I've been on and off diets so many times in my life. I understand that it's a lifestyle change, not just a temporary fix, but so far I haven't found a plan I can live with long-term. I recently jumped back on the weight loss wagon and I hope this time I reach my goal weight.
My plan so far is not to tell myself I can't have certain foods (like chocolate and fast food) but I'm going to try holding off as long as I can to have them and then eat them in limited quantities. When I do finally let myself indulge in fast food, I plan to get a side salad plus one other item. So I can get a cheeseburger OR french fries OR chicken nuggets but not two or three of those options.
I'm also trying to evaluate before I eat whether I'm really hungry or if I'm just eating because I have a craving, I'm bored, having a bad day, or whatever. I want to stop myself from snacking mindlessly while watching tv or eating for some other reason except for physical need.
I've started walking a little each day. Right now, I'm not focusing on walking far. I want to get myself in the habit of walking first and then up the amount once I get comfortable with the routine. I'm doing 20 minutes a day to begin with and can up that later.
When I first start dieting, the biggest obstacle is hunger. My brain tells my body it's time to eat and wants to eat the amount its been used to eating so when I have a smaller, healthier meal, my brain says "Ok, I'm done with our snack. Seriously, what's for supper?" and I have to convince it that from now on, this IS supper.
Exercise is easier to get into in the beginning. Once I get over the hurdle of getting out of the house and actual begin walking, it's not so bad.
The hard part comes later, when I've added more to my exercise plan and it seems like the whole day revolves around planning meals and exercising. Plus after the initial weight loss and toning, things start to slow down and it's harder to see results from week to week even though I'm still following my plan. Usually after 6 months, my weight loss efforts peter out and I go back to old bad habits.
If you have any diet success stories or weight loss tips to share, I'd love to hear them! I can use all the motivation I can get.