How many times have I heard this in the past 25 years; just in the past 3 weeks?
It seems as though I have been on every diet imaginable in those 25 years . . .The Original Atkins Diet, The Improved Atkins Diet, The New and Improved Atkins Diet, The Rotation Diet (Vanderbilt University), Richard Simmons Never Say Diet, The One Diet, Carb Lovers Diet, Sugar Busters, Fat Busters, Weight Watchers, Green Tea Diet, Body For Life Diet, Belly Off Diet, Hoodia, Metabolife, Hydroxycut, The blah blah blah diet, blah, blah, blah . . . some I can't even remember, I could go on and on, but I won't.
I'm sure there are lots of you out there that have done the same thing, constantly looking for THE DIET that will change you and everything about you and get you to your desired weight and keep you there. After [literally] 1/2 my life of searching for THE DIET, I realize now that it doesn't exist and never has. How much weight have I lost then regained in those 25 years? When I went to Coast Guard boot camp in 1978 I weighed 150 pounds, not obese, but considered overweight for my age and height. When I retired from the Coast Guard in 2004 I weighed 225 pounds which was overweight and considered obese, which is one of the reasons I retired.
Then, completely by accident, I discovered SPARK PEOPLE and THE SPARK a little over 3 weeks ago. I'm so glad that y'all found it too! In those three weeks, I have learned that I'm the only one that can change me and how I look at me from the inside and outside. It is within me to choose to live a healthy lifestyle and in turn lose weight and stay that way!
So, back to my original question that I am asked time and time again, "CAN YOU EAT THAT ON YOUR DIET?" Yes, I can! I can eat whatever I want; I just choose to stick with portion control and moderation. I know now that I was completely out of control in the past and now I choose to be in control. I control the food; the food no longer controls me. That's key to being successful in a healthy lifestyle, your being in control and your making the right choices in when, how, where, and what you eat. So whenever you are tempted by that bar of dark chocolate (little or no sugar and full of great micro nutrients), break off a piece no bigger than 1-2 grams (weigh it, that's how you stay in control), pop it in your mouth and savor it, let the flavor fill up your mouth and coat your tongue (stay with me, there is a point to this R rated description), then when it's fully melted, slowly swallow each and every bit. Then make sure you put it on your meal tracker and drink an extra glass of water. I find this satisfies any craving or desire I have for anything sweet (usually empty carbs). My point is, when in control I can eat 1 gram of the dark chocolate bar, when out of control (and the food was in control) I ate the whole ding dang bar! With me it used to be all or nothing. Now, it's a little bit which is better than all or nothing because I control it, it no longer controls me.
I hope this helps, and remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this!!! Check back for further discussion . . .
Keep on Sparkin'!
Scott / BBQTOFU