For a very long time I was what you would call a serial dieter. I collected diets like some people collect stamps. And I tried them all. Obvious I flunked them all, otherwise I would have never tried the next one. The diet industry had me pegged big time!
The "why" of this problem could be analyzed for a very long time, and you would end up with a list of my excuses for "why" this diet or that diet didn't work for me. I won’t bore with that list! (You are welcome.)
But you make ask why am I telling you this now?
Well, it’s spring. Time to shed the heavy coats and sweaters. Detoxes and cleanses are popping up all over cyber space and social media like spring flowers. They all claim to be “the thing” you need to shed those pounds. Don’t be fooled!
I am telling you this now because I want you to know that I am human. That we all struggle with something. For a while I thought I had a handle on it; cut out the processed foods, exercise. My body liked it. I found a weight that felt comfortable. The weight stayed stable for 3 to 4 years. Then things changed. Age, a less physically active career, a health scare that requires me to take medication that creates changes in metabolism. These are not excuses. They are the facts. I can’t change those facts. So the struggle continues.
But wait, do I have to struggle? No. I have a choice to accept the facts as they are. The struggle is optional.
Well then, what do I do?
Avoid processed foods. Commit to exercise. Yes, do what I had been doing, but this time without the self-recrimination and self-judgement when things don’t work out. Then add in a healthy dose of self-compassion, and mindfulness to what I eat, how I eat, when I eat, and why I eat. That approach will pay dividends by reducing my body’s production of stress hormones that increase appetite and slow down metabolism.
You can do this too. Be kind to yourself. Eat mostly plants, drink plenty of clean water, get a good night’s sleep, move your body in ways that you enjoy, and save your money. That new diet, it’s just history repeating itself.
Is it easy? Honestly, no. The saying goes, nothing worth having comes easy, including a healthy body. Our culture doesn’t make it easy. Food like products are everywhere! This is not an excuse, it’s a fact.
I am telling you this because the work you put into your health is so worth it. Think energy, vitality, an agile mind, happiness! Some days it will seem easy and other days not so much. Some days the urge to eat those cookies or bag of chips will get the better of you. So OK, you’re human too. Show yourself some loving kindness and begin again. We are all in this together. Let’s be committed, accountable, and compassionate to ourselves and one another.
YOU GOT TTHIS!
With best wishes to your success,