At one time in my life, I considered myself a professional dieter! I know you must be laughing, because if you ever had a weight issue, you probably felt the same way.
The truth is, I’ve lost so many pounds over the years, and gained them all back because I was on a diet. ‘The Diet’ always meant saying no and being deprived to foods that I loved and still love. We all have different tastes, for you it may be fries and chips, for me it’s sweets. Cake..ice cream..I would rather have those foods as my meal, than regular meals.
In the past whenever I gave up my favorite foods, I felt deprived, but always thought I had it under control. All it took was for me to give in to the temptation once, and then I was toast. Slowly all the weight I lost found it’s way back to me. And this happened more than once! It became harder and harder to control my cravings, and believe me, no matter what you may read or hear, cravings don’t ever go away. If you like french fries, you will always like them no matter how healthy you eat and what you tell yourself.
12 years ago when I started a ‘diet’ again, I stopped mid point and stopped the madness. I worked on strategies that incorporated the foods I enjoyed with healthier options. It wasn’t easy because habits are hard to change, so I built new ones and my mantra was that it isn’t about being perfect. And that’s what helped me to lose 72 pounds. I play with 5 pounds, go up and down with it, and I’m okay with that.
So, if you see me at a party don’t assume that I’m just going to nibble on the carrot sticks and salad choices. If dessert is reallllllyy good, not day old pastry, I will certainly enjoy it. Balance and keeping a positive attitude help keep me in tact. I’m afraid to give up indulges 100% because I don’t want to gain the weight I lost back. Need some help? Contact me for a Free 15 minute Chat and let’s talk!
So, I raise my cupcake to you and I’d love to know how you find your balance.
Please feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments below:)