranch. So many chicken tenders. Life doesn’t need to be like that!

I would be lying if I said I didn’t still sometimes get the urge to binge. I don’t think that every urge is even triggered by something particular. Sometimes, they’re just there. Sometimes, you just have “hungry days.” I know that if I give in to these urges, it will start an entire downward spiral, wherein I would binge every day. So now, when this happens I make allowances. I try to fill that emptiness by making smarter choices. I eat small amounts at a time and track them as I go. I might as well buy stock in baby carrots because they are my go-to when the binging urge strikes. I can sit on the couch with a bag of baby carrots and mindlessly eat them like potato chips, at a fraction of the calories.

This balance is part of my life now more than ever before. Sometimes, I think that I don’t care and I want to let go, but I know that’s not true. I matter. I can’t continue to kill myself by binging wildly. I don’t want to let go, and I don’t want to throw away all the progress I’ve made. I still have a long way to go, and I know that I will struggle with this for the rest of my life. I’m striving to eat like a “normal” person. I make good choices and prepare my own food 95% of the time, so when I do indulge, it seems special, and it’s something to be savored.

How do maintain balance in your daily life? Any tips or tricks?

Measuring Up: Month 6

Can you believe it? Six whole months! In some respects, it feels like I’ve been at this forever (I guess I technically have been), but the last 6 months have absolutely flown by.

Total Inches Lost: 33.0″

Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.707 (WOWZA, va-va-voom! Haha)

Waist:

  • Starting: 49″
  • Last month: 41.25″
  • Current: 41.0″
  • Overall Change: -8.0″

Right Bicep:

  • Starting: 21.0
  • Last month: 18.5″
  • Current: 17.25″
  • Overall Change: -3.75″

Bust:

  • Starting: 51″
  • Last month: 43.25″
  • Current: 43.25″
  • Overall Change: -7.75″

Right Thigh:

  • Starting: 35.5″
  • Last month: 32.0″
  • Current: 30.0″
  • Overall Change: -5.5″

Hips:

  • Starting: 66″
  • Last month: 58.0″
  • Current: 58.0″
  • Overall Change: -8.0″

I think it’s very interesting that in the beginning, I pretty uniformly lost weight everywhere. Now, I’m seeing big changes in one area and no change in other areas! For example, I lost TWO WHOLE inches from my right thigh this month, but my bust stayed the same as last month! Last month, I lost 2 inches from my hips, and this month they stayed the same. And what’s up with losing 1.25″ from my right bicep? How does THAT happen in only a month’s time?


I don’t know how many of you follow me on Instagram, but the other day I posted a comparison shot that I want to share here.

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In the first photo, I had already lost about 50 pounds (304.4). The second photo is about 35 pounds different from the first (271.4). I couldn’t believe the difference that 35 pounds made. My shoulders are less broad. I can see a difference in my ELBOWS. Obviously, the most noticeable difference is in my hips. They don’t seem to be up so high as they were before. Of course, I had just finished working out in the first photo, and in the second one I had just finished getting ready for work. It does sort of make me feel bad for bigger Alison… always represented in such an unfortunate manner. I avoided full-body photos before. BUT I did find this face shot from the day before I started on my journey.

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It honestly upsets me to see the look on my face in this photo. 7/30/14. I had just gotten that shirt with the Peter Pan collar, and I was so excited for it. When I put it on, I didn’t look cute or vintage-y, and I didn’t like the way I looked. You can SEE how miserable I was. I remember how much pain I was in, how I could barely walk anymore because at 5’1″ with a small frame, my body was not designed to carry 353.4 pounds. I had seriously injured my left knee simply by walking down the stairs at work in April 2014, and the next few months were comprised of one over-compensating injury after another. Every morning when I woke up, I braced myself for the pain I was going to feel when I tried to stand up out of bed. D and I vacationed in the Finger Lakes in New York in June, and we didn’t do much of anything except drive around, eat, and hang out in a casino. Watkins Glen was right there with all those beautiful waterfalls, and I couldn’t walk to see them and photograph them. What kind of life is that? How was that fair to my husband, who wanted to do those things and couldn’t just because I couldn’t? I had just turned 29 years old, and I felt like I had absolutely ruined my body. That body used to be so strong, and I ruined it.

