I originally wrote this blog to keep track of my weight loss and healthy eating and to be accountable to someone, somewhere. I have found that updating readers on my weight loss is hard - I want to write about the tremendous success I have had, I don't want to talk about my limited success or failure, which is where I am right now. I have only lost 3 lbs, I've lost some weight, gained some back, figured out what was going on (more on that later), and then tweaked my weight loss plan.
I have come to realize that talking about the realities of weight loss are important. Too often we see the FINAL success stories - of tremendous weight loss. We want to be there too, but we get defeated because we see the END result, not the process. One of the blogs I follow is a friend of mine who has had great weight loss success. Liz, at The Lemon Bowl, is very open about her weight loss success and recently two of her posts have really made me rethink my weight loss and my journey. The first post that really spoke to me was where she was responding to how she lost weight and kept it off. She believes in an 80/20 rule - 80% of the time she is health conscious and 20% she indulges so she does not feel deprived. (Read about it here.) I am good at losing weight and gaining weight but I have not yet figured out how to maintain it. This simple 80/20 rule reset my mind, 80/20 doesn't mean we can eat cookies or cupcakes every day but it also doesn't mean we have to take it out of our diet entirely, we just need to eat responsibly.
|Swimming with my son|
Liz looks terrific, but she loves to workout - or so I thought.