This has been one of the best summers of my life; personally, professionally, and developmentally. I was pretty apprehensive about doing a scaleless summer again, but it was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.
Leading into my scaleless summer I was discouraged. Discouraged that I hadn’t been successful in my weight loss efforts these past few years and overwhelmed by my quest to walk away from a set diet plan. Back in April I decided to walk away from extreme dieting, but what I really walked away from was my obsession over tracking calories and/or Points. I wanted to follow my own plan and to create a lifestyle that worked for me. I quickly realized that weight loss required a true diet change and for many that might mean extreme changes.
At first I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was tempted to just rejoin Weight Watchers or to add another app to my phone to track my food intake. Letting go of the control was really hard and for most of May I felt out of control. I allowed myself to eat anything and everything, which was awesome and scary. What that month gave me was a true freedom from food. After a few weeks I felt my obsessions start to slip away. Because I could have whatever I wanted, I no longer obsessed over foods that were often off limits. I realized how gross I felt when I ate certain foods and in the end decided to stop eating foods that made me feel bloated, tried, and out of control.
Out of choice I haven’t had peanut butter since May. Peanut butter has always been a “trigger food” for me. No longer do I feel like it’s a trigger. I know that I can have peanut butter whenever I want and for whatever reason, I just don’t want it. It’s like the excitement and thrill was taken away from food when I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted back in May.
I also realized this summer how gross some foods make me feel. It’s crazy how bloated I am when I eat legumes, dairy, and foods packed with fiber. I’ve learned to love how I feel when I eat primarily vegetables, fruit, protein, cold press juice, and most grains. I have not followed a single diet plan since April, but I have reached a point where I’ve found a lifestyle that I’m happy with.
I strive to eat foods that make to feel great, which includes occasional treats. I drink a lot of water, workout regularly, eats foods from our CSA, and cleanse my system with juice cleanses as needed. My juice cleanse this summer left me feeling on top of the world and crazy enough, got me to stop drinking coffee! I haven’t had coffee in 2 months and I’ve never felt better. I have every intention of doing more juice cleanses down the road and plan to use them to detox my system and to reset my mind if I need it. It’s really amazing the mental clarity you find when you do a juice cleanse and for me, the juice cleanse I did this summer was a real turning point in my life.
I am really, really, really excited to weigh in on Monday morning and to share my Scaleless Summer results with y’all. I have worked really hard this summer and I know that I have lost weight and inches. It would be thrilling to be near my pre-pregnancy weight of 234.5 but no matter what the scale says, I am really proud of what I have achieved.
Next week I am going to go into much more detail about my scaleless summer and my new lifestyle. I’m really looking forward to blogging about weight loss, fitness, and health again. Coffee Cake and Cardio is a weight loss blog and I’m eager to refocus the content on weight loss. I truly appreciate the patience my readers have had with me as I’ve sorted through things this summer. I hope you’ll enjoy Coffee Cake and Cardio moving forward.