It feels like I have tried every diet or plan to lose weight. I’ve tried the cabbage soup diet. Do you remember that one? You make a large amount of cabbage vegetable soup. You eat the soup everyday but only eat limited types of food the rest of the day. I think one day is strictly fruits, one day veggies, and one day is rice and bananas or something like that. After one week I had not lost anything. I’ve tried Atkins and within a couple of days did not have the energy to work out. I’ve tried Weight Watchers, South Beach, the Zone and lots I have forgotten about. Nothing really worked for me.
In the end what did work was exercise (lots of it) and keeping track of my calories. Even though I have lost weight, it is still amazingly hard. There are times when dieting seems so easy and I wonder why I ever have a problem with it. I feel like I am in the zone. Then I fall off for some reason and it takes me a while to get back to it. Stress is the number one reason I blow my diet. I’ve tried not calling it a diet and thinking of it as a life style change but it is hard to maintain.
Even though my hubby is feeling good, his heart condition is always in the back of my mind. I still have that momentary fear when I see a voice mail on my phone. Is someone calling to tell me something happened to him? It is definitely lessening and I don’t feel the fear as strongly or as often as I did before. There are times when it creeps up and surprises me though. While I was at a Food Blogging Conference recently, one of the presenters was talking about how they had downsized their life and stress and how much it helped them as a family. Before I knew it, I had tears streaming down my face. Now, I hate crying. I mean I really, really loathe it! It reminded me that I really haven’t dealt with it. Guess it is time to. I think that will help with my motivation to be strict with myself about eating.
Which leads me to one of the few things I have not done to lose weight, getting my mind or emotions healthy. So that is the avenue I am thinking of trying next. I might as well deal with whatever it is that makes me eat and hopefully learn some new techniques for dealing with stress instead of eating. I am always going to love food. I love everything about it. It’s my passion. One thing that definitely helps is creating healthy recipes to share with you all. At least our dinners are always healthy and fun. They don’t always taste the best. Those are the recipes that don’t get shared with you. Yes, I have lots of failures, lots and lots of failures. I keep trying though.
Wishing you Happy, Healthy Eating!