Speaking for myself, I enjoyed limited success with nearly every diet. I say limited, because I lost weight, lots of weight. Unfortunately, I’d start eating again and before too long, was back to where I started with a few extra pounds to boot. Sometimes even more than a few extra pounds. No, make that several more pounds. I went up over 200 lbs 3 times in what I refer to as my ‘eating career’. When I hit 248 in January of 1993, I just stopped weighing myself.
It wasn’t until I took a spiritual approach to my eating, that I experienced long term success with weight loss and (a new word I didn’t know) maintenance of a healthy body weight. It’s the key for me, which separates what I do today, from all the previous diets. Asking God for help initiate the internal changes that allow me to live in a normal size body, free from food obsession and the crazy compulsions that accompany it.
It takes work. It may be simple but it isn’t always easy. I make time daily to start out with spiritual disciplines – prayer, meditation, reading spiritual literature and journaling. Most folks I know with longevity in weight loss do something similar.
I also weigh or measure my food and post it to www.myfitnesspal.com every day. It helps me to see patterns, and make changes. I also love to exercise and do that with great regularity. It has to be fun. Dave and I both have these sport recumbent bikes. I don’t have to worry too much about falling – its not too far down!
I cannot make excuses; it is critical to my continued healthy body and peace of mind to start my day out with saying hello to God. My morning rituals reinforce my commitment, remind me where I came from and set the groundwork for another day of a life I’ve come to love.