It is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle. It is not a day to day, week to week, month to month decision. It is not about dieting to fit into skinny jeans. Although I one point I thought that was the only point in dieting. It is not about losing your summer/winter/fall/spring weight. It is a lifestyle.
Now I am not saying this in a holier than thou way. I am not. I falter and make poor choices. I am definitely not a perfect. But I am a believer in learning from this journey. But I have stopped viewing this process as a period of time that I'm going to be really strict with my food then relax and eat whatever I want and be shocked when I gain weight back.
A very good friend of mine is a chronic dieter. Every new school year (we're both teachers) is a new diet. She emailed me today about her latest diet. I tried to explain that you didn't need a diet but just to make better and more balanced choices. She said that didn't work for her. I respect the fact that she needs stricter perimeters but it doesn't work long term. I have tried to explain that. After a few emails back and forth I GAVE UP! I didn't give up on supporting her but I did give up trying to explain in a rational way how that will give her the same results as all the other diet programs she has tried.
The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over
and expecting a different result.