Sunday, November 18, 2012

Getting to know ME

A friend commented that when she lost a lot of weight, she didn't know her new body, and she immediately gained all the weight back to her former self ~ to the body she recognized. That resonated with me and I realised that I needed to make a real effort to get to know and love the new ME!
My original goal was to shrink to a size 14 in a normal shop.  Now that I am there, I don't quite believe it and I'm not quite satisfied.  I have been back to my familiar fat lady shops only to find that the smallest size really is TOO big!  It's a bit of a challenge to find my new style.  Yes! I really fit into the "normal range ~ I bot a pr of size 14 zebra print pants today. . . The wild animal coming out in me!  It was quite exciting!  I want to embrace my new body and really get to know it.  Not alway see it as what it's 'not yet '.
I have shared ALL my big size clothes with my friends... They are delighted with their 'new' clothes ~ all three big garbage bags full are gone.  I had some really nice things that I am sad to lose.... I am also a little scared to not have that 'fall back' in my closet! THERE IS NO GOING BACK!
Maintaining  my hard earned present goal weight is the biggest challenge now.

My doctor suggested I see sugar as a drug equated to opium. It gives you a high and drops you to a low and craving more.  I am working at changing my thinking about sweets, things like chocolate cake or brownies. Instead of feeling deprived and really wishing I could have some , I see it more as the enemy.  I don't do drugs!
I like to eat out, so I choose places that serve 'real' food. I like fresh raw vegetables and fruits.  Fruit tastes so sweet- I like strawberries and blueberries with cream! A real treat!  Raw vegetable salads take lots of chewing and are slower to eat than cooked veg, thus more satisfying. I am avoiding anything processed, and all the white stuff. An apple and nuts are easy to carry as a snack and very satisfying!  It's good to be forearmed !
 I am reacquainting myself with the Law of Attraction: focus on what I Do want,  the power to get it is with in me!   I am an active healthy woman!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Maintaining

A few days into maintenance and I realise just how good the hcg made me feel, and how easy it was to eat so little.  It was easier this time because I didn't stress so much about the weight loss each day.  I still weighed each morning, but it was what it was. Week two it took me the whole week to drop 1 kg.  but then the next week was more encouraging. I dropped nearly 10 kg in a 4 week period.    Now on maintenance, I am so hungry!  I think about food! but I am  trying to think it feels good to be empty.  I am working at changing my mind!
One year has gone by since I began with HCG.  I have released 26kg or 57 pounds!!  I find it so hard to imagine putting a 50 pound bag of fertiliser in a back pack and carry it around ALL the time!  It is so much easier to get around now, up and down stairs and hills, and biking!  I feel so free ~ I could fly!!
I am loving the new clothes...the  new look, new hair cut!  but really, I'm still the same ME!
I am committed to maintaining.  I want to enjoy this next third of my life being as healthy as is within my power.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Too much holiday. . . .

Too much eating out . . . . I thot I was stronger than that, but the smell of French bread got the better of me and once I started I couldn't stop.  I MUST learn to be moderate.
So . . . . I am doing round 4 of hcg and losing the same weight I lost earlier in the year.  It's so disheartening. AND its coming off SO SLOW!  The smaller clothing I bot in Canada in May are fitting me nicely again.  I do admit they had gotten tight!  BUT... I gave away the biggies, so there was no going back.  Only going forward!   Some days its trying to be summer, so today I bot some new long shorts and they are the smallest size I have purchased for myself for many years!!  Now is the challenge to not grow out of them.  I will start maintenance in a few days.  I look forward to avocado and oil on my salad  and cream in my coffee!  other than that things won't change much.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2 steps forward and 1 back....

Doing the weight release program with a health practitioner in Canada with the injections was an interesting experience.  Im glad I did it.  I didn't lose any more weight or lose it any faster than doing it with the drops here in Australia.  My sister was doing the program at the same time, we often ate together and we DID stick to the program implicitly!!  She also lost the weight very slowly.  I guess its just how our genes function!
It was very hard to do the maintenance part correctly as Pete and I were travelling around Eastern USA.  Lots of fresh lobster!  but also the odd pie....  and once I caved, it was too easy to do it again.  I have gained about 3 kg...but still fitting into my size 14 jeans!!  I plan to attack some more fat the end of Sept/Oct.....
in the mean time, I am off on another adventure!
Going down a French bike path this time.... lots of cheese, wine    and    I hope I can resist the bread and pastries!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Two weeks...

