[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
I was having a think the other day, about the best bit of diet advice I could give (and this is something mentioned by Dietgirl and M recently, but I thought it before I read them... I'm not ripping them off, honest injun).
The one thing that works, that equals success is to start and keeping going. Keep going no matter what. Not letting a bad day or a bad week or the hugest boulder in your path stop you.
A year ago, I thought I could lose a few kilograms. I knew even losing 10% of my body weight, would have health benefits as far as my diabetes goes. So I started... like I had so many other times. And the only difference is, this time I didn't stop.
When I was young, I went to a tea leaf reader and she told me I'd lose a lot of weight. She said I'd meet a man who'd support me and he'd say things like - if you can diet for a day, you can keep dieting. I've never met that man, and for a long time I couldn't diet for a day. I couldn't diet until mid morning. But then something clicked (and who listens to tea leaf readers anyways?)
Even after I started losing, for a long time I waited for the "magic" to stop. I found it hard to trust I could keep things up and, even though I was losing, I didn't even mention my goal to lose 40 kgs to myself, let alone anyone else.
It amazes me just how far I've come - not just me but so many others. People who's blogs I've been reading over the past year. I read recently only 10% of weight loss efforts work. I'd love to see the statistic on that for bloggers - I bet we'd kick the butt of those stats. I can't think of anyone on my link list that doesn't show steely persistance.
About a year ago, I challenged myself by walking to the local 7-11 and home again. It seemed like a huge thing to do and, for the last half a km I felt like dying. If a cab had been nearby, I'd have flagged it down to get home! I felt like that on Saturday too but this time it was 12 km not 3 and I ran most of it. That's just one of the small changes in my life that astounds me.
Anyway, I'm interested - what other advice or wisdom do you think has helped you change to a healthier life?
That's such great advice. I've only been working on my diet for a few months now, but I just have to keep looking at it as one day at a time. Anything else can be too overwhelming. Luckily it's been getting easier.
*puts hands up*
you have said all that can be said...just keep going is the key. But definitely what helps me keep going has been two things, bloggers and exercise. Like you I cannot believe I now love exercise and it really helps pull me out of a slump if I fall ino one.
What a great post - I too would like to see the stats for bloggers who get to goal and then maintain.
For some reason my comments don't always appear on your blog - very strange.
Great piece advice came from 'Dory' in Finding Nemo - she says "just keep swimming, just keep swimming" or the Penguins in 'Madagascar' which say, "just smile and wave boys, just smile and wave". Now obviously these aren't health or diet related but they are my "get off your bum and continue" phrases. Well done on the 12kms on the weekend
Aaaaaaah so true. That's really what it's all about, isn't it. You've gotta keep going. It's the only secret to success! And it's the only reason why so many people fail! They STOP! hehe
Just keep at it...it is so true. I never thought I would last this long, when I get to a year and the scales are lower than a year ago, it will be a great day!
What they said!
I think we would blow the stats sky high. In fact they would have to have separate stats just for us.
I totally agree with what you've said about keep on keeping on.
What an awesome post Kathryn. You have come so far and not only have you helped yourself achieve great things but helped others by writing about your journey. Cheers to you babe!
boobs: 100 cm
waist: 81 cm
hips: 109 cm
thighs: 50 cm
Weekly Goal Lifestyle Changing Challenge-A-Rama
Week 1 - Drink more water
Week 2 - Cut out sugary treats