Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I was one of 8 kids growing up. You ate quickly because otherwise the food was all gone. We had to eat whatever was on our plate, even if we were full. As a consequence, I have been dieting a long time - ever since high school. Although back in high school, I was able to lose weight very easily just by exercising and eating healthier - no calorie counting back then.
I have lost excess weight and achieved a healthy weight 2 times in my life. The rest of the time I have been overweight or obese. those two times, I didn't have any plan for maintaining. I just let life happen and let emotions and boredom dictate what I ate.
I feel like one year on Sparkpeople.com has really made a difference for me. I still have about 50 lbs to lose, but last year I had 93 lbs left to lose. I still have bad days where I overeat, but this time I have the tools to quickly get back on track. So maybe I don't lose weight for a particular week when I overeat, but I have the knowledge to push forward and to get back on track.
It is a little harder this time because I have a family to cook for and who enjoy eating dinner out. Last two times I was single and it is so much easier when you don't have all these tempting things even in your house. In some respects, it is a little easier too, because I have all of you to cheer me on and support me. You listen to me whine or rant and you help to keep me honest.
A year later, I have learned to put ME first. I need to be healthy to be around as long as possible for my kids. I need to be at a healthy weight to help my knee replacement last as long as possible. I need to exercise and eat right to set a good example for my kids and even my husband. When I make the time for ME, I see results. After a year of doing it, my kids have learned to accept that as normal.
I have learned in this year that carbs are healthy to eat, but in moderation. Too many carbs make me feel sluggish and also eat up my calories. It is important to try to balance and eat the recommended percentage of carbs, protein, fat and also fiber in what you eat each day.
I don't expect things to go perfectly all the time. I expect there will be times where life really throws me for a loop. But the biggest thing that is different this time is that I am not going to give up. Whatever setback happens to me is just that - a setback. It is not an excuse to give up. I will keep trying until I succeed. Then I will keep trying because this is a lifelong thing, not a one-time thing.