Don’t get me wrong, I used to diet. Probably most of my life I was on a diet. When I lost my first 50 pounds back in 2006, I was dieting. I was miserable, afraid to eat anything that wasn’t on ‘the plan’ and mainly concerned about repeating history and gaining it all back.
I wish I could pinpoint my exact moment when I had my ‘aha’ moment. I still had another 20 odd pounds to lose and to be honest, I was tired and frustrated. I came across a book that focused on clean eating and to be honest – this was what did it for me! I was so inspired that I started cooking, tried new recipes, bought a variety of different vegetables, fruits, different whole grain breads, oils, vinegars plus different sources of protein. I didn’t follow the ‘book’ 100% because my shopping list also included treats like dark chocolate, frozen yogurt/ice cream and Whippet cookies. By the way, the 70% dark Whippets are a great choice – 4.5g of fat, 110 calories, 1 g of protein and 1 g fiber for 2 cookies. Sounds crazy eh? I am known to be a little crazy:)
I stopped being on a diet. Period. When you diet, you start something and it usually ends when you go ‘off’ of it. Have you ever eaten one cookie and suddenly half the bag is gone and you feel like poo poo! Did you ever utter the words “I cheated” and felt guilty about it? When you don’t diet, there’s no wagon to fall off of. When does the ‘diet’ stop? Or it doesn’t? And that’s what I have a problem with. I don’t want to be on a diet the rest of my life!
By not dieting I lost another 22 pounds. It’s been 10 years and and I’d be lying if I said that my eating habits haven’t changed. Of course they did because I eat better now. My body feels better. I have more energy and am physically able to do more. I have a huge sweet tooth and I indulge now and then. I have wine on the weekends. More importantly, not if, but when I indulge, not a little but way too much, I don’t feel like I’ve blown it. There’s no skipping meals the next day- I just have my breakfast of oatmeal and bananas or toast with either an egg/nut butter/ avocado or whole grain cereal and go about my day.
Do you think it comes easy for me? It takes work and I make conscious efforts in my choices. But I found a way to make it work with my lifestyle and am comfortable with it. I learned a long time ago dwelling on why other people can eat certain foods and not gain any weight will never solve anything. You have to work with what you got! I do know that removing ‘diet’ from the equation really helped me.
It’s been 10 years and 72 pounds gone – they are not lost because I don’t want to find them again!
As always, I’d love to hear from you!
Have you been on that diet roller coaster? What works for you?