Seeing Success

I know I have to continue to be a conscientious eater for the rest of my life. I’m much happier now than I was when I was a few weeks ago. Not being a slave to my eating habits and addictions taught me to be happy because I’m living a healthier life that I totally earned. I’m enjoy watching the pounds shed away and I don’t feel deprived while doing it. I can eat whatever I want as long as I don’t eat too much of it. I no longer have the need to be full and I’m actually enjoying that I never have the uncomfortable bloated feeling of having too much food.

I’ve chosen to make food my friend rather than my enemy. I’ve beat the odds with my food addiction and It doesn’t have control over me. I just needed to realize it was the bad habits that had control over my life. Now I’m the one in control and I’ve got the life that I always wanted. That is a liberating feeling within itself. I can almost fit into that dress that I’m planning to wear to my sister’s wedding, which is in a few months.

I now use to log my weight-loss since I’m no longer counting calories anymore. My eating habits are in check.Though I still remain conscious of what I’m eating, I don’t worry if I eat a few calories over the limit. when  I want something in the grocery store, all I do is read the nutrition label to see how much it exercise I would have to do to burn it off. Usually, that causes me to put it back on the shelf or to pick up a smaller size.

As far as exercise goes, I didn’t do much to change it. I walk for about 30-40 minutes five days a week, but occasionally, I’ll add an extra workout if I feel like it. The less pressure I put on myself, the more I succeed. The more exercise that’s done, the more calories allowed for that day. I burn off the extra fat, carb, and protein calories, while keeping everything at or under 1500 calories per day. Through exercise,  I can afford those extra calories!

My best advice for anyone wanting to climb off the yo-yo string once and for all is to go into the adjustment to lose weight slowly with the perception that it’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle that will improve and possibly prolong your quality of life. There might be some tweaking you have to do for your new lifestyle when all the excess weight is gone. For me, I increase my caloric intake to 1500 calories per day instead of 1200.

One thing I do to help with breaking habits and addictions is to stay away from your seat while watching television. I recommend getting completely out of ear-shot during commercials. Food commercials are especially designed to trigger our hunger, and believe me it works! I didn’t even realize it until I began noticing that I struggled on the days I watched television. Now, I don’t watch TV everyday. On the days I don’t watch, I find that I have more time to do other things that are productive, which takes my mind away from problems with uncontrollable urges or hunger popping out of nowhere.

Overall, those old ways of eating can never be allowed. Keeping this firmly in your mind will take the pressure off from feeling like it isn’t working. It was frustrating at first that I wasn’t able to lose many pounds at first, but I had to remind myself that it didn’t matter how fast I was losing weight. As long as I was losing it, I was able to enjoy the fact that I was succeeding. The only way to get good at something is to practice. No one was born to be naturally good at something, but practice every day and it will help you get better. All it takes is time and practice to change habits and break addictions to lose weight.

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