I spent a good year (approximately August 2009 to August 2010) losing weight and getting in shape. Instead of immediately cutting my caloric intake in half and committing to exercising three times a day, I took the slow and steady approach. I read about health and learned more about reading labels. I cut out most packaged food as well as foods that had Dr. Oz’ Top 5 ingredients to avoid in the first five ingredients. I bought a juicer and began juicing. I just did that for a while.
Eventually I felt it was time to take things to the next level and began to exercise. I cut out red and pink meat and taking my coffee with sugar. I did other stuff.
A year into my lifestyle change, I was 23 pounds lighter and feeling good. At this point, I thought: “I’ve learned enough about healthy eating and made enough changes in my life that I won’t be able to help but be thin from now on.”
Old habits do die hard, though, don’t they?
As of late, I’ve found myself falling back into old habits of “Oh, I haven’t had that in forever! It won’t hurt to have some.” While it’s true that it’s been awhile since I’ve had that particular item, I’ve done that same routine with a number of bad-for-me things. The result? Losing my overall “healthy lifestyle liver” badge. My monthly reminder that I’m a woman only makes it worse, literally making me feel as though I could consume the entire fridge in one evening!
So here I am, trying desperately to regain that excitement for eating well, that understanding that “treats” (sugar, candy, fattening stuff in general) aren’t really treats, that general willingness to exercise and, what I miss most of all, that ability to turn down (without feeling deprived) sweets and treats.