The Joy in Dieting…Really…

I love to eat.  That “Eat, Pray, Love” lady has nothing on me.  I can eat with the best of them and I don’t have to go to Italy to do it.  I’ve always been one of those people that “lives to eat,” rather than, “eats to live.”  I know people like that, eating simply to live, they actually forget to eat. Can you imagine? Forgetting to eat?  I don’t know about you but at breakfast I’m planning lunch…and usually dinner too.

For the last 4 weeks I’ve been on a weight loss program where I eat only one meal a day and replace the other 2 with nutritional shakes. I’ve never been a meal replacement fan, I always preferred to eat my calories rather than drink them.  Unless you’re talking ‘adult beverages,’ those are OK to drink rather than eat calories. But this time I needed a good jump-start so I tried it.  And I’m glad I finally gave in and did.  The shakes, which on day one tasted barely palatable, today taste like Dairy Queen!  It’s amazing what we can train ourselves to believe. Talk about being joyful! I get Dairy Queen for breakfast every day!

And my meal, my one meal a day, is the best food I’ve ever eaten. Really. The BEST food I’ve ever eaten. See, since I’m only getting one meal, I’m making it myself and I’m making it like Martha Stewart would — cloth napkins, fine china, beautifully plated, with lots of colorful organic veggies, scrumptious grilled fish, and a bountiful green salad.

Another side benefit, my taste-buds have experienced a re-birth. For the first time in a long time, I not only can taste the food I eat, I know what “satisfied” feels like. And it doesn’t take as much food as I thought it did.  So I’m doing great, losing weight, feeling energetic, exercising and enjoying the ride. Will someone please remind me of this when the Holidays are here???

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