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The things i learned while losing weight

The first time I was able to lose a significant amount of weight I learned a few things about behavior.

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1. Going from bad habits to good habits overnight is impossible. Old, bad habits are not formed in a day and will take much longer than one day to break or change. I learned this after several years of unsuccessful crash diets. I would be so bummed the Monday I started a diet (because diets always start on Monday right?) that I would all but give up by lunch. Broccoli just couldn't compete with the hot lunch from the fast food restaurants.

It was not until I realized that I had been eating this way for more than 20 years and that this kind of food was natural and comforting to me that I was finally able to start to break the junk food habit. Over the course of a year I lost 30 lbs. It sounds like a really, really long time to take to lose 30 lbs., but the truth is it was gone before I knew it because I took it one small step at a time. I learned to replace the things I loved with healthier options. By the end I had removed almost all of the "bad food" from my regular diet and didn't miss it. I still eat the "new" way two years later and have had no problem maintaining a healthy weight. Slow and steady wins the race.

2. Set yourself up for success, get fiercely organized. If you're not naturally an organized person this can be challenging, but it is absolutely essential. For me, it was realizing that we had a tendency to eat out on the weekends because by Friday we we're out of all the "interesting" food to cook and eat. If I arranged my meal plans and shopped on Thursday or Friday I would be prepared with all the better food choices to combat our urge to eat out on the weekends (and devour a ton more calories).

I also had a solid meal plan. I knew what I was going to eat for the week, each meal, before I ate it. I knew at least roughly how many calories the meals contained and what days I was going to exercise. I knew each week would not be perfect, but if I hit my daily goals at least 80 percent of the time, I would be successful.

Posted in Dentistry Post Date 02/10/2016


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