Because Diets Are Boring.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Not a drill friends, I have been drafting this post for about two weeks. I don't know why I don't press publish every time I finish a post like this one, I keep it saved in word and I never press that "Publish" button. I don't know why. So friends this is round 5 of writing this post. It may come off as a ramble, so I apologize in advance.

We are going to be talking about lifestyle changes, some of you may call this a diet, or a detox but lets be real "diets" are just a short term fix that are usually a chore. And detoxes make you so hungry you want to eat four Chipotle burrito bowls by the end of the day. While some people can diet for the rest of their life, I cannot. Real talk friends, I love food, Cupcakes, Mac and Cheese, Cake, and Chipotle,  However, if I eat Chipotle every day my body can't handle it and I gain weight, if I have three cupcakes in a week my body also doesn't like that and it gains weight.

When I started Weight Watchers, I started thinking about all of the foods I was eating, how I wasn't exercising, how my lifestyle of eating was eating out and eating quick. I forgot that you could eat quick and eat healthy, I was going for comfort food and easy food. When I started Weight Watchers I also told myself that this would be the last time I EVER joined the program and I was going to follow it not to lose weight but to gain a new lifestyle. I don't know if you can make sense of that so let me try to explain it. Yes, I want to lose weight, but I also want to keep the weight off and have a new me for a lifetime.

I feel like when people decide to get on the #fittrain or decide to lose weight they put SO MUCH pressure on themselves and then they give up because they get let down when they don't see results so quick or they eat like crap one day and then that one day of eating like crap turns into 10. Then they fall off the #fittrain and decide to "take a break" because food is yummy and they can't be happy if they aren't eating what they want. Plus "what's the point I haven't seen results in two weeks obviously this isn't working" *cue the doughnuts and excess amounts of pumpkin spice lattes*. Yes, that's me I am talking about, and if that's you, you probably understand where I am coming from right now. Newsflash to Melissa almost a year ago Starbucks holiday drinks add on those pounds, stick to your Skinny Caramel Macciatos.

So I made a decision when I pressed the subscribe button to Weight Watchers, this would be a lifestyle change. My life style could still include the things I love but in moderation and allowing myself a day to eat some things I wouldn't normally eat. Seriously, since Rachael is in town I have had certain things I wouldn't normally eat but it's not like I am going hog wild, I am learning how to decide what to eat and when I want to eat it.

The thing about making a "diet" a lifestyle is deciding that you will not deprive yourself of the things you love...or at least that's how my brain works. Sure, you are going to have days where you eat something that you probably shouldn't but, the ability to understand that one pumpkin spice latte is not going to attack your life. It's the repeated Pumpkin Spice Lattes that come in and add on those pounds.

So, if you want to eat something that may not be the best for you, eat it in a smaller quantity and do NOT feel guilty. Feeling guilty only leads you one step closer to falling off the wagon. If you are making a lifestyle change you go little unicorn, you are doing all the right things. Life shoulnd't be boring. Diets are restricting and boring, but a life style is something that never gets old because each day is different.

Have you ever quit a diet because it became to be too much??

Keep Calm and Carry On


  1. I'm so proud of you!! You have been making really healthy choices this entire week, which is so hard!! I love you! You rock!

  2. And you're doing so wonderful! I love (and I mean loooove) macaroni and cheese, too, but I'm glad you're doing something to make yourself happy!

  3. I have started and stopped so many diets throughout my life. The thing is, I got tired of having to start over. And you see, if you never quit...then you never have to "start over." Soooooo looking about it as a lifestyle change is the smart way. Accepting that you need to change your habits for good but still allow room for fun and life. I have never tried WW, I try to eat healthy during the week, and allow myself some slack on Saturdays. It used to be slack the whole weekend, but I had to cut it to one day. Also, I am proud to say that I have been working out consistently 5 days a week for the last year. Which is way more than never (how often it was before.)

    It is so frustrating not seeing results right away, but I try to get excited about the fact that I am trying. That is really all we can do, right?!

  4. It absolutely has to be a lifestyle change in order for it to "stick" I can't tell you how many times I've "dieted" or done something for a quick fix and the weight just came back. At the beginning of the year I opted to make a lifestyle change and it's worked. granted, I haven't been working out like I should but I've been sticking to paying attention to portion control etc. I've heard a LOT of good things about WW. Keep up the good work! You deserve it! :)

  5. I absolutely cannot "diet" because like you I loooove food so much. But I try to stick to the "everything in moderation" mentality. A little good, a little not so good, hopefully more good than bad. When you have a friend in town, or some other special event, you gotta let yourself live a little!

  6. This post kicked ass! I love how candid you are! I am also down for chipotle at any time of the day, however my body would probably kill me for it. I definitely love you view point on the whole "too much pressure" aspect of a healthy lifestyle! You are awesome!