The truth is, I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t dieting. I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life and it feels like I've tried a zillion different diets. When I look back, it seemed that I was always looking for a quick fix and although I always lost weight, I was never able to keep it off and always gained it back.
Are there any foods that you have a hard time staying in control of? Are you an emotional eater like me? Sweets happen to be my ‘go to’ food. Whenever I needed just a little something, I would never be able to stop and have just one portion. It was always “all” or “nothing”, no in between for me. No matter how hard I tried or whatever diet I was on, I never was able to indulge in a treat without finishing the whole thing. And when I finished all the goodies, I would feel so guilty so I would just eat more to feel better. I had such a hard time getting back on track and felt like a failure, so I just gave up on myself.
My AHA Moment
Although I was so upset with my weight, I was tired of joining weight groups and feeling like I was on a roller coaster ride – losing weight and gaining weight over and over again. By chance, I stumbled upon a book that was based on ‘clean’ eating principles and focused about lifestyle and habits. Honestly, I’m not sure what happened, but it spoke to me. There was no counting points or calories or eating one thing one day and not on another. This approach was simple and more importantly, it made sense. It inspired me to use some of the principles that helped me to focus on building new strategies. I changed some of my habits that I didn’t even realize were sabotaging my previous weight loss efforts. And more importantly, it wasn’t a diet, I didn’t feel deprived and I was able to make it work with my lifestyle.
Like anything, change takes time. I focused my efforts on making better food choices not only for me, but for my family and found a balance that works with my lifestyle. I finally was able to let go of the diet mentality and not beat myself up when I indulged in any treats or really yummy foods. I believe in the 80/20 rule!
I lost 72 pounds and have kept it off since 2006 without being deprived or being on a diet.
How I Can Help You
I can help you create strategies that will help you lose weight so that it fits your needs and lifestyle but more importantly, is sustainable. That’s the key. I’ll help you to get rid of the diet mindset so that you can lose weight once and for all without feeling deprived.
I’ve found a balance that works for me and I’m passionate about helping you find your road map to a healthier way of life that works for you!