Sick to Death of Diets
I’ve been at this exercise-eat-right-lose weight-gain-it-back game for 37 years. I’ve followed lots of diets and “eating plans” trying to find the one that will finally transform me into a supermodel!!! Not really. What I REALLY want is for this not to be such a struggle! When someone comes up with the latest and greatest diet, I don’t want my ears to perk up and my heart race as I think this might be THE ONE that makes it all better! I want to sit calmly and think, I don’t need it. I’ve got this handled.
Most diets measure success by how much weight you lose. They entice you with, “Lose 10 lbs a Week Without Exercise!” This thinking has become cemented in your consciousness. It’s as simple as this…Air is for breathing. Diets are for losing weight. Both are true, and, done repeatedly, both will produce results. Breathe air and you continue to live. Diet to lose weight and you continue to diet.
Why is that? Why have most people tried several different diets to lose weight? Why do people lose weight and then gain it back?
Answer: Diets aren’t designed for long-term success because they focus on the wrong end.
Toes vs. Ears
Diets focus on the number between your toes instead of the brain between your ears. The key, the secret, to success is between your ears. And just as no one has a brain or a body exactly like yours, no one but you can decide what health practices are best for you. No one besides you can design an eating plan that fits your unique needs.
I just thought of another reason we like diets so much. Someone else did the thinking for us. All we have to do is follow their plan, and we’ll be slim and gorgeous forever, just like they said. How’s that working for you? I followed the Weight Watchers points plan for six years and lost over 100 lbs. Now, nine years after I stopped counting points, I have gained and lost the same 20-30 lbs ten times over. Grrrr! You’d think I’d have had this thing figured out!
Over the course of time, I have figured out some things. You have too. Through the perfection of perseverance, testing ideas, failing, and succeeding, we all know some of the things that work for us and some of the things that don’t. You have it in you to succeed if you will trust yourself. As a community of friends, we can discover together how to help each other on the road to freedom from dieting! Please share you thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
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An N of One
STOP * BREATHE * THINK * PRAY * APPLAUD!!!