One thing i’ve struggled with since gaining my weight back is figuring out why dieting is so damn hard these days.
When I first started “dieting,” I had no problem whatsoever cutting out all foods that didn’t have health benefits per se. All that mattered was my goal: to lose weight. I didn’t understand why people found it so hard to turn to believe that I truly didn’t desire that cookie… or those chips… or that slice of pizza.
No matter what people told me — “that diet won’t be able to last forever”— “everyone has to have treats here and there”— etc.— I just didn’t care. I was convinced that since I had virtually no desire for “treats” then I would never again have that desire so that rule (you know, don’t restrict too much..it’ll backfire) didn’t apply to me.. because i’m special.. (but i’m really not)
WOW was I wrong!!!! Once I was weight-restored, something just sort of changed. I don’t know what, but suddenly I was craving foods that I had so easily turned down before. And since my mindset was still “no, you can’t eat that!!” I would end up rebelling and just stuffing myself silly (like I was having a race with myself or something) because I felt so uncomfortable eating those foods.
(minus the KFC..ew.)
It makes me mad that I fell in such a predictable trap. At the same time, I realize that the mindset of “no you can’t eat that..it’s bad” that has tormented me in my head since the whole dieting thing started is really what has been screwing me over all along. Even the health-nuts preach “cheat days” because they keep us sane (and non-anorexic as well.. just sayin’).
so I guess i’m working on changing my mind set. I want to eat food that makes me feel good physically most of the time, but I also want to eat food that makes me feel good mentally from time to time if you know what i’m sayin’…. sans the ridiculously guilty and defeated feeling (i.e., yes I can have real ice cream if I want to sometimes in a normal portion size).
So this post was all over the place..but i’m basically trying to say what alllll of the health professionals/ health magazines / diet articles tell us all.the.time.
“Eat healthy..but don’t be too restrictive…”
I say: easier said than done.. but well worth the effort.
—> she can have both! duh! (haha sorry.. i’m not funny)