Inspired (and slightly obsessed with comparison photos), I put it beside a photo I had just taken that morning to show off my regular-sized (not plus!) sweater.

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My eyes don’t look so sad anymore.

People say that the number on the scale doesn’t define who you are. I say that those people have never weighed 300+ pounds, or they are in denial about what they are doing to their bodies. At 350 pounds, my life was absolutely defined by how much I weighed. It dictated every decision I made. I can’t go to amusement parks because I can’t walk all day and I can’t fit in the rides. I can’t sit there because the chair arms are too close, and my hips don’t fit. I can’t fly to see my family because I’m too afraid I will have to buy two seats. I can’t cross my legs because.. I just can’t.

Honestly, at 260-odd pounds now, some of those things are still concerns. But I am not in that same sort of pain, and I do fit in close-armed chairs now! When I get up in the morning, I literally am able to leap out of bed instead of gingerly hobbling across the floor. I can walk over 2 miles without my back aching or my legs cramping. I am looking forward to vacation this summer because I am going to hike and maybe even kayak!

Oh, and I can SORT OF cross my legs now. Thunder thighs be damned!

Week 25 Weigh-In

All that shoveling last week paid off! And the walking… and the yoga-ing (Thanks, to Amanda over at Getting Fit for 30!)… and well, you get the point!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 273.8 lbs
  • Current Week: 271.4 lbs
  • This week’s change: -2.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -82.0 lbs!

So, I’ve passed the 80-pound mark, which is monumental. AND next week marks half a year since I started on this journey.

But I want to talk about something a little more substantial. So much of the time, I have been feeling really great, but lately, there’s been something else. One day last week, I was out shoveling my sidewalk, and there was a group of teenagers playing basketball in the alley behind my house. I don’t even know that it was directed at me or if she was heckling her friend while they were playing, but one of the girls yelled, “Big Booty Judy!” and I immediately felt like I had a target on back. I guess I would know if it was directed at me had I been able to make eye contact. I know I can’t be tied up in the number on the scale, but I also know that yeah, I’m still very large. While I know I shouldn’t put any stock in the words of a teenager, I just feel so many things related to this experience: uncomfortable, failure, sad, pathetic, torn, guilty.

So, my question is this: When does this part stop? I’ve lost 80 pounds. When do I stop being so affected by the negative opinions of others in regards to my weight? I’ve worked so hard. I know it’s still early in my journey, but how much longer do I need to work through this? More importantly, what do I do to work through this? I feel like I’m constantly giving myself pep talks, and I avoid negative self-talk.

I know I’ve briefly touched on self esteem before. In general, I have excellent self-esteem. I know that I am pretty and smart, and what I weigh doesn’t usually affect that. Every so often, though, that doubt creeps in. The I’m-not-worthwhile feeling. It infuriates me that these feelings can show up just because of one remark from a stranger… and I’m not even sure that remark was directed at me!

Do you have any advice? How was your week?

Week 23 Weigh-In – Milestone Edition!

Well, I did it. I have officially lost over 75 pounds!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 278.8 lbs
  • Current Week: 276.4 lbs
  • This week’s change: -2.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -77.0 lbs!

Somehow, 77 pounds seems like way more than the 74.6 I was down last week. To be honest, I hadn’t even considered the enormity of hitting the 75-pound mark since I was focused on my 25% goal (265.1), so now here I am, pleasantly surprised by how pleased I am with myself.


This morning, I worked from home. I signed off around 11, did some cleaning up, watched an episode of Mad Men while folding laundry. When I took the laundry upstairs to put it away, I really looked at my closet. I thought, “You’ve lost 75 pounds. You can’t wear size 28 pants anymore. You need to get rid of the things that don’t fit.” This is a lesson I learned the last time I embarked on a weight loss journey. While I bagged up the bigger clothes, I never got rid of them. I thought that when I got closer to my goal, I would take the plunge, and that didn’t happen. So, as I gained weight, I simply pulled the old clothes out as the newer ones didn’t fit. I’M NOT DOING THAT AGAIN.

