What have you learned?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Here's a question for everyone.... What have you learned from your previous dieting experiences? I know that yo-yo dieting is bad because each time you diet you lose muscle and fat. That is why exercise is so important. However, there isn't much I can do about the past except learn from it.
I grew up with a Mom who was always watching her weight. So, when ever she dieted so did the rest of the family. At that time dieting meant salads, skim milk and cottage cheese. I was OK with some of the salads (a little plain though). It was certainly not something I ever wanted to do.
In my senior year of high school she turned her dieting attention to me. She told me I was fat and needed to start a diet immediately! The reality is that for my 5 ft 2 body I was not over weight. Yes, at the top of where I should be, but definitely not fat. In fact, what I weighed in high school is my current goal weight and at the top of my healthy BMI range. I wasn't fat, but I definitely felt fat and humiliated too. I did learn portion control from her, but she also taught me to skip meals.
My next experience, was with my boyfriend (he's now my DH) when we were 20 yrs old. He went to the doctor and discovered he had high cholesterol. I bought a Low-cholesterol cookbook and we learned to cook with olive & canola oil instead of butter. We began eating boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of fried chicken. These are the habits that stuck.
I've tried Weight Watchers and lost forty pounds while being hungry the entire time. I learned that eating a diet high in carbohydrates makes me very hungry. I also learned I have will power and determination. I also learned I have PCOS (hereditary condition), this interferes with insulin. It also makes weight loss & maintenance difficult. I have a corn & soy sensitivity too.
A few years later, I read in a magazine about a new diet called, "South Beach". Here for the first time I found a diet that allowed me to eat the food that I wasn't allergic too. I discovered that meat & veggies are my "safe" foods. If I go out to eat, these are the low-fat, healthy foods I look for. The foods that I can eat without getting sick. I learned that if I limit my carbs, and eat protein for breakfast I have more energy during the day.
At age 38 my husband, had a heart attack and they placed a stent in his heart. It was difficult for anyone to believe (even a doctor!) that someone who wasn't very overweight and so young could have a heart attack. From this experience, we learned that we really DID have time to exercise and became the proud owners of a stationary bike. We learned about a low-sodium diet and to read labels. Red meat became a thing of the past. It really changed our priorities very quickly. It became a necessity to put everyone in the family on a Low-fat/ Low-sodium diet.
I am learning to take weight loss at a slower pace and to enjoy the process. I give myself permission to change my mind at any point about what I eat. I do so hate being told (even by myself) what to do. I am doing my planned workouts 30 min, MWF. I would like to increase this to 4-5 days/ week. I enjoy the strength training exercises on SP. They're quick and easy. I am adding more fruit and yogurt to my diet than I have in the past. I've lost 6 pounds so far and haven't felt so hungry that I though I would injure some one. I've also felt in control. Now there's a good feeling.
There are so many amazing and wonderful people on this website. So, many possibilities to explore. Some of you have cool rewards for attaining goals. Love the idea of a mani-pedi as a reward. So many people seem to be running marathons. From my perspective today, I don't know how you get from over weight to running a marathon. But Wow! If you can do it, I think maybe I can too.
So, tell me, what have you learned?