Do you have a mantra? I played around with a few ... like "Food is Fuel", and they did not work for me. Probably because I am not using food as fuel yet. Now I am trying out "It's Just Food". This comes in handy when there is junk lying around work (french crullers, I love you), or at a restaurant where I feel like overeating just to shove food in my mouth.
Eventually I want food to be fuel. Allan makes some good points about suspect "diet plans". I could say "I lost 10 lbs eating brownies and drinking wine!" And it would be true. But. 1) I have been building up running at the track. To really make progress I will have to treat food as fuel. And wine, while delicious, is not fuel. 2) My current diet got me from 215 to 205. It will not get me to my goal.
At first (a few weeks ago) 1500 calories seemed unthinkably low to me. But today I could have gotten by on 1200 (I didn't ... I had a snack). Really, it is just food.
- Cathy Yonek
- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
- Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.