I want to talk about how losing weight is more mental than physical. Many women I talk to about my weight loss story fear that if they did lose a bunch of weight, that they’d just gain it all back again. Why is that? Because they love their favorite foods too much, and wouldn’t be able to give them up. That idea right there explains the difference between DIETING and a long-term LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
The day my doctor told me I was prediabetic, believe me, I wasn’t interested in going on a “quick-fix” diet. I wanted to change my lifestyle for good. And never hear my name and the word diabetes in the same sentence again. In order to do that, I would need my THOUGHTS about healthy living to change.
Since losing 100 pounds, I’ve literally talked to dozens of women with a similar weight loss story. Not all were at dramatic as mine, but many of them lost 20-30 pounds, which is still a fantastic achievement and I applaud them all. The one CONSTANT that I found with the women who had lost weight and kept it off for more than 6 months, was that their THINKING had changed. They weren’t forcing themselves to eat differently. They sincerely wanted to.
The way they saw food, nutrition and healthy living had completely changed. They truly no longer wanted to eat greasy hamburgers and three cheese pizza.I know many women who even gave up drinking large sugary coffees and now only drink green tea. And believe me, that’s harder than it sounds. I used to love my daily Starbucks. You need some serious BRAIN TRANSFORMATION if you’re gonna switch from a Caramel Macchiato to organic, loose-leaf tea.
Since losing 100 pounds, healthy living has become a major priority of mine. It is no longer seen as a chore, but something I truly enjoy. Many women come to me now for tips for losing weight fast and how they can get motivated to lose weight. What I’ve come to realize is the most important factor in achieving your own weight loss story is what you believe about healthy living between your ears. When you hear the term “healthy living” or “nutrition” what is your first, natural response? A groan? A chuckle? A sigh? If it’s any of those responses, then you’re a lot like me. Or at least how I used to be. Which is fine, it’s quite normal.
In fact, those were the types of responses I had about healthy living for 20 years of my life. The idea of me being fit was a joke, it was an impossible ideal that I could never achieve. At least that’s what I BELIEVED. So because of that I mostly just ignored my weight. The biggest change in me in the last fourteen months is not a PHYSICAL change, but a MENTAL change. The way I think about food is different now. The way I think about living healthy is different now.
When I hear the words “healthy living” or “nutrition” I no longer chuckle, but instead I perk up, I get interested, I even get excited. Now, I’m always trying to learn new things so that I can help other women. The more I know, the more power I have. The better I’m going to feel, the more energy I’ll, the better I’ll sleep, the more attractive I’ll feel…the list goes on and on. For me, HEALTHY LIVING is LIVING. In the next post I want to share some guilty pleasure foods from before my weight loss story to illustrate how I’ve changed, not just physically, but mentally.