How many times have I dieted over the years, convinced that this time I would finally do it? Too many to count. Something in my head clicked this time around because I have never been able to commit to something that wasn't a "quick fix" before. A co-worker approached me last week and asked me what my secret was. She has a significant amount of weight to lose and she wanted to know what my "quick fix" was. I told her that sadly, there wasn't one. I have lost almost 90 pounds by diet and exercise alone. She was surprised and congratulated me for my success, but I could tell that she wanted to hear that I took some sort of magic pill or something.
This is not easy. Sticking to a completely different lifestyle than what one is used to is not easy. But I knew that this time I was ready and I was not going to make excuses anymore. That is exactly what I have done my whole life. I have made excuses as to why I was 130 pounds over weight. Some of my favourites included but are not limited to:
- I have a slow metabolism.
- I can't exercise because I have heel spurs and bad knees.
- It's genetic.
- Although I'm obese, I am still pretty healthy.
- I really don't eat that much.
I remember being given the option of starting the "diet" on Monday, and coming back in two weeks for my second weigh-in. I left the office and had every intention of having a last "hurrah" weekend. I was going to indulge like no one's business, then get down to business first thing Monday morning. As the day wore on, and I continued to obsess over food, I realized that I had to start immediately and take control of my life once and for all.
I could no longer be a slave to food and instead needed to master my self control. There was going to be no magic pill, no quick fix. I either had to do this now, or resign myself to a future of disease and an early grave. I woke up on Saturday morning with nothing "Poon friendly" in my house except eggs, cabbage and low sodium canned tuna. You know what I did? I ate that as my meal, started my food journal, and went shopping for things I could eat. I haven't looked back since.
I have completely dispelled every excuse I have ever made in regards to being 130 pounds over weight. I have proven that:
- With proper food and exercise, my metabolism works just fine.
- I can exercise without issue and once I dropped some weight, the heel spurs and bad knees magically disappeared.
- My birth mother is a larger woman, but I have managed to lose almost 90 pounds. It is not genetic!
- I had high blood pressure and was on 2 medications to control it. I am no longer on any blood pressure meds and my blood pressure is very normal, thank you very much!
- I did eat a lot....of processed carbohydrates, sugar and fat. Once I cut those out, the weight started to fall off.