Because it’s a new year, some new people may read this post looking for a little encouragement. I don’t give much advice because I don’t know much. But I’ve failed at weight loss many times before getting to this point, and there are some things I wish I’d known earlier.
First, don’t make perfection your goal. That makes it too convenient to quit when you make a mistake. Instead make the goal to do better. I was a binger. I still backslide. I’m proud I’ve learned to shorten the duration. In February the backslide was 2 weeks. Recently I’ve been able to pull it together after just a binge-like meal or two. Doing better.
Second, a healthier diet means more food options, not less. At 225 lbs my diet consisted of burgers, fries, cheesesteaks, Chinese takeout and pizza. Now that I’m cooking for myself, I don’t think I’ve repeated a dinner (excluding leftovers) in the last 3 months. Lots of delicious options out there!
Third, progress is cumulative. I don’t know why I never got this in the past. If I put in a couple weeks of effort and only lost a pound or two, I’d say “This isn’t worth it!” and quit. But every pound, every meal, every workout adds up. I’ve gone from a size 20 to a size 10 in 12 months, and I never lost 10 pounds in a month. If I’d quit in April when I’d lost just 6 pounds over 3 grueling months, I’d still be obese. So glad I kept going. AND joined Weight Watchers.
I’m not an expert. I’m not even at my goal. But I hope, wherever you are in your journey, this helps. Good luck to you!