Another January another resolution to lose weight. Some years you make it 5 minutes, some years 5 months. Some years you lose a little, some years nothing and sometimes you even get to your goal and somehow still find the following January you are making the same weight loss resolution again.
When I wanted to lose weight I would go on a “diet”. I would restrict myself and do whatever I needed to do to get the weight off. I remember round 1 at weight watchers, I totally dieted my way through. I did what I had to do to get the weight off to get my Doctor off my back. Problem was once I got to my goal I went back to what I had always done. I have an all or nothing personality, so when I’m in I am all in but when I’m out… well let’s just say it only took 2 months to gain 12 pounds back after I hit goal.
I didn’t want to put it all back on and even though weight watchers had helped me lose weight I didn’t want to go back and let anyone know I had gained (crazy right?) so I started reading a bunch of weight loss books trying to figure out how to lose weight so I could get some of it off before I went back to weight watchers. In one of those books I read the words that would change everything for me…
DON’T MAKE CHANGES YOU CAN’T KEEP FOREVER
I walked back into weight watchers and looked at the room differently then I did round 1. The first time I tried to figure out how to fit into weight watchers world. This time I decided to figure out how to fit weight watchers into my world. I decided to embrace who I was and not try to do what everyone else was doing that was just so uncomfortable to me. I realized if I wanted to change I had to change something
CHANGE IS UNCOMFORTABLE BUT IF IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE TO THE POINT YOU CAN’T WAIT TILL YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN, DON’T PUT YOUR ENERGY THERE, PUT YOUR ENERGY TOWARDS SOMETHING YOU WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH
I am a volume eater (I like to look down and see lots of food) round 1 I ate off little plates and would feel deprived because that’s what I thought you were suppose to do. Round 2 I decided to learn what foods and how I could get the volume that I enjoyed.
Round 1 I stayed away from restaurants and parties and avoided most social functions that involved food (pretty much everything) Round 2 I decided to find restaurants that had foods that I enjoyed but fit into my “budget” and would offer to bring things that I enjoyed to social events so I didn’t feel deprived.
Round 1 I ate alot of the same boring “diet” foods. Round 2 I found foods that were exciting and tasted good but were also healthy choices (believe me there are so many out there) It keeps me from wanting to go back to the things that put the weight on me in the first place.
These are just a few examples of some of the changes. I have been able to keep it off now for almost 8 years. I no longer feel like I am on a diet I really am just living. Can I have and do or not do everything I want? Of course not but that is a whole other blog. I enjoy the healthy me much better then the unhealthy me but I have to be able to enjoy the choices I am making to stay here.
Happy New Year!