The journey begins.......again!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Okay, so I've been a lifetime yo-yo dieter. I can't say I'm proud of that, but it is part of who I am, so I have to claim it. I've tried every crazy diet out there. But now I find myself here again. You know, the place where you look in the mirror and think....."Yuck!". The place where you avoid having your picture taken at family gatherings because every photo is another painful reminder of how, well, gross you feel. The place where you no longer feel comfortable in your own skin.

You know there has to be a change, so you spend your time searching for just the right thing. Something that will hopefully work....this time.

I've learned a great deal of useful information through my years of being on the "diet" merry-go-round.

First thing I learned? Crash diets don't work!! Yes, you can starve yourself, eat nothing but grapefruit, or some horrid tasting shake and lose pounds initially. But.....and there is a but here, for real long term weight loss, this just doesn't work. You can't maintain a diet like this for long. Eventually the body rebels because it's truly not getting everything it needs nutrition wise. And the weight WILL come back.

The second very useful piece of information I've learned actually didn't come from dieting, but from my certification courses in hypnotherapy (yes, I am a certified hypnotist). In the course of my education I learned about the battle that goes on between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and how our mind sabotages our efforts to lose weight and why willpower alone does not work.

Learn more about this battle and one simple thing you can do that can help you on your weight loss or health journey in part 2.

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    Changing my mindset from dieting (yes I was a big time yo-yo dieter) to lifestyle change really helped me out. This time I do not deny myself anything but take things in moderation. I began a gradual shift to eating healthy and exercise. Now I prefer the healthier foods and feel like I am missing out if I do not exercise. LOL That is so different from where I was a year and a half ago.

    Welcome to SP and good luck on your journey!!!
    3829 days ago
    I sent you SparkMail it should help you get started with SparkPeople.com.
    Stay focused and determined an you will be successful.
    Get plugged into some SparkGroups and stay active in them. IT helps out a lot with success and motivation. Look for people with like interests introduced yourself on their page and add them as a friend.
    You will get as much out of SP what you put into to it. Much like everything else =)
    TIA emoticon emoticon
    3830 days ago
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