Do what works for you
When it comes to losing weight, you need to do what works for you. Doing what works for you applies to anything in life, but for the purpose of this blog, we are referring to weight loss. First, you need to decide your objective, do you want to lose weight? Do you want to tone? What do you want? Queue in Ryan Gosling in Notebook....... Moving right along. I have never liked being big but I am shaped big, I automatically look big, please don't ask me to define what that means. Okay, let me give you a little explanation of what that means, it means, I have big boobs, broad shoulders and big arms, I am not really a 10 over 1 but I am somewhere in the vicinity. I embrace this body shape now that I am in my 30ies and I can make peace with such things. However, I am also short so I cannot afford to gain too much weight, I wish I could be one of those moms that blame weight loss on babies, it is not true, my son did not make me gain weight, I did that all on my own so thats not an excuse for me, things were already bad when he came along. So for as long as I have known me, which is all my life, hehe. I have always been in pursuit of my ideal weight, even when I had it, I didn't know it and now I am clawing my way back to the weight I didn't appreciate when I had it, ain't that just a bummer? I have always had a very simple method, drink more water and eat less. Stay off carbs and eat as little as you possibly can, only problem with this plan is that I LOVE FOOD, lots of it. So this plan always inevitably fell flat to it's, whatever it fell on, but it fell. So, what actually worked as almost like a fear tactic was to look on the scale, that scary number would ensure that I get back on the horse and try and try again but always I would lose the weight and celebrate, I always paid too much time on the celebration of the small loss and end up with BIG GAINS! In the process, I have also realized that I have a very unforgiving body which is a key insight, so when people say "come on, one bite won't hurt, one slice of cake won't hurt, one drink won't hurt, come on have some". Well, I truly believe in my case it does hurt, so I often prefer to abstain altogether when I am on a mission to lose weight. Being 30 something and all (read 33), I decided I am going to do away with the scale and I will just eat healthy. Yeah, right, I didn't eat healthy, at least not most of the time. So this morning, I went to go a weigh myself and I was 3kgs heavier :-(, the not looking at the scale did not work for me, I am glad I decided to peak. Now, I am back on the scale because that worked for me; even at my worst, my weight gain was capped at a certain number and never exceeded that. I believe that we are all beautiful, big or small and if you are not willing to spend your life chasing after the "perfect body" and you happen to be healthy and feel a 100% comfortable in your skin (nobody is ever a 100% so read that as content) then you are more liberated and in my next life;I want to be just like you. For me, I want to be able to look at my pictures without cringing whilst looking at the folds in all the wrong places. I prefer to see my junk in all the right places. So as such, I will keep on at it. Scale and eating less or avoiding the food that is bad for me.