Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
Just before I made the decision to start losing weight and change my lifestyle for good, I did something so sneaky. I can remember it clear as day. My mom and I were sitting in the living room. Watching TV.
Me: Mom, I’m going out to the kitchen to make a sandwich, do you want anything?
Mom: “No thanks”
In the kitchen, I made a sandwich. Then I made another. I scarfed one down. I plated the other. I walked back out to the living room.
Me: This sandwich really looks good, boy am I hungry!
Mom: “Yeah, it does look good”
I totally fooled her. I ate both sandwiches and she didn’t even know! After all, I didn’t want her to think I was a pig! I was so sneaky.
See, I had 3 rules back then that I followed… calories didn’t count if:
I really fooled my mom that day. I also fooled myself.
This weight rollercoaster that we get on… the yo-yo diets, the New Year’s resolutions, the constant search for the miracle superfood (or super-supplement)… we’re barking up the wrong tree.
It all starts with us. Getting real. Being accountable.
Eating one sandwich and not acting like you just fooled somebody because they didn’t see you eat the other.
There’s this amazing study going on. It’s called the National Weight Control Registry. They are studying 10,000 LOSERS over time to see what they all have in common. So the rest of us can jump onboard with their big fancy findings.
These 10,000 people (I am proud to say that I am one), have lost on average 66lbs and kept it off for 5 ½ years. Weight losses range from 30-300 lbs. Duration of successful weight loss ranges from 1-66 years.
They clearly have the secret. See why we want to study them?
So what’s the big secret? What’s the one thing all of us (10,000) long-time losers and maintainers have in common? Here it is:
Self-monitoring. That’s it?
Holding ourselves accountable. What about superfoods? Supplements?
Being true to the life we are trying to create and maintain. This is not exciting stuff.
Not eating in the dark, standing up, while no one was watching. Who was I kidding?
It’s all about us. All about you. All about the new you. All about ditching the diet and getting real.
That’s it. That’s the big secret.
Hold yourself accountable. Admit to yourself every day what you ate. How many minutes you exercised. Admit it. To yourself. Just for you. It makes it real. Makes your dreams real.
Write it down. Pick up an app (MyFitness Pal, LoseIt, etc). Hold yourself accountable.
That day I made the two sandwiches? If I wrote that down and admitted to myself that’s what I did, I wouldn’t be so happy with my choice. Next time I had that same thought, I wouldn’t have done it. Wouldn’t have wanted to see that poor choice staring at me in black and white.
One sandwich? Perfectly healthy. I’ll write that down. No problem. No guilt.
Two sandwiches? I’ll skip it. Don’t want to overindulge. Don’t want to write that down. Don’t want to have to look at it later.
You’d be amazed how many small changes you can make just by simply writing down your food for the day.
Grabbing a handful of M&Ms off the coworker’s desk when you walk by? Write it down.
Eating while you’re watching TV at night? Write it down.
Getting elbow deep in the potato chip bag when you walk in the door (and while you have the house to yourself)? Write it down.
No food is off limits. No food requires guilt. Just write it down.
Before you know it, you’ll stop reaching for the indulgent foods as much. You’ll cut back on extra helpings, extra snacks, extra desserts, extra drinks. Just by writing it down.
Hold yourself accountable for this lifestyle you are trying to create. I guarantee you it will get you one step closer!
Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself