My blog name PurplePearls came, in part, from my love of all things purple. I have always loved it, even as a child. One of my great life finds was my first set of purple colored pearls. Being a southern girl, when something risqué, out of the way or shocking was said, a lady would grab her necklace, look shocked and in the best southern drawl say “why clutch my pearls”. I love the saying, so I would have to say “why clutch my purple pearls”. Around this time in my journey, the singer, Prince, passed away. I loved his music and I like to think we were kindred spirits because of the love we shared of purple. “Party Like It’s 1999” is one of his more famous songs, but also the theme of a cookout party I attended. It has been almost two months since completing the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program. All summer there has been plenty of food, cookouts, sweet treats and gatherings to celebrate graduations, weddings and births. At this cookout, I was tasked with finding games to entertain the guest. There was food, fattening food and more food! To stay on track, I stayed busy doing things not food related. This is a tool from the arsenal – distract yourself. Distractions can help take your mind off of food. I think back to this topic often and have a list of things I have used to help in the last few months. I have been found painting fingernails, which I never had time to do before. Hmm, guess I was eating. I get on the phone and talk which has helped me catch up with people I don’t get to reach out to often. Hmm, guess I was eating. I put together a puzzle, which I haven’t done in years. Man, was I eating then too?! Some distractions also include physical fitness. I clean up around the house which is a workout in itself to bend, squat, sweep, mop, vacuum, reach and move items around. Before this program, I would get all of that done, but it was over several days and was exhausting. Now, I put on my cute workout clothes, (yes, while cleaning) go up the stairs several times, do squats, really get into scrubbing the tub, bend in a stretch to clean the baseboards, march in place in between tasks and when I move my weights to clean, I do a few reps. I am really working up a good sweat. Being that I am not eating, I build in time for a treat afterwards. My treat is a nice soak with candles, a glass of wine and bubble bath in my super clean tub! Overall, at 306, I am down 34 pounds. Look! Look! Do you see it?! There it is! 300. I am so close! I have not been under 300 pounds in any records I can find for the last 13 years. When I set goals 5 months ago, my next upcoming weight goal is 318 and I am 306! Not too bad honey, not too bad. Do a little shimmy, do a little dance, with that I’m going to party like it’s 1999! Feel free to follow my progress and give me some tips on other great distractions when you are tempted to eat more than you should.
Written by Purple Pearls