If I were completely happy, I wouldn’t be doing this, but truth be told, I’m not satisfied with the status quo — the time has come for making a permanent change. My overall goal is to lose weight and also to finally conquer my food-related demons to make a life-long change.
So, here we go.
Step one – admitting my faults.
- Low-Carber /Atkins Devotee /Somersizer
- Weight Watcher
- Eating Disordered
- Compulsive Overeater
Yes, I’ve been all of those things in my life, the last on the list the title I’m currently sporting. In my life, I’ve gained and lost hundreds of pounds. No joke. I’ve been on a diet since I was 11, concerned with my weight since way before that, and never entirely satisfied with my self-image. That’s a LONG time to feel that way!
When I lost a large amount of weight before I fell pregnant with my son, I was a hard-core low carb devotee. Low carb eating DOES for many people, but there is little room for error, and lets get real – when it comes down to it, I’m really not going to say no to that slice of cake at a birthday party, and little slips like that are what cause all good intentions to come to an end.
Here’s what I’m doing wrong, generally speaking:
- No real plan
- Not being mindful of what I’m eating
- Being in denial
Something I’ve learned in my life: if you don’t fully understand why you’re gaining weight in the first place, any dreams of losing weight for good are hopeless, because you’ll inevitably go back to your old habits. I’m hoping to get to that place where, if I look at a slice of cake, I can have just that one slice, and not fall so hopelessly off the ball that there is no hope of returning until I try again a year later. That may sound a little dramatic, but if you don’t have a healthy relationship with food to begin with, it’s reality.
Step 2: How am I going to do this?
When it comes down to the nitty gritty, I believe that long-term weight loss is about not eating so darned much and moving around more often, and scientific research backs this up.
Here’s what I’m planning on changing right now:
- Track food intake. This part scares me, but it’s necessary.
Truth be told, I have never known what a proper portion size is like. Funny how the mind works – I really do think I’m eating ok, but this plate of spaghetti (my second serving, btw) would beg to disagree. Fortunately, it’s easy to do this with programs like fitday, which is free to use online.
It’s going to be a challenge. There may be tears involved. But it’s all about those baby steps, baby – the small you can take towards your larger goal.
Have you made any changes to your eating habits recently?