Every once in a while I have an epiphany. And I think to myself: This is it. I have reached a whole new level of intelligence.
Of course, give it a few days (or even a few hours or minutes) and I often realize that my “epiphany” may have been nothing more than me just finally realizing what the rest of the world has already figured out.
Like…… my recent epiphany about dieting.
I always subconsciously fear a healthy eating lifestyle because the closest I’ve ever gotten to a healthy eating lifestyle is when I’m on a diet trying to lose weight.
And gosh… let’s be real here: being on a diet is LAME. not fun. unenjoyable. plain downright sucky.
So, why would I want to do that for the rest of my life?!?!?
Well, I “figured out” this week that dieting is often a realllllllllly different experience than trying to maintain weight. With dieting you have to work twice as hard and abstain twice as much in order to lose. Whereas with maintaining you still have to work at it but it’s not nearly as difficult because you aren’t trying to maintain AND lose weight.
I am seeing that I need to craft my “diet” this way:
- Choose a healthy eating and living LIFEstyle that sounds doable.
- Make it a little extra stringent and double my working out for a bit to lose the weight.
- Once my weight is lost, revert back to the healthy eating lifestyle I picked in the beginning.
For example, here are the three steps that I should follow:
- I have chosen a vegetarian/Daniel Plan lifestyle with 30 minutes of yoga a day, 4 or 5 times a week.
- To lose weight, maybe I cut out all bread and chips and only drink water, cut my portions in half, and do yoga an hour a day instead of 30 minutes.
- Then, after I lose the weight, stick with the vegetarian/Daniel Plan but maybe toss in a tortilla every once in a while, have chips for a side, and bump my working out back down to 30 minutes.
So it’s not really a hugechange from the diet to the lifestyle.
So, what am I rambling about with my epiphany that wasn’t really an epiphany?
A diet is not forever. It is a way to get your body back to what you view as its “best”. You often have to work and sacrifice to do this.
When your body gets back to its best, the “reward” shouldn’t be chocolate and steak for breakfast but instead that you don’t have to work and sacrifice as much or as hard to keep that “best body”.
Like I said… you might be reading this and thinking, “Uhhhhhhhh hello? Everyone knows this.” But it really just sorta hit me this week.
I always thought of it like this:
Struggle through my diet
Go back to original eating habits
No wonder I have yo-yoed with my weight my whole life.
A diet is simply a healthy eating lifestyle… on steroids for a while.
For some reason it just makes me feel better knowing that. Knowing that maybe if I take this approach I won’t be such a yo-yo this time!