[a weight loss story]
*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*
I've been reading an interesting post on Voluntary Simplicity. I really like these concepts and it's something I try to do in my life but have never really thought about in these terms before.
As far as dieting goes, this quote really struck me:
How often do we decide to lose weight or start a healthy lifestyle because we think we should?
Lately I've been reading a lot of posts on New Year's resolutions - some full of workable goals infused with energy and positivity, some made with a spirit of 'it's new year so I guess I should do this'. No prizes for guess who'll achieve their goals.
I spent so many years making plans and resolutions to lose weight because I thought I should and, each time, I'd crumple as soon as I saw the first chocolate bar.
When I read that quote now, I realise I got more inner help and comfort from eating than the imagined payoff. It wasn't because I lacked self discipline, I needed to overeat. I needed the comfort, I needed the distraction, I needed the joy and, at the time, the only place I could find it was in food.
My weight loss plans always involved sacrifice - I'll go without this and not eat that. When I found something I wanted more, I could do it. I wanted to experience life as a healthy person. In order to do that, I shed the things I didn't need - not just the weight and not just the food, but the reliance on these comforts to see me through life.
I'm far from done but I see now that I need to focus my energy on the things I want - and, it's true, the things I give up will no longer have a hold on me.
Somebody wise once said that before you can successfully transform yourself, you need to reach a point where staying the same is WAY more uncomfortable than anything you might have to go through in order to change.
Wow, this is good, and so is kek's comment. Changing your viewpoint can make so much difference.
By 9:23 am, at
Great post Kat...especially since it tends to indicate that my resolutions may actually stick. lol
Wow, great post! and so true. Thanks
By 12:03 pm, at
You are so right! I need to adopt that attitude to. It is so easy to think of the things we are giving up... Thanks for this :)
Thanks for this post, you've given me a lot to think about!
By 8:31 pm, at
I forgot to add that I have no intention of giving up chocolate. I just choose to have a little of it occasionally, rather than eat a family block every day.
A good post and you are so right regarding New Years resolutions, why do people feel compelled to do this. If you want to make life changing goals then make them when you are ready!
Gandhi, thank you for sharing! I really dig the idea of Voluntary Simplicity and YES the idea is not to take away and make it a negative experience. My success comes from wanting to be healthier too :-)
By 12:03 pm, at
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