Ginger: I hear you loud and clean and so do most of us here, I am thinking.
I have been thin and fat and now obese for a long time. My breaking point was breaking the 200lb mark (this is ONLY in the last year), seeing myself as I really am (I always think of myself as MUCH thinner than I am lol) and being too heavy for our motorcycle - I miss riding these last few months! In addition to this:
1. Ramping up my business and receiving requests for video, newspaper (with photo) and tv interviews
2. My book release that will also generate the same media attention as above (was supposed to be this summer, but I didn't meet my goal)
3. Meeting with clients real-time in an office besides online
4. Performing a bellydance routine this Summer NOT being a fatty-bo-batty (original goal that I didn't meet. There will be next Summer!)
For me now, it has been an evolution of my whole self in the last year. It began with understanding from where the weight gain has come and what is fueling it besides food. The exercise is the first thing to stick. I love to walk and found bellydance over a year ago.
I have struggled with the food issue since. I don't eat junk food, fast food or eat out much. I meal plan, shop once a week and cook at home from scratch. Our meals are balanced with a protein, a carb (includes certain squashes) and lots of veggies. I don't keep any junk food or soda in the apartment (if I buy it the family asks what the occasion is). So, it has been very frustrating to figure out where to change. Well, I have since found a new way of eating that works with my natural appetite. I found that I was forcing myself to conform to others' woe that doesn't work for me. So far in the last few days of consciously eating in this new pattern I have found it to be natural and effortless. I no longer stress eat (and I'm under a lot of stress this week) or feel like overeating at dinner or after.
So, I would say that finding my optimum lifestyle is really what is going to allow me to lose the excess once and for all. We will see how this evolution goes by the end of the year.
Last edited by archychick; 08-14-2011 at 04:14 PM.