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!