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Getting My Head On Straight

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Many years ago, I belonged to a weight-loss group in which the leader kept talking about "getting your head on straight." When a member of the group stuck to the prescribed diet for as long as a month, she would say, "You've finally got your head on straight." I lost the weight I wanted to lose at the time by sticking to a very restrictive diet and exercising regularly. So I thought I had my "head on straight." Evidently I didn't really have it as straight as I thought, because several years later I had gained 10 of the 40 lbs I had lost and couldn't get those 10 lbs off, no matter what diet or exercise program I tried. Finally, in 2007, I found Sparkpeople and joined a team, kept track of what I ate and how much I exercised and even other things like how much sleep I got each night and how much water I drank. Those pesky 10 lbs. I had been trying to get rid of for so long did come off and I have stayed at my goal weight for 7 years now and still log into Sparkpeople every day, because it has taught me so much and has so many resources that I can use to maintain my healthy lifestyle. I especially enjoy playing the trivia game , reading the articles, and trying new recipes I find here. I have realized that "going on a diet" is not the way to get your head on straight. Being aware of eating a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates , keeping portions small and not looking on food as an enemy, or a crutch, or a comforter, but simply as a way of keeping up my energy and being willing to be flexible and adjust to using what's available from the garden or the freezer. I enjoy every meal and snack by taking small bites, chewing slowly and focusing on the pleasure and relaxation of sitting down at the table with my husband. My husband and I have developed the habit of having 3 small meals and 2 snacks each day and walking every day. So far, I believe we finally "have our heads on straight."
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