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I'm that person: I was part of the obesity statistics from 1971 until 2011.
More than a statistic....
1. I was that person: who struggled with obesity as a kid in the 1970's (it's not fun to be overweight in elementary school, it completely sucked),
2. I was that person: with yo-yo dieting in my teens, and as an early adult (emotionally painful)
3. I was that person: as an overweight parent 30's-40's who was limited in what I could do with my kid from a play and just starting to go down the expensive medical care road. ( physical pain, emotional pain,higher health care costs)
I get it. I've lived it and I was so done with it.
I purposely picked my goal weight so that I would maintain at the middle of my BMI and have the least amount of visceral/abdominal disease causing fat possible. One of the goals of weight maintenance was simply to get off the weight loss, re-gain cycle I had been in for 40 years. I was very, very deliberate about choosing effective ways to maintain my weight loss. I wanted more than just a stable range on the scale, I went for long term wellness this time around.
So much of the conventional advise was just terrible and I blamed myself for not being "strong enough". Once I was able to get a clear mind, I could connect the dots and build a long term strategy to lose, transition, and maintain. It had nothing to do with a personal fail. I was strong enough. I didn't have the right tools, education, or a clear brain to sort out the process. I had to battle the message of Big Food and Bad Science and my own self talk to pull out of the conventional wisdom and connect the dots.
I did many things completely different this time around to ensure I would not go back to being at high risk. Look for up coming blog posts on these topics:
"Backwards" for many, problem solving & life changing for me:
I AM that person, and I love it!
0. Getting the right self-talk in my head, the answers were inside there
0.5 The evolution over time- I white knuckled it
1. Packaged diet plans- WW, Medifast- what worked, what did not.
2. Removing a food group or two- bye bye wheat and diary
2.5 Continuing education
3. Being tough about eating trigger foods
4. Daily weighing, what it does do, what it doesn't do- you decide
5. Problem solving in general
|Staying head of the wave and getting to the point to ride the wave- it's an evolution|