Five more for the purse…

11 Nov

I’ve lost another 2.5 pounds for a grand total of 15!  And I’ve already got my eye on a little red number for my 20 pound reward.  (Ah, the vicarious thrill of ‘window-shopping’ online.) 

http://www.zappos.com/big-buddha-samantha-red

This may not be the final choice, but my one requirement for the new handbag is – RED!

I’m thinking the slower weight loss has its ‘ads’ and ‘disads’ – the positives definitely outweighing (hah, unintended!) the negatives.  Actually, ‘negatives’ is too negative of a word for ‘them’. 

On the plus side – I’ve hardly felt deprived at all during these last eight weeks – with the exception of week one.  Yesterday, I had curry for lunch.  Last Friday I had a piece of flourless chocolate cake at a dinner party.  I have a small amount of some kind of cheese several days a week.

Another plus – the more slowly one loses weight, the more likely to keep it off.  Apparently, part of this is due to a rewiring of the pleasure centers of your brain – from going nutzy cuckoo at the anticipation of food (if it is the anticipation that results in pleasure, no amount of food you eat will surpass that feeling), to feeling pleasure by actually eating the food – resulting in less food intake.  I’m no scientist, but this is my understanding.  The other reason, I think, is that slow weight loss is more likely the result of a lifestyle change rather than a quick and dirty diet – and really, who can live the rest of their lives on grapefruit slices, pork rinds and cabbage soup – and not be the grouchiest guy on the block? 

The only downside I can really come up with is – it kind of messes with your mind, because you can feel like you’ve made no progress from one week to the next.  This week is the perfect example for me.  I was convinced the scale would show no difference today, and yet, another 2.5 pounds lost.  Can’t argue with the scale, right?  (Though I’m sure plenty of us have tried it on an ocassion or two!)

Yesterday, I broke down and bought a new pair of jeans – in a size smaller.  Woohoo!!!  I really didn’t want to spend money on new clothes at this early stage, but the jeans I have now are just too baggy to feel good in.  The new pair are too long, and I need to have them hemmed – just the thing I needed to get me to call my pal Jean, the seamstress, and have the old jeans taken in.  So, that’s one thing on the ‘to do’ list for next week.

Right now I’m looking forward to tonight’s dinner of steak, Brussels sprouts and red wine!  BUT, hopefully not looking tooooo forward…I don’t want confuse those pleasure centers…

2 Responses to “Five more for the purse…”

  1. moobabes November 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    you sweetheart.

    love the message AND the next reward. keep on keeping on.

    talk soon. oxm

  2. Diane November 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    AWESOME! Slow and steady win the race…

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