Thursday, September 06, 2012
Q. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)?
A. Any time I've lost weight in the past, I've been unable to maintain the weight loss because I have approached the process of losing weight as a temporary thing in my life. I've only been able to stick to the diets I've done because I've thought, "This is only temporary; once I lose this weight, I can eat like normal." Exercise programs that I've done have either had definable ends, and at the ends of them, I've not looked ahead and thought, "When this ends, I'm going to have to do something else to stay moving."
Now, I've realized that I need to change my idea of 'eating like normal' permanently. I will always have to pay attention to what and how much I am eating. I've realized that cutting out all 'bad' food, or even labeling it as 'bad' food sets myself up for failure. I just have to figure out what reasonable, healthy, balanced nutrition looks like for the rest of my life and pay attention to that ongoing.