I’m terrified that I’m going to get rid of these clothes and gain weight and not have anything to wear. Anyway, the clothes have to go (even the really pretty ones that I only wore once or twice… or not at all!). I’m moving forward, right? On the up side, I’m sure my boss would be understanding if I texted to say I was going to work from home because I didn’t have any clothes that fit.

It’s a big step. But I did it. I bagged them up.

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And here’s what’s left!

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Since today was the kick-off of Rachael’s walking challenge, going through this exercise was a good way of getting extra steps on what would normally have been a very sedentary day (working from home and it’s snowing). I also have a new body weight circuit workout lined up for tonight (I believe this is one that Gen had recommended a while back).

I’ve been toying with another idea. I would love to be able to give some of these clothes to good homes. It breaks my heart to send them to a thrift store in my tiny town, where no one will appreciate them! Tops range from 22/24-26/28 or 2X-4X (and Modcloth’s wonky sizing… they still fit in that range): 2 pant suits (jacket is smaller than the pants on both of them), a lovely ponte knit jacket, and more gorgeous blouses! Peter Pan collars and lace galore! Bottoms/dresses are in the 24-28 range (more Modcloth here too): some pants, pencil skirts, a maxi skirt, regular skirts, a few dresses (at least 2 of which were never worn). Would anyone be interested in seeing any of it? I’d be willing to send them to you, just as long as you cover the cost of shipping, or I’m sure we could come to some mutually-pleasing arrangement!

Anyway, I think that’s all I have for today. I do have another recipe planned for this week – a household favorite!

Slowcooker Chicken Corn Soup with Egg Rivels

If there’s one thing the Pennsylvania Dutch do well, it’s cook. Oh Lordy, do we cook! Pennsylvania is known for having at least one pretzel or chip factory, bakery, or some sort of bologna named after towns roughly… everywhere. I can safely say that I live within 15 miles of a potato chip factory in one direction, and there’s another potato chip factory 30 miles in another direction. And how could I forget Hershey, PA? I work just 15 minutes from Hershey!

Anyway, you fellow Pennsylvanians know where I’m going with this post. Chicken corn soup is some sort of religion around these parts. It is comfort food at its finest, loaded up with a whole chicken, eggs, butter, RIVELS. It’s not exactly usually waistline-friendly. If you are from outside the realm of Pennsylvania, you’re likely thinking, “What’s a rivel? Did she make that up?”

I was looking through my Betty Crocker cookbook from 1950 when I was inspired to remake this delicious classic. When I mentioned to my husband that I was going to make it today, his eyes lit up like it was Christmas, and then he said, “REAL chicken corn soup?” The poor guy.

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Measuring Up: Month 5

This post includes awesome measurements and another awesome NSV! I really did take these measurements on January 1, but I have been dragging my feet about posting them! No specific reason, other than the I’m-missing-Christmas-vacation blues. I did shed 4.5 inches this month!

I know I mentioned it before, but I did not work out at all during December. I know I could have done better inches-wise if I had! The plan for this month is to get back on the workout wagon… and I know I’m going to pay for my lack of diligence!

Total Inches Lost: 29.5″

Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.711 (getting ever closer to that perfect pear!)

Waist:

  • Starting: 49″
  • Last month: 43.0″
  • Current: 41.25″
  • Overall Change: -7.75″

Right Bicep:

  • Starting: 21.0
  • Last month: 18.5″
  • Current: 18.5″
  • Overall Change: -2.5″

Bust:

  • Starting: 51″
  • Last month: 45.5″
  • Current: 43.25″
  • Overall Change: -7.75″

Right Thigh:

  • Starting: 35.5″
  • Last month: 32.0″
  • Current: 32.0″
  • Overall Change: -3.5″

Hips:

  • Starting: 66″
  • Last month: 60.0″
  • Current: 58.0″
  • Overall Change: -8.0″

Look at that! Those stubborn hips shed 2 whole inches last month! I’m actually very impressed.

