I've been down this path time and time again. I've tried and re-tried losing weight over and over and over again, but this time I feel like I have the want and the motivation more than ever before and I'm ready to do this.
My biggest downfall is and always has been that I do not know moderation. I have to do something all or nothing - for example, when I was doing low carb, if I happened to mess up and eat a piece of lasagna or toast, rather than just picking up and carrying on, I would suddenly be eating every carb in sight and totally throw in the towel for the next few days. And, on a low calorie diet, if I ate over my cals and it was only 4 p.m., well then why not just gorge myself on an entire pizza since the day is already ruined? I need to get away from this mindset. I was tempted to go back to low carb/Atkins because it did control my binges but I still overate, and I do feel better with more fruits and veggies than that allowed. I also don't think calorie counting is for me because I love to cook and just make up recipes as I go, and I would find myself stressing out over exact calculations, etc. So, what I'm thinking to start myself this time is I am just going to be more "aware" of what I am putting into my body. I am going to keep processed foods to a very minimum and my carbs will come from healthy, good sources such as berries, quinoa, etc. and I will shoot for eating them earlier in the day, lots of veggies, leaner meats, and LESS mindless snacking. Did I mention tons of water?! Exercise needs to be in there too, but small steps here ... If I happen to induldge in something that I know isn't my best choice, big deal. Move on and don't derail myself