Thanks to Dee for sharing a very important point—
Diet should not be a hobby.
So many times we go head on into a diet to lose weight based on willpower and determination. We do well for a while and since we’ve chosen a habit that isn’t sustainable, we fall back off the wagon only to gain the weight back. It is so much better to focus on changing one small habit at a time. Pick one little thing to change at a time. Start by drinking more water, eliminating soda, or adding breakfast into your routine. Those aren’t overwhelming and are certainly sustainable changes once they are accomplished. Then after it becomes a regular habit, it’s time to pick the next small step. Soon enough, the well deserved side effect of effective weight loss ensues.
Roller coasters are fun!
Metaphorically speaking that is. I am not an amusement park roller coaster fan at all. I’m a chicken. There is nothing about a churned stomach and reckless body motion that is at all amusing to me. Control issues perhaps.
But a diet roller coaster is really not bad — provided that you end up on the ground with the ride is over. Some people diet by weighing themselves every day. I do, because it’s kind of fun to see how scientific the numbers can be. For example, I have been steadily losing a bit of weight all week. Yesterday, after getting to my 1200 calorie limit and not eating more until bed time, I blew it and ate a piece of pepperoni pizza at 11:00 pm. It was homemade and I served it to the kids for dinner without even trying it. But as I was cleaning the kitchen before going to sleep the pizza jumped off the counter and into my mouth. There was nothing I could do. It wasn’t my fault.
Sure enough, I woke up knowing that this morning’s scale would not show a smaller number but a larger number. The number went from 181.5 yesterday to 182.5 today. Bummer! But, overall, my weight has gone from 187.5 last Thursday to 182.5 today. You can’t let a single scale reading count for much. It’s the big picture that counts. AND, don’t let great results let you think you can slack either. That’s the mistake I made at the end of February when I had lost 20 pounds in two months. I thought I could relax on the diet for a while. That “while” ended up being five months and the return of ten of the pounds I lost. Having chosen a habit that isn’t sustainable, we fall back off the wagon only to gain the weight back.
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