In my last post, The ‘D’ Word, I mentioned that I began contemplating how to lose weight by first listing the reasons why dieting failed when I hit forty. So here is the list I came up with.
Reasons Why I Have Failed At My Diets In The Past
1. I tried to change my diet to what I was uncomfortable with. For instance, in order to get down to 105 pounds on the low fat diet, I had to eat less and less fats. I mean I even substituted spaghetti squash for actual spaghetti…ewwwww!
Low-fat and I mean really low-fat can be tasteless and low-carb no longer fits well with my love for muesli and my pescetarian/vegetarian lifestyle.
2. I lost interest in exercise. Simple as that. Time became more and more important to me and I didn’t want to give it up in order to exercise. Some days, I came home from work stressed or exhausted so why would I exercise when I can put my feet up or read a book or watch television?
3. I thought my husband and three teenagers would impede me. None of them like the idea of having no treats in the house and two of them are not very fond of vegetables. Every time, I cook something healthy someone complains. However, I now realize that my husband and my oldest teen daughter are all for me serving up lots of veggies. I also realize that just because there are chocolates and wine in the house doesn’t mean I have to eat them myself. I need to teach myself to have more willpower.
4. In the past, I have found dieting to be time-consuming and often complicated. There is sometimes a lot of reading and researching involved. I mean really, have you ever looked into the macro-diet? It made my head spin! There is also the time spent in counting calories, fat grams, planning menus and cutting vegetables. I hated the thought of spending all my valuable time.
Step One: Now it’s your turn to begin. Take some time to sit quietly with pen and paper and write down the things which hinder you losing weight. Be honest, no one else has to know.