Saturday, March 06, 2010
Well, folks, here's the scoop. About 1.5 years ago, I began my journey to lose weight. I entered the first diet of my life. Up until hormones, overwork, overeating, and stress packed on extra pounds, I'd been spoiled with being able to eat whatever, whenever with no consequences.
For the first few months of this year and a half (Oct-Dec '08), I tried NutriSystem. I'm not going to get into the pros and cons of any brand or product, but I used it to learn good eating habits and as a tool to start the process. I lost most of my current 34 pounds before finding SP in Jan. 09. For those few months, I understood it was a lifestyle change, but also knew it was a diet. There was a mental discipline involved.
Then I found this great website and we all know the many benefits here. However, my psyche doesn't process discipline in eating right calling it a lifestyle change. I know this may not make sense to anyone but me, but unless I find myself putting the label of diet on it, I meander. Even doing the right things with the nutrition tracker, I am not doing well in getting off this plateau.
So, I've put myself on a 3-month new eating plan that I personally call a diet. This is day three. It is kinda like tough love with myself. I'll get into specifics when I see what my first weekly weigh-in next Thursday shows. It's nothing shocking or earth-shaking, but my body is really surprised that I am getting tough with it. I was going to accept my plateau wgt as my goal wgt. I was going to settle. This is my revolt against just settling.
I've made a deal with my body. Even though I wanted to shed another 16 lbs., I will be happy with 10 more. That means that I have compromised with it. So, we shall see what the scale and measurements say in these next three months. You just come to a point where enough is enough.
So, yes, I am doing this healthy lifestyle change/adventure. But I am also on a diet for the next three months. Whatever works, right?
Wishing all a great day.
(If I achieve my goal in these three months, I'll have learned enough to just call it a lifestyle change. As Shakespeare wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." )