Why I decided to stop dieting… Well, I have dieted for years. 21 years to be exact.
The first diet I remember going on was in the fourth grade. The fourth grade! I was 9 years old and vividly remember making the decision to lose weight. For 21 years I have allowed dieting to have a central place in my life and enough is enough!
I have been on more diets than I care to list. Each diet brought a new hope and a fresh start. Dieting has provided me with a structure to follow, but what it hasn’t provided me is true freedom from food. You achieve true freedom when you aren’t focused on food but it’s hard to not fixate on it when you are constantly thinking about your weight, what you’re eating, what you’re going to eat, and analyzing what you ate. At some point you have to recognize that the system you have set up for yourself isn’t working, and for me, that system is dieting.
Each diet, regardless of how “livable” they claim to be, are far from the life I want to live. They were temporary fixes, band-aids if you will. They give me an instant boost of motivation and a structure to cover my unhealthy habits, but they don’t put me in a position to change in order to reach my ultimate goals.
In the end, I want three things: To not be consumed by food (drain on my life), to be healthy (eat real food, enjoy treats, and exercise) and to be thinner (lose excess weight). These three things are in a cycle and are dependent on one another. I can’t be thinner without also being healthy and not consumed by food.
The first step for me is breaking my fixation with food and that starts with putting an end to dieting. This is an incredibly scary decision and one I will question often. I already know that a day will come where I want to go back on a diet because dieting has been my security blanket. Dieting has become almost a hobby for me over the years and enough is enough!
It’s time to throw off the blanket and to start living. It’s time for me to change, to create a life that doesn’t revolve around dieting, and to develop healthy habits which will lead me to a place of contentment. For me, A+B=Change!
A – eat when you’re hungry/stop when you’re full
B – when you eat, eat healthy foods
That’s it! Simple and sweet! Is it easier said that done? You bet! But enough is enough. I don’t want to count calories, Points, or macros for the rest of my life. I want to learn to listen to be body, to enjoy all of the foods around me, and to continue to push myself athletically, all with my goals in mind.
I stopped dieting on Sunday and although I have had moments of doubt and fear, the freedom my decision has brought me is priceless. I haven’t felt guilty or disappointed and if anything, I’ve felt motivated to challenge myself and to make healthier decisions each day.
Blogging about weight loss has been difficult and it’s amazing how different I feel about Coffee Cake and Cardio now that I’ve decided to stop dieting! I’m exited to share my workouts, recipes, and life with you all again. To share the healthy choices I’m making and what life is like without dieting. I know there will be bumps in the road ahead, which you know I’ll continue to share, but gone are the days of dieting. It’s time to focus on living a healthy life each moment and to work towards my goals of being healthier.
Thank you all, as always, for your support! I hope this post was helpful to those who are also tired of being on a diet.