Tuesday, July 16, 2013
On my journey to "Health & Fitness" I have discovered that without consistent attention to my nutrition, fitness etc. the weight is so quick to come back. Over my lifetime I have lost and found the equivalent weight of several people. I think this is because I always had a "diet" mentality. I would stick to 'whatever' plan for several weeks seeing a nice drop only to put it back on (and then some) when I relaxed on the "regimen". On three separate occasions I dropped significant weight (1980, 1998, 2002). In each occasion I dropped between 50-80 pounds.
So what is different this time? How have I been able to sustain my progress?
I moved from diet to lifestyle change. I had to get over the "temporary sacrifice" mentality. There IS no going back to how I was before my journey here on Sparkpeople. I had to WALK through that one way door that has no handle on this side and let it slam shut behind me.
Does that mean I will never gain? No. I have had upticks when I have let my tracking and exercise slack during breaks between BLC rounds. Thankfully, the BLC rounds are never that far apart that I can do too much damage to my progress.
I was commenting to a friend earlier today that Doughnuts are on my "NO" list. In my life on the other side of the door I always bought doughnuts at the grocery and I could easily eat two or three in an afternoon. At 350 calories a pop those add up and the nutritional value is low. I will admit that I could go in a gas station and buy a package of Little Gems and have them finished off before I got home. I haven't had a doughnut in over a year. Will I EVER have a doughnut again - YES. There will come a time when I will let myself have one as a "treat" as part of my daily calories but for now it's on my NO list and it will never be part of my daily habit again.
IF I allowed myself to slack with a doughnut today... I might find myself driving through tomorrow. I might then justify the grocery store doughnuts because they are cheaper... soon I would be eating doughnuts like before and then it would be just a hop skip and a jump and I'd be back to my Combo meal at Steak 'n Shake or that sausage biscuit in the morning.
Fitness is the same. I have a daily commitment to cardio of at least 30 minutes and most days I do 60. It's part of my routine now and it has to be that EVEN when on vacation or sick (yes I get on the exercise bike when I'm under the weather) because FOR ME if I slack it comes back.
This is my PERSONAL experience and it may be different for you but I felt I should share because someone reading this might still have that "diet mentality" and be rudely awakened when the weight starts coming back.
Hoping the changes in your lifestyle are seeing you to the destination keep...