Sunday, June 17, 2012
Had a lot of fun over the past several days celebrating, seeing old friends and enjoying life! First celebration, although it was pizza, I ate until I was full, had a glass of wine, which I enjoyed ----- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Two days later had lunch with an old friend, thought I was ordering sensibly (I went by the nutritional values listed on the restaurant's website) -- and paid the price of a .6 gain. Then last night we went all out and had spaghetti (for company) complete with garlic bread and even dessert ---- and again I paid the price with another .6 gain!!! Agghhh!
Of course it's easy to see why this happened. I don't have to scratching my head and wonder "what happened?" When you don't eat right, combined with not getting enough exercise, it's the normal outcome to start putting on those pounds you worked so hard to lose. It may not seem fair, but it's a fact of life. It's also the reasons so many diets fail. "DIET" means a food plan, different from what you normally consume that enables you to lose weight. And if that's the plan you use for losing weight it's bound to fail. Not many people can maintain a food plan (diet) that differs greatly from what they normally consume. And eventually you go back to your "old" way of eating. That's why DIET should not be one of your Healthy Lifestyle words. Use food plan when referring to your streamlined mode of eating. Banish, or severely limit the portion of foods that cause the weight gain. Sure, it could include cheesecake, pizza, fast food, rich sauces, ice cream -- but you are choosing between life and death here. And if you don't try to cheat "yourself" you can still enjoy many of these items -- you just can't stuff you body with them until you feel nearly sick from it. Moderation is the key!
And if and when (I say "when" because you WILL) you do go on a little binge -- make sure it is a short one! If you eat one meal that was definitely a mistake, don't multiply that mistake by doing the same or worse the next meal. Stop right there! One meal is a better mistake than One Day, the same as ONE DAY of mistakes is better than ONE WEEK! If you go too long before getting back to your Healthy Lifestyle it is too easy to give up and just say "what's the use?"
To make sure you don't get bogged down - give yourself a PEP talk, every day!