Eight weeks into the Cooking Light Diet,* I’ve lost 11 pounds! I still can’t believe it. My clothes fit better, my nails and skin are in great shape, and I’ve been feeling good and exercising more often. I’m making better choices when I eat out, and I've realized that almost all restaurants have calorie counts online. I’ve been cooking delicious food for my family and am becoming a better cook in the process. It’s been a smooth ride so far, except for a little thing called Spring Break.
Thanks to last week’s Spring Break, I’ve re-gained and re-lost the same 3 pounds. So does that mean I’ve really lost 14 pounds? :-) I wish.
Spring Break was the first time in these eight weeks that I stopped thinking about calories. In my defense, let’s remember that it was a brutal winter with lots of sickness, terrible weather, and general winter crappiness. I may not be in school anymore, but even moms need a little Spring Break!
I went to the beach for a long weekend and ate and drank what I wanted to. I’m not gonna lie: It was nice to take a break. I’d been working so hard and been so disciplined. My discipline on this diet is unprecedented--it’s not really my strong suit. I would say discipline is to me as monogamy is to Don Draper. But after seven good weeks, I felt like I deserved a reward (see my Treat YoSelf post) for losing 11 pounds, and those last three were a bear.
Obviously, it was hard coming back to reality. As much as I begged and pleaded with the scale, I knew it would not lie to me. When I weighed in, I had gained back the three pounds that had taken me two weeks to lose. In four days, I wiped out two weeks’ worth of work. It may not sound like much of a gain, but to me, it was a hard diet lesson.
I reached out to my awesome Support Group. Turns out, we had ALL struggled with Spring Break. Scott encouraged me to remember the success I’ve had. Suzie told me not to get down and to pick myself up and start fresh. Lori and I talked about how important planning ahead was in keeping on it and how hard it was to plan during the break, and Alison shared how the daily menu emails keep her on track during her boys’ busy baseball season.
Maybe I needed to experience this past week to re-invigorate myself. I also learned that I was more than ready to get back to my healthy eating after all of that decadence.
I’ve been back on the diet the last six days, and I’ve already lost two of those three pounds. My energy is back and I am feeling much better, eating delicious, yummy dishes like Blue Cheese-Spinach Salad and Tuscan-Style Garlic-Herb Pork Chops.
My confidence is back because I know this eating plan works. I actually wanted to put the pie away and get back to fruits and veggies. My bump in the road wasn’t the kind that gives you a flat tire and leaves you stranded on the side of the road. It was more of the kind that wakes you up and makes you realize you didn’t even notice driving through South Carolina because you were listening to your 80s playlist. I know now it’s OK. We all need a wake-up call every now and then. There will be more beach trips and more pie in my future, and I will enjoy them more knowing that I have learned how to get back on track, thanks to the Cooking Light Diet. Eventually it won’t be a diet anymore; it will just be the way I live.