Real weight loss is about making lifestyle changes that last forever.
WIW: Making the Lifestyle Change
May 2, 2012 By 18 Comments
I think that is ultimately the hardest part of it--the FOREVER part. I long for a day when I can sit around and eat lots of cookies, chocolate cake, and buttery popcorn. And as gross as it sounds, I'd like to do that every night. See, as a mom of three, every evening I am just exhausted. And nothing sounds more appealing that to just RELAX and INDULGE. The relax and indulge impulse is something I have to fight pretty much every day. There is rarely an evening when I don't want to eat something sweet and unhealthy. And when I go on a trip--I give myself a free pass to eat whatever I want. So when I went to SNAP I fully intended to not even try to eat healthy. But then I met my friend Vivienne of The V Spot: a beautiful and health conscious craft blogger. She was always urging me to make the healthy choice--take the stairs, for example. As I hung out with her, I started to notice that she would always make the healthy choice, even being on a trip! I watched her with her lunch, choosing to eat the lunch meat and not the giant white sandwich roll. I saw her always walking and going up and down the stairs. And she would talk about her workouts, going to yoga, etc. I realized something--Viv has made the lifestyle change. She has committed to good health. I want to make that commitment too. But it's a very different mind set. I have to stop thinking of myself on a "diet" and just start thinking that eating healthy is just the way I eat. But what do I do when I want a dessert? When is it okay to indulge? And could I really ever just pig out and eat what I want? It's not like Vivienne never ate junk food--I was with her at Cafe Rio. How do you find the balance between being a health nut and being a generally healthy eater? The thing about Weight Watchers is that you actually CAN eat some junk food--as long as you stay within your points. But the longer you are on it, the less wiling you are to spend your points on empty calories. You want each thing you put in your mouth to be the least amount of points possible. My question is--once you go on Weight Watchers, are you on Weight Watchers forever? Do you count points until you reach your goal weight and then what? You stop? The hope is that by the time you reach your goal weight you have made that lifestyle change. And hopefully you've started exercising to aid your weight loss and you don't even crave junk food as much. What do you think?