We all watched my healthy lifestyle approach crash and burn, much like the aforementioned pinto. Was it devastating? Not really. I think we have all tried something when it comes to our health that we have failed miserably at. I think that even when I started it, I kind of expected to fail. I tried to use the blog as a source of motivation and accountability but, obviously, even that didn't work out for me.
What was I to do next? Was my health really as big of a priority as I wanted it to be? I really had to take a hard look at what I wanted and why. Did I want to try another fad thing, make up my own or try something completely new?
I have an acquaintance that I've known for years. I haven't really kept in contact with her. She's a friend of a friend and we've only met in person twice. Granted, both of those times were for vacations so we were together for a couple days at a time, but still only twice in 13 years. However, I've been friends with her on Facebook and have watched her shrink over the past year. I know she has always struggled with weight. On one of our last trips, we talked about what we tried to do to lose weight for the cruise we were on. Both of us hadn't gotten anywhere near our goals for that trip but we had a great time anyway.
Now fast-forward a lot of years later and I see her just almost melt weight off over about a 6 month period on Facebook. Knowing our pasts struggles and that we were similar, I had to ask. What I got introduced to was something I never thought I would ever do and even after talking with her, I was skeptical as hell to even try. It is expensive y'all but this is one of those times where you have to decide how much your health is worth. I decided it was worth the cost. I mean she obviously had a lot of success with it and after talking to her, it was so much more than just another diet program. After a lot of thought and number crunching, I decided to go for it and try it for a month.
I can't say enough about my new lifestyle changes! While I think some are common sense, a lot are things that I never would have put together without the guidance of the reading materials and workbooks provided.
I'm officially 2 1/2 weeks in and I've lost, on average, about 4 pounds a week so far. I'm working through 2 books and are helping me to put things into perspective and really helping me to see what my goals are and how to get there. I'm not just talking health goals either. I'm talking big picture things. It's getting me to think about things that I've never really thought about before and apparently there are aspects of my life that I don't like and it never occurred to me before I was asked to put it on paper.
I was given new hope and really understood why all the other approaches to health weren't working. Did you know that 85% of people who go on a diet without behavioral support gain the weight back within two years? I sure has hell didn't! I've been yo-yoing around the same weight for years and even though I was making healthy choices, I could never keep the damn weight off.
I learned that it's not my fault that I'm struggling with my weight. While that may sound contrived it really made me feel better. The way our bodies are made were meant for the lifestyles of the past. We are in a constant battle of trying to compete with our biological makeup to lose weight.
I'm no longer dieting. I'm attempting to make lifestyle changes that I can carry with me even after I reach my goal weight. I'm learning about habits that I didn't even know would help and I now KNOW that I will succeed. It's a pretty nice feeling.