In previous posts, I have talked about how I feel losing weight and being healthy is a life style change. I mentioned that with my successful weight loss, I didn’t count calories and I didn’t weigh and measure my foods. After countless attempt and many years of dieting, I feel like I am finally conquering the problem. Even though my weight has fluctuated a few pounds in the last 5 years, I have kept the majority of my weight off.
I feel that diets do not work because we are too worried about the number. The number on the scale, the number of calories we eat, the number of calories that we burn. The number that you want the scale to be and once you get there, what happens? You start to eat again. With diets, there is a start day and a goal day. We celebrate that goal! It is a great day!!! I made it and now… I can eat again. That leads back to the same habits. The sugar, the fat, the junk, all of the things that you were limiting when you were dieting. Very quickly, the pounds come right back. If you are like me, you add a few extra pounds to the ones that you lost.
Of course everyone like to see the results of losing weight and eating healthier. Step away from the scale and look at your success. Most importantly, how are you feeling? After eating healthier foods, I feel so good!!! I lose the sleepy and tired feeling and feel more energetic! I feel like I am sleeping better, breathing better, and feel much happier. Enjoy that feeling! Your clothes will start to feel loose. I used to say to my husband, “Look my clothes are getting bigger!” and his response would be your clothes don’t change, you are getting smaller. That’s the way to look at it!…positive attitude! You are changing on the outside but the changes on the inside are huge! Just a few pounds take pressure off of your joints, helps your blood pressure, and your sugar levels. Even though you can’t look at your inside, it is getting healthier and stronger as well!
If you are looking into losing weight, I think letting go of the “number” is the way to go. In the coming weeks, I will go over some thoughts about enjoying your weight loss and not struggling over it. Make eating healthier a new way of life!Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.