I'm coming up to the end of two weeks here in Canada. It seems a long time when my main focus is eating...or not eating!! So far I have lost 6.5 kg or 14.3 pounds. My goal was to fit into size 14 clothes.....I am in size 14 jeans today and they feel great!! There is still too much fat hanging around, so I still have a fair way to go!! Actually, I think a 14 is a bigger size here than in Aussie.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Numbers!

I had some fun with numbers this morning, and it was encouraging! In the one week since 'fat loading' I have lost 5.1 kg = 11.22 pounds! I am weighing in the 80's instead of the 90's now ~ yaaaa! (kgs). I am nicely below 200 pounds now. AND. . . I have released a total of 51.48 pounds!! Whoopeeeee! Oh Happy Feet! That's really when loosing is winning! : - )

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Week one done.

I have survived! I have released 2.1 kg this week. Doesn't seem very much, but I am feeling thinner. I do like the feeling of not being bloated with food. I should have stayed away from the shops until I'm finished . . . But, I saw a top that I just love! I bot 2, one that fits perfect, and one quite tight. The lady in the shop just about laughed when I said it might fit me perfect in two weeks! But it just might! Either way, I can take one of them back... The dr. I am seeing, thinks my bike riding could hinder the weight loss . . . I have been enjoying it so much. Also I am taking a thyroid booster. She doesn't agree with stopping thyroid treatment while on the program. On to my second week...meanwhile my husband is celebrating his 65 th birthday at home! Kinda wish I was there too.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Down>down>>>

It feels so good to be eating less and losing weight. I gained 1.5 on the two fat loading days, then lost 1.1 the first day on the 500 calories. Today I'm down .7. So from my original weight I have lost .3... So I'm off and running! I'm not used to the dry air here, so I am missing the use of lotions on my skin and some ointment in my nose. I'm loving getting some exercise everyday - going to the gym with my sister today. The bike ride yesterday was fun! Spring time here - new life everywhere. There is a busy little squirrel living in a bird house on the front porch. Fun to see the little quails scurry about.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Doesn't feel like Mother's day

Whew! I'm so glad to be cutting my food intake right back to 500 calories a day!, by last night I was nauseous and in pain from all the high caloric fatty foods. I gained 1.5 kgs in the two fat loading days...sure hope it's worth it! Yesterday I did the same bike ride that M-S and I did two years ago, and I found it so much easier... That's a +++++! Looking forward to today's ride. It's spring time here... So beautiful! Fresh and green,Lots of tree blossoms and bulbs blooming. I love the lilacs!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Round 3 ~ day 1

I've done it!! I have stuck myself with a needle!! It feels quite different to the time I put a sewing machine needle thru my finger nail!! It was quite easy actually. So, I give myself one injection each morning, and then just have a a cup of coffee, (and a bit of pond scum!). ;) as opposed to taking the drops three times a day. I am fat loading for two days...I've had apple pie, cinnamon rolls, chocolate, steak and salad, cheese, ribs tonight....man, I couldn't possibly fit anything more in!! I have been eating so much less for a good 6 months now. One more fat loading day...it's actually good to be eating all the food that I like to partake of when I come to Canada ~ without feeling guilty! Today was a nice sunny day and it's warm in the sun, but the previous two days were SO COLD! I'm keen to get my bike out and do some riding!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adventure Awaits...


So...I'm heading to Kelowna/Vernon BC Canada, 3 weeks ahead of Pete.  I am doing the weight release program with a health practitioner  who uses injections instead of drops.  It will be interesting to see if it works better for me. I am trying to psych myself up to be giving injections....to me!!
I am setting out to lose another 10 kgs!!
There's a spending spree in a 'normal size' shop coming up, before Peter comes over and we go tripping around!!







On my 21 days of maintenance I will be spending a few days in Vancouver catching up with friends, a weekend in Boston with Paul and Sharon, a week on a cruise off Rhode Island - seeing Martha's Vineyard, and some light houses!
Then a weekend in NY,  over to Calgary, then Kelowna.  Pete has not been to Canada for 11 years, so ITS ABOUT TIME!
I am telling myself already that 'its ok to leave food on my plate' !  no one will starve because of it!    I must maintain my hard-earned new body!!




"Anything's possible"!!

I love that ~ setting the skinny mini free!

a new adventure coming up!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Losing is Winning...

