Thinking about the emotional aspect of weight loss
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
We were watching the biggest loser last night, and some of the people were talking about dealing with the emotional part of weight loss. That made me start thinking....
The last few months when I've tried to lose weight, after the second week I fall into a rut where I am trying during the day, but at night I ruin it all and wind up gaining weight.
When I look back on the two successful times I've lost weight, what did I do differently? What was my mindset?
The first time I took the scale out of the equation and just tried to be more active. I went for walks at night to clear my mind and be outdoors. I was amazing at eating. I ate healthy and got to the point icecream wasn't even enticing. How do you do that?!??!
The second time was in Seattle, and it turned into almost a hobby. Ian and I walked to the grocery store since it was nearby. We worked out 3x a week in the gym, and since I was constantly stressed out by my job, it was a great release. I did decent with my eating, but it was harder since I was cooking for two. It was exciting to me to feel leaner and more energetic.
This time around I always hope the scale is lower, but it's like it doesn't connect full circle. It's like I expect to be able to eat 2000 cals a day and lose the weight, but it doesn't work that way!
The exercise part I'm doing okay with... especially since it's warmer outside. The food... how do I combat the food? I could be content with a salad and chicken for dinner, but Ian is not excited for such things. I feel obligated to make more yummy and delicious varieties for dinner. The last time we lost weight together, he was in class and usually had soup or something for dinner. If I can figure out how to make a variety of lower calorie meals for us that would be good. So... there's my assignment and conclusion I reached from this writing!