No one just gets fat overnight. Neither do we wake up one day and go, "Oh, darn it, I wish I were overweight/obese!" Most of us find ourselves growing day by day, dreading it, trying desperately to stop the tide, but not seeming to get anywhere.
Then one day, we gird ourselves for the fight against food. We join Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, a gym. We clean out our fridges. We stop eating at fast food restaurants. And finally we see the scale go down.
The problem almost inevitably happens after we get to goal weight - or sooner. We get to our goal weight or we get tired of counting calories and start getting sloppy. We pull out the Oreos and ice cream. We stop at a fast food joint for lunch. Until we wake up one morning and go, "How did I get so fat?"
I'm a big Star Wars nerd. I've seen all the movies (including prequels) multiple times, have read the books in the "Expanded Universe", and have even read some of the comics.
Yoda, the wise old Jedi Master, has the best advice for those of us in the "How did we get so fat?":
The reason I got fat in the first place was my warped idea of eating. I thought cake and cookies were A-OK, as long as you had some carrots with it. I thought pizza and burgers were fine with some apple slices on the side. My portion sizes were way too big. I didn't drink enough water. I didn't prioritize sleep.
All of these things led to my being fat not once, but twice. After losing a bunch of weight, slowly, I returned back to my old habits. Slacking off on fruits and vegetables. Eating indulgences nearly every day. Drinking water when I thought of it.
THIS unhealthy pattern made me fat. THIS unhealthy thought process made me fat.
This time around, it ain't happenin'. This time around, I ain't gainin' this weight back. It is staying off FOR GOOD. And I'm going to do this by following Yoda's advice: "Unlearning what I have learned".
+ Drinking 64oz minimum of water is a must. No negotiations.
+ Getting 7 hours of sleep at night (my body seems to work well with this).
+ Ensuring I am eating correct portions of my foods.
+ Keeping "treats" or "one-time indulgences" as that - ONE TIME. Not daily. Maybe not even weekly. Once in a while.
+ Integrating fruits and veggies into my meals DAILY.
+ Not buying and bringing home my temptation foods. This would be half gallons of cookies and creme ice cream and Hawaii's Barbecue potato chips. Yes, they are fun occasional snacks, but I need to make an effort that they don't turn up in my house, where I am likely to eat an entire bag/half gallon.
+ Turning up the dial on exercise. I want to making walking a regular past-time and get into biking or hiking (or maybe even running!).
One of the things my health coach said before I started was, "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." And it's the truth. Unless I change the way I eat and approach food, I will always end up overweight. And that isn't me being healthy and responsible, enjoying life to its fullest.