It has taken me several tries, but after a few failures, I *think* I have finally learned a few things about myself and how to lose weight.
Things That Matter (in order):
1. I am healthy (i.e. my way of eating promotes maximum health-no junk food, good nutrition, etc.).
This one really hit home once I realized that I was getting not just fatter, but sicker. I really DON'T want to take heartburn meds every day. I really DON'T want to wear one of those sleep apnea masks every night. I really DON'T want IBS. I know how to prevent those things with my diet. I was sick of being miserable.
2. I am eating in a way that is comfortable and easy for me. It doesn't feel like something I can only do for a limited amount of time. It is not stressful or hard. It doesn't feel like a punishment.
This one only became truly possible once I came to terms with #1. Fact: my health matters more to me than a cupcake. But, I had to become sick and miserable in order to really believe it.
3. I am losing (and, in the future, maintaining) weight.
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS TO ME.
It doesn't matter if I look good in a bathing suit right now. It doesn't matter if I am thin for a class reunion. It doesn't matter if I lose weight fast or slow.
No goals. No time line. No nothing.
Only health and weight loss.
Our bodies are not calculators. And, if we expect it to respond to exact numbers, we will be disappointed. My body doesn't know how many calories I need. My body needs good nutrition. Real food. Good health. Those calorie counters are only general guesses, anyway. Everyone is different.
Edited by: LAURIEKEREN at: 6/4/2013 (10:24)
| current weight: 167.6