No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.
― Julien Smith, The Flinch
Start…stop. Start…stop. Start…stop. Let’s STOP this insanity!
For many of us this is a familiar pattern. Our lives are littered with a long trail of incomplete projects, including diets. Often, we start out with a big rush of enthusiasm, and after a few weeks go by, we become like jaded lovers: the infatuation is over, and so is the diet or project.
Maybe, it’s time for us to rethink our strategy. If it isn’t something that we can sustain for the long haul why even bother starting? Every time we quit something, all we do is get more practiced at quitting. Maybe, instead of going on another diet, it’s time to practice making small changes to our everyday lives.
If it’s not something we can actually do each day or at least every other day, then it’s best not to do it at all. Being too strict and depriving ourselves backfires in the form of bingeing and overindulging in anticipation of future deprivation. In the long run, every day small lifestyle changes add up to big changes that last.
For example: by walking three to six miles a day we can lose 20 pounds in five months. Walk less and we will lose slower. Developing a daily walking habit will help to keep the weight off permanently.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says we should aim for a 10% weight reduction for an initial target goal for overweight and obesity. The reason for this is because this gives us time to integrate and sustain the changes. Diets that promote fast and/or extreme weight loss don’t give us changes that we can sustain. After we reach our initial 10% goal and maintain it for 6 months, we can go for more weight loss.
We can aim for a calorie reduction of 500-1000 calories a day. It’s easier to do this by cutting back 250-500 calories in the food we consume and burn the rest through exercise.
We can become diet detectives and begin to cut back unnecessary calories where we won’t even notice. We can ditch the creamy coffee drinks, high fat mayo, creamy sauces, high fat desserts and cheeses, and replace with healthier and lighter alternatives. We can find treats that we like that are lower in fat, sugar and calories. We can eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and cut back on the white refined foods. We can allow room for regular healthy treats and occasional indulgences.
We can learn to identify our eating triggers and find ways around them. We can learn to manage our stress and emotions through various stress management techniques like meditation, prayer, yoga, self-hypnosis, and visualization.
All of this is something that we can sustain over a long period of time. The key to staying in the game is to pick ourselves back up quickly when we get off track. We don’t make it a big deal by punishing ourselves, or use it as an excuse to go hog wild for days, weeks, or even months on end. We just pick ourselves up and keep going … and going … and going, until we slip again, and repeat the process.
Each time we do this with compassion instead of guilt, recrimination and self-loathing, we move forward more quickly, and with grace and ease.
The truth is there is no finish line. As long as we’re alive, in order to maintain our health and keep the weight off, we will need to take good care of ourselves, which means eating well, managing our stress and emotions, and exercising. When we accept this truth, we will have won the biggest part of the battle, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re enjoying the journey as we move towards our destination.
Am I still thinking this is something I’m going to go off of and return to my old ways of eating?
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- If you can’t sustain it, you can’t maintain it.
-Catherine L. Taylor
- Health is a relationship between you and your body.
- Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
- A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
-Paul Dudley White, an American Cardiologist
- To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
I am making lifestyle changes that will sustain me for a lifetime.
My health is the foundation of all I enjoy. I am building a strong foundation to ensure my future happiness.
Each day, I do what I can towards my health and exercise goals.
I am capable of consistency.
I get back on track easily.
My small efforts add up and pay big rewards.
I am in this for the long haul.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place — God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self — is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
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