Sunday, November 25, 2012
In my five years of maintaining my weight loss, I've gradually gained a new perspective, not just about a healthy lifestyle, but also about what's important and what isn't. Over the years, before I found Sparkpeople, I used to think that the only way to lose weight was to starve myself and that exercise wasn't very important. I lost weight that way over and over. but always gained it back when I quit starving myself. Now, I've discovered that the important equation is calories in must equal calories used. I'm much more active now than I've ever been and don't have to starve myself . Another new attitude I've formed is that I'm not helpless when my routine is disturbed. I used to think that when I "ate out", I had to eat whatever the waiter brought or whatever my hostess presented to me. Now I have discovered that I can leave food on my plate when the helpings are more than I need or divide one portion of dessert with my husband. It's always my choice to make my own decisions and not be afraid of hurting someone's feelings. It's been a real eye-opener for me to read the stories of others who have had similar feelings to mine and have been able to find new perspectives, just as I have.