Last week I stepped on the scale. My total weight loss hit the 70 pound mark and with that my BMI crossed the line from obese to overweight.  (I know BMI is imperfect, but let’s save that for another post).  I’ve been at this for for quite awhile and here are 5 lessons I’ve learned.

  1. Lasting change is possible and it doesn’t have to be painful.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.  It requires commitment, attention, and a willingness to make mistakes and learn from them.  I don’t buy the no pain, no gain mentality.
  2. You don’t have to be hungry.  You shouldn’t be hungry.  No human on the planet should be hungry, there’s no reason to do it to yourself.  Too many times I weighed and measured my food, counted calories or points and controlled my portions, it’s crazy making and it’s no way to live.
  3. When you eat junky you feel junky.  First hand experience here.  The better you eat — the more real food and the less processed junk — the better you will feel.  I can honestly say that I feel better now than I ever have.
  4. You are more than a number on the scale.  I’ve never had a “goal” weight in my sights. Yeah, I started this post off with my 70 pound loss, but if I have any goal, it’s to maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle because it makes me feel good.  It’s more about gaining life than losing weight.  
  5. The food wasn’t worth it.  I spent 50+ years overeating, chasing fleeting pleasures that were always just beyond my grasp.  It was only when I started really paying close attention to what was going on that I realized the food NEVER lived up to the promise it offered.  

If you’ve been struggling with overeating and would like to chat about how I can help you out of the diet/binge cycle, I’d love to chat.  Drop me a note or PM me through Facebook.