I was reading some posts tonight when a lightbulb kinda went off in my head. Allow me to explain:
As a teenager, I was one of those girls who never had to diet. My girlfriends would moan and say how lucky I was that I had no weight problems. I stayed slim and trim until I got married and later had two babies within 12 months. Since I had never had to watch my weight, I did not know how to take off the 50 pounds I had gained from pregnancy. Over the last 40 years, I have struggled with my weight, gaining and losing, dieting one day and eating whatever I wanted the next. I was totally clueless about managing my weight. I had grown up without a food conscience!
Last year, I began a serious effort to get control of my weight and fitness. I read a lot and learned a lot and lost 19 pounds and I have been able to keep it off for about 7 months. I now want to lose another 23 pounds. My non-scale victory is that I realized today that I finally do have that inner mechanism that allows me to stay in control -- a food conscience! I don't want to go back to eating like I used to do. And the fact that I keep coming here to 3FC, that I continue to learn about weight loss and fitness,
that I stay with my eating plan and exercise, and that I haven't just thrown in the towel like I used to do so often ... these are all signs that maybe I will finally reach my goal weight. My new normal is so different from my old normal. And I am so glad.