Is there anything other than a few extra pounds that makes losing feel like winning??  When the scales say I've lost a little, I feel like the biggest winner!  I bounce!  When its the opposite, I berate myself, I feel like eating more... and so the cycle goes.
The pain I had in my upper back after losing 20 kgs. and the unbalanced feeling, are gone.  The remaining fat has redistributed, and I feel fat again.  I always feel scared that I will just put all the weight back on, after working SOOOOO hard to get it off.  But not scared enough to counter the nibblies late in the afternoons.
I had 4 different meals in a week that had a little rice with them - Indian, Thai, and Sushi.  And I gained over a kg.  It seems carbs are the enemy.  Rice, bread, root vegetables, sugar - they are all so hard to avoid, especially when we eat out so much.  Yes, I am struggling.  I do so much better when I'm on a program and I know exactly what I can and cannot eat.  Making choices is HARD!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

One.Two..Three...Four....


I'd like to think that I can eat anything and my body knows what weight its suppose to be and stay there....but its just not so.  I had hoped that bread and sweets wouldn't be attractive anymore... but Nope! they still taste good!
If I don't keep track of this crochet pattern, it won't work out....always counting - continually keeping track.
So... the party's over!  I must be more conscious of what goes in 'cause it wants to stay there! and its spoiling the pattern!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

60 is pretty fun so far!!

I have had the biggest most fun surprise ever!!  making it the best birthday ever!! 
All my kids came to the resort to surprise me with their presence!!  I love it!
Holly Jeff, Sam Oscar and Martha came from London.
Paul came from New York, unfortunately Sharon couldn't make it.
Little Cedar ran out to me first, and Cherry, Brent, Scout and Rogue were there.
Lachlan and Sally - who organised it all!
Thanks to Pete for making it happen!!
We all loved the resort, tucked away in a remote valley of sandstone cliffs.  Its owned by Emirits, so no expense spared when building and decorating....the service was impeccable  as was the food!
comprising just the best birthday ever!!
What a surprise to see all my family...

lots of squeals and hugs!

(((((group hug!!!))))))

I bit the cake... ;)

all dressed up for the evening dinner...

dinner fun.... lots of laughs!

So... a 6 course degustation dinner 3 nights in a row didn't do good things for a diet!  I was up by 4 kg by the time I came home.  I had a steak day, and dropped 2 kg.  Have dropped another kg since, but still have one stubborn kg, I'd like to be without!   One more week of party... then some serious exercise starts!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Next Third

1952 was the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese....but I'm not Chinese, can I still like Dragons?
Nevertheless....60 years have passed since then.  60!?!?!   I can hardly believe it.  My parents were SO OLD at 60!  at least I thot they were.  but for me....I have just hit the next third!   My contemporaries are saying their bodies start breaking down and falling apart at 60.  Well, have I got news for you . . . . mine is just getting better and better!!
 
These are the pictures I found of my mum right about 60!
She lived her next third!





 this was taken last October. Before my program.

This was taken in Jan after losing 10kgs.




This is the most recent one of me, after losing 20 kgs.
I guess I look equally as old as my mum did at 60!

Onward to my next third!!!

Peter is taking me to Wolgan Valley Spa Resort, owned by Emirits.  Should be pretty nice!  Its in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
Very exciting....

        Happy Birthday to ME!




PS...Yaaaaaa!!(with lots of squeals and wiggles and squiggles)I have reached my second big goal!!  I am under 200 pounds! 199.76 to be precise!  only just...but I have reached a goal never the less!  IT feels SO GOOD!   Best birthday gift to myself ever!  YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Oh WoW!  I feel even MORE excited about this weekend now!)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mindset

"Faith first, mindset second, goals third, action fourth, persistence always."
 I like that!
 I believe I can,  set the mind, set the goal, act upon it . . . .  then persistence!!
When attempting to make big changes in your life   . . . . like losing weight, its most important to get a 'mindset'.  Be very definite about what you are doing.  Its very hard!
'Persistence always' . . . I guess I will spend the rest of my life trying to achieve that!

