Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Eat less and move more
I agree that it is a very straightforward process: to lose weight, we must eat less and move more. That's what it takes.
When I first began my weight loss journey, though, I surprised myself when I learned how difficult that could be for me at times.
Some people can just DO IT, but I discovered that I wasn't one of them. It was a struggle for me.
I have wondered why that is. Why did I need to participate in a community like Spark People to be successful? Why did I have a good start, and then relapse to old behaviors? Why did it take me so long to finally understand what I needed to do permanently?
I believe I had a lot to learn first. I had to work things out in my head before I could get it right and make permanent changes in my eating behavior.
I certainly had to change some of my attitudes that got in my way.
I had to understand and then change my thinking about food and its role in my life.
Only after all this time (three years on SP) and after gaining new insights am I now consistently doing what needs to be done -- every day.
Eat less and move more.
It's a simple principle, but it is not necessarily easy to do. For me, it required a lot of new understandings and skills to actually make it happen.
In some ways it reminds me of the advice they give to people on how to successfully invest in the stock market: Buy low and sell high.
It’s a simple enough concept, but there can be complex factors involved in its implementation.