Sustainability

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So, another Wednesday.

I didn't write about my diet last Wendesday. I had other thoughts on my mind and felt more like writing about those.

But, like always, I usually have two reasons (or more) for everything I do.

The other (and possibly real) reason I didn't write about my "diet" was, well, things weren't going well. I hadn't lost another measly pound. I was getting frustrated. The first 5 came off relatively easy, and then things just stopped.

I know that this can be completely normal during dieting. To reach plateaus where you don't loose weight for a while. And when this has happened in the past, I just give up. What's the point of giving up donuts, ice cream, and beef if you aren't loosing any weight. But I decided not to give up. After all, even if I'm not thinner, I'll still be healthier.

Hopefully, things are moving in the right direction.

I've lost 3 pounds so far this month. That's 8 altogether!

Okay, I know that's nothing to make commercials about, but still, I'm trying to be sensible about my dieting.

Everyone has seen the commercials: Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, etc. Where people loose 10 pounds their first month. I'm obviously not doing anything like that. But I know that one of those would never work for me. I like to eat with my family. Make food we all like and then eat it together. I like restaurants, family dinners with my parents, lunch with friends. If I can't find a way to have that in my life, I'm going to fail at any diet I try.

What I'm trying to do is make changes that are sustainable. Like giving up red meat. That I can do. Living off pre-packaged pasta for 6 months. Nope. Exercising 5 days a week. That I can do. Eating nothing but vegetables for 14 days. That I can't do.

I have to make changes that will help me loose weight now. But they also have to be things I can continue in the future.

2 comments:

Karen said...

I'm right there with you, my friend. I did Weight Watchers for a while and did really well with it. But I got tired of counting points and got lazy and stopped. Now I am just trying to use some of what I learned and just generally use healthier habits without necessarily going full board into a "diet".

Alorah said...

You must feel so good with loosing 8 pounds! I sure would be. You are moving in the right direction and I'll bet that if you keep up what you are doing you will reach your goal.
One thing to keep in mind about the Jenny Craig diet you mentioned, and the people loosing 10 pounds their first month is that I'm sure they had way more to loose than you do so, it came off faster at first. Anyway, don't get discuraged & keep up the good work.