Alright. It’s a new year and I can’t help my infatuation with the idea of a fresh start. I love starting over every new year, I just hate failed resolutions.
I’ve been tempted to make a weight loss resolution, but I’m not. Honestly I’m more than frustrated with my body’s sluggish reaction to my weight loss efforts, and my own inability to “stick to it” when it comes to diet and exercise. I’m not ready to try and fail again.
However, I read an article this morning that made me think. The article pointed out that (as we all know) a lifestyle change is necessary to maintain weight loss. A restrictive diet or rigorous exercise regimen will pull the pounds off but they come right back once the diet or exercise stops. The article suggested that at some point, some introspective investigation needs to be done to discover the “why” behind one’s eating and exercising habits. That made sense to me. I don’t want to start another diet, but I don’t want to become a type 2 diabetic either, so it’s worth a try to think this over.
My friend, John Frady has been blogging about his weight loss, and knowing his wife, Kathy’s weight loss success, I’ve been inspired. John’s decided to publish his daily eating choices as a way to keep himself accountable. Admirable, but in an effort NOT to appall my readers, (though it probably would amuse you as well) I’ll spare you my dietary details. I will, however, bare my heart instead of my stomach.
Why do I eat what I eat? Why do I do what I do? How did I get this relationship with food?
I promise not to turn this into a health and weight loss blog. I’m not going to obsess about food or fitness. I’m not going to start eating salad with no dressing, and I probably won’t run a marathon. But maybe my own exploration of my emotions, my habits, and my feelings about food and fitness will help someone else, and maybe me too, to discover exactly what’s going on behind those “bad” habits and maybe if we find the “why” and address that issue, well, maybe the bad habits won’t be so hard to break.
Stay tuned, and we’ll see…by