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Yesterday Stephen and I went into town to go grocery shopping, and stopped to visit with some friends on our way. They have a scale, so I asked if I could weigh myself on it while we were there.
What a surprise! I have officially hit the 50 pound mark! The credit all goes to the Lord, because there is no way I could have done this on my own. I am absolutely amazed.
For a few weeks, I was starting to become convinced that I had stalled in the weight loss, but without having a scale of our own to double-check that, there was no way of knowing.
It has been quite the challenge with our diet though. I have plenty of ideas for what to eat, but I often limit those in an effort to keep the grocery bill as low as possible. The one thing eluding me the most is finding a good low- or no-carb “treat.” So many of my favorite “treat” foods are too high in carbs to eat more than very rarely anymore. By “treat” I don’t mean “reward” – just those little finishing touches that make meals special. Before going low-carb, that would have been things like cookies or a pretty cake to add to meals once a week or so.
One thing that has helped immensely with that has been hot tea. It’s been a lot of fun trying to find flavors that I love. Our local grocery store has discontinued the Stash tea brand, which is a real bummer because it’s my favorite brand. The nice thing about it though is that they’re selling the boxes for super-cheap, and when you combine that with the fact that I have coupons for the boxes, that makes me happy. Last week I got two boxes of Earl Grey (a new flavor for me – yummy!) for $.15 each. Nice. That definitely helps with the cravings!
It’s been fun to watch the progress with dress size and inches lost as well. Down four dress sizes so far, and a total of 21 inches gone. I’m liking being able to find my size at the thrift store so easily again – they didn’t have a whole lot of selection in the plus-size section.
What an adventure this has been! When I first started making the diet and exercise changes, I went in with the mindset that I needed to do it for health. If I lost weight, that’d just be an added bonus. This isn’t what I expected, but I’ll take it!