|My Husband and me on Halloween - Our Annual Pirate Show!|
The week started with a funeral out of town, then there was the annual pirate show my husband and I put on each year at Halloween and the week ended with a trip to the Texas Renaissance Faire after a six year absence.
This week I encountered some of the most difficult challenges I've had since the early days of starting Ideal Protein.
A couple of times I had to go off diet. Being a guest in someone's home (more than once) and spending two days at a renaissance faire presents a lot of hard food choices. The fact that I deviated from the program showed in my fat percentage, it went up a little, but I am proud of the fact that I was able to drop two pounds in spite of this week's chaos.
One of the most frustrating experiences this week was dealing with a friend who was hyper-critical of the diet I'm on (even though my success is obvious) and worked really hard to derail my progress. I won't go into great detail about the incident, what was said or done - I'm not even sure she did it consciously. The experience left me hurt and angry... and right now I am focusing on shrugging it off. Staying angry at someone I love because they just "don't get it" doesn't do either of us any good.
What's important for ME right now is to stick to a program I know is right for ME! It doesn't bother me if someone thinks another diet or another approach to health is better than what I am doing - More power to them!
I know what is working for ME - another's uneducated, unkind opinion is just noise and says more about where they are than it does about me.
I have shed more than 80 lbs. from my frame. I feel better than I've felt in years. My knees don't hurt anymore, I have a general sense of well-being and I'm more productive than ever before. There's no arguing with those results.
The picture above was taken on Halloween night as my husband and I were acting all piratey for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. After this picture was taken I kept staring at it. My husband asked me what I was doing and I said, "I can't believe that's me!" He answered with "You look great!"
I wore the pirate bodice when I was a lot heavier. I tried to locate photos from "back then" but had no luck finding any. The bodice has a lot of adjustable laces that I gapped open at the front and the back to get it on my growing body. Last Halloween I had to find another costume because I was finally too big to wear my favorite bodice so imagine my delight when I was not only able to wear the bodice again this year, but lace it up completely in the front and back!! I have NEVER been able to lace that thing up all the way! Never!
I wore that bodice to faire one of the days we were there, too, and my husband said, "I've always had a pretty wife to take to faire, but this is the first time I've had a hot wife at my side." or something to that effect. I could have flown after that remark.
I ran into old friends at faire, some didn't recognize me at first. One friend (Who follows this blog - Hi Pat!) took a good look at me and said, "I don't think I've ever seen you this small and went on to tell me how good I looked." It felt so good to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in years and even better when they told me how happy or good I looked.
I got a lot of compliments on my costumes from passers by, which has never, ever happened. To illustrate the difference in how I look now and how I looked the last time I went to faire, here are two pictures:
|Me, about 2006 - the last year I went to |
The Texas Renaissance Faire. I probably
Weighed over 300 lbs. at this time.
|A photo taken by my friend, Tony Goodman, this past|
Saturday at the Texas Renaissance Faire.
No wonder Folks didn't recognize me!!
It's a dramatic difference!! The only thing that looks the same is the little crown thingy I am wearing on my head!!
I love - LOVE - this diet!