At this point in my weight loss journey, I get asked a lot of questions from people who have been watching my transformation. I thought I'd take the opportunity to answer a few that I get pretty often.
Question: "What are you eating these days?"
My Answer: Lots of whole foods, very little processed foods, no fast food, keeping between 1400-1500 calories per day.
Question: "Did you have weight loss surgery?"
My Answer: No, I lost over 90 pounds in the first 11 months through changing my food habits, and have continued to lose as I upped my game by joining a gym to add cardio and strength training since May 2012.
Question: "How can you give up sweets/chocolate/bread/etc.?"
My Answer: I haven't! I can't imagine living the rest of my life without bread or mashed potatoes, but I don't eat them every day, and I've found healthier alternatives I've switched to that I love.
Question: "Do you ever have a 'cheat day' and eat whatever you want?"
My Answer: No, I don't have anything or anyone to cheat but myself if I were to eat something crazy. I'm not on a diet program, so I have no specific restrictions. My focus is on eating in a well-balanced manner each and every day. For example, my sister makes the best cakes with fondant anywhere, and I enjoy some of that at family birthdays. I'm not cheating by having a small piece. I know it's coming, and I plan ahead for it to fit into my calories. I don't eat a huge chunk of it. A small piece is enough to enjoy! To put it into perspective, I eat broccoli 5 or 6 days a week, but I have eaten cake maybe 5 or 6 times in the past year. I AM eating whatever I want to, because I truly want to eat the way that I am these days!
Question: "Don't you crave junk food once in a while?"
My Answer: No, not really. Once I was about 6 months in, I realized my tastes had completely changed. My biggest craving now is watermelon! If I haven't had any in a few days, I find myself making a lunchtime run to the grocery store and loading up on 2 or 3 pounds of seedless watermelon and I eat it over the next couple of days. I buy it in the pre-cut bowls in the produce department, and that's my big splurge!
The question I get asked most often, without a doubt, is two-fold...
"How did you make the decision to lose weight, and how have you stuck with it so long?"
I'll answer it in my next blog post, so stay tuned!