Friday night I had my first birthday celebration - my first mixed meal for 6 weeks!  Kazbah is a great place with very tasty food!  A mezza platter for entree had delectable morsels on it.  I was hungry . . .  so how could I resist?  I didn't eat very much, then a lamb shank for mains, one glass of red wine.  I had such stomach pains!!  my poor stomach didn't know what hit it!!  Must have been the fried Halomi cheese!
Generally I am eating pretty much the same as on the program, with more salad stuff together, a bit of coconut oil to fry in, and cream in my coffee.  but my mind is all at sea. . . it has to make decisions!!  I'm scared that I might look in the mirror and suddenly be fat again!  I have to remind myself that my watch is tight now, because I had a link taken out!
I read in the book Pounds and Inches, that when you lose fat out of the muscles, then the muscles are too long and need to contract more when used, so can be painful.  That would account also for the core muscles working harder to find the centre of balance.  I am feeling better already, and have fewer incidence of lightheadedness.
I have just realised that I am not eating enough protein, now that my body is not being nourished by consuming my fat!    mmmmmm....can't wait for breakfast!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

DONE

Whew! Week 6 is DONE!!  ------11.5kg this Round.  It was a long haul.  Not sure I would do a 40 day stint again.  21days seems more doable.  I feel it will be good to maintain for a while now.
Tonight I am celebrating my birthday with my sisterinlaws @ Kazbah!  so YES, I am going to add a little variety to my diet with some North African food!  a little kick start to my 21 days of maintenance!
There is nothing in my closet to wear!! to show off my new body shape!  All my clothes are SO baggy.  I have gone past any 'too small' clothes I have kept from previous flurries into reducing.   Oh well, my face definitely shows signs of weight loss!  :-()  (that looks like a sock monkey smile!)
So . . . .Harold . . .lets get active with recreating my life_____________________________!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Half way there....

So...that is the end of drops for now.  Its been a long slow 6 weeks.  I am happy with my new figure....and the looseness of my clothes!  My watch turns around on my wrist, my ring falls to the side....its easier to get up from sitting position, I guess easier to get around all together!
I have lost 10% body fat... according to my scales.  I don't quite know how that works....just a guess taking my height into consideration,  I think.  I still seem to have plenty of it hanging around!
I have burned up 21.1 kgs of fat, or 46.42 pounds!!   I guess that is about half of my desired weight loss.  So, there will be more big burn sessions coming up!
I look forward to regaining my strength and endurance and getting on my bike.  we have a big bike ride coming up in Aug.  I DO want to enjoy it.
Now I have three days of 500 calories with no drops and then maintenance for 21 days.  That takes us up to our "Celebration of Life" in Fiji!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New observation

If you have ever carried a 20 kg back pack for some time, when you put it down- its such a relief. . . Such a light free feeling. Well, I have off loaded a 20 kg pack and I have not felt any of that. Interesting! But when you are carrying the heavy back pack, you have to adjust how you stand. You need to lean forward a bit, or you might fall over backwards. I have noticed since releasing 20 kgs that I am having a balance challenge when walking, my body doesn't quite know just what angle is appropriate now . Or maybe it's just that my head is too heavy! I feel I need some core strengthening and some retraining on how to stand upright!!
I am adjusting to the fact that I've not lost as much weight as I wanted to this round of the program, but rejoicing in the fact that I HAVE released 20 kgs in the last4 months! Pretty awesome - and kept it off over Christmas and traveling ~ SO IT CAN BE DONE!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Four weeks....

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"  
I like to be positive, but I won't say its easy, or fun . . . . its jolly hard!!  But its worth it!!
Only -1.8 for a whole week of self denial, watching others eat yummy food, smelling tempting foods, SEEING childhood triggers.  Oh my goodness. . . .Costco was a mouth watering experience!  Every time I go to Canada, we would go to Costco and get some big topped muffins, or big pie, or big chocolate cake. . . . now we have Costco locally, I will just have to stay out of the bakery section!!  Then there is all the food samples for you to try. . .  I have always tried them!!  Sure a good thing I don't need to go there very often.  I generally shop locally, I like to support my local shops.  I don't need a 36 pack of toilet paper!  Just some tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, cabbage,apples, oranges, strawberries, rice crackers, sea food, mince, chicken AND coffee!  My diet is pretty simple!  I think I miss cheese and avocado the most!  I am very comfortable eating such small meals.  Oh, I did buy a case of Pellegrino sparkling mineral water. . . . that is my treat with a little lime squeezed in.
I have definitely felt better this week since using some new drops.  I have more energy and not so light headed with the feeling of passing out when I first stand up.  I am also making sure I drink 2 litres of water plus what ever else I might drink, only washing in soap with no fats, AND going to bed by 11 pm!  Some little . 5 losses are encouraging too.
So far I have released 8.9 kg on this Round 2, two more weeks to go and I desperately want to reach my next big goal of being under ninety kg!!  (that makes me under two hundred pounds)  Then I need to stabilise for a few months.
So. . . . I'm off with a purpose to make the next 2 weeks work for me!_________________________

