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A habit of a thin person.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Perhaps nowhere does the frequently cited definition of insanity -- doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result -- apply more aptly than with weight loss. The math makes this clear: By one estimate, one-third of Americans are on a diet, but 64 percent of us remain overweight or obese. Something doesn't add up.

The biggest difference between the permanently thin and everyone else might very well be this: Those who don't gain (or regain) have come up with effective, specific, and often personal ways to keep their weight in check.
Thin people shave calories/carbs elsewhere or 'pay' for the indulgence with extra time or intensity at the gym. Thin people get out of the mind-set of being 'good' or 'bad'; it's about doing what works. And they never "let it slide"; it doesn't add up before it is dealt with.

This practice may account for the single most annoying trait of the always-thin: that their achievement seems effortless. But it's not. "People think you never have a fat day -- I do," Holly Johnson, age 45, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of an eight-year-old, says. "I have days when I feel awful. But I spend a lot of time and energy on fitness and cooking. And I have to work really hard, especially now that I'm over 40."

But when good habits are integrated into your life, something shifts. There's no need to count calories, agonize over an order of fries, track miles walked, or (worst of all) talk endlessly about what you're eating and not eating. For the thin, feeling strong, healthy, and, yes, slim are powerful rewards -- and their chief motivation to continue, as Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian, has heard. More than 90 percent of those who have mastered weight maintenance feel like they're not dieting, she says."It becomes a way of life."

Got that? IT BECOMES A WAY OF LIFE. It applies to most of us equally IN REVERSE -- we are fat because it is our way of life! Want to be thin? CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIFE.
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    Thanks for the testimony! Hallelujah, sister! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    A lesson I learned many many years ago at W.W. - I had the "diet mentality" then and figured when I got to goal and got my lifetime membership I had it made. guess I thought that was the magic answer. WRONG!! Since then I am learning that this (l/c) is how I'm going to have to eat the rest of my life - and that's okay, I've been doing itlong enough that my mind thinks that's "normal".. (At least most of the time.)
    1899 days ago
    emoticon Wow! That's really food for thought!
    1899 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    Oh my gosh I had just wrote a friend about this exact same thing. I wonder how many successfully thin people are still on here after losing and developing a new life plan. NOT focused on food? I would hope they have started living away from the constant involvement with losing, maintaining ad then leaving to never come back...because they got it!
    Someday Koshie I hope we miss each other, for all the right reasons!
    1900 days ago
    You are so right, the insanity of repeating the same mistakes. I am in recovery, clean and sober 5 yrs. It seems so hard to surrender my food addiction, I know when i put something in my mouth, i will regret it, it is definitely time for change. I am 52 yrs. old 5'4" and weigh l95, I need to loose 50 lbs to be healthy. Found a neighbor who is gonna join the gym w/me, can't wait to get started, but i'm fighting a cold, recd. flu vaccine and got extremely sick. can't wait to feel more energerized to get started excercing, but today I am gonna start writing down, everything i eat.
    1900 days ago
    1900 days ago
    Right on the money. Not easy, but worth it- change your perspective and change your life! emoticon
    1900 days ago
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