NSV-wise, I signed up for Gwynnie Bee last month. For those of you who don’t  know, Gwynnie Bee is like the Netflix of clothes for plus-sized women! The first month is $10, and you can cancel at any time. I signed up thinking that I would cough up the $10 to try it out, and if I didn’t like it, I could cancel before paying $35 a month for the 1 garment at a time plan. Let’s just say that I am in love so far! As for the NSV, my first dress from them was a size 22! Considering I was wearing a 26 or 28 dress just 6 months ago, this is a huge deal. I don’t know how many of you follow me on Instagram, but I did post a photo of myself wearing that dress yesterday.

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Of course, it was big in the bust and a little snug across the hips, but c’est la vie! I felt so elegant and 60s-fabulous (though the hair was not cooperating, ha!). I added one of my vintage brooches to complete the look.

There’s something about the 70-pound mark that seems significant. Right around that milestone, I’m able to see big changes in myself (as I mentioned in this post), and work acquaintances start to stop me to ask me if I’ve lost weight and what I’ve been doing. It’s definitely an exciting time.

So, let’s get this body back in the swing of things! What are your favorite workouts? Any DVDs or websites you recommend?

Week 22 Weigh-In

I rang in the new year with a little loss!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 279.4 lbs
  • Current Week: 278.8 lbs
  • This week’s change: -0.6 lbs
  • Change overall: -74.6 lbs
  • Month 5 Change: -10.4!

I’m satisfied with that number. It was definitely a struggle! BUT I would like to point out that from the Monday before Thanksgiving until today, I have LOST 13.0 pounds. That’s pretty snazzy for 7 weeks during the Weight Watcher’s most feared season!

For me, New Year’s was harder than Christmas. We went over to my mom’s house and played Cards Against Humanity; I laughed so much that my face hurt. I did end up drinking, though I didn’t get drunk. I had 4 drinks, but I also had 2 hot dogs with sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve. Let me tell you about these hot dogs. My mom had regular hot dogs and Jennie-O turkey hot dogs both in the crock pot with the sauerkraut. Everything looked the same, so I’m not sure if I used 2 PP each or 5… It was a crapshoot!

Then, New Year’s Day, D’s parents took the whole family out to a pork and sauerkraut buffet (I had one small plate and no dessert)! After that, D’s brother spent a few days at our house, and many high-calorie food choices arrived in his wake. I tracked everything, and I was within my daily/weekly allotments, but I am so glad that the holiday season is behind me! I am ready to get back to “normal.”

For the first time, I truly experienced the peer pressure of, “Aren’t you taking a day off?” or “Is this a free day?” OR “Aren’t you having dessert?” I know they didn’t mean to make me feel badly, but it did. I felt like I was offending people because I wasn’t able to throw caution to the wind. I have been there, done that – a thousand times. I know what happens when you add “cheat days” to your food vocabulary. I don’t believe in cheat days. I don’t want to eat until I make myself sick. I don’t want to weigh 350 pounds again! In the same turn, I don’t know if my mindfulness perhaps makes people feel guilty about eating themselves into a food coma. I think that maybe they really were offended that I wasn’t willing to eat myself sick, like maybe they thought I was looking down on them. It’s not the case at all! But I’m not putting other peoples’ feelings ahead of mine anymore.

On the other hand, there are the, “You’re having ANOTHER one?” or the “Are you allowed to eat that?” people. Both definitely know how to rock a guilt trip. And yeah, I ran into both of these types this week. For the record, I am ALLOWED to eat whatever I dang well please! And if I want “another one,” that probably means I’ve already calculated it out for myself or I am absolutely aware of what I’m getting into!

I wasn’t intending for this to be my moment up on my soapbox, but it just kind of turned into that. It seems like everyone has an opinion on what I’m putting (or not!) in my mouth.

How was your New Year’s celebration? Are you as ready as I am to get back to normalcy?