Monday, February 6, 2012

No More Saggy Baggys

Because my jeans were so baggy when I was in New York in Dec ~ after losing my first 10 kg. . . . I bot the tightest 'Not My Daughters Jeans' that I could get on. Saturday I tried them on  and they fit perfect!!  That is so exciting!  The unfortunate part is that it's  Feb in Australia, and it should be WAY too HoT for jeans . . . And it's not!
Today I wore my grey saggy baggy elephant pants for the last time!

AND I bot some new ones!
plus horizontal stripes!!  wow, really getting brave!


Friday, February 3, 2012

3 weeks done...

"Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,
The courage to change the one I can,
And the wisdom to know its me!"

I just didn't know it would be so hard.
I have set out to make permanent changes, and I'm keen to get there,  but I am realizing that it's all a journey,  everyday is just part of the journey.
This week I'm only down 1.6 kg.  I have been only eating 500 calories a day for three weeks now,  along with taking drops - sometimes I wonder if they are working....I have lost 7.3 kgs.  I expected more... I am impatient!   I want to be able to tell you great things are happening as I have set about changing my life!  What I am eating each day seems to be my project,  instead of just what I do when I'm hungry.  It DOES take a bit of planning - but doesn't need to be all consuming.  I want it to just be part of the journey.  I guess if what I eat is not upmost in my mind, I fear that I will forget, and mindlessly resume old habits.
I should be encouraged by the fact that I had to take 4 inches out of the waistband of my shorts to keep them from falling down!!  I am not ready to buy new clothes yet.  I quite like having my clothes become loose on me!  I have also discovered I have bones!
The book does say "Pounds anbd Inches".  Perhaps I am concentrating too much on the pounds part!
The grand poobah is 17.3 kg or 38 pounds less weight for my feet to carry around!!
3 more weeks to go___________________________________________

Monday, January 30, 2012

Second Week...

Done.  -2.9 for the week...that's 5.5kg gone so far for round two.  Whaoo!
I'm at the beach with Pete, eating out, socializing with others...It's really hard.  The littlest deviation from the program has set me back.  I have declared that I will not eat out this next week while at South West Rocks.
I can really FEEL when I have hit the wall and putting the drops under my tongue gives such quick relief...much quicker than eating food.  I have worked out pretty good timing to take the drops and when to eat, so I hope that I am getting maximum benefit from the program.  This round is slower than last time,  but my determination is still strong!  Stubborn, well settled fat to burn!!
It felt SO good to be on my bike again, first time since being in the UK last northern summer.  I have a goal to work towards - bike ride in France coming up the end of July.  I WILL take it easy to start with - dont want to be fainting off my bike!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week One. . . Round Two

First week has gone by so quickly. I have been busy, thats good for taking my mind off the growlies. 6 days with magic drops and one without - that is today....
Ok ... That was yesterday, it was a really hard day. I felt flat. I was hungry. I had not lost weight from the night before: too much steak soaked in butter and lettuce with a little dressing. Such little strays from the program....then the consequences! I had even watched my friend eat a delicious looking gelato while I sipped a bitter decaf coffee - that still kept me awake till 2 am!!
But . . .
Today is the reward!!
I HAVE REACHED MY FIRST BIG GOAL!!!
. . . YAHOO!! I am into two didgets!!
I am under 100 kg.
That might not mean much to all you feather weights, but it's a momentous ocassion for me!! My feet will thank me!! I celebrated. . . With a cup of coffee!
I have achieved a minus 3.5 kgs on my first week of round two.
Yaaaaaaaa me ______________________________

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Here we go again....


