So funny! The DH and I were discussing this very thing over breakfast this morning. Our son keeps asking when we're gonna be done with this 'diet' -- we told him that it's a forever thing, which is helping to entrench it in OUR minds that this is going to be our Way Of Living for the rest of our lives!
We've been at it for 7.5 months now and STILL I have those feelings of "when I get to that target, I can go back to 'normal' eating" ...then I remember how I felt last June wearing a size 24/26/3X, how my joints ached constantly, I was always hungry - even after a "good" meal of pasta or a foot-long sub, how it hurt to climb 10 stairs and waking up every morning with my mouth full of glue from snoring all night.
Now I've had to give away clothes that will never fit me again (can we say "tent"?), I run up the 20+ stairs at work at least 8 times a day, I'm satisfied with a can/pouch of tuna and small salad for lunch (and may not eat dinner), and only have 'glue mouth' when my nose is a bit clogged from allergies and I breathed through my mouth all night (twice during last September).
Yeah, I still want a grilled cheese sandwich followed by a pint of Dreyer's choc chip cookie dough ~~ but the few times I've given in to those types of cravings, I've regretted it so awfully thoroughly...
--and THAT is the best motivator in the world!
Started 7/5/11 at 274 lbs
Now 214 -- that's 60 lbs!
Goal 160 lbs -- last time there was in junior high!
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." (Margaret Thatcher)