The key to any of those programs is to make a lifestyle change and to maintain that new lifestyle. If you go into it to diet, to lose weight, you have set yourself an artificial end point to your healthy activity. You must commit to the fact that this is how you are going to live from now until. So you must pick a lifestyle you can live with. Never beat yourself up for straying from the path of "righteousness" because no one is perfect. May I suggest you get the book that goes with the site ... The Spark by Chris Downie. I got it on Kindle and Audiobook. Very helpful.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
From one former yo-yo dieter to another, welcome aboard!
I too love the emphasis on not dieting. This time, I'm not going to get to my goal and then go to Pizza Hut and eat a zillion slices of pizza, like I once did! (Seriously, it was a lunch buffet and I totally lost track of how many pieces I had!)
I plan to continue with this team and also join a Maintenance team so that I keep on with a healthy lifestyle.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle
Welcome to the team. I find that some of us make dieting a profession. All our energy goes into what we will and will not do around food. This other venue is more of an easy does it routine. Attention still needs to be paid, but not obsessing. So I hope you find your way around here. Remember that easy does it and best to you!
With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard daily, to live happy, joyous and free!
I'm finally writing (at 6 am on Sunday morning) to introduce myself. Probably like everyone else here I have tried it all, from WW to HCG (which worked great but I never could maintain) to Dr Furman ( I would love to be able to stay committed to this lifestyle but washed out on that) to countless others. Many times I have gotten down to my goal weight (and immeditaely rushed off to have pictures done) only to bounce back plus some. I've been doing HCG on and off for about 3 years and while I am good at being compliant while I am on it, the minute its maintenance time, all bets are off. And after several rounds I just could not face another segment of life on 500 calories a day. It astounds me that I can do that while on vacation, yet, can't seem to stick with the maintenance part. So,while I say I have tried everything, there is one way I really have never tried, and that is what I am doing now- I've never in my life just tried to eat stuff that I enjoy (rather than following a "plan" from an outside source tha I may not enjoy) and being accountable for the calories. hmmmm, you mean enjoy life and enjoy food? What a concept. I remember seeing my friend Lisa over the time she lost her weight slowly and steadily I had bounced way down and way up at least 3 times. So that made me think, maybe there is a better way, one that I can maintain? I have always had the "all or nothing" mentality with this stuff and exercise. So for once, I am going to do it differently by starting with small changes that I can sustain. I decided the first step is to be accountable for calories at least, so I joined Spark People and they have this great tool where you wave your iphone over the barcode and it gives you all the nutritional info. wow. So my first steps have been to document everything every day, which takes less and less time, as I put more info into the iphone. And just to eat stuff I enjoy. Now there's a new one! And then a card came in the mail (on my birthday) for a gym that is by my house that has a class called "bodypump". When I lived in New York I got in the best shape of my life with that class so I was thrilled to find it again. This week's change is going to be actually trying to plan ahead (gasp!).
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