Tuesday, July 26, 2011
When I made the decision to join SparkPeople I also made the decision to leave the word DIET out of my vocabulary and my new lifestyle.
There were several trains of thought behind this decision. The first being the negative connotation associated with the word DIET. If I were on a diet it would be a fad, a passing phase in my life that would work for a while and then not. Is this in my head? Maybe, but that was my decision and I have stuck to it. Also, when I think of being on a diet I think of starvation and cravings and magazine models!
This time I wanted something different. I didn't want a short term, quick solution. I wanted a lifestyle change.
I wasn't just going to lose weight, I was going to get healthy. That had to be from the inside out.
When someone asked me if I was on a diet I would say no and I was being honest. When someone would ask me if I was losing weight I would say yes and I was thrilled that someone had noticed, but I was just as eager to talk about how much better I felt.
This revelation has come with age. When I was young I was concerned about how my jeans looked and never, ever gave a thought to my health. If I could zip my jeans without having to lay down on the bed to do it life was good. Now when I can walk the stairs carrying two baskets of laundry and still talk to my mom on my cell phone - life is good. The jeans, well that's just a perk for good behavior!