I have lost 20 lbs. Yippee. I have done this in 50 days, losing 7lbs in the three weeks since I returned home from Duke Diet and Fitness center.
There are those of you who will scoff I know, saying you can do this more quickly by cutting out bananas, or brushing your hair more vigorously or drinking tea with black pepper or similar. I don’t care.
Typically when I lose 20lbs I stop dieting. This is not because I have no more weight to lose. It is because I feel hungry, or bored, or people start to tell me I look good, and I start to believe it. While your current compliments are welcome, they are not going to flatter me into staying fat this time. I don’t feel hungry and I don’t (yet) feel bored, although I must admit a bottle of wine or two would be a welcome sight in a fridge currently filled with bok choy. baby carrots and firm tofu (that tofu–it rules with a rod of iron)
The truth is that I am still 20lbs heavier than the last time I lost weight, back in the early annals of this blog. My goal is to reach that goal again by Thanksgiving, which would be weight-loss at the Duke-approved rate of around 1lb a week.
This time, for the first time in my life, I’ve learned that exercise is part of the equation. If I can walk two miles with Ms Monroe as I did yesterday morning and am about to do this morning, I can eat more. If I swim half a mile a day as I did every day this week except Thursday, I can eat more. It’s worth it.
The eating is easy too at this time of year when the produce stands are bursting with bounty. Yesterday I had two local figs and an Anne Arundel peach for breakfast. At lunch I had the second half of yesterday’s turkey sandwich (portion control, portion control) and last night I made a salad with whole wheat rotelli, green pepper, black olives, feta cheese and tomato from a local garden. You should have tasted that tomato.