2013...Getting OFF the Yo-Yo-Diet-Go-Round!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Many of us are all too familiar with the yo-yo diet pitfall. It's too easy a pattern to slip into. Those wonderful, healthy habits that enable us to reach our much desired weight loss goals get tossed aside during a weak, seemingly hungry moment...that innocent moment becomes an evening of nibbling, which is repeated the following night, then continues throughout the weekend, slipping into a week...or two....then two weeks turn into a month. Before long we're falling head-first off the cliff and cannot climb back up to save ourselves.
But after a breather of, say, several weeks, maybe months or even a year, we decide to give it another shot because we want more than anything to be healthy and fit and we're filled with new found energy, hope and resolve - WE KNOW WE CAN DO THIS! After all, we've done it BEFORE. And so the cycle starts all over again....and again....and again.........
After falling head first off the cliff a while back (one of many falls, by the way), I did manage to climb back up (very very slowly this time) to save myself. Now that I have finally reached my goal, I believe this most recent weight loss success will pave the rest of the way to my healthy, fun, fulfilling, ever evolving life adventure. The work does not end here, that is a given. I recognize that in order to maintain the weight loss, I must also continue to maintain all the important lifestyle changing habits that were crucial during the losing phase of my journey - strict portion control, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, careful meal planning, structuring activities around staying out of the kitchen after dinner, sticking to Workouts, etc. - these key factors and many other newly acquired habits (some not so new because don't forget, I've been riding the yo-yo-diet-go-round far too long now), have to remain FOREVER part of my day-to-day life in order to keep the weight OFF for good!
G - goal setters
O - open minds
S - stay motivated
P - positive thinkers
A - act now
R - reach out
K - kick bad habits
E - every day counts
R - resolve to be the best you can be
S - spread the spark