The DOs outweigh the DON’Ts

I’m putting this here so I’ll always remember – the DOs outweigh the DON’Ts.

Why I DON’T want to lose weight…

  • I like food…greasy, carb-y, so-not-good-for-you food…smothered in gravy.
  • I don’t have time to workout. I mean, I have TV to watch, Netflix to binge on and LOTS of eating to do!
  • Changing my diet is way TOO hard! And expensive! I just bought 10 boxes of mac n’ cheese on BOGO – I can’t just throw it all away!

Why I DO want to lose weight…

  • I need to LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE. Find out what the risks of fat are, here.
  • I want to TAKE CHARGE. I’m tired of being a backseat driver – I want to live my life without feeling limited by my size!
  • I want to LOOK & FEEL better – inside and out. Health starts from the inside, out – can you imagine what that must feel like? To accept yourself and heal from within??
  • I want to FEEL BEAUTIFUL and COMFORTABLE IN MY OWN SKIN.

There are like 1,000+ more reasons that could placed in either category…these are just a few that are circling around in my head.

*Opinions expressed above are solely my own and in no way represent the opinions or viewpoints of others. No harm is intended by this post – everyone’s weight loss journey is different and stems from different motivators! 🙂

Here’s the “Thing”…

So, here’s the thing about diets – as a follow-up to my previous posts on dieting and gluten free – they’re HARD. And I mean, really, really hard. Especially when you grew in the South (or, as southern as Florida can get) and are used to your Momma making enough food to feed a household of 10.

I’m sure you can all guess how “well” I’ve been on my diet – have I been sticking to the “approved” foods? Following my exercise plan?

The answer is no – and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it either.

Yours truly,
A foodholic

Beware of “Fad Diets”

Recently my boyfriend and I have transitioned into a gluten free lifestyle. Recently, the production of gluten free products has skyrocketed; or, at least the promotion of them has increased.

To me, going gluten free is the latest “fad diet.” (Much like Atkins and the South Beach Diet.)

I know quite a few people who have jumped on various diet bandwagons, only to succumb to temptation a few months later. Initially they feel great – rejuvenated, born again, so to speak. And then reality kicks in – extreme fad diets are hard to follow and frequently unsuccessful.

A mere 77% of people who pledged to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution maintained their pledges for 1 week but only 19% for 2 years.

That’s a lot of determination gone down the drain and even worse is the failed diet rebound. Nearly 65% of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years.

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Photo source: poconohealthsystem.org. Check out their PowerPoint for good and bad advantages of the different types of diets!

Do you have any tips for sticking to a diet and staying on track with an exercise regimen? I’d love any advice!

Now, to get back to this delicious sandwich…don’t judge…it’s Day 2 of the Gluten Free Diet. Let’s just say I’m taking it slow.