I realized something last night during my surgeon's support group. It was an epiphany. Like a big brick hit me across my noggin. Yeah, I said noggin. Sometimes it takes the big bricks to get me to realize some pretty obvious things.
This "big brick" of a message was actually said by our support group leader (Hi Mark!)
Here's how it went down:
After showing the newbies my before photo of when I was a fatty and giving them my 30 second summary about how I lost 111+ lbs in 14 months....blah blah blah, I continued to carry on about how I love to on occasion enjoy a Dairy Queen Chocolate Brownie Blizzard or how last Saturday I inhaled half of a (big) bag of Maui onion potato chips.
The newbies in the room who haven't had surgery yet looked at me like I had just grown horns and was speaking in tongues.
Mark quickly interrupted me and said something like this (I'm paraphrasing) "she's in a different phase now...maintenance....she gets to play a little."
That's the big brick. I get to "play a little" now with my food choices. And do you know what? I completely agree. This is soooooo true!
Sure, I still keep an eye on my food choices and make exercise a priority just like when I was losing, but there's no way I would I would eat the "extras" that I do now when I was losing. I was a woman on a mission with some serious determination when I was losing.
So, when you see me talking about my occasional unhealthy food choices, please remember that I am in MAINTENANCE and eating foods that I NEVER ATE when I was losing. Maintenance is a little different of a game than losing, similar yet different.
I am still learning about the craziness of maintenance...it sure is an interesting place to be. I can't wait for more of you to join me and "play a little" in the land of maintenance.
PS: I saw an all time low this morning on the scale...140.1...crazy! We'll see what happens on Friday's official weigh-in.