I refuse to hold my breath! This is not a race!
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I recently started to re-read an old book I had on fitness. In it, the author mentions that using your willpower to go on a diet is like trying to hold your breath under water. Eventually you will have to come up for air. And when you do you will gasp for air and inhale/eat everything in sight.
This rang so true for all of the times I have attempted to lose weight using willpower. I can do well for months -- but then eventually my willpower will wane and I will lose control and give up (most of the time regaining everything I worked so hard to lose).
So this time, having learned from my past, I am embarking on this lifestyle for good. I am not putting pressure on myself to lose X amount of pounds by X date. That is usually what I do, and that would be so easy for me to do -- especially knowing that I have a trip to Kauai already planned for 11 months away. Oh how great it would feel to be at my goal weight by them. However, putting that as my goal doesn't work for me. It creates a crazy amount of pressure to lose x pounds each week -- and then I start "dieting" instead of eating healthy. I get too serious and too obsessed with the movement on the scale and with being perfect. I then restrict calories and end up in a cycle of binging when my will power fades.
This time I am in it for the long haul. Sure, I would love to lose 8 pounds a month. But, if I only lose a pound a month that is fine by me. I am doing this for my health and so that I can be fit enough to do all the wonderful things with my family that I would like to do. I am not expecting myself to be perfect. There will be holidays, birthday parties, picnics on the beach, dinners out, etc. On those days, I will eat chocolate, or pizza, or chips. It will happen. But, the key is, on the other days, I will plan my meals and eat lean proteins, healthy carbs, and lots of veggies. I will cook healthy meals for my family (and be sure to have lots of leftovers so that I have lots of healthy lunches during the week).
I am not counting my calories this time -- it is much too obsessive for me. Instead, I am eating 3 healthy meals per day and 2 healthy snacks. For my meals, I will use my palm to measure my protein, and my fist to measure my healthy carbs and veggies. And for my snacks, I will keep them high in protein and fiber. It is time for me to commit to a long-term lifestyle (not a temporary diet) and I need to know that it may take years for me to take off all my weight -- but that is okay. I am going to enjoy the process.
I can do this! It is all about consistency -- making sure that I get some form of exercise each day and eating one healthy meal at a time.