Prior to November, 2014, I had lost the same 25 to 40 pounds at least ten times in my life. My journey with food started years before when I was still in middle school. At a time when most of my friends gave little thought to food because of their quick pubescent metabolisms, I was short and pudgy. Eventually, I reached my full height in high school and the excess weight finally came off.
The insecurity of being the “fat girl” in those early years undoubtedly affected how I view food today. As a young teen, I really had little control over my weight, which was largely the result of a delayed growth spurt. In fact, I would often resent that my friends could eat anything they wanted and still maintain their slim be-jeaned figures.
The early insecurity I felt about my weight eventually permeated my whole mindset and relationship with food. I developed a helplessness with food by convincing myself that I was powerless against its lure and the constant cycle of weight gain and weight loss.
Consequently, I have ridden the roller-coaster of weight loss and gain for years. While the insecurity of being an overweight teenager consistently motivated me to keep my weight within a specific range, I was never able to keep it in check for good. Despite my best intentions, I always gave in to the lure of food and the loss of self-control.
In November, 2014, I took a completely different approach. I decided to record my thoughts along the way through journaling. I wrote about my frustrations and small victories. I noted when I felt the hungriest and I paid special attention to the foods that were the most difficult to resist. Most importantly, I recorded my self-talk; the internal dialogue that bounced around in my head when I was faced with temptation.
Quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect from this exercise, but I was fed up with my inability to manage my weight and I decided it was time to get to the bottom of it.
My weight gain was a symptom of some seriously flawed thinking about food. Now, I am truly convinced that your mind is the key to your weight loss and management. I had to develop a weight loss mindset in order to lose the weight for good; once and for all!
So, why do I write about weight? I have come to realize that I have always felt powerless with food. Honestly, I truly believed that I was unable to resist food and its draw. In retrospect, others who so confidently choose the most sensible menu items or pass on the yummy desserts have always perplexed me. I guess I just figured that my willpower was either broken or misaligned.
about food. Food can only exert power over me if I allow it to. Ultimately, I am the one who chooses what, when and where I eat. I have the power to chose mindful eating and weight loss over 40 is possible. It’s time, past time, to get this weight thing under control so we can go on with the business of living fulfilling lives. Are you with me?
Could you use some help to start your fitness journey? I get it…there is so much information out there and sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. I finally figured out a workable way to myself on the right track with food and fitness and I would like to help you do the same.
If you are ready for a change, why don’t you give Find Your Weigh a try…what have you got to lose, except for the annoying excess weight you’ve been carrying around? And, if you’re thinking, I don’t want to buy another book, then I challenge you to wade through my weight loss archives for FREE! Either way, you will be taking proactive steps to getting your weight and life back on track!