This is what happened-->
Around mid-December, I decided that I wanted to go full-out on healthy eating and exercise (running, spinning, lifting, and core work). I was already doing the exercise part, but figured that tweaking my diet would give me the "cut" look that I'd been working toward.
I cut out Diet Coke, did a 14 day cleanse, and continued my schedule of running and working out. I cut out extra bread, cut out refined sugar, and didn't eat any fried foods (which I don't normally eat anyway). Geno was on this plan as well.
Over the three month time span, I lost about 4 pounds. I went from 121.5 to 117.5. My weight fluctuated between those numbers throughout the 3 months. Even though loss numbers weren't huge, I felt a little leaner and toned up some.
The thing is--> Geno and I were not happy with this lifestyle change. We didn't have any special treats at Christmas, we ate "lite" for the Super Bowl. I didn't even have a piece of cake on my birthday.
Did it feel great to be in total control of my diet? YES!
Did it feel great to fit into my skinniest pair of skinny jeans? YES!
BUT--The fact is, we were unhappy with this deprivation. And deprivation is what it was.
We had some pretty deep text messages and conversations over the last few days, and we decided that we were not seeing enough benefits to this new lifestyle to outweigh the anxiety and deprivation that went along with it.
It's not like we are going to go wild and crazy and eat everything in sight, but I'm no longer going to eat like an Ethiopian Elite athlete when I'm an 41 year old average runner. Geno and I are both "foodies," and this restricted diet just wasn't working for us! Life is for living!
Yesterday after work, I stopped by the store and bought the ingredients we needed for M&M cookies and a 12 pack of Diet Coke.
The cookies were fabulous and the Diet Coke was okay. I'm predicting that the 12 pack will last at least two weeks or more--it's just for emergency purposes for when we really want one--not for guzzling throughout the day like I used to do.
I worried that I would feel like a quitter or a failure when I took that first sip of Diet Coke and ate that first cookie...But what I realized is that being VERY restrictive is just as UNHEALTHY as eating too much.
A healthy lifestyle is about balance...and that's what I'm trying to achieve.
Work in progress.....