Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beginning of the Road

I've done this a thousand times before. The well worn road of the "New Year- New plan for making it work this time" is something I'm very familiar with. This is what I do, and what I've done since I was 11 really. Every year I start out owning what I am, accepting me for just who I am, and trying my damnedest to change the poor habits I've developed over these many years.

Needless to say, most efforts have proven quite futile. Trouble is the life I've led is an easy one. It's really easy to just stop by any roadside takeout place and order up whatever specialty they offer. Pay for your meal, head home, and enjoy. 1, 2, 3. Easy as pie. There's nothing to it. Who wouldn't want to enjoy a little bit of something that tastes good and do so while drinking a nice ice cold glass of beer while watching the fight? Who doesn't have that dream for chrissakes?

Yeah, it's an easy life. It's a fun life. Quite frankly, it's a life I really don't want to stop leading. Yet here I am about to make the same change I've made a thousand times before, and I'm actually positive about the results. That's not to say i wasn't positive before, but this time there's something else to it. I'm not just positive I can make this work, I'm also realistic about the results.

I'm not trying to make some crazy go at it. I'm not starving myself, not depriving myself of the things I want, not being unrealistic about what I can eat and what I will eat. I'm doing this, hopefully, the right way this time. 

I'm trying to understand the right foods I should eat. I'm measuring out my foods into correct portions. Best part of all, I'm eating things that taste good! This isn't an infomercial about some product you won't use in a week. This is me saying I like nectarines and eating them makes me happy.

The solutions are simple. Control your foods better and you'll do better. That's a bit more difficult that you might imagine when you don't have a kitchen of your own. You end up making really bad decisions out of convenience. Now, my situation is different. I have my own kitchen and thankfully, I also like to cook. Last night I had one of the best vegetable soups I've ever eaten and I made it! There was no crap in it. No pesticides, no artificial colors or sweeteners, no bullshit. It just had vegetables, seasonings, and lots of goodness.

It tasted good and, best of all, I was full. You can't ask for more than that.

Right now, I'm just happy. I think I might have a solution. Now let's see how it plays out.

Starting Weight: 390+
Currently: 349.2

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