And so my story begins....with a step
...actually it began 30 years ago, but here is the latest from the never ending saga of my dieting success and failures. Yesterday while on Facebook I did one of those extremely accurate quizzes...you know the ones that people make up, and you're friends take them and pass them off on you! Well, I took one that said "How much should you weigh". And after it asked me a whole ONE question, "How tall are you"? It gave me an answer...130 pounds! Good gravy! If I wanted the whole anorexic look then ya, but I don't!
And then I took a long hard look at people around me that are trying to lose weight. My sister-in-law has always looked for the quick fixes, you know Optifast, Jenny craig, things that you couldn't do forever. Then theres my mom. Ever since I can remember she has started a diet on the first of EVERY month. She's tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, LA Weightloss, the cabbage soup diet, the grapfruit diet...there isn't a doet this woman hasn't attempted...much like a lot of us on here! And truth be told she's always done well. But the fact of the matter is she really doesn't need to lose that much! For her age, I would say she is very healthy and active. But does she see that? No! So I sat and asked myself (because I talk to myself a lot!) Do we do this to ourselves because we REALLY want to lose the weight, is it because we want to be healthy, or do we do it out of habit? Is it a habit that we start a diet on the first of every month? Is it a habit that we want a quick fix for everything in our lives? I think the answer is yes. I think the reason people fail at losing weight and succeeding is it becomes a habit and we get stuck in the same rut, day in and day out. Eating the same things, doing the same boring activities. Trying the same unrealistic approach.
So what can one do about this? I'm really not quite sure. Now I'm not a brilliant person, but what I do know is in order to change something you have to start with 1 step in a different direction. It doesn't have to be a giant leap and by making this small step doesn't mean you have to change everything all at once. It just means you have the option to change what you don't like. I think Benjamin Button said it best! "Our lives our defined by oportunities, even the ones we miss". Enough said!