Thursday, April 10, 2008

guest blogger... my mom's words

Hi Guys,

I hope you enjoyed before when my mom guest blogged on here. She's got some amazing stories about her weight loss. So I hope you don't mind me sharing them here. Enjoy...

A Month is a Month is a Month

During the month of March, I was getting ready for a cruise. This was my second cruise and believe you me I was not looking forward to it. This, of course, must be explained, but briefly. My first cruise was the cruise from Hades. We hit a horrible storm and had 40 foot swells and I was in bed sick for 3 days. We couldn’t even get into one port because of the roughness. I swore I’d never go on another one. But, I let a friend talk me into it and here I was again.

I don’t really know what happened the two weeks before the cruise but I had stayed on my diet and was really good and gained 5 pounds the first week and gained 2.5 pounds the second week. I was so disgusted that I thought of quitting but having lost 50 pounds already I was thinking to myself that I’d gone so far already that I didn’t want to let my successes go to waste, so I let my thinking get back on track.

Well… I don’t know if you’ve ever been on a cruise or not but if you don’t like to eat, get drunk or gamble there isn’t much else to offer you while on board. I don’t like to gamble and drink only the occasional cocktail, usually a grasshopper after dinner when in a nice restaurant, so guess what that left…food! Wow, what wonderful food there is! And at any time of day or night. And it’s included in your fare, it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Since I had gained the two weeks before the cruise I had decided that I’d enjoy myself during the cruise (food wise) and get back to basics when I got home. I didn’t want to go hog wild (and didn’t) but I was going to enjoy myself in the only way that I could.

To begin with for dinner you can order as much of an item as you want so before every meal I ordered two shrimp cocktails. In this way I was being good since shrimp are low in points and it helped fill me up somewhat. I hadn’t had pasta in a while and the first night I ordered fettuccine alfredo. Wow, it was delicious. To my horror I could only eat one third of it and was full (well almost, I was saving some room for desert). By the fourth day, and after prime rib and beef Wellington and pizza and French fries and and and (it was a seven day cruise) I was missing my half can of soup and my half sandwich. Yeah, missing my diet! I couldn’t believe it! Missing the right food! What a wonderful thing for me! At that point I was aware that I have finally gotten my head on straight and will never be obese again. What a wonderful feeling it was and is.

When I returned home I had gained one more pound and I got back on it with a vengeance and I lost 4.5 pounds the first week. I didn’t even loose that much my first week on this thing. I felt great. And continue to feel great. I looked back at my weight chart and realized that I had lost a month because I am back to were I was 4 weeks ago. But, what the hey. Maybe your body and mind need a little break once in a while. In the past about once or twice a month I’d indulge in something that was fattening just to keep me on track the rest of the time and not crave the wrong stuff. I am of the mind set now that I need a week of indulgence to get me back in the right frame of mind. I’ve got 50 more pounds to go and right now I am ready to “get-r-done”. I’m not saying that everyone should do what I did. Some of you may do this and never get back on track, and that would be a bad thing. But if you are really committed to this weight loss regiment this might be the way to get yourself motivated again. It’s a thought.

Thank you Cara for getting me motivated in the first place on this long journey to a healthier me. Your starting WW got me to thinking about myself and how awful I looked when we took pictures of each other in Florida the winter of 2007. If it weren't for you I'd still be a big ole fat slob. I love you very much. Guess we could say we inspire each other. How wonderful for a mother and daughter to be so harmonious.

It's me again (Cara). Could I ask everyone to leave a comment for my mom. I'm trying to encourage her to start her own blog. If nothing else, then just to keep a journal of her weight loss. But maybe if we can leave her some comments, she'll think about starting one of her own. She thinks she doesn't have anything to say on a blog. :)


->cara said...

I'm so glad you're sticking with WW. I've been so afraid you'd quit on me. I know how hard it is not having any local support through this thing. And I'm so proud of you staying so dedicated to it.

jodi said...

hi mom! just wanted to say hello to cara and thank her for the comment today... i think she's done quite an awesome job herself - losing 5 sizes in a year is truly amazing! that's something to be proud of for sure! keep it up! :o)

Candace said...

Hi Mom, I was just saying at WW this week that sometimes we need to give ourselves the permission to have a 'mental' and 'emotional' break from tracking and worrying about food once in a while, but with the commitment to own that break and get back at it after a week. Honestly, for every week I take that break it seems to turn into a month before I'm fully engaged again, but it is so worth it. I actually was really focused during Christmas thanks to a much-needed 'break' in October, where my weight was quite stagnant. I think we can agree (since we've both been successful thus far) that our heads are screwed on straight.

Cara said...

I love that you missed your diet lunch. I do that now too. haha.

and I hope your mom starts her own blog, she is a very good and entertaining writer ;-) Like mother like daughter right?

Donna said...

Yet again, another inspiring post from you! I sure do hope you start a blog as well as your daughter because I love your wisdom. Thanks for sharing!