I was having a think the other day, about the best bit of diet advice I could give (and this is something mentioned by Dietgirl and M recently, but I thought it before I read them… I’m not ripping them off, honest injun).
The one thing that works, that equals success is to start and keeping going. Keep going no matter what. Not letting a bad day or a bad week or the hugest boulder in your path stop you.
A year ago, I thought I could lose a few kilograms. I knew even losing 10% of my body weight, would have health benefits as far as my diabetes goes. So I started… like I had so many other times. And the only difference is, this time I didn’t stop.
When I was young, I went to a tea leaf reader and she told me I’d lose a lot of weight. She said I’d meet a man who’d support me and he’d say things like – if you can diet for a day, you can keep dieting. I’ve never met that man, and for a long time I couldn’t diet for a day. I couldn’t diet until mid morning. But then something clicked (and who listens to tea leaf readers anyways?)
Even after I started losing, for a long time I waited for the “magic” to stop. I found it hard to trust I could keep things up and, even though I was losing, I didn’t even mention my goal to lose 40 kgs to myself, let alone anyone else.
It amazes me just how far I’ve come – not just me but so many others. People who’s blogs I’ve been reading over the past year. I read recently only 10% of weight loss efforts work. I’d love to see the statistic on that for bloggers – I bet we’d kick the butt of those stats. I can’t think of anyone on my link list that doesn’t show steely persistance.
About a year ago, I challenged myself by walking to the local 7-11 and home again. It seemed like a huge thing to do and, for the last half a km I felt like dying. If a cab had been nearby, I’d have flagged it down to get home! I felt like that on Saturday too but this time it was 12 km not 3 and I ran most of it. That’s just one of the small changes in my life that astounds me.
Anyway, I’m interested – what other advice or wisdom do you think has helped you change to a healthier life?