|One of the two bikes I use to commute to work.|
For the first time in what feels like a gazillion years I am no longer considered obese! When my body fat ratio was measured yesterday the number that came up on the computer was yellow instead of the orange I am used to seeing. When I saw that glowing yellow 31% number I realized that my fat ratio is just inside the "acceptable" range!
I wanted to dance, jump up and down, pirouette like a mad ballerina - my fat ratio is in the healthy range and I am getting very close to my goal!! I will be off phase I of Ideal Protein in the very near future!! I would like to get a few more points down on the fat ratio, somewhere around 25-26% - but we'll see what happens in the coming weeks.
I've been getting a lot of questions lately about whether I am tired of the diet, now that I've been on it for 10 months. My answer is that I don't allow myself to think that way.
I have a job to do. The Ideal Protein diet is the tool I've chosen to get the job done. I feel I've been extremely successful in accomplishing this task. If I felt the diet was a chore, some kind of deprivation or something unpleasant, I would have quit a long time ago (like I did with other diets).
The diet is a means to an end and it hasn't been that hard to follow. I like a lot of the foods involved in the program and have experienced improved health and attitude since I started.
My life has changed in so many amazing ways, and all I did was change the way I perceived myself and the world around me. It amazes me when I notice in the course of my everyday life how much my perceptions have changed over the past couple of years.
For example. I hopped on my bike this morning for my commute to work. I had a great ride about halfway there. The morning air was crisp, I had a good cadence going and I felt like I was flying.... until the chain came off the bike.
I ended up walking my bike the rest of the way into work. In the past I would have complained, "Oh, this is just typical!" and let it set the tone for the rest of my day.
This morning I took it in stride, not exactly happy about the chain coming off my bike, but not upset, either. I enjoyed a brisk walk instead of a brisk ride and thought to myself that a breakdown on a bike is a lot more convenient than a breakdown with a car.
I could take the bike with me the rest of the way - I would have had to find a tow truck or a safe place to park if I were in a car. A slipped chain is something I can fix myself, too!
Life is what you make of it, isn't it?