I will show you how to lose weight without losing your mind! I did it, and I’m about to do it again. (<-Thank you, pregnancy!) You can do it too! I originally wrote this post a while back after having great success on Weight Watchers, but it is still SO relevant, especially at New Years when it seems that everybody is trying to drop some weight and get in shape. I hope this will help you to approach getting healthy from a positive mindset. Happy New Year!
What I am about to say here is not based on any sort of clinical or professional experience. I know that there are people out there with full-blown eating disorders, and those folks should always seek professional help. I am not a professional, nor do I play one on the internet.
Now that we got the disclaimers out of the way…I am a chronic dieter who has struggled with weight on and off for a lot of my life. And throughout that struggle I have observed behaviors in myself and others. I start to see some patterns.
What I am suggesting is that there are some people, that while they may not have full-blown eating disorders, have some level of dysfunction around their eating habits. I would put myself into that category. It is not easy for me to say that publicly.
My hope is that me being open and transparent will help some of you make peace with food and hunger. I hope that sharing my experiences and opinions will cause you to think about your mindset around food and “dieting.” I hope it helps some to step right out of that crazy cycle!
What’s the crazy cycle you may ask? It is what happens when you approach losing weight from a place of negativity.
- It is rooted in a mindset of deprivation.
- It focuses on what you can’t or don’t have.
- It may cause you to repeat things to yourself such as “no pain, no gain.”
- It causes you to label foods as “good” and “bad”