Monday, January 30, 2012
I can't even count the times I have lost weight and looked transformed. Yes, probably from the outside. I am good at dieting and I like to exercise; I guess I always was thinking short term, or "until I lost so many pounds" or until a certain piece of clothing fit again. I would get down to goal and stay a while and then begin relaxing and eating a bit more and when the scale didn't immediately go up I thought I could keep eating just a little more, and the dial on the scale would steadily go up just a little at a time until I would start the whole yo-yo thing over again.
In 2008, I found the Flat Belly Diet (Prevention Magazine) and really liked the plan -- following this and exercising, I was down again almost to my goal weight. Then I found SparkPeople and reached my goal weight and have been maintaining since. I am still cautious, remembering how it is much easier to gain weight than to lose it, but I am confident I can maintain with the help of family, SparkFriends, SparkTeams and the site itself with all the information and tips on it.
The reason why I have been able to maintain and have positive feelings about continuing to maintain is that I feel I am transforming within. I like this new lifestyle and my healthful food choices. Most days I really enjoy exercising and even the days I have to make myself get up and move, I am glad for it. I do not feel deprived if I decline a sweet, nor guilty if I eat it. I am not totally transformed yet; it is a process, but on a day-to-day basis, I feel I am on my way.