the mother of all comments to KatyaR, in response to two posts below, where she says she lost 22 pounds via diet change and exercise, and I was somehow an "inspiration?" Me, who hasn't lost a damn ounce and in fact put on six pounds since starting my current job?
I pulled a couple of pair of dress slacks from the closet yesterday, to try them on for today's interview. They were unwearable. These are not Aspirational Pants - you know, the ones you buy on sale, or because they are so cute, and you know they will fit any day now, because you are sticking to your diet and exercise!!!- no. These were not those pants. These were pants I Used to Wear. They. Don't. Fit.
Why is this, you ask? Because even if you eat a very healthy diet, you still need to burn calories. Even if you eat a very healthy diet without cheating at ALL, this is true, and if you, yanno, let some cheese slide in over the weekend, or nervously nibble salty snacks from your desk drawer to relieve the tension at the office, um, yeah. There is no amount of yoga or walking or whatever to counter that.
So I feel like a fraud, and yet challenged. I've somehow inspired someone to do what I didn't do for myself, and that is a damn weird feeling, but thank you KatyaR, for the inspiration to Pay Attention again. My desk drawer has no salty snacks in it now (because, um, I ate them all) and the stash will not be replenished. Portion control is back on the radar. I'm back to using Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great as my guiding light. (Not just this, but all of her cookbooks.) I have officially climbed back on the healthy wagon, because damn, when the slacks you used to wear won't button? Time to hit the panic button.