I have always struggled with my weight. Even when I was in high school and extremely fit, I had a perception of being fat. Today, I am a wife and mom of a four year old son. In college I started my journey of trying to find the magic bullet to being thin and therefore happy. I have tried almost every diet or method ranging from fasting & purging to Weight Watchers, Herbalife, South Beach, No Sugar No Grain, Gluten Free, etc etc etc. I have spent thousands (and I mean thousands) of dollars on diets, diet food, supplements and body shaping garments, all to no avail. The simple fact is that behind these methods there was really no plan or strategy as to how I was going to reach my goals. I was pretty much white knuckling it through each day until finally out came the box of Oreos with a big glass of milk.
A few things come to mind as I think about the things that have held me back:
1. Being unwilling to accept my body type.
2. Always jumping from one fad diet to the next.
3. Relying on information from people not qualified to give it.
4. Watching Dr. Oz (maybe that should be included in #3).
5. Making short term changes instead of implementing small lifestyle changes.
6. Focusing on the scale and allowing the number to determine my worth for the day.
So what has changed?
In the past few months, I have started to understand that there has to be a method to the madness. Working out 5 days a week until I am about to die doesn’t really work for me. I tried that too, and nothing changed. After working out this way for 2 years, I lost 16 pounds and then gained about 20 back. I only got more frustrated working so hard and not seeing any results.
Slowly I am making small changes in my daily life that in time, will bring about a more lasting changes. Some examples:
1. Eliminating coffee which gave me anxiety attacks from the caffeine, therefore reducing stress levels and cortisol.
2. Allowing rest days between workouts so that my body can actually recover and build muscle.
3. Being disciplined to working out 3x/week with a focus and purpose (instead of flailing around thinking that I sure am moving a lot of body parts so I must be burning calories somewhere!!).
4. Doubling my daily vegetable intake by incorporating a morning green smoothie with fruits and veggies.
5. Focusing on a 2:1 carb to protein ratio and a daily intake of 1800-2000 calories.
6. And of course, the awesome coaching from Ed & Jim.
So there is nothing really earth-shattering here, or complex. The most difficult thing is to be patient and to realize since none of the above are a fad, I have to stay committed to what I am doing and trust the professionals! My hairdresser, family, coworkers, and friends may be well intentioned in their advice, but they don’t really know what they are talking about. Don’t get distracted by the “noise” and just focus on the fact that I can fit into two pairs of pants and a shirt that I could not wear a year ago.
*Disclaimer: These results may not be typical. Individual results will vary.