Monday, June 1, 2009

Day 50 - Finally!

If my math skills serve me correct, today is my 50th day without sugar, caffeine, or processed food! No matter how off I got on my eating schedule, or how many meals I skipped, or how hectic my life has been over the past two weeks, I have still remained 100% committed to eliminating those bad foods from my diet. It is the ONE thing I am holding on to, because I am so proud of the fact that I actually kicked those bad habits. To indulge in a soda or a candy bar now would feel like such a failure! And I'm IN IT TO WIN IT!

Speaking of winning... I hope everyone saw my post about my first challenge as a Blogger! I am so excited at the response I have got so far, and I'm hoping even more of you sign up! It is going be fun, and we are going to definitely be able to keep each other accountable with a little competition. My hope is that EVERYONE will be able to stick to it for the full 60 days. I have joined SO many challenges on various sites, and NEVER finish to the end. I always slink off un-noticed near the half-way mark, BUT NOT THIS TIME! I have officially put myself on front street - so I'm in it until the end!

Today I am FINALLY feeling like my eating is back to normal. Woke up to a protein smoothie, had a great "southwest" salad for lunch, and some really good strawberries and reduced fat cheese for a snack. Dinner will be a little late, but still within my 3 - 4 hour time. Probably another salad like I had earlier since it was SO good! I am on my 4th liter of water, and have journaled EVERYTHING! I woke up late this morning, so I forgot to weigh, but I will do that in the morning. Funny how I used to step on the scale every single morning, and let that little number dictate my day... but not anymore. It's now just a way I measure my progress - it does not define who I am or how I feel.

I guess that's another good change that's come out of this journey. Yeah, I do feel good because I weigh less than what I have since my 3-yr old daughter was born. But the way I FEEL means so much more to me. For the first time in... ? .... I feel good about myself and my appearance. I have a LONG way to go, but I KNOW I will get there! There is no longer a crazy doubt-monster living in my brain (or my house for that matter, lol). I am surrounded by friends who remind me every day that I am valuable, important, and beautiful (inside and out). I am actually happy.

Tomorrow I start teaching summer school, and it's going to be a challenge. It's only Tues/Wed/Thurs for the month of June, and its only for 3 hrs a day. BUT I will be working with severely disabled students. It will be a great opportunity for experience, and I am up for the challenge. I got my classroom ready today, and made phone calls to the parents of the children we expect to attend. Wish me luck on this one...

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