Round 2.  I was fat loading anyway, so Sat I started with the magic drops. It was hard to keep my mind on it...not the dedication I had the first round.  I kept forgetting to take the drops at the right time.  It was a good time to have visitors over.
Monday was my first day of 500 calories for the day.  I had a bit of a head ache....not enough water!  
 I took an apple out with me to Ikea, to meet up with Cherry and kids.  It makes watching other people eat, easier!
Scout came home with me for her first sleep over...very exciting!  I cooked  gnocchi for her - her choice, and made pesto from the basil Pete trimmed up. It's the first time I have licked my fingers or the bowl (it was SO yummy!) ... In other words been naughty!  And today I'm a whole kg lighter!! Beginners luck? 
Hmmmm.... I already feel thinner.  It's so important to feel like I'm winning. 
I'm back to black coffee - I must find a cafe in Beecroft that serve coffee good black....I have learned that it's not the same coffee that is wonderful with silked milk in it!!  Scout and I went out for "coffee" to Chicken and Fishead and his coffee is too strong when black.
i plan to do this program for about 38 days this time.  will be interesting to see how much I can release the second time round!  That gives me time to do the 21 days of maintenance before my next holiday!!  yeah...life is tough!!
This release session takes me to a place I have not been for a LONG time!  its exciting but its also hard.  I need to be held accountable, so I do appreciate your support.
I just love how Harold creates his reality ________________________________

Home home...

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.... 5 days of travelling, not eating properly, not weighing.... then I'm home.  I feel fat, I can't weigh because I left the scales behind for Paul and Sharon.  My eating is out of control...I could just eat and eat until I'm as fat as before.... but I HAVE set a date with Laurence to get back on track.  So before he comes over, I rush out and buy and new set of scales.  Weighing that first morning, set my mind to the project again.  Its amazing the power of the scales.  I NEED to know what is happening, to keep it in check.  I have been amazed at how important it is to weigh every day, at this point in my journey anyway.  I did SO well the whole time I was travelling,  I just couldn't blow it all once home.  I know I am an 'all or nothing' person, I find it very hard to be moderate.  I wish I could be moderate!!  Moderator or Abstainer
So, as soon as I saw just what the damage was...I cut out/cut back and a couple of days I was back!!  This is a new phenomena!!  I love it!! My body knows where it is suppose to be...according to my last weigh loss thru HCG.
Now I am going to change all that!!_____________________________________

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mexican Fish

We started out with a table for 4... Too soon we were a table for 3. Now that the staff have finally decided to leave two tables together for this odd trio ~ for the mamma! We are down to a table for two!! Just mother and son! Sharon is enroute to NZ for a family wedding.
A rainbow fish turned on its side to look up at me. What is this monster snorkeling above me?? Lots of little yellow with black stripped curious fish swam right up to my mask - I even felt some little nibbles. Glad I didn't taste too good...there were some fair sized barracudas down there with lots of big teeth!!
Lunch of fish tacos....again! Good stuff.
A couple of steak nights and my weight is back on target again. It's only been up or down 900 grams or so. I'm glad for the reassurance of the scales, as Iam feeling fat again. I've gotten used to where I'm at, and I'm getting impatient to release the next 10. It should get me to a space I have not been in for a l o n g time. Exciting!
Tomorrow, Paul and I go back to New York. Sunday I head home, arriving Tues am.
I need to get on with this recreating______________________________________________>

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Year

I read that only 8% of people can successfully make lasting changes in their lives. That's a pretty discouraging amount. I don't want to be part of the 92% that fail....but it would be so easy! Succeeding is hard work! Theoretically I have finished my maintenance, and now I should be able to gradually add some carbs to my meals. I feel so guilty with carbs...they are the big bad wolf.
We enjoyed the best lunch ever today...fresh fish tacos! They were so yummy...I could get hooked! But they were soon after we had been swimming with the dolphins and that was the best fun I've had for a long time! So likely on a bit of a high!! My first kiss....from a dolphin!
Yesterday we were at the Mayan ruins called Chichen-Itza on a bus tour and usually bus tour food is pretty substandard....but the guide had told us that a typical Mayan food was the pulled pork tacos, with unusual spices...it was delicious! No, Mayans are not extinct! There are about 3 million between Guatemala and the Yucatan where we are.
The Mayans brot corn, the calendar and ball games to our civilization. There has been lots of talk of the end of the Mayan calendar. It is the end of an era, the Picean age, the fish, the dark age. Will be a start of a new age...but they don't know what will happen. It was very interesting to see ruins, that were first built about 3000 years before Christ.

I am trying so hard to keep my weight close to my finishing weigh in, that some times I wonder if I'm eating enough. I do need to keep my metabolism rate going! I enjoyed a nice little fillet tonight, with a Mayan Salad. Meals not too big like Americans ones can be. And we shared a nice bottle of red... The morning weigh in keeps me motivated.