lauren_kidd12 wrote:I'm ready to shed my weight. I'm 30 years old and my work nature is to sit for nearly 8 hours a day. I need a change. So I think this competiton can be of great help!
I am in the same boat as you: I'm 36, I work a sedentary job in a office. I am sitting down for most of the day at work. There is no "walk around the office" option for me.
If you will indulge me, I'd like to tell you where I was and where I am now when I made my first post on page 1:
I started in January of this year, when I stepped on the scale and hit a personal record for weight. Now, I am not one of those who thinks everyone needs to weight 160 lbs and have six pack abs; however, I also think that its not healthy to carry around EXCESSIVE extra weight. The damage it does to the numerous systems of your body manifests itself decades down the road -- whether Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain/damage, etc. All the stuff we all have heard before, but never listened to. It also hit me mentally, where I was depressed about how I looked, the size of pants I had to go buy because of my weight gain, and just how I felt (tired, sore, always lacking energy).
So all of this was hitting me. I used a weight loss contest at my work to get "started" on fixing my problem. However, there was one BIG difference about this time versus the others: This time I chose to approach it as a complete overhaul of how I eat, not just a "diet" or short term adjustment. I had decided that I was going to start training for the marathon, rather than a quick sprint.
I had to make a permanent change to how to approach food and how to eat. Not just for the short term, but for the long term. It is only when you change your mental outlook and completely change course, will you find long term success. Anything short of a PERMANENT change will ultimately be a failure.
So I approached it exactly as that. I knew going into it that be hard days, especially early on (and there were). Anytime you make a make big changes -- your body rebels. But it can't win. It must be mind over matter.
Enough of my novel.
Just know that I started out as a depressed, never full, food monster who stress-ate and overall felt horrible physically and mentally. For the last 4 months I have tried to undo decades of poor eating habits, poor dietary outlooks, and entrenched myself in the world of "this is how I am going to eat for the rest of my life." Today, I sit in a much better place mentally and physically. I have shed serious weight. I have hit milestones I never thought I'd see again, but they aren't "goals" because I'm not done. Its only been 4 months of this new food life, and I have to tell you -- I have not gotten bored of ONE of the things I've eaten. I don't "hate" the food I eat. I am not done. I have many other milestones to hit, and there are some "goals" I have set. But I'm lightyears away from where I was in January.
In the end: YOU. CAN. DO. THIS. But this is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be hard days. You must change your mindset from "this is what I can/can't eat" to "this is the food I eat because..." It won't be easy, but it won't get any easier the longer you weight.