Done dieting!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today I was talking to my brother and he was telling me how he has started a new exercise and diet routine. When I started to respond, I noted that I couldn’t bring myself to say “me too” – not out of shame or embarrassment, out of pride – instead I told him I am 16 days into a healthier life. It felt good to say. I am done dieting! Dieting feels like a bandaid for a badly infected wound. It is only a temporary fix and even the name conjures images of deprivation and short-term projects or goals. So I am done dieting. I am changing my life and getting healthier!

Last night I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open and I didn’t get home til 12:30pm. Since I refuse to give in, I still got up at 5:30 so I could do my 15 minutes of cardio. Although I’m tired, it’s a different tired than I normally feel – can’t really explain, but it’s a less groggy sluggish feeling; just pure sleepy. All day as I remembered why I was tired and how I still got up at 5:30, I wanted to pat myself on the back and even started to smile at myself.

I have 16 days under my belt and just when I thought I would be most likely to quit, I was able to get myself going. This is HUGE for me. I’m a procrastinator and I tend to start off enthusiastic but give up on things or get bored quickly. To top it off, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which normally makes me feel like crap even after a full night’s sleep. Feeling like crap ALL the time is hard, but I have found exercise helps. I don’t know what’s different about this time, but I’m trucking along!!
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    I know what you mean about the chronic fatigue, itcan make it difficult to get moving, but exercise does help. I took a long nap after exercising when I first started but not can just sit & relax for about 30 minutes after exercising & usually feel ready to get moving again. Keep up the good work!
    2099 days ago
    Keep it up girl, and you will start seeing the results you want for LIFE, not just short term until a certain amount of weight comes off. I believe most friends & family I am not super close with believe that I'm "dieting", and they always ask what I've cut out and what program I use. The answer is nothing, and I don't use any program. I use SparkPeople as a tool for tracking and for the amazing support system that I've found here. I do regular fitness, and while I watch the stuff I eat, I don't cut anything out. I'm doing what I know can work long term, because that's the idea. To do something we can live with forever, and not feeling starved. You're going in the right direction, be very proud of yourself (:
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  • PICKIE98
    That 15 minutes will add years to your life, subtract fat and toxins and add confidence, self-esteem and tone to *Y*O*U*!!!!!!!!!
    You get it!!
    2099 days ago
  • no profile photo PAMGEORGE1
    It's so hard sometimes to do what we know we need to when we aren't feeling our best. Way to go! emoticon
    2099 days ago
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