Don't get me wrong, I know this happens every January. Ask anyone who makes resolutions what their main resolution is and chances are it is to lose weight or get in shape.
I used to do this in January. I'd say, "I'm going to the gym starting today and I will be a size
Does this sound familiar to you at all? It's been about 3 years now--that's when I just decided one day in March that I wanted to change my way of living. I wanted to lose between 50-65 pounds. And I've hovered at that between 50-55 pound lost mark depending on the time of the month and what I have been eating (can we say Christmas treats?). I knew that a quick fix wasn't right for me. I'd already done Atkins, South Beach, the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, the Sonoma Diet, Flat Belly Diet, SugarBusters, Dean Ornish....Every time I did one of those, I'd lose weight right away and the moment I attempted to add in something like apples or cheese, my weight would creep back up.
The difference at that point in 2008 was me just seeing a picture of myself from the summer before from the zoo. I was in a size 18/20 and I could hardly get my rear up the slight hill near the elephants while pushing the boys in their stroller. Not long after seeing that, I realized, "I am fat. I am not healthy. I skip meals then eat three helpings and finish the night with a pint of ice cream."
The Dreaded Zoo Picture:
When I decided to stop pretending I wasn't overweight....to stop thinking the problem would just be a quick fix, to stop hating how I looked....while that is when my life started really to change for the better in so many ways. I decided one day that I would make TODAY the day I would treat my body with respect. It's been a long process of some ups and downs, but I have shed most of the weight because I am realistic.
I don't eat frozen or processed "dinners". I mostly shop from the perimeter of the grocery stores where the fresh food is. I really don't use canned anything unless you count the canned Wegmans tomatoes for making sauce. The thing for me--I eat a good breakfast each day. I never used to eat breakfast. I also allow myself treats. Instead of denying myself a little treat every now and then, I do allow it knowing that it is my duty to exercise and to control my portions. It's silly, but I usually eat off of a child's divided plate. That helps me choose the right portions.
The point is--unless you truly are in a frame of mind where you want to change your actual LIFESTYLE, a "diet" started only because it's a new year won't work. Why not resolve to treat yourself right each and every day--whether it's January or June?