My roommates and I recently launched a Diet Bet with some of our other friends, expecting to lose 4% of our body weight in a month’s time. Knowing that I’ve put on a little weight recently, I was all in. Having done fitness challenges before, I thought, “No big deal. I’ll just hop back on the health food and regular exercise train and slide my way to my goal!”
But for some reason, this time wasn’t so easy. I refined my diet and kept track of what I was eating, I worked out everyday, and I limited my sugar and alcohol intake.
Yet, I still wasn’t losing weight. In fact, in my first week, I GAINED a couple of ounces and nearly had a meltdown!
How is it possible that I put ON weight when I’ve been so stringent about what I’ve been eating and how I’ve been expending my energy?
I immediately contacted Danielle and recounted my dilemma. After much debate, we came to a conclusion about something: I have been holding on to some old resentment and upset, and this past year since moving here has been a series of major life changes and twists and turns.
She and I thought that it was time to breathe, listen to my body and what foods it was calling for, possibly detox, and finally LET GO of these old feelings that were clearly keeping my fat cells together, and to do so one day at a time.
After that conversation (and releasing it to the universe), something wonderful happened. I stopped caring about my weight!
I know! Can you believe it? After years of writing blogs about my sassy metabolism and my yo-yo dieting, and doing the Biggest Loser with the staff at my former school, I finally let go and released it to the universe so that I could then just focus on health and what I wanted rather than focus on something that was prescribed to me.
Since that conversation, I’ve asked myself each day what I want to eat and what exercise feels right for me in that moment. Some days I’m running a few miles, some days I’m doing yoga, other days I’m using weights, and then there are times when my body just needs to rest.
One day at a time.
I went food shopping yesterday and as much as I love my bacon and meat, I felt the need to buy mostly vegetables and get some vegetable protein.
If this is what my body wants, this is what it’s going to get. One day at a time.
I mentioned above the dieting I’ve done in the past, and often it was because I needed to lose weight and fast, and the problem with that is I have a tendency to put it back on. It’s a quick fix, and easy solve, but never sustainable. Each year I’d find myself in the same predicament, needing to lose weight and blaming my metabolism and stress.
But when I shifted my focus to this idea of one day at a time, I shifted my feelings about my health and how it should look. I know that I’ve taken the healthy road before, but for some reason, this feels different. I feel like I’m in a place in my life where I’m more able to listen to my body and what it wants rather than push it beyond its limits, get injured and have to retract all of the good work I had done to lose said weight.
But not now. I’m looking for the long haul and really getting in the mentality of long term, sustainable living, and although it may not seem like a lot, I dropped a pound over the last week.
Did I count every calorie? Nope. Did I exercise every day? Nope. Did I eat processed carbohydrates? Yep.
But I took it one day at a time, and I evaluated what my body needed and wanted.
Eventually this one day at a time thing will lead to one pound at a time, and eventually just be a version of sustainable health. And what better time to do it than in a place where I’m looking at balance in all areas of my life?
And I’m taking it one day at a time. It’s the best thing I could possibly do.