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Eat Less and Move More: Simple but not easy

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.

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    After all of this time, I still struggle with this. LOL.
    1709 days ago
    I'm glad you got it.
    Now hang on to it!
    1714 days ago
  • NWFL59
    It may be a simple guideline toward achieving a healthier life but , like you've stated, its a constant challenge to adhere to this basic principle. I struggle with it daily. Best wishes for you on this lifestyle journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1716 days ago
  • LAURAB_143
    I am glad to read that I am not the only one that struggles with what all the "experts" say is simple: Eat Less, Move More. I am also encouraged to know that I am not alone in needing to concentrate on my healthy lifestyle. I keep hoping it will just become normal and natural to eat only what I need and get enough exercise in. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    NellJones I love what you said!! I always assumed that it was easy for skinny people to stay skinny. I talked with my skinny doctor a few weeks ago and she assured me she has to stick with a plan and she wants ice cream too, she just doesn't have it.
    1717 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2013 10:44:05 PM
    It seems that we're all here because some part of "eat less and move more" is non-trivial to us. Moving more seemed pretty easy to me, but eating less was elusive. The solution turned out to be tracking everything; and the habit of tracking helps with the movement, too.

    But that's how it looks to *me*. Other people find it easy to do what I struggle with, or struggle with what I find easy. I hope you find a solution that works well for you.
    1717 days ago
    You are so right and it is not that easy to follow the simple rules. I must concentrate on it every day. Day after day. Blessings to you.
    1717 days ago
    When I reached goal the first time, I thought I could maintain by myself, so I quit tracking and sparking. I regained nearly all the weight before I made the decision to return to Sparkpeople and continue tracking my food and exercise - probably forever. My brain just doesn't keep good records of what I've eaten or how much I've exercised.

    I reached goal again in March, and I weigh even less now, but I KNOW I need to keep tracking! I think it takes some of us longer than others to find what works for us and to be convinced that we have to keep doing it.
    1717 days ago
    Please don't assume that the people who "just do it" are having an easy time. My big mistake for a long time was thinking that if anyone did anything successfully it must have been easy for them......or they wouldn't have been able to do it. Just because you can't see the struggle doesn't mean it isn't going on.
    1717 days ago
    From 30,000 feet, 'eat less, move more' is a wonderful 'summary', but has little to do with how we each individually deal with health on a day to day basis. Moving 'wrong' is worse than not moving @ all. Eating less of non-nutritious food does nothing to fuel our bodies which change not only on a monthly, but weekly, daily and hourly basis.

    Seems to me the 'important' thing is to find what 'works' for you. What foods delight your senses; what 'exercises' fill your soul. This life is GOOD, but it's over in the blink of an eye and we're here to savor the gift.

    Sorry to wax on, but I find 'simple solutions' do not exist for the complex machines that house our beings....
    1717 days ago
    Super analogy: how I wish I could reliably buy low and sell high!! And, totally understand why you decided to take your prior blog down! Sensitive topic, and like you I hate to offend.
    1717 days ago
    We all need different things - thank goodness SparkPeople is here!

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    1717 days ago
    From the looks of your ticker, you are now making those positive changes and you're half-way to your goal!
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    1717 days ago
    It is that simple but all about changing your mindset and habits
    1717 days ago
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