The Long Haul
Monday, August 13, 2018
For decades, I tried to diet--"flash in the pan dieting"-- is what I call it now. I wanted to lose weight the "easy" way. It took me a long time to realize there is NO easy way. I had to change before my weight could change.
Finally, a little over a year ago, after many on-and-off starts and stops, I came back to SparkPeople and made a goal to stick to it every day. I can't remember my earlier goals, but I think I started with a month, then three months, and decided to do it for a year. My plan was just to log on and log my food every day for a year, and as I got closer, it became more important. I didn't lose a lot of weight year one, but I changed many of my habits and how I was eating, and I became comfortable with eating healthier. I did not deny myself any foods, but I ate less and the desire binge on sweets at night almost nonexistent. If I had the urge, I ate something sweet, but I ate more realistically.
In July, I met my one-year goal. Because I am mobility-challenged, and I work a lot on the computer, I did not exercise as much as I should. Right now, I am working on standing more, and doing exercise to increase my strength. My goal is to increase my exercise these next few months. I plan am swimming more, and I am trying out new exercises from SparkPeople to increase my mobility and strength.
This plan worked for me because I stopped focusing on my weight and looked at other things I could improve. Everyone has to find their own way, but trying to lose weight fast is mostly a losing proposition, because even when I lost, I gained it back and more. This time I am going for the long haul. Good luck with your program everyone, and may you find what motivates you. Thanks for reading my blog!