A few years ago I did Michelle Bridges 12wbt and the above quote is something that has stuck in my head ever since. It hasn’t stuck there because I agree with it, it’s stuck there like a thorn in my side, a point of contention for the things that I believe to be true to myself. I could rant all day about the things that I found wrong with the challenge, but that is not what this post is about.
My weight has yo-yoed all over the place for the last 12 or so years. I have gone from a healthy weight right up to where I am now. I think I have tried just about every way of trying to lose weight, but I know that it comes down to mindset, not the newest fad.
One of the things that has been absolutely paramount in my experience is ensuring that I have variety, that I stop placing labels on food such as good or bad. I have extreme guilt issues around food, I have a constant stream of conversation going through my head as I eat, a conversation that maybe one day I will share with you all. For now it’s too raw and too unresolved.
In 2010 I lost 30kg and managed to get close to a healthy weight. In hindsight I can see exactly what the issue was, there was no moderation. I stuck to the ‘diet’ 100% and I didn’t allow myself any variety. I went on a diet, not a lifestyle change.
Now however, my weight is to the point that I do need some drastic action. There is no more waiting for the mindset to kick in, because the weight is creeping on. My body aches, and my wardrobe is limited. I can make all of the promises here I want but I won’t. I will say that I will use my own motivations to help me succeed and if that means that I will reserve food as treats then that is what I will do.
I know that I’m not a dog. I also know that I work better when I have an attainable goal with a clear reward that I feel like I am getting somewhere. I’m not a dog and allowing myself treats does not make me one. Realising my strengths in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle though is much more important than labeling food.
Do you treat yourself with food?
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