Last fall when I decided to flip the switch and radically change what I was eating, I had one great fear. I was terrified to give up all the delicious things I loved eating! The thought of dieting, always being hungry and never getting to eat “good food” kept me from watching what I ate, and subsequently landed me in a miserable state needing to lose 20+ pounds.
I seriously mourned for the loss of my friend, good food. I dreaded the thought of going to a restaurant and having to choose a healthy option instead of #allthecarbs with a side of more carbs and cheese.
In the last 11 months, I’ve enjoyed food more than I have in years. I’ve also lost 12 pounds without doing any exercise! I feel so much better about myself. I feel in control of my food – no longer a slave to it! I still eat all the things I love: ice cream, bread, potatoes, pizza, tacos and coffee with creamer. I’ve just learned how to eat those things in moderation, how to say “no” and when to say “enough.” I finish each day with satisfaction, feeling much better than I have in years! I have learned that I don’t have to stuff myself in order to enjoy a meal or a snack. “Just enough” is enough.
Having lost 12 pounds, I have to continue this lifestyle in order to lose the other 10 or so (and probably eventually add in some exercise SIGH). It took me almost a year to get this far. I’m ready to stick with it another year and I’m hopeful that I’ll get the same results.
One thing that really encouraged me to even begin a healthy lifestyle was seeing the success of other women my own age who took similar steps to control what they ate. Here are two recent posts from friends of mine with practical tips for healthy eating. I hope it encourages you as it did me!
- Making Substitutions For Weight Loss Success
- This Works For Me: It’s Not A Diet, It’s Living Healthy
Don’t allow fear to keep you from taking control of your eating habits!