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And so I said..it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I went to get may hair cut and colored yesterday and I was discussing recipes and food with the person that does my hair. A side note, a good stylist is priceless!
I showed her this picture of my hair when it was longer because she said she liked my hair so much better now that it is shorter.

And after seeing this picture, I did have to wonder why I kept it longer for so long but anyway that is not why I am writing this!

So after I was done with my haircut, it takes 3 hours to do the whole process, another stylist commented that she also likes my hair so much better short so I was showing her the picture from above and my stylist says "that was also before she went on her diet", at which point the words "it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle" automatically popped out of my mouth. I didn't even think about it, I just said it. I think because I hate the word diet so much. But let's face it, if this was just a diet, this would never work. The lifestyle has to be maintained long after we stop losing weight.
When I got home, my daughters were waiting to have lunch with me before we left to go shopping and they asked what I wanted to drink, of course my answer was "just water, you know me." At which point my daughter says, "Mom, do you even like food??"
My answer was that I love food, but that I have to eat everything in moderation or I will be right back at the beginning of my journey losing it all over again. My daughters have never had weight issues so they think that by weighing and measuring everything that I eat takes the joy out of eating. They are so wrong, it puts so much joy into eating because I know this is my portion and I am going to enjoy every single bite that I have. I know that it is really hard for people that don't believe in counting calories or weighing and measuring food to understand why we do the things we do, but in the end, I know that for my journey, this is what I must do because eyeballing tends to underestimate what I am going to eat. And in the whole scheme of things, taking the extra few seconds to measure something is not a big deal in the 24 hours we get each day.
So just remember folks, this is not a diet, this is a life long journey that is now a lifestyle.
Have a great weekend!
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    Hehe, I am glad I am not the only one thinking that a good stylist is important (and spending hours at the salon!!!). I couldn't agree more about the diet vs life style... a diet is the best way to yoyo, with no long term results! You have proved that a life style means long lasting changes. I so wish I could follow your example!
    What you shared about your daughter made me smile... Your daughters might think some of your choices are strange, but you are actually such a great example for them! Good for you Holly!
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    2015 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    Vavavoum! I so like your new self, and you are so right about lifestyle.
    Keep on inspiring your daugthers!
    2017 days ago
    You look amazing, and I agree-I love your short hair! (I feel the same way when I look back at my pictures when it was longer....why did I keep it that way for so long? Maybe I was trying to hide behind it and don't feel the need to hide anymore!)
    Have a great day! You're right, this is our new lifestyle.
    2017 days ago
    it is true it is lifestyle and I love your new hair and how you are raising those girls and showing them the way
    2020 days ago
    You do look GREAT with short hair - younger, actually! Yes, some people never will get it. Diets don't work. Oh sure, you can lose weight with pretty much any diet and at the end, when you get OFF the diet, the weight just comes back. Because we are changing our lives. I don't know why folks don't get that. I now have an active lifestyle. I now eat much more moderately. I don't always measure, except that I know how many ounces of chicken I bought, and whether I can eat 1/2 or 1/4 of it, and how many 1 cup servings are in that couscous, and so if I eat 1/2 of it what I have eaten. And I do measure about 10% of the time just to be sure I don't have "portion creep". But again, it is what works for each of us. And with your success - well, maybe I'd better measure more! You are inspiring!
    2020 days ago
    I like your short hair also. You look great. I have learned that people in my family do not always understand maintenance of weight loss. I also measure food. I also get my steps in. These are the tools for success. I am glad you know what works for you no matter what. It is not a diet..it is a lifestyle change. Yes.
    2020 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Great blog Holly. I do agree, love the short hair cut. The right stylist makes the difference, just found on who did my cut exactly the way I have been explaining to the past couple of stylists. Now just have to hope she stays at this salon.
    2021 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    You both look MAAAARVELOUS! emoticon
    2021 days ago
    Love your hair!
    2021 days ago
    emoticon ......... and I so agree w/ the 'right stylist' ............ I love mine and when she has been on vacay .............. I was in trouble! ............. You look great .. (I have mine shorter too) ........
    2021 days ago
    Greek: díaita means way of living. Your DH probably already told you this but yes your diet is your way of life.

    I think you looked great in both photos. :)
    2021 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Amazing transformation and I have to agree, you are very attractive with short hair, and look much better since your life-style change.
    2021 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I love the second photo! Not that you didn't look good in the 1st one but you just look so much better in the 2nd! I also do not continence the word diet around me!
    2021 days ago
    emoticon emoticon BTW, on second photo you both look like 10 years younger!!
    2021 days ago
    Woo hoo Holly! I absolutely love your blog! Let me first start by saying you look gorgeous! That is an unbelievable before and after picture! Wow! You look so much better with short hair! You are styling girlfriend! I hate the word diet too! I think it's a four letter word! Food for me is definitely a lifestyle.... Diet is not in my vocabulary! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your girls! Wishing you lots of love and happiness! xoxo
    Hugs and love,
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    2021 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2014 3:08:55 PM
    You make such a great point. It really is a lifestyle, it has to be!

    And btw, I like your hair shorter too. It looks really great!
    2021 days ago
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    Holly - I love your hair style . To me you look great in both . Nice visit with your daughters yesterday - I know that word " DIET " I often wonder where the words origin is from and who created this mind boggle for generations ? I still measure - except for yesterday at the party and then I follow the eye ball measurement rules taught here on Spark - water and tea for me - Love you - Karen emoticon
    2021 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2014 11:17:37 AM
  • no profile photo CD14895051
    I've had shorter hair since I was 21 and it just suits me better, both for my face and my type of hair (fine, thick). I think you look great and I applaud your insistence on making your habits habitual. It's the only way to truly keep the success you worked so hard to achieve.

    2021 days ago
    I like your hair shorter too! I am a "short hair" gal, and have been since I was little. My mom wouldn't let me grow out my hair because I was constantly outside, climbing trees, playing in the mud, etc, and she knew I wouldn't take care of long hair. I did grow it out twice as an adult and donated it to Locks of Love when I went back to a short style.
    2021 days ago
    You are so right! Even people on spark do not always understand what I do, because we are all on separate paths in life and what is right for one is not right for another. Your concepts of what you are doing are crystal clear to you. It is always good to spread the message, because there are some for whom it will make perfect sense! Thank you!
    I am always learning:
    2021 days ago
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