Sunday, January 20, 2013
I have been an expert yo-yo dieter off and on throughout most of my life but this time is different because I am NOT on a diet until I get to my goal weight! I have a totally different mindset this time and it is NOT a diet but a LIFESTYLE! Maybe that sounds cliche but for me...it is a fact! Weight loss AND maintenance is about a MINDSET. How do we view food? Do we look to food to comfort us? Why do we eat the way we do? Was food used as a reward? Was food used to make us feel good? Go back to your earliest memories of eating and see what habits you learned and what feelings and thoughts were associated with foods and eating.
I remember my mom putting brown sugar and cherries on my grapefruit. I guess that she did that because she does not like the sour taste of grapefruit and that is the way she likes it and thought that was the only way I would eat it so growing up, I did not REALLY know what grapefruit tasted like. I do now and I love it just the way it is with nothing on it! I was very obese during most of my childhood and into adolescence and did not lose the weight until I was 17 and started eating the way I wanted to eat. I kept it off a few years but after I got married, I started cooking the kinds of food that my husband liked and we BOTH packed on the weight.
We all probably can look back now and see mistakes that we made and habits that were formed in us that we wish we had done differently. The good news is that we are here NOW and we can make positive changes! To do that, new healthy habits need to be formed and we need to change the way that we view and think about food.
I posted the pic above because maybe many of us can or could relate to that at some point in our lives.
To anyone reading this, I hope that you are ready and that you are committed to living a healthy life!