I always fail to lose weight
I have written many posts about weight loss. Like most of you, I have done many, many diets. I always have hope and full determination that I will succeed each time I try to lose weight. I think, I know I can do this. I have a plan in my head. I am gung ho and then the next day comes and I am no longer inspired. I want to lose weight but my gosh, what an exhausting task. Ultimately, I fail.
Why do I fail? Why do I fall back into my old ways of eating? Why do I want the foods that are restricted to whatever diet I am on? What is it that makes following a diet so hard and why is it so easy to fail?
Am I addicted to sugar? If I want ice cream, I wait until no one is around and I will eat a bowl of ice cream with extra milk. Yes, I put extra whole milk in my ice cream. It is insane! If someone walks, I hide it real quick. This is ridiculous. I am a grown woman so if I want ice cream I will eat it and yet here I was, ashamed that I was constantly on a diet and failing and now sneaking the foods I was restricted from eating. I just didn’t want to hear anything negative from anybody.
Does this sound familiar to you? You tried everything and failed and in the process gained even MORE weight. You have so much information that you can’t tell what is right and what is wrong anymore. You exercise but no results. You stop drinking alcohol and you still don’t lose weight. It seems as if nothing will ever work.
I did not want to give up any food groups and I wanted to enjoy food. All foods! I didn’t want restrictions on my food. How was eating from all food groups going to allow me to lose weight?
I did research
I went online like any normal person would do and I was searching for someone to help me. I wanted them to be a professional that was not caught up in all these fad diets. I wanted someone that could understand my failures and teach me how to be healthy again.
First, I had to figure out who was professional. I found out there is a big difference between health coaches, nutritionist and Registered Dietitians.
Registered dietitians have bachelor’s degrees and some are required to have Master degrees. They have to take a state exam and continuing education is required. That is who I wanted, a registered dietitian. What really changed my mind was when I figured out that even I could become a health coach behind my computer screen. I am no expert and I didn’t want someone like me trying to help me.
I found a wonderful registered dietitian to help me. She listens. She teaches me to change my mindset. Why do I want to do this? I am learning positive affirmations. I am so hard on myself. It has truly changed everything.
My life is changing
I get meal plans every two weeks. Yes, for now, at the beginning of this journey, I need someone telling me exactly what to eat. I also get recipes with the meals. I am learning all about food and nutrition and a new mindset. I am learning about exercise and that there is no good or bad. I am not a bad person if I eat something unhealthy. I am not judged.
Now, here is the kicker. I have to text a picture of every meal I eat. Yeah, I have to be accountable. It makes such a huge difference when you know someone is watching you. This is exactly what I needed. I also have to give a weekly check-in with my weight and inches and how I am feeling.
This is not going to go on forever but it is getting me on tract. It is slow but that’s okay because I want to lose this weight and not gain it back.
Right now, 15 pounds in 10 weeks. I already feel like a new person and it didn’t require me to lose 60 pounds in six month. I will keep you posted on the progress.
Until next time,