Circa 2003, I'm a high school senior and this new women's only gym named Curves opened up down the street. Prom was a few months away and I wanted to drop a few pounds. So my Mom and I signed up and within 2 or so months, I lost 4 pounds and several inches. My cheer skirt fit better, I felt better and I developed more defined muscles circuit training than I had from gymnastics 5 days a week.
I LOVED the comments I got from people about my mini transformation and it spiraled into an unhealthy relationship with the scale.
I started weighing myself every day.
Then a few times a day.
Then when I woke up, before a shower, after a work out and at night after dinner.
I whittled down to 118 pounds on my 5'4" curvy frame and had to hold my pants up with both hands. I remember feeling so tired all the time. Having a weight loss goal isn't the problem, here's what is:
- Restricting your food
- Weighing yourself multiple times a day
- Letting the scale dictate your mood
- Letting the number be the only thing that matters
- Working out like a mad woman (not just for health reasons, but more like an unhealthy addiction)
- Eating like a bird, despite the insurmountable amount of exercise
- Working out twice a day and weighing yourself before & after
- Going from diet to diet
- Having the "If I only lose 10 pounds, then ______" mindset
I struggled from 18 to about 26 with my weight. I am a recovering extremist. Now I'm probably too much of a softie. But I know that sustainable weight loss comes from nutrition. Because that's how I ended up losing 23 pounds 4 years ago. And have kept it off without deprivation or starvation techniques.
First of all, losing weight is exhausting. How many more plans, programs and quick fixes are you going to try until you decide that enough is enough? Ask yourself why you want to lose the weight and if your goal is a healthy amount. How will you reach your goal in a healthy manner? How will you sustain your weight loss?
I've had clients who have decided to try their own "quick fixes" but still need the emotional support.
People will decide that they know better, or they get frustrated with a slower paced weight loss and resort to packaged foods and meals. #unsustainable They'll pay thousands of dollars on already prepared meals but scoff at my rate increase.
I'm here to tell you, the packaged foods and portions are not real.
They are exactly what they promote.
What are they teaching you? Possibly portion control - but I've seen several big time weight loss chains prescribing 1,000 calories or less a day for women!! Of course you're going to lose weight, because your body is starving for food!! REAL FOOD!
Don't take my word for it, check out these success stories.