That might actually be the truth, too. This week marks six full, life-changing months for me, and I’ll admit that I may really be done with the serious weight-loss portion of this program. However…
History (and keep in mind, all I have to go by here is history) tells me that the moment I drop the ball, the minute I shift my focus to other things, the weight is going to slowly creep back on. It’ll start with small things, small choices.
I’ll skip this week’s weigh-in because I went out and had a few too many last night.
I’ll quietly put away a pair of jeans that’ve gotten too snug (I never throw them away though; after all, hope springs eternal).
I’ll grab a donut from the break room because, hey, free donuts!
It may take weeks or it may take months, but I’ll essentially wind up inexplicably sabatoging all the good work I’ve done here.
That’s not me talking, by the way. That’s history.
But here’s the thing: my approach this time has been so radically different than it’s ever been before. I’ve never felt like I was on a diet, and that’s part of the reason that I’m not so sure I’m through losing.
I’ve never counted calories, though I have a good idea of what I consume over the course of a day. It’s not that I don’t think counting calories or tallying points or tracking food aren’t all workable ideas. It’s just not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and that’s what I was looking for: something I could honestly and truly live with.
What I did early on was formulate a set of rules that would guide me on this trek. At the beginning, they were stricter, more specific. The “Don’ts”, if you will…
- Don’t eat anything purchased from a vending machine.
- Don’t eat while you’re driving.
- Don’t eat while you’re watching TV.
- Don’t buy food at gas stations.
- Don’t eat fast food.
- Don’t eat chips.
- Don’t drink sodas.
- Don’t eat after dinner.
- Think about what you’re eating and why you’re eating it.
- Slow down… appreciate your meal.
- Prepare it yourself and control what you consume.
- Eating out should be the exception to the rule instead of the rule.
- Sometimes you need to listen to your body… and sometimes your body needs to listen to you.
I have a deeper appreciation for my own capabilities these days, a deeper pride in myself and what I can accomplish in the future. Escaping from that fat suit made me realize that I can really go places if I don’t hold myself back.
This weight can be… check that… this weight is an anchor that will pull you down, make you less than you can be. Even if your friends and family all lovingly accept you just the way you are, you’ll never really and truly accept yourself (at least most of us can’t or won’t). It’s simple: you can be better, and you know you can be better.
I hope you’ll embrace this idea that you’re on the path to a better life. Whatever tools you use… low carb, calorie counting, long-distance running, lap band… whatever the tools, remember that the real key to the deal is to find a lifestyle that you can live with and start living with it.
Start living with it.
Me? I’m just getting started.