We’ve hit the time in the summer that is both a blessing and a curse for me. A blessing because celebrating special events with friends and family is always fun. A curse because these memory-making events always come with indulgent foods and drinks. Still, I feel lucky to have so much to celebrate over the course of these two weeks:
- Italian Heritage Night at the SF Giants (Tuesday night)
- My dad’s birthday (Wednesday night)
- A Silpada party (last night)
- Impromptu BBQ w/ my parents (tonight)
- SJ Giants baseball game (tomorrow night)
- Dinner out with a friend for my birthday (Tuesday)
- My birthday (next Wednesday)
- 4th of July
- My friend’s annual 5th of July party
At each of these events, I’m going to make the best choices possible. For example, Wednesday night at my dad’s birthday dinner, which we had at a local bocce court and restaurant, I ordered steamed clams and mussels in a white wine/tomato/garlic broth. Healthy and very delicious, but we also had red wine. Which is fine, and wouldn’t affect my weight loss, except that I had a beer at the Giants game the night before, and I had cucumber sangria at my party last night. See what I mean? None of these choices alone are bad; but together they make it hard to lose weight.
Which is honestly why I didn’t weigh in on Wednesday. I’d had an Italian sausage (no bun), beer, and a bit of kettle corn the night before at the game, and I knew it would put me up on the scale, even if it is just water weight.
Now I’m not saying that during this next week and a half I’m going to throw everything out the window and eat with wild abandon while lazing around at home inactive. That’s just not me anymore. I’m still making good choices, I’m still eating small portions, and I’m still working out as much as ever. But at this point in my weight loss journey, indulging a bit and working out equals maintaining my weight, not losing.
Which I’m fine with – until July 6th. I’ve decided that I’m perfectly happy to maintain my weight loss for the next week or so. I’m actually really happy with the way I look and feel right now. I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished and enjoy seeing the person who looks back at me in the mirror. But I still weigh more than I’d like to, so I’m not quite ready to call this my goal weight. Not just yet.
So beginning on July 6th I’m going to get back to my weight loss mode. I want to drop another 30 pounds, and while I know it’s going to be a lot harder to do it now that I’m at this weight, I know I can do anything I put my mind to. Those 30 pounds aren’t going to come off in just one summer, but I can lose 1/3 – 1/2 of them if I get back to being a bit stricter with my food choices.
Which is not to say that I can’t have fun this summer, but I want to keep my ultimate goal in mind. My journey isn’t over just yet, and I’m excited to continue on with it after this brief rest stop.