Why Diets have not been a “Lifestyle Change” For Me!

If you look up Diets on Google a ton of different diets show up and for the most part all of the ones I have tried are on that list except for Weigh Down. I have been successful on each one if you count the weight loss. But changing my lifestyle never happened.

Why? Because I couldn’t wait to go back to eating all the food I was denied, especially the desserts. I did attempt to do the maintenance plans for each but for some reason when I quit eating “their food”, I started gaining. Then in frustration, I would throw my hands up and go back to all my old eating habits. Sugar…sugar and more sugar.

I tried using that mentality that it was a lifestyle change because if I convinced myself of that, I would go to goal knowing I wasn’t going to gain again or so I thought! I have great discipline while dieting but once I reach goal, game over.

I would jump back on the diets but once I did it and reached a small goal and then gained again, it held no interest for me. I lacked the same excitement I had at the beginning. I think because I knew I did it, I conquered it, but it didn’t stick so subconsciously I was probably going to repeat my failure again. Now I never repeated the diet with that attitude in front of me. I always went in with a positive attitude but deep down I have become a professional diet yo yoer! Just keeping it real here.

Now I know we are trained to think that this is a lifestyle change because it really is speaking life into our situations but for me it is just a cycle repeated over and over again and I find I am a slave to the products that are being sold rather than to just eating real everyday food the right way.

To be perfectly honest, I am sick of counting points, measuring my food, eating other companies products, drinking nasty tasting shakes, eating bars that either want to make me gag or on the other hand make me want to eat more, drop down windows telling me which foods I can substitute, eating sugar substitutes that I am finding out later a really bad for you etc……. I have suffered from horrible stomach pains that lead me to the ER, gas, bloating, hair falling out, leg cramps, migraines, memory loss, horrible embarrassing sounds coming from my stomach, nausea and stinky breath. There’s prolly more but I can’t remember. <wink>

I FREAKIN WANT FOOD FREEDOM!!!!

Today the only measuring I am doing is when I am cooking from a menu. Yes, I am trying something new again but I don’t feel this is just a diet. I’m following a couple of guidelines but everything I do is using real food right from the grocery store minus sugar. I am adding some natural nutrients I have never tried before but I don’t have to if I don’t want to and it’s an added benefit, not a required one. I actually love Stevia now!

For the first time, I don’t feel enslaved to a diet plan or diet food. I’m not counting calories or carbs and eating fake food resembling real food. If I fall, four hours later I know I can jump right back on.

Now I am not dissing diets altogether. I’m dissing them for me hahahahahah. I know people who are successful after they have reached goal and are still doing thier plans with great success, not many but there are a few out there. And I applaud their efforts as they will most likely help another person along through example.

I also know that what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This whole blog is about MY journey not someone else’s and I’m just sharing with anyone who happens to stumble across it and likes reading what I write and to keep me accountable and recognizing all the good things that are happening to my body as well as weight loss.

Blessings from a trim and healthy mama wanna be!